Category: Blog

Every week, I try to Blog about what has happened. I call it “Ramblings”. This category can also contain general blogs during the week.

Cujo Smart Firewall is the Internet Dog that Protects Your Internet’s Front Door

Some of us have the cable company set up our Internet, which we assume as safe. Maybe you also get a Wifi router, which you think you add even more security to your system. But these devices don’t deal as much with security – only to get you online. you need something that will tell you what is coming into your Internet home and even block the bad. That is where Cujo comes in. The more you have connected to your “Smart Home”, the more a device is needed so others cannot use this door to come in. All you need to do is click a link in an email that looks official. Or maybe you get a new device that you instantly connect to your network, and put all your passwords in, thinking it’s safe. Next thing you know, your computers,smart thermostat, lights,smart TV, and many other...

A Batman vs. Superman Review that May Make Ben Affleck Proud

This review is from Guest reviewer Thomas. After viewing the movie BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Dawn of Justice, I have decided that enough hate has befallen this movie. I will, therefore, give as positive a review as possible. (and as spoiler-free as possible.) First off, I want to say; Henry from Eureka created Cyborg! Whoah! Now that I have gotten that off my chest, Director Zack Snyder apparently deduced that DC  fans really wanted a movie based on Superman/Doomsday, The Dark Knight Returns, and World’s Finest. Therefore, he did them all in one shot. The movie opens right about where I expected it – A year or so since General Zod dropped in to give Kal-El a big hug. As the battle left buildings destroyed and people lying dead, the public started to wonder if having a powerful alien floating about is such a good idea. At the top of...


HP Storage Tech Day and Nth Generation Symposium – July 29th – Aug 1st 2013

I’ll be headed back to Los Angles, CA to be part of the HP Storage Tech Day 4 and Nth Generation Symposium at the DisneyLand Hotel. First time in the hotel, it will be the closest to Disneyland I have ever been to. On July 29th, the HP Storage Tech Day will commence with Calvin Zito (@HPStorageGuy) and a merry band of bloggers. I will be there, streaming the event to YouTube. Event schedule will be up later next week. As for the blogging crew – it consists of: Nate Amsden, Nina Buik, – @ninabuik Dave Hurst, – @the_super_dave Brian Knudtson, knudt blog – @Bknudtson Ray Lucchesi, Silverton Consulting Blog – @RayLucchesi Jake Ludington, Jake Ludington’s Digital Lifestyle – @jakeluddington Robert Novak, rsts11 (resource sharing, time sharing) – @gallifreyan John Obeto, – @johnobeto Derek Schauland, Technically Speaking – @webjunkie Bob Stein, – @ActiveWin The...

Ramblings: Hard Drive Woes – July 3rd, 2010 0

Ramblings: Hard Drive Woes – July 3rd, 2010

It’s been a while since I did a Ramblings. Here we go… Last night I went to record some of July’s Day in Tech History episodes. The audio was lagging – when I stopped processing, it would sit and think. I was able to save the recording, but it took a good 5 minutes to catch up. I finally got it to work better by putting the cache files on another drive. Uh oh… This is the first time in 15 years of PC computing that I have had a hard drive even start to falter in a production machine. Not a good feeling. At least I have good backups. I was able to pull the data off the drives. It just took a while to do. I still have to run the Seagate software, but the bigger question is if the drives are still under warranty. Seagate drives...

Ramblings – 8-01-2009 – Podcast Patent What? 0

Ramblings – 8-01-2009 – Podcast Patent What?

You can Patent Podcasting? It was an interesting week. The one thing that just seemed to be the strangest is that a company called VoloMedia decided to put a patent on Podcasting. While we’re all still trying to wrap our heads around it, I can see how this can happen. I remember years ago I heard of patent cases all around of people who didn’t really invent something clean up because there was no document on it. Of course, the more famous story goes to the girl who invented that clip to store your sunglasses on your car’s visor. The story goes she used Bobby-pins to invent the clip. Someone else saw the idea and made an adjustment, then patented it for their own. The end result is that girl lost out on millions of $$ Yeah, this is not no visor clip and we are no little...

Ramblings 7-18-09 – Hi, I’m a Facebook Addict 0

Ramblings 7-18-09 – Hi, I’m a Facebook Addict

Wait. I have to check my Facebook. No Messages? OK. Here I go. iPhone Week 2 I sat down with a friend last night who also got one of the new 3GS Models. We went back and forth on what we liked and didn’t. He had a lot of paid apps, while I haven’t purchased a single one. I am taking my time and make sure that I am not paying 99 cents for something I am going to delete tomorrow. I did play with a great little app from Master Card. It was quick and easy to use and worked phenomenally on the phone. But I think that it all is shadowed from the other functionality of the phone. Facebook and Twitter – As well as email – seems to be consuming the time. Don’t get me wrong. I still believe a phone is made for calling...

