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Captain America stirs up more anticipation for The Avengers

Captain America stirs up more anticipation for The Avengers

This is it, the last of Marvel’s single superhero focused movies that started way back in 2008 with Iron Man in a attempt to bring them all under one universe and set up The Avengers. So how does Captain America, a hero that could be argued is nothing more than a walking flag stand up to the other giants that have come before him? Plain and simple, this movie is fantastic. The movie’s pacing is absolutely brilliant, giving us plenty of time with pre-super serum Steve Rogers to learn what is behind the iconic Captain America. We are given a show of what a good and courageous person he is and why he was chosen above others who were much more qualified for becoming the first super soldier. That doesn’t mean this movie is without it’s action. From moments after Steve Rogers is injected with the serum the...

Google+ man – a Geek Smack! Short

Google+ man – a Geek Smack! Short

The newest Geek Smack! short is Google+ Man – a play on Google+. It’s a play on the old video game using Google+ and Facebook Characters.

Verbatim Store n Stay USB Drive Size of a Dime

Verbatim Store n Stay USB Drive Size of a Dime

I get many USB drives. Most of them get put to the side. Only a couple I end up taking with me. One in particular is the Verbatim Tuff N Tiny drives. It’s small and fits on my keychain. But I may trade up for this one. It’s called the Store n Stay. The drive is the size of a dime and the best part is it could stay in your computer. It can also be put into your car’s USB port and hold four to six albums. You can also plug it into a printer, the side of a TV or even a Roku player with your family pictures. “The low-profile, snag-free design makes it the optimal USB flash drive choice for laptop users who want the ability to transfer, store and share their favorite files on impulse,” said Mark Rogers, Verbatim Product Manager, Flash Memory. “It’s meant...

A Spirit in the Clouds? Pictures of Mysterious Light on My Flight.

A Spirit in the Clouds? Pictures of Mysterious Light on My Flight.

First of all, I have to preface by saying the only photoshop I did was put the watermark on. I was in the air from Chicago to Detroit. I decided to take pictures of clouds for an idea I had. There was this one cloud I thought would make a great picture. When I first took the series of pictures, I thought it was a great shot to make. However, I looked a little closer at the 2nd and 3rd pictures, I saw something in the bottom left-hand corner. It was a light in the form of a person standing on a cloud. When I went to the next picture, I saw that light jump up. The third picture showed the light up farther. I was pretty taken back to see the one picture. I thought it was impressive enough. This light on the corner, well, I don’t...

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5 Microphones that Look Cool for Podcasting (Sound Good, too!)

OK, so you are doing your show. The people are complaining – you sound too weird during your Live Stream or Podcast. The Radio Shack microphone is not cutting it anymore. The computer microphone you got with that Pentium II years ago is making you sound like your in a can. Time to get a new mic – one that make you sound good and look cool. But which one? Today, I will go over 5 microphones for that professional audio sound. I’ll talk about their qualities and you will see how visually stimulating they look in front of a person. I’ll even give you a couple USB options if you want a pro sound, but don’t want to deal with audio equipment. Sure SH 55 microphone (aka – the Elvis mic). http://www.shure.com With a low-impedance balanced output, this mic screams “Rock Star”. You will see it from...

Four Bloggers Walking Vegas Strip – Interop

Four Bloggers Walking Vegas Strip – Interop

I have been to Vegas before, but never really did the “tourist” thing. Bob, Greg and especially Aaron (who has never been to Vegas) wanted to walk around and see the sights. We started by going from Four Seasons, to the tram and to the monorail to about mid-point in Caesar’s Palace. We then walked back to Mandalay Bay, while seeing all the great images the strip had to offer. It was a fun time and even I got to see stuff I haven’t before.

Unboxing: Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z

Unboxing: Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z

I received the Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z I will be Giving away (in a future contest) today. Unboxed and set up this new computer. Of course, when I set up a computer, I do it a little different. First, let’s look at the computer itself: We have a 23″ inch computer monitor with 2 point touch screen. Open up the back and you can see the computer – complete with DVD+/- RW, sound, 6 USB ports, VGA in, power and more. The back panel can be opened pretty easily by pulling the two arrowed tabs on the bottom and lifting up. What is interesting, is if you look at one of the photos, there is a spot to put in a card reader. If you get a computer like this, you want more than just USB ports. Another thing missing is a eSATA port for off-computer storage. The computer...

