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Fireworks Through iPhone – 1 Photo at a Time 0

Fireworks Through iPhone – 1 Photo at a Time

Over the weekend the band played a local festival in central WI. At 10PM, they had a fireworks show. I did like anyone else – pulled out my iPhone and tried to take a photo. However, with the new shutter speed of the OS4, I realized I could take a few pictures in a couple seconds. So I kept hitting the shutter button. The end result was 374 pictures recreating the fireworks. It worked so well, there are points where you can see the firework climb in the sky and explode. It was an amazing display. Music by Pimps of Joytime – Bonita.

Zombie Cookies 0

Zombie Cookies

I don’t concern myself too much with browser cookies, because I’m pretty conservative in my browsing habits. I spend most of my browsing time at legitimate news sites and blogs–I don’t care if the Denver Post or Project Gutenberg leaves footprints behind on my browser and my hosts file blocks most of the sites that like to drop tracking cookies. Also, since I moved to Linux, I’ve drifted away from alt.comp.virus, where the discussion is not limited strictly to viruses, but may address to any form of possible security issues (maybe I’ll resubscribe). Consequently, I had not heard of “zombie cookies” until I saw this story on the BBC website; a privacy activist has filed a lawsuit against a number of websites, including Hulu and MySpace, for using a type of Flash-based cookie that can recreate itself after being deleted: . . . the lawsuit, brought about by...

That HP x310 Data Vault Saved My Butt Last Week… 0

That HP x310 Data Vault Saved My Butt Last Week…

7-21 editors Note: Small mistake on verbage. It said backing up is detrimental instead of Fundamental. Thanks to Tom for pointing it out… A few weeks ago, I noticed a small problem with my system. A hard disk issue was afoot. I made some quick changes and got back to stable, while I waited for replacements. However, I did back up with Mozy and I also backed up on the HP x310 Data Vault. Then, it happened. Disk 1 went down. The new disks were here and being prepped, so when it happened, I had to make a quick change. Especially since I had a phone meeting in an hour. I swapped the drives out, reinitialized and got the missing drives back. I then did the restore through Windows Home Server. Within an hour, all 600 gig of active data was restored. The best part was the speed. An...

Rent 4G with Cheetah for Business Trips 0

Rent 4G with Cheetah for Business Trips

Of course, last week I was in Las Vegas. I was dreading the possibility that I had to do uploading / downloading from a hotel connection. Last year, I paid $14.95 a day for 512 down / 256 up on average. Not great if you need to push video for a major event. Terri from Ivy Worldwide turned me on to Cheetah – a local company that rented 4G cards using the Clear 4G network. Their website – 4G4rent – went through the steps – rent the service (pre-pay), they drop the card off at your hotel. Use the service, then when you check out, you leave the card at the front desk. Pretty simple. What was better, though, was the price. I purchased the service from Sunday to Friday and it only cost me $54.00. That was $9 a day. So how was the speed? Well look...

Inside Ford’s Virtual Manufacturing – Ford Tour 1

Inside Ford’s Virtual Manufacturing – Ford Tour

I am no stranger to 3D modeling and motion capture. Thanks to a good friend, I have learned all about it. In fact, he just set up a motion capture studio less than two weeks ago. I saw Motion capture on games, but I never saw it in a different type of production. That is what Ford is doing1 – They are using the Virtual Manufacturing division to test the aesthetics and ergonomics of a car. They can even do it without the car being present. Allison Stephens guides us through the program known as Santos (Jack and Jill). The computer model is used figure out not only if the oil cap is reachable in the car, but how it affects the person who is adjusting it. Santos can help engineers understand the stress of reaching for the oil cap, or maybe something as simple in Getting into and out...

What is in THIS box? 1

What is in THIS box?

