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Aria Hotel Room Video Walkthrough: Las Vegas, NV

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis last trip to Las Vegas brought me to the Aria Hotel and Convention Center. I stayed in the Deluxe room, a 520 sq. foot room with King bed. The hotel opened in 2009 with 4004 guest rooms and 568 suites. The casino brings over 150,000 square feet of games and includes a 24-table Poker room and high-limit room. The view of the 24th floor was amazing, even though it wasn’t strip-side. I was able to not only get to the convention center pretty easy, I could also access the spa and pools without having to go through the smokey Casino. There is even a “Game Room” which features XBox and PS4 gaming for $12/hour. Aria Hotel Guest Room The Deluxe guest room itself was a little worn. My privacy (do not disturb) button did not work, which they had maintenance come...

Geekazine Quickcast 159: July 2010 0

Geekazine Quickcast 159: July 2010

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMonthly Geekazine Quickcast. Jeffrey Powers sits down for 10-15 minutes and talks about what has happened in June and what will be happening in July.

Quickcast 158: The Month of June Isn’t Stoppin! 0

Quickcast 158: The Month of June Isn’t Stoppin!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFolks, after recording this personal blog on the Quickcast, I have to tell you, the summer is really starting to heat up. The Ford Videos are being pushed out. The contests continue with the Summer of Podcasts II contest. I have been confirmed to go with Andy McCaskey out to the HP Tech Forum. We are working on another HP Data Vault! Tons of great items and cool stuff from Geekazine, Dorkazine, Sportazine (including a contest I didn’t know about) and TVazine.

Quickcast #157: Contests, Contests and Ford 0

Quickcast #157: Contests, Contests and Ford

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYep, this month’s Quickcast talks about the contests of April, May and the summer. If you are a podcaster, then you need to be at the Summer of Podcasts II contest page signing up your show. We also talk about the trip to Detroit for Ford and all the other cool happenings at Geekazine. Sponsor:  14 Day Gold Membership & 1 FREE audio book at Audible – audiblepodcast.com/geekazine

Quickcast – Netflix Review, Ford Sync, Trip to San Fran 1

Quickcast – Netflix Review, Ford Sync, Trip to San Fran

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis month I took some time to check out Netflix and how they have changed since I last used them. I had Netflix back in 2002, where you would have to wait a whole week and a half for the next 3 movies in the queue. It was an upgrade when they put in a new distribution center closer to me, therefore movies only took a week. I moved over to Blockbuster simply because of convenience. That year I also switched banks because of convenience – More locations, more options. But this last year I closed that bank account and went back to my credit union. Online banking made it easy for me to get stuff done. So I figured, if I can do it with banking, I can do it with movie rentals. Sponsor:  14 Day Gold Membership & 1 FREE audio book...

BookSwim.com: Online Book Rental Through Mail, Interview: Eric Ginsberg – Quickcast 1

BookSwim.com: Online Book Rental Through Mail, Interview: Eric Ginsberg – Quickcast

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYou might be a Transumer. You might have Netflix or Blockbuster for your online movie rental. You might even have Gamefly for your Game rental. But how about your online Book rental? Well that is the business model of BookSwim – an online Book rental system. Simply choose your plan, choose from the large library they have and get the books in the mail. No late fees – return at any time through the pre-pay envelopes. The next book will arrive shortly. In this Quickcast interview, we talk with Eric Ginsberg – a teacher, musician and librarian that brought over some great ideas of online book rental to life months after BookSwim was created by George Burke and Shamoon Siddiqui. We talk with Eric and discuss the reasons why someone would use BookSwim as opposed to an e-reader, buying or just going...

Quickcast #154 – State of Geekazine for February 0

Quickcast #154 – State of Geekazine for February

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis month’s Quickcast, we talk about what is going on at Geekazine and what to look for in the month ahead.