Midwest Gaming Classic pt 1: Wandcrafters

Midwest Gaming Classic pt 1: Wandcrafters

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Midwest Gaming Classic While down at the Midwest Gaming Classic, I started on the vendor floor to see all the cool items you can purchase. Video games, Pinball machines, parts for machines, game consoles and more. Old consoles, game swag and more. I ran into Carol, from Wandcrafters. They make wizard’s wands. Using a lathe, Carol has expanded the process to keychains, magnifying glasses and more. They even had some pens made from cell phone boards. Wandcrafters has also created wands out of antlers that were shed. She sticks mostly to wood for her designs. This is the 10th anniversary for the Midwest Gaming Classic.    

Dropbox Turns into Social Network with Frenzy for Mac

Dropbox Turns into Social Network with Frenzy for Mac

Dropbox is a Cloud service that allows you to place and retrieve files wherever you are. Since it’s inception in 2008, Dropbox has been a great way to share pictures, documents and more. But I never expected it to become a Social Network, too. Frenzy is an application for Mac OS X (what, no Windows?) that sits in the menubar and monitors the Dropbox shares. You add your friends to your lists. When you share a file, they can get notified. When they share or update a file, you can get notified. You can even update statuses and find out what is going on with the friends or colleagues in your network. Frenzy is a great option for those Small businesses that need to share files and communicate, but don’t want to do that through Facebook or Twitter. The Reality is: Frenzy will be a great way for...

Alteva, Microsoft Communications Server for Small, Medium Business

Alteva, Microsoft Communications Server for Small, Medium Business

When I first read about Unified communications, I was working for a company that had a Nortel phone system. The idea was simple: If you get a voicemail, listen via the email client. If you got a fax – same thing, you get it in email. At the time, the process was expensive to convert. However, nowadays it’s getting easier to have these options and utilize them for your Small to Medium Business (SMB). That is where a company like Alteva steps in. Creating a SMB solution for a business that doesn’t necessarily have an office. Giving you a way to conference at home and on the road. Alteva is one of many companies that are using Microsoft Communications Servers with SharePoint web services. By using this system, you can share documents and other items through the SharePoint web portal. This can be with clients, internally with other...

Supertooth Disco Bluetooth Speakerbar

Supertooth Disco Bluetooth Speakerbar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSRemember those boom boxes of the 80’s? Big and bulky, with a radio and tape player. Now, we have smaller devices and thousands of songs on MP3. But our smaller devices really don’t sound better than the big bulky boomboxes. Not anymore. The Supertooth Disco lets you play from your iPod, iPad or iPhone with a speaker system that is portable and easy to hold. The Supertooth Disco is a Bluetooth device that can be charged up, so you have no wires when you use it. If you don’t have Bluetooth on your device, you can connect via a stereo headphones jack. The Disco has a 28 Watt speaker system with 12 Watt Subwoofer. The Disco also has a Ni MH power pack, with standby time of up to 500 hours and up to 4 hours play time at full volume. Get the...

New Photos for Geekazine

New Photos for Geekazine

Last week I spent some time putting together new photos for Geekazine. I snapped about 50 of them in front of the green screen. With a little photoshop help, I put them together for some of the best pictures. Which ones do you like? Which one should be the main photo? I am privy to the magnifying glass flipping my face. Thats what I am using for the profile picture.

Facebook Like Button Turns 2 Years Old

Facebook Like Button Turns 2 Years Old

It was Feb 9, 2009 when Facebook turned on the Like Button. They were not the first company to “Like” something – Friendfeed has that honor. However, Facebook purchased Friendfeed, so it’s their technology anyway. Two years later, we have gone through many discussions on this idea. Some people, for instance, want a “Dislike” button. Some people brought up issues of privacy when the “Like” button was pressed. In the Facebook Blog by Leah Pearlman, she states how it started: We’ve just introduced an easy way to tell friends that you like what they’re sharing on Facebook with one easy click. Wherever you can add a comment on your friends’ content, you’ll also have the option to click “Like” to tell your friends exactly that: “I like this.” Either way, the Like button is synonymous to Facebook. So if you like it, let them know. You can start by “Like”ing...