Could it be a puppy? Maybe it’s a new carburetor. Not that I need a new one, but it could be. Then again – like Monty Hall says – It could be empty. Nope. It’s a new device we will be looking at. However, I am under embargo to not reveal what this device is until June 3rd. I will say that it can save you from long hours of worrying if things go wrong. More to come…

HP DataVault X510 Warranty Extended to 3 Years 2

HP DataVault X510 Warranty Extended to 3 Years

I got some great news from HP today. Apparently, if you purchase a HP Data Vault X510, you now have some great warranty options. Here is the official Press release: HP StorageWorks X510 Data Vault Warranty Extended to 3 years PALO ALTO, Calif., March 20, 2010 Hewlett-Packard announced today that the HP StorageWorks X510 Data Vault, a small business server designed to securely store, share and protect their important information, has extended the warranty duration. The warranty duration for the HP StorageWorks X510 Data Vault has been extended to 3 years, which includes a 3 year limited warranty on hardware and a 3 year technical support warranty on software.  This extension of the warranty includes HP Data Vaults currently in use by customer today. Affected products 1 TB (Q2050A), 2 TB (Q2051A), 3 TB (Q2052A) No other changes to Limited Warranty and Technical Support Statement All other terms...

How to Configure the Mozy Backup 0

How to Configure the Mozy Backup

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn the last couple months, we have been talking about online backup through Mozy.com. It is a great way to take your pictures and audio off-site. That way if you have a fire or theft, you do not loose your data. It’s not the fastest thing in the world – but the more data you have, the longer the initial backup will take. Also, it is dependant on your internet connection – The initial upload took 4 days for me. They counter it by compressing the file before uploading. It encodes, then uploads the file using 128 bit Encryption. The Data Centers are SAS70 and ISO certified. You can change how fast or slow the update can take by moving the slider during backup. One thing I would love to see on the program would be a “Pause” button. While I...

Lexware Labs Sleep Cycle: Can I Learn, Sleep Better? 0

Lexware Labs Sleep Cycle: Can I Learn, Sleep Better?

Apparently there is a new iPhone application out there that lets me monitor my sleep cycle by simply sleeping with the iPhone at the corner of the bed. The application is called Sleep Cycle by Lexware Labs. It is currently a $0.99 app in the iTunes store as an introductory offer. The application is simple: Set the alarm for your wake time. For me, I don’t usually set an alarm – When I want to get up, I wake up. Nonetheless, I did setup the alarm for testing sake. I set the iPhone on the corner of the bed. They say you need to plug in the device to maintain power, but I am not ready to sleep with 115 Volts sitting by my head just yet. I had the phone charged up, so I left the cable on the computer. It did go through about 50-60% of...

HP StorageWorks x510 Data Vault Perfect for Any Home or Office 3

HP StorageWorks x510 Data Vault Perfect for Any Home or Office

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSEditors Disclaimer: This StorageWorks x510 Data Vault is a review unit sent to me from HP. They asked me to test and report my findings. Although the Data Vault is a review model, my review is based on honest observations. Any questions – please refer to the review policy page for more information When I first pulled this device out of the box, I thought to myself – Wow. It’s not like my last Data Storage device. The last one was 3x the size, held 5 SCSI drives that didn’t even go to 100 GB, had two power supplies and weighed about 100 lbs. I looked like one of those guys in the Worlds Strongest Man Competition trying to haul that puppy up and downstairs when I moved it. All right — Let’s start with the basics. The X510 case doesn’t...

Apple iPad – The Rumor becomes Reality 0

Apple iPad – The Rumor becomes Reality

Well, after weeks of anticipation, the Apple iPad has become reality. The 1.5 lb, 9.7 inch device with a 1 GB Apple A4 processor in 16, 32 and 64 GB models. It’s an e-reader, it’s a photo book, it’s a video display and a lot more. All for a price that blows away Kindle. The base device (running the iPhone software) has no camera, but does have GSM archetecture and possible 3G connectivity. No OLED screen, but from the initial response is it’s fast and looks great. Of course it has no Arsenic or Mercury and is BFR and PVC free. The price list is interesting – 16 GB for $499. 32 GB for $599 and 64 GB for $699. Add 3G for $129. So you can get the base model, or the 64 GB with 3G for $829. Of course it does have WiFi connectivity. The big...