Podcast Carnivale Set for August 9th 0

Podcast Carnivale Set for August 9th

On August 9th from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM CST, we will have the live event called “Podcast Carnivale“. During this event, we will talk to tech podcasters about different items. At 3 PM CST – Andy, Todd and Techpodcasts Network will hold a special TPN Roundtable. Finally, at 6 PM CST – we will be giving away all the prizes in the Summer of Podcasts contest. If you would like to participate, all you have to do is let me know and I will sign you up. geekazine at gmail dot com. Event: Podcast Carnivale Why: Event to talk with Tech Podcasters, giveaways and more. When: August 9th from 12:00 to 18:00 (6 PM) CST Who: All that entered in the Summer of Podcasts Contest Special: TPN Roundtable at 3 PM CST Special: Drawing for “Summer of Podcasts” Contest at 6 PM CST

Ramblings – 7-4-09 – Independance Day 0

Ramblings – 7-4-09 – Independance Day

Were gonna be short on Ramblings since it’s another fun filled weekend. Happy Independence Day I am writing this on July 4th, so I shall say it. If you are not in the US, shoot off some fireworks anyway. It’s fun – unless you are in a country that doesn’t make it fun, then just read on. We spent the majority of last night blowing stuff up. I can say that I enjoyed the night a lot. Being with friends and just relaxing to the warm sound of BANG! POP! BOOM! Tonight, we play in the Dells, and although that’s fun too, it’s a different group. Summer of Podcasts Contest is Underway Wednesday marked the start of the Summer of Podcasts contest. PC Mac Smackdown, Simon Sez IT and Bageltech News are the first show to listen to. Collect the codeword, then go to and enter it...

Ramblings 6-28-09 – Where’d the Week Go? 0

Ramblings 6-28-09 – Where’d the Week Go?

Busy Week Thanks for coming to the site. We had another great week – busy week. It was a lot of fun and really productive. Post – HPTF Of course, we went to Vegas the week before to cover the HP Technology Forum Expo. Andy McCaskey, Kara Karsten and myself were working hard with interviews, product reviews and more. This week was planning to get some of the videos out to you. So far, we’ve posted the HP POD video on Friday and have a lot more coming soon. Summer of Podcasts – Podcast Carnivale This is what really took up the majority of the week. The last month I have been working hard in getting prizes together. Now it’s time to put a contest together. That is where the Summer of Podcasts comes in. Each week, Podcasters will be giving out codewords during their shows. We will...

Ramblings – 6-21-09 – Las Vegas 1

Ramblings – 6-21-09 – Las Vegas

Day Off – Sort of A late Ramblings this week as I decided to stay offline last week. It was a long week and I was playing all weekend. It has been a while since I last took more than 24 hours off a computer, so that is a big feat for me. HP Tech Forum I had a fun time talking and working with Andy McCaskey and Kara Karsten with SDRNews. We had such a blast. We also put forward the mobile interview booth rig. We call it the “MacGyver” rig. Nonetheless, it was connected to uStream and we were able to conduct a few interviews for the event. Check out all the info on the Twitter log at #HPTF. Great to meet some new bloggers: Shane Pitman of Neowin, John Obeto of AbsoluteWindows. We had a great week along with Halley, Tom, Calvin and Rebecca from...

Ramblings – 6-13-09 – 36 Hours from Vegas and #HPTF 0

Ramblings – 6-13-09 – 36 Hours from Vegas and #HPTF

Viva Las Vegas In 36 hours I will be back in a city I said I would never go to. Las Vegas. Years ago, I was opposed to gambling. We had a local casino and every time I would step foot in, I would be barraged with “Ding Ding Ding” noises that would irritate me to no end. That has changed. Not that I am an excessive gambler, but I have realized that if you are going to start a new business, you are taking a gamble. You put down more money than you can afford and you let it ride. If you are a smart gambler, you know when to move your chips, but nonetheless, they will still be on the table. I started pulling the slots on a business model about 10 years ago. Crazy ideas on the web. My first Website was “Toonzed” featuring “Cybeeks”...