Predict Eclipses with Antikythera Mechanism Made from LEGOs

Predict Eclipses with Antikythera Mechanism Made from LEGOs

This is one of the most impressive LEGO projects I have seen in a while. It’s doesn’t take a lot of LEGOs to build, but the precision that is involved makes it the most impressive.   Here is the history: What was thought to be Greek technology turned out to Babylonian. Around the first century BC, a device – Greek in construction – was built to determine the 12 signs of the Zodiac. It had a bottom dial that was in a 223 month cycle – That of a standard eclipse.  The top dial was in a 235 month cycle, for distribution of new moons. In 1901, this device was salvaged after a ship crashed on the Antikythera island. That is why it’s called the Antikythera Mechanism. Scientists have since reconstructed this machine, only from clues the damaged device left behind. What was lost for 2000 years has now been found…...

HP Proliant Factory Express, PODWorks Assembly Line – HP Proliant Day

HP Proliant Factory Express, PODWorks Assembly Line – HP Proliant Day

John Ainsworth guides us through the Assembly line for HP servers. Building, configuring and boxing server blades, racks and in some cases – whole rooms. We look at how the Enterprise servers are built, the process from putting the machines in the racks to testing out. The packaging of these servers can be just as complicated. Finally, we went out to PODWorks, where we see the POD servers getting built. Thanks to all at HP who let us visit and see what it takes to build a Proliant Server. Thanks for Mighty Short Bus for background music

Dallas Cowboys Use HP Servers: HP Proliant Day 1

Dallas Cowboys Use HP Servers: HP Proliant Day 1

It was a snowy day in Dallas, January 10th @ 5 AM and I just jumped off the plane from Vegas. With only 2 hours of Red-eye sleep, I head to the hotel where I get only 1 additional hour, followed by a long day in Texas. But it was worth it. Why was it worth it? We got to see one of the largest man-made structures in the world. The Dallas Cowboy stadium. When we got there with several bloggers in hand, Bill Haggard welcomed us to Dallas. He showed us around this behemoth of a football stadium, where we got to learn what it took to run. More important, we got to learn what was behind the scenes – computer-wise. That was HP. Duncan Campbell started the day as he talked about the Converged Infrastructure. He talked about how HP servers show cost reductions and work to...

10 Movies that Might have been Different if Wikileaks was Around at the Time…

10 Movies that Might have been Different if Wikileaks was Around at the Time…

I was at dinner the other night and we started to talk about the rise and fall of Wikileaks. We got on the kick about how this whole story could be made into a movie. However, I started thinking about the movies that were already made – some of them american classics. It posed the question – would Wikileaks have changed a movie plot if it was around at that time? I thought I would highlight 10 movies that might have been made differently – or not  made at all –  if Wikileaks was around at that time. We explore the synopsis and analyze the script for how it would change. Special thanks to Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB for research information 10. They Live (1988) Leave it to Rowdy Roddy Piper to find trouble through a set of Ray-Bans. A John Carpenter novel, Piper plays a drifter that...

Roku Yule Log: Holiday Channel on Roku

Roku Yule Log: Holiday Channel on Roku

Holiday channel not released yet for 2011.  Get ready and get a Roku now. Roku launched their Holiday channel. Within, you can get holiday music, trailers, recipes for holiday food and – of course- a Yule Log. Well, it’s 19 minutes of logs burning in the fireplace. Besides the fact it has to re-download every 20 minutes, it’s not a bad representation of a good winter fire. For someone like me who used to have a fireplace, it really makes me miss it. The holiday radio station is sponsored by TuneIn radio. It features 25 channels of holiday music to listen to. So if you’ve heard enough “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, you can switch it to another station. Flixter has the Holiday Movie Trailers, however, I am a bit dissapointed in it. The first trailer is “It’s a Wonderful Life”. The trailer is the Turner colorization commercial and...

Turn Blog into eBook – BookBrewer Partners with Borders – @blogworld

Turn Blog into eBook – BookBrewer Partners with Borders – @blogworld

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYou might have started a website or blog thinking that eventually it would get really popular and you can sit back and watch it grow more. But did you ever think about taking that blog and actually putting it in an ebook? Examples like Best of the Dating Dad by Eric Elkins show that you can take what you have written and turn it into something new. A perfect example to a session I held earlier that weekend about Expirable vs. Evergreen content. Jeffrey Powers talks with Dan Pacheco, CEO of BookBrewer. They talk about what is needed to turn blog posts into an ebook. Finally, how to get it on a major brand like Borders or even Barnes and Noble.