Quickcast Ep. 153 – CES and the Future of the Quickcast 0

Quickcast Ep. 153 – CES and the Future of the Quickcast

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt’s been a while since the Geekazine Quickcast has been a part of the site. However, it is not gone. In this episode I talk about the week at CES, what is happening over at Geekazine and a little about what is happening with the Quickcast.

National Podcast Post Month and Podcast Madness = Winning month! 0

National Podcast Post Month and Podcast Madness = Winning month!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSNovember is the month to ramp up the shows. I have been working on a new Podcast Madness contest – slated to start next week. If you are a podcaster, you should participate in this contest. I send you a code you can give to your audience. They put the code in and therefore a chance to win. However, the National Podcast Post Month is simple: One podcast a day for 30 days. I normally do that with the Day in Tech History anyway, but I am going to ramp up some other stuff to try and surpass the 34 I would normally do. I suppose with the video, it’s more like 38 a month, so I figure 50-60 would be a good number to hit. I do have a few video reviews from Blogworld New Media Expo that I have to...

New Quickcast Segment – App Wild 0

New Quickcast Segment – App Wild

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis is the newest segment in the Geekazine Quickcast called “App Wild”. It’s name says it all – We talk about applications that you can get for your iPhone, Andoid, Palm Pre, Blackberry or whatever device you use. This weeks applications reviewed: Madden 10 Rhapsody Sad Fact of the Commodore 64 application Pandora and Facebook for Android

Notebook, Netbook or Smartphone – Which will replace the desktop? 0

Notebook, Netbook or Smartphone – Which will replace the desktop?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by GotoAssist Express – Get a free 30 day trial 10 years ago, if you had a computer, it was most likely a desktop. Notebooks – then called Laptops – were pretty expensive, but were also beginning to show that they could start to replace a desktop model. Fast forward to today: Event the Notebooks have been threatened as of late by Netbooks and smartphones. It leaves you to the question: What should your next purchase be? My first Laptop was a Zenith Data Systems 386 laptop. It wasn’t cheap – and I even got it used. It had a very small hard drive, a trackball on the side connecting to the serial port and a monochrome monitor. It ran Windows 3.0, which was really great. I was able to run the Word processor and Lotus 1-2-3. I was...

6 ways to Multitask better. 0

6 ways to Multitask better.

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI Can Walk, talk and chew gum at the same time. I can pat my head and rub my belly. Heck, I could even do all five things at the same time and still listen to music. That is multitasking. The question is: Is it changing the way a think and can I fix it? A study from Stanford University came out this week that told us we might not be that great a multitasker. It is also suggested multitaskers are not focused. They polled 100 students in where they gave them one of three tests. In one test, they told them to focus on the red rectangle and tell them where it was. The “Heavy” Multitaskers – Those that do 5-6 things at once – did not do that well in the task. They did even worse on the other tests....

Week in Tech History – 8-17-09 – 3G issues in iPhone 2.0 0

Week in Tech History – 8-17-09 – 3G issues in iPhone 2.0

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by Gotoassist Express – Get a 30 day free trial of this great software. Just a reminder – this will be the last “Week in Tech History” produced. Please add “Day in Tech History” to your RSS or iTunes. A new segment will fill this spot shortly. After Apple ‘s release of iPhone 3G, people were noticing connectiviy issues. This was due to the Infineon chip within (the chip that governs the 3G). It would ultimately cause the cutout. Apple quietly tried to resolve the matter, but eventually they had to just simply let people know what is going on. Steve Jobs sent out a letter saying “I’m sorry” and announcing how they are going to fix the problem. This is one of many different articles within the Geekazine Quickcast.’

Quickcast – Five things the FTC should ask Apple about iPhone. 1

Quickcast – Five things the FTC should ask Apple about iPhone.

