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Maker Studios Acquires

This actually happened last week, but I finally got the email this morning stating that Blip will be acquired by Maker Studios – on of the largest YouTube MCNs, with over 4 billion views monthly through 60,000 channels. The announcement went as follows: I’m excited to announce that Blip has been acquired by Maker Studios, a next-generation media company and the world’s largest multi-channel network of online video content. This means exciting things for the future of Blip and our community of talented independent producers. Your passion for creating entertaining, informative, and engaging video is part of Blip’s DNA. We want that collaborative relationship to continue. A few things that are important to clarify: the core Blip toolset (producer dashboard, video player and monetization tools) will remain the same; will continue to operate as a robust entertainment destination; and the industry-leading Blip sales team will be ramping up their sales game....

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New Look for Jeffrey Powers at Geekazine

3 years ago I chose to grow my goatee out. It was going to be for a promotion that never happened (the promoter chose not to do it). Since then, I decided to grow out the goatee. It was not the first time I did that but this was the first time I let it grow this long. Now, #3YearsInTheMaking – I decided to make the change. I took off the excess and my goatee was back to a normal length. I was fine with that until… Jennifer said “I’ve never seen you clean shaven”. I thought to myself – I went this far, I can do the rest. So I shaved it all off. I figure it’ll grow back in a couple weeks. Why not give her this look now? What Happens from Here? It’s possible I’ll grow it out again. Probably not to the length I...


How To Move a Stand Alone WordPress Website to WordPress Multi Site with Images

A few months ago I decided to switch to WordPress Multi Site. After reading the updated documentation, I felt the CMS software had matured enough to implement this option. Of course, the implementation was pretty straightforward and I had to do a lot of DNS fixing for the domains that I wanted to bring over – most of them were new websites that I easily set up. However, there are a few WordPress installations on my site that are still separate from MS. The reason why – they were bulky and moving them over might be a major pain. I was right, too. Over the weekend I decided to make one major change to Geekazine – bring the show iPad365 out of Geekazine and onto its own website. That way it can catalog better and I can customize the site for iPad365. However, it wasn’t a great experience....

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Why Kevin Rose Should be the Next CEO of Microsoft

Today, Steve Ballmer announced he will be retiring in 12 months. This was set to a lot of mixed emotion. In this world of high technology, CEOs seem to have a good exit plan – Bill Gates had Ballmer in mind when he retired and Steve Jobs had Tim Cook. Ballmer has no one in mind (that we know of). This could start people worrying about Microsoft’s direction. What Microsoft needs is s thinker. An innovator. Someone that will understand the corporate and consumer ends of technology. That is why I think Kevin Rose should be the next CEO of Microsoft. Why Kevin Rose as CEO of Microsoft? Kevin started early – creating Revision 3, Digg, Pownce and Milk. He has invested in ventures such as Gowalla, Twitter, Foursquare, OMGPOP, Square, Facebook, Chomp and Formspring. Rose took his company Milk and pretty much turned it into Google Ventures where he gets 300 million a year...


Google Glass is Back – Unboxing of my RMA Google Glass

I have already gone through 2 pair of Google Glass. The first pair – the touchpad died. The second pair started acting wonky, but I believe it was a bad power button. Hopefully this pair won’t burn down, fall over then sink into the swamp. [stock GOOG] The RMA Process of Google Glass There are two ways you can get your broken pair of Glass fixed: RMA (Return Manufacturer Authentication Credit Card Authorization With the RMA – they send you a box, you send the broken pair of glass back. This is all done via UPS ground shipping. So expect the transaction to take as long as 15 business days. Once you get your pair back, you will have to log onto the MyGlass portal and setup the new pair. You will also have to connect to Wifi so you can get the current Glass update (XE8). With...