Debut of the Geekazine Geek Bar 2

Debut of the Geekazine Geek Bar

I am proud to announce that the Geekazine Geek Bar is now open! On today’s “5 Tech Things you should know” (to be released soon), I introduce the new location for the Geekazine videos. The Geek bar will be the primary spot for video, while certain segments will be conducted at the “Geek Couch”. With the Geek Bar, we now have the ability to do live Skype interviews. The bar will also be used to give reviews, demo products or just have a drink. There is still more additions to this new area of Geekazine. Feel free to comment on what you like and what you don’t.

The Jabra Stone – Fashion to the Bluetooth Headset 0

The Jabra Stone – Fashion to the Bluetooth Headset

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe world of Bluetooth headsets has evolved. My first headset seemed like a monster compared to today. Still, there is a level of geekiness that supersedes the functionality the headset can give. That is why Jabra put out the Jabra Stone – a fashion – oriented earpiece for those who don’t like having a microphone stick from their face. The stone touts one big feature – no visible microphone. The headset is designed for fashion over functionality. All black with no visible buttons. The stone is Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR compliant. It works with Bluetooth 1.1 or better. Once charged, the device has an 8 hour talk and 12 day standby time. The headset can answer calls, do voice dialing and last number redial and can change in volume. In the review section, I go through and talk about the functionality of...

Unboxing the Epson Artisan 810 0

Unboxing the Epson Artisan 810

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe pull out and set up the Epson Artisan 810 All in one Printer. This is a fully functional copier / printer / scanner / Fax. We set up the printer to the network and make a couple print samples. **Before we start, I have to say that this device was sent to me by Epson and does not influence my review of the product. It is part of the giveaway on Podcast Madness this month. The Epson Artisan 810 has a few great features to it. The 3.5″ LCD touch panel allows you to move around easily. The 700 didn’t have the touch screen, which was frustrating. This one is a lot easier to handle. The Artisan 810 runs on the Claria ink system. That means the six toners give high-quality reproductions. The ink system is said to help reduce...

Geekazine Original – Blogworld Bound 0

Geekazine Original – Blogworld Bound

O.K. I was a little bored tonight, so I put together a song for this next week’s Blogworld – New Media Expo. It’s only a few days away and I am pumped to meet and learn (and relax a bit). Are you going to the show? Let me know. I get there on Wednesday, so we could easily meet up for a “Pre Blogworld drink”. If someone has a guitar with them, I might just pull out the song again. This time with a little bit of practice. After all, I’m a drummer – not a Guitar playing Harmonica hasher…. But for now, here’s an unofficial Blogworld song. If you want to sing along: Doesn’t matter if I got no money. Doesn’t matter at all. I set me a path and now I’m heading down this road. (cause I’m)Blogworld bound – That’s where I’m gonna be. And baby...

Geeks from the Rear View 1

Geeks from the Rear View

Last week I decided to put a call out to have people take a shot of their rear-view or side-view mirror and send to me. It all started simply because a friend of mine – Sean Kelley – inspired me to find out what is in people’s rear-view windows. I also asked them what they used to take the picture, which interestingly enough is not as many camera phones as I would think. I decided to put this into a Gallery of Rear View moments. These are the result – I hope you like it.

Morning Coffee: Then and Now – Bitstrips 0

Morning Coffee: Then and Now – Bitstrips

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a Bitstrips. Today I was inspired. Me and my brother really enjoy going to breakfast every now and then. What was better – there was a restaurant that actually had Wi-Fi access. Therefore, we both would take our laptops and surf while eating. That was two weeks ago. Now we have smartphones that have wireless access. Of course, I have the iPhone 3GS and he has the Blackberry 8330. So why do we need the Notebooks? Heck – we can go to any place that serves breakfast because the Wi-Fi access selling point is null. The only thing we cannot do is run any program that requires Flash. That means no Bitstripping while at breakfast with the phone. So we still need the computers and access at one point. That is, until we get netbooks with 3G access….