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by GotoAssist Express get a 30 day free trial Quickcast RSS – Subscribe via iTunes I love my iPhone. The 3GS has finally got the touch screen right. I can use it without feeling like I am fumbling or fat fingering keys. While the advances are nice, I still have to wonder how Apple can get away with some of the things they do to make me use their stuff. Rejecting competing applications and not giving users a choice to remove apps, all seems to be a recipe for non-competitiveness. Will they continue to get away with it, or will the FTC and EU finally step in? Well if they do, these should be 5 questions they should ask. Skype. iBoobs. MyShoe. Obama Trampoline. Google Voice. What do these apps have in common? They were banned by the Apple...

Week in Tech History – 8-10-09 – Switching to Day in Tech History 0

Week in Tech History – 8-10-09 – Switching to Day in Tech History

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by Gotoassist Express – Get a 30 day free trial of this great software. For the last year and a half, the Quickcast has been running a podcast every Monday reviewing the past history of Technology. The show has been a fun one, but for the last couple months I felt it needs it’s own space. Therefore, WITH will be spinning off into the Day in Tech History – a Daily look at the Historical events in Technology. WITH will continue on. For the first couple weeks, we will continue with the same format. Afterwards, WITH will take a new shape, highlighting one historical event and how it plays on events today. It should be a new, powerfully informative look in the IT industry. Information for this weeks’ WITH: Smithsonian is established Netscape Lawyers send a letter about Microsoft...

Week in Tech History – 8-03-09 – Time Warner and AOL Split 0

Week in Tech History – 8-03-09 – Time Warner and AOL Split

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by GotoAssist Express – Get a free 30 day trial It was something that people talked about for months, but on August 6, 2008, CEO Jeff Bewkes confirms the rumor. AOL will be split off into it’s own company by the next year (which came to fruition on May 28th, 2009) Other Items in Tech History, the Trash-80 is announced, SQL Server 2008 is released. Ebay and Craigslist experience outages while the first Olympic events are streamed through NBC. We also saw Bill Gates and Steve Jobs together on a 5 year deal which gave Microsoft 1oo,000 non-voting shares of Apple.

Week in Tech History – 7-27-09 – Yahoo Shareholders Meeting 0

Week in Tech History – 7-27-09 – Yahoo Shareholders Meeting

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by GotoAssist Express – Get a free 30 day trial It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – for Yahoo, anyway. It was the botched 6 month drama between them and Microsoft that made things so stressful. With Carl Icahn nipping at the heels for a takeover – then subsequent seat offering as a settlement – Yahoo had to create a great first impression to their stockholders so they could move on. It was a long meeting. There was some debate on who should stay on the board and who should exit. There was even concern over the new seats and who would occupy them. By the end of the day of August 1st, the meeting had resulted in a switch of power, ultimately leading to Jerry Yangs’ step down as CEO. By the...

Special Guest Podcaster on TPN Weekly Ep. 14 0

Special Guest Podcaster on TPN Weekly Ep. 14

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSponsor: Try GotoMeeting free for 30 days! For this special offer visit www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts This week I take my Podcast talents over to the TPN Weekly Podcast for episode 14. I take the Podcast in a slightly different direction, as I talk a little bit about me and growing up in technology. I throw out some of the computers I used to work with, like the Commodore Vic20, Atari and Apple Macintosh, then my rise into an IT role. I also talk a bit about the future of technology and where we are going as New Media Specialists. It was a fun show to do simply because I went off the cuff and didn’t talk about present tech news. If anything, it was more of an audio blog. I also put some Podcast-safe background music into it. It was provided by Kalliopi, and...

Week In Tech History – 7-20-09 – Google Knol Debuts 0

Week In Tech History – 7-20-09 – Google Knol Debuts

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by GotoAssist Express – Get a 30 Day free trial It was the system that would rival the Wiki world. Google launched a Beta of their online knowledge system called “Knol”. It was a lot like Wikipedia, except this system would have online advertising. The advantage (at least that some would call): contributors had an opportunity to actually make money off their knowlegde. Knol stands for “A unit of Knowledge”. It was in Beta until January 2009 Other items in Tech History this week: IBM Goes Open Source – Sort of. Google and Digg were rumored to be in talks Carl Icahn joins Yahoo’s Board of Directors Trans Atlantic TV Broadcast with host Walter Cronkite.