Bug Labs Announces AT&T Partnership and 4G Module

Bug Labs Announces AT&T Partnership and 4G Module

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile out at 4G World, we ran into the guys at Bug Labs. They are gearing up for Bug Labs 2.0, but more important, the 4G module they are working on with AT&T. Bug Labs is a modular device for developers and those that want to have more from a mobile device. Interchange cameras, screens, keyboards, touchpads or just make your own device. Android will be soon available on the device, too. We talk with Mike from Bug Labs about the great modules and how to develop for the device using the Von Hippel module. The device was increased to 600 MHz and a streamlined display. We go through the list of modules and Mike shows us the FCC/CE certified products from GPS to 3 MP cameras.

Internal Social Networks with Brainpark – 4G World

Internal Social Networks with Brainpark – 4G World

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSome companies embrace open social networking. Some decide to ban it. Others really have no choice – they must keep it off the network for legal reasons. But what if you can have a privatized social network in your company that actually helps you? Step in Brainpark Brainpark is a social network and an internal helpdesk. It’s an answer queue and a company directory. Connecting with Outlook, it also makes searching for employees easily. Don’t expect pictures of that great party the other night. Don’t expect relationship statuses. Don’t expect friending options. DO expect a better communication within your organization. Ask a question, Brainpark will point you in the right direction.

Plixi Brings Photos to You – @BlogWorld

Plixi Brings Photos to You – @BlogWorld

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOnce known at TweetPhoto, the newly branded Plixi is a site that lets you share photos around the web. Plixi will share photos with social networks such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Foursquare and many more. While at BlogWorld & New Media Expo, I talk with Rodney about the new design and what Plixi can do. You can friend, tag and take webcam shots. You can even make events that people can put photos into.

Samsung Galaxy Tab on Sprint Network – 4G World

Samsung Galaxy Tab on Sprint Network – 4G World

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe walked upstairs to the Sprint booth where we ran into Meleah. She was showing off several Sprint products, including the Galaxy Tab – a 7 inch tablet. It runs a 1 GHz Hummingbird ARM processor and the Android OS. The tablet has front and back facing cameras and comes in 16 and 32 GB models. The Galaxy Tab only does WiFi and 3G, but with the Sprint Overdrive, you can get access wherever there is service. The Overdrive serves as a mobile 4G hotspot for your tablet, laptop and other devices. Meleah didn’t mention prices, but there will be a subsidized price with purchase of a mobile plan. With a 7 inch tablet, you could put the device into a shirt or Blazer pocket. You can have it on your person but it doesn’t have to be in your hands....

4G World 2010 – Highlighting Wireless 3G/4G Technologies

4G World 2010 – Highlighting Wireless 3G/4G Technologies

Last week I was asked by Roger Bindl of Viodi to come down to Chicago IL and help create content for 4G World – a convention coordinated by the Yankee Group. The week long event highlights the wireless world we are living in. With new products from many companies you may and may not know. We learned about products that can help you detect dead spots in your area. We learned about how to send large amounts of data over the air. We ran into old friends, like Bug Labs – who debuted a new 4G module to their mobile modular system and Sprint, which debuted 2 new laptops and the Galaxy Tab – a new tablet on the Sprint Network. It was a great day of learning about the technologies of Femtocell, mobile 4G – WiMax and LTE. We even got to talk to the FCC about...

Rum Runner Bar, Pinball Hall of Fame, Rain in Vegas – After @BlogWorld

Rum Runner Bar, Pinball Hall of Fame, Rain in Vegas – After @BlogWorld

It’s officially Sunday Funday, and I was not going to sit up in my room watching twitter go wild with quotes like Thanks @blogworld. Getting ready to board the plane. Goodbye, Vegas. Before I left, I found about a place where I can watch the Packer game in Vegas. Rum Runner is a small bar south of the strip on Tropicana that hosts Packer fans. I decided to go there to start. I didn’t know I was so close to the Pinball Hall of Fame or Liberache Museum.  RAWK! Rum Runner – Packer and Badger Bar. I started at Rum Runner – a bar filled with Wisconsin spirit. About a mile or so from the strip on Tropicana, this little bar / restaurant looked like the bars of the 70’s. Paneling on the wall, yellow lighting, pool tables. It was also decorated in Green and Gold – along with...

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