Category: The Roundup

We look at what has happened to this point in time and discuss.


SXSW 2014 in Pictures

This was my SXSW. I had a lot of fun this year meeting new people and creating new interviews. Of course, this was the year of the selfie for me – Since selfies are suppose to be therapeutic. I got a lot of them with some great superstars My Celebrity SXSW Watch It all started at the Roku streaming lounge when I met one of my all-time favorite wrestlers Sgt. Slaughter. He was getting ready to talk about how the WWE was proud to be on Roku, and was gracious to be a part of the photo as I had to run to another interview. While at the Samsung lounge, I was able to get a picture with Dan Harmon (Community). He was singing phallic songs the crew had created. That night, I ran into Ron Pearlman (13 Sins) at an undisclosed location. We met in the bathroom, but I got...


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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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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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). With a low-impedance balanced output, this mic screams “Rock Star”. You will see it from...

How Verizon Half-Assed the iPhone 0

How Verizon Half-Assed the iPhone

So I was sitting in Houston, TX with Jake Luddington. I made this prediction (the night before the announcement) that the iPhone on Verizon was going to hit 40 million in the first 30-60 days. It was a stretch, but it was based on the masses who have been waiting patiently for the CDMA iphone, mixed with those 3GS, 3G and first gen iPhone users also biding their time. Jake said I was insane to make that prediction. That is because I thought Verizon would have at least the patience to wait for the iPhone 5 to come out. With the 4G service and Verizon network, I could see that population do a mass-exodus like no other phone would. But then Verizon had to go ruin it. Of course, we heard that Verizon is going to release the CDMA version of the iPhone4. You cannot do data on at...

10 Things I Learned From @Blogworld Critique a Podcast Panel 0

10 Things I Learned From @Blogworld Critique a Podcast Panel

Last week I held a great panel of content creators who critiqued 4 shows during BlogWorld & New Media Expo. The panel – consisting of Steve Garfield, Rob Greenlee, Mike Cioffi and Mignon Fogerty – critiqued the good and bad. The idea was to improve not only those shows, but also make people think about their own podcasts. The panel made some great observations. It definitely made me think about my shows. I broke it down to 10 areas of focus. I can then work on each area within the next few weeks and improve my podcasts. In turn, people will interact. Here are the 10 things you might want to also consider to better your show: Audio is Important I have done this, too. You bust your butt getting the video done. You are running out of time, but the audio is not that great. You work...

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...

2009 in Twitter Posts 0

2009 in Twitter Posts

Here it is – Every single tweet I sent this year. Reverse chronological order and doesn’t include Dec 31. It’s amazing how much data I gave out for free. And now it’s all here. Enjoy! @WISCTV_News3 Biggest was MJ, but I point to the Emergency Broadcasttweets, which caused Techradium to file patent infringement on26 minutes ago from TweetDeck in reply to WISCTV_News3 @chrisheuer Never heard about invite for #lenovo #CES event. Let me know if I can put that on the schedule. Thanks. -j32 minutes ago from TweetDeck Fone FUD – Geekazine 2010 about 2 hours ago from TweetMeme @LindsayG awesome! Let’s do another video shootdown this year!about 2 hours ago from TweetDeck @karlwireless indubitably #ces – here we come!about 4 hours ago from TweetDeck @LindsayG well good luck on that. See you next week at #ces ?about 4 hours ago from TweetDeck I suppose to bed early. Tomorrow is a long day including looking at new camera for #CES backchannel. Don’t know if the #AIPTEK will sufficeabout 12 hours ago from TweetDeck @JohnAtkinson Where the heck are you flying...

Did the Geekazine 2009 Predictions Come True? 1

Did the Geekazine 2009 Predictions Come True?

It’s that time of year again. The 3rd annual Geekazine yearly predictions are coming in. People are letting me know what they think will happen in 2010, along with my thoughts. But before we get to 2010, we want to see how well we did for 2009. So here it is: Last years’ predictions and what actually happened. Green Technology –Green IT will continue to be a focus for the enterprise, not only because of green issues, but also because of the cost of power. For the first time, businesses are really looking at their energy consumption and examining where they consume energy in the network. To reduce energy costs, enterprises will focus on virtualization in the data center and on Power Efficient Ethernet (PEE). Metroethernet in WAN – We will see a move to metroethernet and managed services. This is already happening in EMEA but we will...

