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Alteva, Microsoft Communications Server for Small, Medium Business 0

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 3

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 1

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 1

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 0

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 0

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 0

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… 0

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 0

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 2

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 0

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 0

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 0

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 1

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 0

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 0

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...

Kodak Playtouch: Kodak Zi8, Zi10 Video Cameras Side by Side 8

Kodak Playtouch: Kodak Zi8, Zi10 Video Cameras Side by Side

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS I have been excited of the Kodak line since it came out 2009. The Zi8 was a camera I could get behind simply because it had all the functionality of a handheld, but also had the ability to connect an external audio source. The only commercial handheld that had that functionality at the time was the Sanyo Xacti HD2000, but the price tag was $600 to Kodak’s $179. Kodak has decided to upgrade the line with the next version in their series – the Zi10, or Kodak Playtouch. The biggest feature is the touch screen to your Kodak camera. Along with some added options, the Zi10, has really evolved, but is it worth selling your Zi8 for? The Advantages There are more options on the Zi10. The two big options are to add Sepia or Black & White video, and to trim...

Why I Choose Roku, Boxee (Application) Over Apple TV, Google TV 0

Why I Choose Roku, Boxee (Application) Over Apple TV, Google TV

330 days from now, TV as we know it will have changed. I’ve been saying that for a long time, but on Sept. 1st 2010, I decided to put it on the countdown. Why? Because Apple and Google came out with their set top boxes (Apple, finally taking it seriously). When companies like Apple and Google get into this game, you know the wind is about to change. The Comparison GigaOM has a nice write-up comparing the applications on the boxes. Each one has their own advantages and disadvantages. For example, if you want the iTunes store, you will have Apple TV and that is it. Expect this playing field to grow. The easiest box to program for is Boxee. If you know XML, you can get a channel on for nothing. The 0ther boxes might have you pay a fee for their SDK kits. There are also...

Madison Social Media Club Foursquare Pub Crawl Entertaining, Educational 2

Madison Social Media Club Foursquare Pub Crawl Entertaining, Educational

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOn Wed, September 29th, 2010, the Madison Social Media Club held their first Foursquare pub crawl. Included were 4 venues that were big Foursquare stops in the Madison area. Logans, State Street Brats, Ian’s Pizza and Barriques. We started by an Intro with Wendy Soucie, followed by a little education of Foursquare and how to obtain badges by Marvic. Then it was off to talk with people, eat, drink and check in. It was an interesting night that was spawned by the social networking application. We were able to see everyone that checked in and added them as friends. I didn’t receive any new badges (because I had most of the ones we could get). I did meet some new peers and talked a lot about Social networking. Ian’s Pizza was the most interesting stop of the group. Between open mic...

Special Guest: TPN Weekly #72 – TV is Dying! 0

Special Guest: TPN Weekly #72 – TV is Dying!

I hosted TPN Weekly, a weekly podcast by different Techpodcast members. The topic this week: TV is Dying! I go into detail on what is happening in the TV space and how television is changing as we speak. A-la Carte television will be here before you know it. Items discussed in the podcast: Sling Media Hulu iTunes Boxee Roku Apple TV ivi TV is Dying on Blog.Techpodcast.com – Audio of the show

5 Tech Things You Should Know Boxee Application Approved! 0

5 Tech Things You Should Know Boxee Application Approved!

Just a few minutes ago, Geekazine’s “5 Tech Things You Should Know” Boxee application was approved. It will soon be in the repository and will be accessible through your applications. The 5 Tech Things is a show – 10-15 minutes in length – that highlights 5 items everyone should know about. It doesn’t get too technical and gives you a glimpse at what’s happening in the space. Out of the 3 shows of Geekazine, the 5 Tech Things has been the most popular. Because of that, I have been working hard on this show to give you every opportunity to watch it. The 5 Tech Things is not a stranger to Boxee. The video is also available via Blip.tv Application and through the TechPodcasts Application. This will just be a more direct way to get the video. The process for the application is pretty straightforward. Future development is in the...

Energizer Brings Qi (Chee): Wireless Charger for iPhone, Blackbery 8900 1

Energizer Brings Qi (Chee): Wireless Charger for iPhone, Blackbery 8900

In the last two years of going to the Consumer Electronics Show, we have seen our share of charging mats – most notably, Powermat. The idea is simple: place your device on the pad and let it charge. Energizer – in cooperation with the Wireless Power Consordium (WPC) – have developed the Energizer Qi. It is a 2 bay mat to place your devices and let them charge. For it’s release in October, it’s only the iPhone and Blackberry 8900 (with other devices coming soon). You slip on the case and set down the device. Once done charging, you take off the mat. On the mat you will see the Qi symbol. Place the device on the symbol and the device will charge using conduction. First Thoughts The one thing I notice is the case covers the dock. I don’t see a way to charge or sync data...

Samsung HMX-T10: HD Video Camera That is Stylish, Ergonomic 0

Samsung HMX-T10: HD Video Camera That is Stylish, Ergonomic

There are a lot of handheld cameras out there, but few that can tout being ergonomic. The Samsung HMX-T10 is one of those cameras. With a 20 degree slanted lens, the HMX-T10 allows you to hold the camera without cocking your wrist. Therefore, you can hold the camera up a lot longer to get the baby’s first steps, or to record your buddies band and get the whole song without having to try and switch hands. The camera has a few other features, too. 10x Optical zoom, 5.1M CMOS sensor, image stabilization and 1920 x1080 60i. “The HMX-T10 offers not only a stylish, compact design, but also demonstrates the thoughtfulness and innovation Samsung brings to making movies” said Mr. SangJin Park, President of Samsung Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics. “The HMX-T10’s convenient features encapsulates the innovative and easy-to-use nature of our camcorder range, as well as our aim to...

Will Clearwire’s A-la Carte pre-pay 4G Service Bring Customers? 1

Will Clearwire’s A-la Carte pre-pay 4G Service Bring Customers?

When I was in Vegas in June, I had the opportunity to use a Clear 4G card for the week. It was nice – $50 for the week and I didn’t have to suffer from hotel speeds – especially since the hotel charged $14.95 a day to connect ( Which would have cost $90). Today, Clearwire announced a new pricing plan, which would come to $5 a day – $50 a month. The service is called Rover – It’s the first “Pay as you go” 4G plan. You can connect with one device, like a laptop, or for $149.99, you can get the rover puck – their hotspot alternative. You can then connect up to 8 devices and would be perfect for connection to iPhones or iPads when there is spotty 3G and WiFi service. If you want to buy the USB dongle, that will cost $99.99. “Simple,...

Friday the 13th’s Double Rainbow Connection 0

Friday the 13th’s Double Rainbow Connection

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOK. I don’t know what prompted me to do this, but after getting about 10 hours of very heavy rain and finding that the Geek Studio has a crack in it’s foundation, going outside to see the double rainbow was relaxing. The neighbors were in awe to this calm after the storm. It just got me singing. Therefore, this is a verse of my best Kermit rendition. I would say it’s the only time you will hear it, but this is the internet – It will be played again and again…

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