HP Storage Tech Day: Software-Defined Storage, StoreVirtual, StoreOnce VSA Deep Dive

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn this third part of the HP Storage Tech Day, we learn more about Software-Defined Storage, then we deep dive into StoreVirtual, StoreOnce VSA and Storage Management – OpenStack Integration. All of these focused on SDS strategy. Dale Degan started by talking about StoreVirtual. He talks about the example of the new style of IT – control, data services and physical hardware to give you a programmable automation system and rich storage services. HP has been watching what is in the market and they found people are asking how they can re-use equipment or squeeze a little more out of this new system. That is where Software Defined Storage comes in. Something that is Hypervisor independent. Along with SDDS you have service refined storage – multi-tennant, virtualized that becomes unpredictable in determining storage. John Shields came up and talked about StoreOnce Backup...

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Appearance on – Madison Residents Start Using Google Glass

I was interviewed on WISC-TV 3’s and Channel 3000 about Google Glass. I sat with Michelle Li and we went over what Google Glass, how to use it, what to expect from it and more. Jennifer also helped out on the interview with a spouse’s insight. If you are wondering what Google Glass is, this segment is a great explaination. If you want to know more, check out How To Use Google Glass


Google Glass at Disneyland or the 41 Year Old Disneyland Virgin

Last week I had a great opportunity to not only cover a conference, but also fulfill a life-long dream – go to Disneyland. Since I have grown up in the Midwest, doing something like Disneyland was a pipe dream. I knew eventually I would get there – which I finally did last week. At first I thought it was going to be a one-day experience. However, one of the bloggers at this conference also worked for Disney and was able to get a few of us in during the evenings. Therefore, my first experience was on Monday. We watched the Fantasmic show at 10:30. Of course, we got to experience the Disneyland Mall, with lots of stores and cool treats. The LEGO store was really fun to experience. You can get a LEGO creation or just build something new from the wall of LEGO. My first impressions 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...

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Geekazine, Google Glass and the Week Ahead

It’s going to be a fun week here at the Geekazine studios. On Tuesday, I make the epic journey to Los Angeles for 12 hours to pick up my Google Glass. I head out 6 am and return 10:30 am on Wednesday. Then it will be lots of time around Madison showing off this new technology to the public. The schedule is going to hamper Geek Smack! and possibly iPad365 for the week. Right now, This Week in Google Glass will be recording on Wed. evening.  I’ll try to get shows out, but with everything happening I am guessing there will not be any time. Day in Tech History will not be affected. If you are in the Madison area and want to see Google Glass, feel free to contact me via Twitter @Geekazine or follow me as I’ll be trying to keep everyone updated on where I am....


How to Embed Instagram Video on Your Blog, Upload to YouTube

Watch the Video on How to Put Instagram Video on Your Blog, Upload to YouTube Last night I recorded 15 seconds of my band on Instagram Video. A fun little project, but now I want to take these videos and put them in with others I created with the band. Further, I would like to embed the video up on the band’s website. Well Instagram Video makes it easy to do. Let’s show you both ways. Embed an Instagram Video: For this, you will use Chrome or Firefox. Navigate to your Instagram Video you want to embed. You can do this in Facebook, or from the Instagram page.  Secondary Click (aka Right-Click) on the Video Choose “Inspect Element”. A frame will appear on the lower half of the screen. This is a sandbox area for web developers to test out ideas. Secondary Click the highlighted line This will be the...

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Geekazine Teams Up with Red Touch Media for SXSW Coverage!

I am proud to announce that Red Touch Media will be sponsoring my trip out to SXSW. Of course, SXSW is a yearly festival for music, film and Interactive (social media) to get together and network with each other. Last year, I went to SXSW as a N00b. This year I am going to really take the cameras out and have some fun! About Red Touch Media Red Touch Media is a content connection hub. Their services help you not only reduce your paper costs, but also give you and understanding of what people read, watch and listen to. There are three levels to Red Touch Media – Red Touch Bridge, Red Touch Connect and Red Touch Express. Find out more at Geekazine’s Coverage of SXSW – March 8th – 12th. I will be out at SXSW for the Interactive portion of the event. This consists of...