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16 Tech Innovations that didn’t quite stick

You might remember the products. You might remember the hype. Then, you are tooling down highway 41 years later and all of a sudden you think to yourself – “Hey, whatever happened to…” Failed ideas. Maybe it was a great idea, but wasn’t made right, or design errors brought it down. Maybe it was just a bad product. Well, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see if we cannot repeat these errors again. Oh yeah, why 16? Well because we could. The Computer Watch: Whether it was the Ruputer, the MSN Direct ‘Smart’ Watches, the Timex Data Link Watch or another gadget watch – BTW – I remember having a “Transformers watch”. It was awesome! Still, the Dick Tracey style communication watches, the “Computer on a wrist”, never really hit it off. I even remember a watch that gave you directions. You would put in the...

10 Songs I Listen To Before Podcasting 0

10 Songs I Listen To Before Podcasting

Podcasting is fun, but sometimes the prep is a pain. We need to keep some calm before the show. So we relax. We meditate. We light up another cigarette and swash back a shot of JD. Whatever is good for the podcast, right? I listen to music – It keeps me in check. Usually I am listening to other podcasts, but when it’s time for mine, I change to something that soothes me. Heck, there are a few times I have been known to run a calming meditation audio before a show. There are some songs that are special in my list. I have listened to them in the past for specific reasons. Before I show my list, I asked a couple Podcast friends what was in their lists. I did get a couple “I don’t listen to music before”. That is OK, too. Here is what I...

Did the Geekazine 2008 Predictions Come True? 0

Did the Geekazine 2008 Predictions Come True?

Wow. It was about a year ago I asked for people to send in thoughts as to what to expect in 2008. I also made some Technology predictions. But the real question was – How far off was I? This is actually part 1 of a 2-part story. This first part reviews the predictions I made last year and how far off I was. Part 2 will have this years predictions, including predictions from CEO’s CTO’s TechPodcasters and even a Psychic. So without any further ado, let’s pick apart my idiocy from last year: OLPC will have some growing pains. The first part of OLPC will be the easiest. Maintaining the machines will be the trick. Microsoft coming onboard will muddy the water, but they might be able to do things like offer a better support network to third world countries.

Am I Drunk? Where’s My iPod? 0

Am I Drunk? Where’s My iPod?

I have seen and heard of many devices that will tell you what your Blood Alcohol Level is. From the machine you have sitting next to the gumballs at the front of the bar asking for 50 cents to tell you, to small keychain devices that work off a watch battery. Breathe and hope you are not past the limit. Now you can add your iPod to that. David Steele Enterprises announced they are shipping the iBreath – a device that attaches to your iPod or iPhone and tells you if you are over the legal limit to drive. And that’s not all! The device also doubles as a FM Radio Transmitter, so you can push your iPod music to your car stereo.

Comcast to Roll D3 in Chicago, Atlanta, Ft. Wayne and Baltimore 0

Comcast to Roll D3 in Chicago, Atlanta, Ft. Wayne and Baltimore

Customers in Chicago IL, Atlanta GA, Ft. Wayne IN. and Baltimore MD. are going to get a boost from a technology called “DOCSIS 3.0″as Comcast is rolling it out to those areas. It is part of a 10 city initiative which will also include the Twin Cities MN, Boston (Metro) MA, parts of southern NH, Philly (Metro) PA, NJ, Portland OR, Seattle, Spokane and Eugene WA. DOCSIS stands for “Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification”. It was developed by CableLabs, and includes contributions from companies like ARRIS, BigBand Networks, Broadcom, Cisco, Conexant, Correlant, Harmonic, Intel, Motorola, Netgear, Terayon, and Texas Instruments. DOCSIS uses a Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial cable to push data through at 343 Mbit/s per 8 channels.