Geekazine Partners with Mevio – Launches 0

Geekazine Partners with Mevio – Launches

Geekazine has been working with different vendors since inception in 2007. With Podcasts being part of the Techpodcast network, the video had a uncertainty to it. That all has changed as we are now working with Mevio to produce Geekazine video content within. In preparation, we have launched – the official website for all Geekazine video. Within the next couple weeks we will be ramp up video content. We will be producing more video reviews, interviews, and backchannel content to show what it’s like at each event. Mevio hosts great shows like, Cranky Geeks, Mevio Tech (with Sumi Das) and other hosts of Mevio Men, Mevio Women and Mevio Music. The official press release: Fitchburg, WI 5-26-09: Geekazine has been known for their views in technology. The Geekazine Podcast and Geekazine Quickcast (including ‘Week in Tech History’) have been in production since 2007. Now, Geekazine has...

Ramblings – 5-23-09 – Bratfest 0

Ramblings – 5-23-09 – Bratfest

Just got done playing Bratfest – a weekend of music and sausage to raise money for various charities. All the bands donate their time and our band was no different. We had a lot of fun and it was officially our first big stage show of the season. I am packing. Moving to a new place – TBD. Yep, in 5 days I have to be moved out of my place. The finalization on the new diggs is not set, but these things work themselves out. Podcasts will go on as scheduled and so should ‘Week in Tech History’. The video is getting a new home. is where you can get all the Geekazine Video. We have signed up with Mevio to host all our video. Once I get new digs, we will be putting up a lot more. TVazine is the newest part of the Geekazine...

Moving, Moving – Ramblings 5-16-09 0

Moving, Moving – Ramblings 5-16-09

Well, this week I started getting everything in order. The packing is going pretty well as I did almost nothing yet… Kidding. I packed away all the promotional and review items, then started getting all the computer stuff straightened out. However, it’s tough to pack computers when new ones are coming in. It’s a startup side project that I am working on where we are looking for older – yet still useful computers. We need older P4’s at least 1.8 Ghz in speed if you have any lying around. Dell machines preferred because of their ability to turn on at certain times. Otherwise, it’s been a pretty laid back week. Podcast went well. Been talking to a new sponsor that could bring more to the video section. If you haven’t checked it out, I recreated the Duke Nukem character on Bitstrips. I did a full video demonstration and...

Ramblings – 5-09-09 – Award Night 0

Ramblings – 5-09-09 – Award Night

For those who don’t know, tonight I am going to the Madison Area Music Awards. I was nominated for 3 awards including cover band of the year, country song of the year (which was weird) and Unique song of the year (a remix of a song by another artist). It’s pretty exciting that I was nominated on all 3 areas – 2 of them I had expectation on . While I’ve been waiting for tonight, I had some interesting issues come up with the site. In PHP land, if there is a issue, it will create a ‘core’ file. That file might have 0 kb or megs of info. I had over 300 of them on the site. To counter, I cleared out the offending ones, made sure all updates were solid, backed up and cleaned content and wrote a CRON job to tell me if this happens...

Ramblings – 5-02-09 – The CMS Expo in Chicago 0

Ramblings – 5-02-09 – The CMS Expo in Chicago

About 5 minutes back from Chicago and am I taking a nap? No. I’m back on the site. What am I, crazy? What a great time with Andy McCaskey and Kara Karsten putting together 2-3 days worth of content. Lots of video uploaded and produced. Also learned a lot about CMS systems. Most people there were either Drupal or Joomla shops, with a couple Plone and Alfresco speakers. Still, there was a lot of content to go around. Met some real influential CMS experts. There was a Joomla vs. Drupal theme going, though. They even wrote songs about it. I posted them both up – not great quality, so be forewarned.

Ramblings – 4-11-09 – Site Down, Site Up 0

Ramblings – 4-11-09 – Site Down, Site Up

This last weekend was a roller coaster of a ride. Last week we saw some issues with the site when I cleaned up the system. For some reason, the mySQL was going off the charts. Therefore the Service Provider decided to counter by putting the whole site into a 403 error. Both Geekazine and Dorkazine were affected, as well as a couple other sites I run on this host. We worked hard at it and the problem fixed itself, at least that is what the support agent told me. At any rate, the system was fixed and I was able to get shows up. Or not.

Ramblings – 4-04-09 – Crafting On Mountain Dew 0

Ramblings – 4-04-09 – Crafting On Mountain Dew

I just bought my first case of 16 oz bottles of Mountain Dew. All I can think about is “10 minutes fueling Geekazine, forever in a landfill”. I need to figure out something to do with these bottles so they don’t end up there. My mom used to take the 2 liter bottles, cut them up and turn them into wind spinners. She had a template that she cut from, used a soldering iron to make a more precise cut and then decorated it to put out in the yard. Not that our house was filled with those things – but it definitely was a crafty project that she liked to do. My Dad, on the other hand was into wood crafts. He used to make cribbage boards. It all started when he saw a semi-truck cribbage board. He said “I can do that” – And he did....