HP Tech Cast #7: LTO-6 – Tape Storage is NOT Dead

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast month HP released their Linear Tape Open 6 (LTO-6) tape backup standard. With tapes that can hold up to 6.25 Terrabytes and rack systems that hold up to 44.4 Petabytes, tape shows not only its relevance in Enterprise networks but also how it can stack up to a storage method. Calvin Zito joins me with ESG’s Jason Buffington and and HP’s Bob Conway of the Tape Future product marketing. In this video, Jason gives a presentation on data protection trends and topics. We then get into LTO 6 and how you might want to think of a Disk to Tape to Cloud structure. Video conferencing by our friends at Watchitoo

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What to Expect from BlackBerry 10

Image source Flickr With 2013 around the corner, one of the greatest things to expect out of the coming holiday season is the impressive number of smartphones available to consumers all over the world. From the iPhone 5 to Android’s new JellyBean OS and beyond, if there’s one thing consumers and business people alike won’t have to worry about, it’s the number of options they have to choose for a new mobile phone. With all these options though, it’s surprising that there is not as much talk of Research in Motion’s latest forthcoming innovation: BlackBerry 10.   Image Source Brownstock  While Android and iOS continue to make appearances in dozens of phones, all in which appear very confusing to developers in their options and features, RIM plans to release BlackBerry 10 following the mad holiday season in favor of introducing innovations without fighting the mob of Android and...

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Geekazine Black Friday Deals to Go For

This year, I thought I would do some searching and find you some great deals that will help you with your Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Green Tuesday shopping. These are all technology-related items. If you want weird geeky items, check out the Dorkazine Black Friday deals. If you want Podcast items, check out How to Record Podcasts Black Friday Deals. Win a iPad through ZAGG Zagg is giving away an iPad an hour for the next 24 hours! Enter your name and email every hour to be entered. ZAGG’s Black Friday iPad-an-hour Giveaway Kindle Fire If you are looking for a cheap tablet to give this holiday season, I suggest the Kindle Fire HD. It’s a 7″ tablet with Dolby audio, dual band wi-fi and connected to the Amazon store. With Amazon Prime you get instant streaming of movies and TV shows, Kindle books you can check out and...


5 Years of – The Good, Bad and the Future

Do you remember what you were doing 5 years ago today? I do. I started this website. -Jeffrey Powers, It was this day in 2007 where I hit the button and started The podcast was already running (as I started it a month prior). I launched the website and did the podcast for the day. I felt it was a great launch and an exciting time for me and Geekazine. Then I got laid off from my job. It was literally the day before launch that I was called into a room and told my services were no longer welcome. I was also sick during the launch and the audio was not going my way. I took the negative focus and put it in positive articles on Geekazine. Adding the Focus section and the video (pic 1*) which I talked about tech how-to. I also started...


HP Tech Cast #6: Microsoft Windows Server 2012

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOn Tuesday, Microsoft officially launched Server 2012 to the public. This was a low key launch with a landing page with keynote videos. After, we got on HP Tech Cast with a few bloggers to talk about the “Cloud OS”. Calvin Zito joins me with bloggers John Obeto, Jason Lopez and Hans Vredevoort. We talk about Virtualization capabilities, storage, and the new ReFS file system.


HP TechCast 5: From VMWorld

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis episode of HP TechCast comes from VMWorld 2012. Calvin Zito and I sit down to talk virtualization, cloud computing and more. Joining us are: Brent Sullivan (VMWare liason to HP) Brent Allen (HP) Janice Owens (Emulex) Gagan Bhatia (HP) Jacob Van Ewyk (HP)

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Winners of the iPad365 / ZAGG Package contest

At the beginning of August, we ran a contest giving away a ZAGG Sparq, Folio and InvisibleShield. Many entered and we drew 3 winners. Congratulations to John, Patricia and Brian – winners of the package valued over $200. If you didn’t win, you can still go to ZAGG and use “Geekazine” at checkout for 20% off a ZAGG Sparq. Keep watching for more contests on Geekazine. If you want to know about upcoming contests, sign up for the iPad365 newsletter.