No WITH this Week 0

No WITH this Week

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHad some technical difficulties with the Podcast rig. Something that I will have to work on tomorrow. For now, WITH will have to hold off until next week. In the meantime – here is the last years’ WITH.

Googles’ 5 Year Beta – Should We Regulate Terms? 0

Googles’ 5 Year Beta – Should We Regulate Terms?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by Gotoassist Express – Get a 30 day free trial at http://www.gotoassist.com/techpodcasts Google recently took the Beta label off of Gmail and Google Docs. Gmail has been in beta for over 5 years – with a 3 year private beta. By being in Beta, one could easily write off an issue or even think the accountability and liability might not be theirs. So shouldn’t the ISO put some regulation on this small tag? Google started with Gmail back on April 7th 2004. They were in a Closed Beta – which meant that you had to get an invitation to use it. However, it wasn’t a difficult thing to get an invitation. My entry into Gmail wasn’t until December of that year. 3 years later – Feb 2nd, 2007 to be exact, Gmail removed the restriction. However, the Beta tag...

Week in Tech History – 7-06-09 – Major DNS issues 0

Week in Tech History – 7-06-09 – Major DNS issues

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by Citrix GotoAssist Express – Get a 30 day free trial at gotoassist.com/techpodcasts July 8th: In 2007, developer Dan Kaminsky found a flaw in the addressing of the Domain Name System, or DNS. DNS is found on home to commercial routers around the world. The issue was so severe, that they were not divulging the issue until a patch could be implemented on a wide scale. On March 31st, Kaminsky – along with 16 other developers – gathered at Microsoft to work on a massive patch and synchronize the release so all details could be released as well. Today was the day that patch was released. Microsoft also released patch MS08-037 on the Windows side to counter the issues. Cisco, Sun and BIND fixes would come out shortly after. Other historical notes: The first Sundae was created (Ok, geeky...

Week in Tech History – 6-29-09 – Ask.com buys Dictionary.com 0

Week in Tech History – 6-29-09 – Ask.com buys Dictionary.com

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by GotoAssist Express – Get a 30 day free trial July 4th, 2008 – The company that used to be called “Ask Jeeves”, but is now Ask.com officially announced they acquired the Lexico Publishing Group. The LPG is a company that built a series of reference websites. Most notably Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com. The transaction was an all cash one, and undisclosed. Other items in Tech history this week: Hotmail is launched, AOL buys Mapquest, the eBay Baby, in 2001 the P4 1.6 was released at $294 and a lot more in the Geekazine Quickcast

DTV Conversion in the US is Over. Now is it Time for Digital Radio? 2

DTV Conversion in the US is Over. Now is it Time for Digital Radio?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by Gotoassist express – get a 30 day free trial. Well, the US did it. Analog TV is no more. Hail to Digital TV. More channels, better reception and all still over a pair of rabbit ears. However, we’re not totally done with the Digital conversion.  As we ramp down on television, we might have a harder time with this one – Radio. Each country has their own Digital conversion, and as of now, only 7 countries are fully digital on a television signal. The US went digital on June 12th, 2009. We were suppose to go digital on February 17th, but it got pushed back when some stations were not ready to comply. The UK goes 100% digital by 2012 and Japan will go in 2015. And of course, there are still some stations that are on an...

Week in Tech History – Bill Gates Steps Down from Microsoft 0

Week in Tech History – Bill Gates Steps Down from Microsoft

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSbrought to you by GotoAssist Express. Get a 30 day free trial We announce the 3rd step in the Summer of Geekazine contest June 27th – William Gates officially hands the keys over to Steve Ballmer and goes on his retirement. Well, sort of. Bill announced that he will be stepping down as CEO of Microsoft and letting Steve Ballmer take the reins. He will have interaction with Microsoft. After all, it is his company. Lots of other cool historical events from Atari, Commodore, Microsoft, Apple and IBM within the podcast

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