Geekazine Podcast Survey

Geekazine Podcast Survey

Geekazine is implementing a simple survey to find out what you think of the weekly Podcast. This is for the main Podcast only (Quickcast survey will be done later).  It will give you an opportunity to voice what you like or dislike on the show. The survey does have an option for you to say who you are, however you can remain anonymous. I do ask that if you do not put in your name, to at least put in your location. The link is below. Thank you for your input! Take the Geekazine Podcast Survey

Ramblings 3-28-09 – Getting Ready for Snow 0

Ramblings 3-28-09 – Getting Ready for Snow

The best part is this is the last snow of the season and hopefully it won’t be as bad as they say. Just wet slush. Just a small annoyance, then warm weather. Now on to some cool stuff. I stopped by SWAP – Surpluss with a Purpose the other day. Basically, it’s a shop that gets furniture, computers and other interesting stuff from the University and other government offices. They then refurb and resell. I was at the shop the other day and picked up a couple SATA hard drives for a few bucks. I went there looking for office chairs and couldn’t resist the deal. Didn’t get a chair though. Keeping my eye open for the right one. We have some cool stuff happening. The big news on Tuesday in which I cannot really talk about, but some other great news is that we are starting another...

Ramblings 3-21-09 – Where was I last week? 0

Ramblings 3-21-09 – Where was I last week?

So last week on Thurs. I got sick. Didn’t think much of it, took some nyquil and slept the day. That night I was feeling much better, but Friday was a different story. That night I was ok and Saturday I was good until I wasn’t. We did a show and when I got home, I knew it was something more. Sunday was a blur. Monday was a semi-blur.

Ramblings 3-07-09 – Sundance Theater Edition 0

Ramblings 3-07-09 – Sundance Theater Edition

Another week has gone by. It was a fun one but also just bland. In fact, I am trying to think back to the week, and having a hard time remembering what happened. I know that once I start writing I’ll remember. Then there is the “oh carps bait! I forgot to talk about this”… First of all, Kudos to Robert Scoble for making the move on. He’s got a great group following him, so whatever he does will be pretty successful. It would be fun just to spend a day with him and see what and how he does it. Of course I commented that if he ever wants to do something for Geekazine, he is always welcome. I know it’s a long shot, but sometimes you have to do that. After all, Gene Roddenberry got his start by taping his resume on a pizza box. I...

Ramblings – 2-22-09 – Quick Thoughts before Jury Duty

Ramblings – 2-22-09 – Quick Thoughts before Jury Duty

This weekend has been a whirlwind. I’ve been working on some new items and I went out of town yesterday. I also had to figure out what I am going to do this week. Tomorrow I have to report to Jury Duty. I may be out for 4 hours, I may be out for 4 days. God forbid I may be out for 4 weeks. While I don’t think it will be the extreme latter, I have to make preparations if I am out for more than a couple days. That means the Podcast may not happen on Wed. Therefore to suppliment, I am planning a mini-podcast for Monday. Add to that the Quickcast. That means a lot of work on a Sunday. Not that I mind. I enjoy doing this WAY too much. FAWM is almost complete. I’m at 13 songs and the 14th is a collaboration...

Ramblings – 2-14-09 – Happy Valentines Day 0

Ramblings – 2-14-09 – Happy Valentines Day

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Ramblings. With all the videos and other things happening, I’ve just been running out of time. Still, we need to ramble every now and then… First of all, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day. Hope the day is full of love and happiness. I found out the CES videos have been tweeted by CEA – the company that actually puts on CES. Because of that, more people have been checking out the video. Thanks to all that have been coming to the site. I am missing the LIVE Show, but in another way glad I took the month off. Lots of stuff happening so I can focus on the new items. As for FAWM – I have written 9 songs. While I’m having fun, I haven’t found that “Breakout song”. Maybe this year is going to...

1-24-09 – Ramblings – Lots of CES Posts 0

1-24-09 – Ramblings – Lots of CES Posts

Todd Cochrane is heading to Japan, so he’s putting up as much video he can. Therefore, I’ve been putting up all the videos. Add in the Backchannel posts and I’ve doubled the amount of articles on Geekazine for the next few weeks. Nonetheless, I am willing to sacrifice the time to get these videos up. I also started getting back into the swing of things. Bitstrips, Quickcasts and the Podcast. Of course, there was no LIVE Show on Monday due to a very special day of mine. I ended up spending the day celebrating. Although I took the day off, it turned out I had to get some work done. Oh well – it’s all for the cause, right? I did 2 things I never thought I would – I ate SPAM and installed Windows 7 Beta. Last week I got a laptop up and running that I...