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MyFord Mobile: App Brings Faster Charge, Route Planning for Focus Electric

Ford has been advancing the game in the technology realm. Leading the pack in turning the car into a mobile hotspot, bringing hands-free systems into the car with SYNC, and even working on giving customers value in their older cars with free updates to software. Today, Ford announce MyFord Mobile for the Focus Electric vehicles. This is a dedicated app that can link up to their cars and provide remote communication, so they can maximize utility while minimizing operating costs. More over, the app makes sure you know what is going on with your car. The new iPhone app allows owners locate charging stations, check on the charging status, and learn how to operate their new electric car better. By going to the website (, owners can learn more about their cars, and how to recharge their vehicles in half the time of the Nissan Leaf. The website also...

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Why I Cancelled Netflix and Switched to Amazon Prime

It’s really simple. I was tired of not seeing anything new. I was frustrated in looking at the new releases section on my Roku, and seeing Rescue Me there for the last 6 months. I was annoyed at playing the game “Find a movie I really want to watch”. Fact is, I stopped going to Netflix 3 weeks ago. has more variety than Netflix, and it’s free! I was watching more of my HuluPlus subscription, also. It became very apparent to me that I didn’t watch this service anymore. So I finally ditched it.


10 Things I Learned From BlogWorld & New Media Expo New York 2012

The event is over. I am sitting in the Yotel, a very interesting hotel on the corner of 10th and 42nd street in Hell’s Kitchen part of Manhattan, New York. After 3 days of solid work, a ton of video taken, and a lot of new people I met, I have a few minutes to sit and reflect about this whole experience. It’s amazing how an event like this can really bring you closer to the people you hear about online. Because of this, I thought I would go through a top ten list of the things I learned not only being at the show, but also being a part of the show (even more than I was back in 2010). There were a lot of new faces.I polled each session I introduced, and in every session, 80% said this was their first BlogWorld & New Media Expo. It...

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NuForce Cube is an All in One Mobile Audio Center

NuForce, a high end audio line, introduced a new sound headphone amp for your mobile devices. The NuForce Cube is a portable speaker and USB DAC (Digital to Analog Converter). You can connect up your smartphone, MP3 player or computer to improve your listening experience. The NuForce Cube runs on a rechargeable lithium battery. Per each charge, you can get 8 hours of music, podcasts, listening to Youtube videos, or whatever you listen to. When you want to recharge, plug in the USB cable to the computer (USB plug accessory available). “I’ve never been satisfied with the sound of other portable speakers on the market,” said Jason Lim, CEO of NuForce.  “So we made it our mission to create one that not only sounded great, but looked great.  Plus, we equipped it with an audiophile-grade DAC and headphone amp.  After months of R&D and critical listening, we think Cube provides...

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My 1 Share of Facebook Stock Came Today

Yes, last week, I bought 1 share of Facebook stock. The replica stock came in the mail today. I was pretty happy with the purchase, and I can say I was a first gen Facebook stock buyer. It’s all about novelty, but if this stock does well, novelty can turn to profit. Why I bought 1 share of Facebook Like I said on Geek Smack! last week – I bought it for novelty. I was too young to purchase Apple or Microsoft stock when they issued their IPO. I didn’t buy Yahoo! stock (thank god!) or Google stock when they filed. I didn’t even buy Packer stock yet. So when an event like Facebook has a stock offering, I decided to be a 1st Gen owner. The reality: I can lose $38. Actually, it was more for the replica piece of paper. But still – If this stock...

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HP TechCast Ep 2: Roundtable at ProLiant Gen8 Tech Day [Podcast]

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI was in Houston, TX for HP Gen8 Tech Day and got to sit down with a few of the bloggers and HP Enterprise Gen8 team to talk about the advantages of upgrading to a Gen8 system. We set up a panel, which included: Tim Golden – CTO of ISS americas Brandon Fears – Product Marketing manager Hyperscale Business Unit Steven Schultz – Smart Storage Peter Groth – ISS Server Product Marketing If you are a blogger that would like to be part of this event, email [email protected] or twitter @geekazine or @hpstorageguy