Day 2 – the iPhone 0

Day 2 – the iPhone

What a difference a day makes…. Apps Well, not really. I am still happy with my purchase. Last night I spent some time working out some of the settings. I also have been getting apps for the phone. The Bug Spray app was not that great. Was really razzing people with the iHandgun app. Drum Kit Lite to rock out and of course Pandora for music.  Can’t forget Stitcher for downloading podcasts (BTW – PODCASTERS – you need to make sure you are on Stitcher). Oh yeah – Peanut Butter Jelly Time. Just so you know, I haven’t paid for any apps yet. I want to get a handle on the store before I started getting the Beer app. Batterrrrrrryyyy….. In 6 hours, I pretty much had to put it back on the charger. I haven’t found a car charger yet – I want a retractable cord charger....

Day 1 – the iPhone 0

Day 1 – the iPhone

As you might have heard, I made the decicion to get an iPhone. I looked over all the smartphones – especially those with windows mobile on them (I still have a spot for the good old mobile). The one phone I wanted just didn’t seem to be going in the direction of the standard Smartphone. The screen was too small and the buttons separated. Little round dots that you need a pin to use. Not what I had in mind. Therefore, I logged on, found out the iPhone was available right now, and made an impulse buy. Well, not really an impulse buy. Yet, this was definitely out of character. What I like about the iPhone 3GS The biggest improvement to me was somehow, the touch sensativity was a lot better. I could actually hit the keys on the glass keyboard and get what I was typing. There...

Studio Test 1 – The Green Screen 0

Studio Test 1 – The Green Screen

I have been working hard in getting the new studio up and running. Today was the first day I could really test it. Therefore, with Logitech 9000 webcam in hand, I put together the first video. I brought it upstairs and tested out the new video editing equipment. Amazingly, it really handled the bad light to make the green screen work. I can’t wait to actually put in real lighting. At first I thought of not posting this video, but ya know…. I worked hard at this. Therefore, it went up on TVazine. Here is the first test video down in the Cave – er I mean Studio.

So, Naturally, the First Thing I DId Was Break It 3

So, Naturally, the First Thing I DId Was Break It

Then I fixed it. The new laptop arrived Friday afternoon. I spend Friday afternoon and evening doing basic configuration and Saturday fine-tuning it.

Let the Phone Wars Begin – Bitstrips 0

Let the Phone Wars Begin – Bitstrips

The next few weeks are going to be do or die for the Palm Pre. With it’s release of June 6th, we will see if this new phone from Palm is going to be able to stand up to the Apple iPhone. Especially when the new 3.0 version comes out by the end of the month. iPhone has had a very strong showing. It knocked down Motorola’s RAZR and brought the world of Smartphones to the forefront of mobile technology. You can pretty much do anything you need on the phone from take photos, to record and listen to music, check mail and even turn your life over to this amazing device. That is, if you can afford the mobile plan. Palm has been around for over 10 years in handheld organizers. There have been some reorganizations of the company – changing to PalmOne, for example. Nonetheless, Palm...

Geekazine Podcast Ep 89 – 6-03-09 – Homeless edition 0

Geekazine Podcast Ep 89 – 6-03-09 – Homeless edition

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSShorter show because still at the old Place. I’ll tell you why – TVazine videos doing well – Weekend in Grand Rapids – Summer of Geekazine Contest going on. Win an Epson Artisan 700. Take the Geekazine Podcast Survey Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Put Your Financials into order – Edward Jones All Show Notes are also on Delicious Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher I – S.U.N. (Straight Up News) Android II – T-Mobile announcement Apple Sued – Actus has Electronic Tokens Kindle buys E-INK Google’s new Search Appliance News from E3 –PSPgo –Wii Pacemaker – Everyone wants to be a Wii – Natal JOTW – Three lead programmers of Google decide to jump ship and apply at Yahoo. They tell...

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