Smartphones Killed the PDA Star (and more) 0

Smartphones Killed the PDA Star (and more)

I saw you back in Comdex in 83 – You were a exciting new technology – a marvel to me with a touchscreen. Ohhhh, ohhh But times have changed and you are now put to the side – the integration with the phone makes it real nice – and you get tossed in the scrap pile to die. Ohhh, ohhh I used your applications ohhh, ohhh And all your revelations…. I did have a PDA. I had a few of them. Palm, iPaq, Axim and a host of others. However, 2 years ago I got my first Smartphone. That pretty much put my last PDA to the side. Earlier in the week I read the article “5 things the Smartphone Killed“. While I am not in total agreeance of the list just yet, I do agree on a lot of their items and I can see the Smartphone...

Geekazine 1 year Anniversary 0

Geekazine 1 year Anniversary

Well, it was 366 days ago that the first posts for Geekazine surfaced (Leap Year, ya know). It’s been a little longer for the podcasts. Nonetheless, this site went live on November 7th 2007. Since then we’ve had over 175 podcasts and video casts, over 400 posts, a few posts and some people got some great swag. We’ve talked with some great names in the last year – from Bryce Whittey from Technibble, Josh Chandler, to Jeri Ellsworth. I would first like to thank everyone for a great first year. I would like to thank the sponsors:, are the two main ones. I would also like to thank all who have sent donations to the site. Thanks to Norbert Davis from for all the Cool Tech Corner episodes. Thanks to the cast at Techpodcasts, Blubrry and Raw Voice for making a great community. Thank you...

Geek Kon 08 – Thoughts 0

Geek Kon 08 – Thoughts

I didn’t get a good chance to spend time at Geek Kon this year due to the schedule. That’s why I put down thoughts rather than a review. What I did make of it was pretty good. Lots of die-hards attended and most in costume. The event brings Sci-Fi enthusiasts, gaming pros and guild members together. There were many different events going on within the 2 buildings of the University. Discussions from local stars gone global – Luke Sienkowski (The Great Luke SKi), Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda (Chad Vader) and a lot more.

CompUSA – 6 Months Later 0

CompUSA – 6 Months Later

I passed by the old Comp USA store in the area yesterday. It looked so lonely. The other shops in the mall were bustling – the Party City next door was getting ready for Halloween and the Target was doing it’s normal influx of customers. It would have been nice to see Tiger Direct purchase this outlet, alas they didn’t and therefore there is a big “For Lease” sign on it. I am intrigued as to why the sign is still up. Maybe there is still a lease on the space from CompUSA? Maybe Tiger Direct is getting some free advertising off of this? After all, it does overlook a main traffic vein of the west side. I started remembering the rise and fall of the store. I also remember what I was able to get here. I had a CompUSA Wireless B router at one time. I...

Apple iPhone 3G Update Still Doesn’t Fix – Woman Sues 0

Apple iPhone 3G Update Still Doesn’t Fix – Woman Sues

Apple said it was an update. They applied the update and it didn’t fix the problem. Apple is still saying its about the update. Now a woman in Alabama sues Apple for false Advertisement. Jessica Alena Smith filed the lawsuit stating that the advertising said the iPhone 3G was suppose to double the speed of the original iPhone. There is no report of how much she’s suing for.

Are You Ready for 8-08-08? 0

Are You Ready for 8-08-08?

Part of the world is already in this Superstitious day. The rest will follow shortly. 8-08-08 will also be an interesting day for many. The Summer Beijing Olympics will start at 8:08:08 on 8-08-08. It’s not true 8:08 depending on how you look at the clocks. It will be officially 20:08:08, but then again, halfway around the country, it WILL be 8:08:08….

No More Scrabulous? Here are Some Other Facebook Games. 0

No More Scrabulous? Here are Some Other Facebook Games.

Hasbro has made Scrabulous take down the popular knock-off game. Since then, the makers of Scrabulous have changed the rules, colors and board a bit and changed the name to “Wordscraper”. In the meantime, Hasbro makes its own Facebook App of the popular game. But you know, it’s not the only games on the block. In this article we’ll take a look at a few of the games you can add to your profile.

One thing: MicroBlogging… 0

One thing: MicroBlogging…

I was going through a few Social Network sites today, especially microblogging. Each one has their own positives and negatives. Of course we all have been exposed to Twitter and their problems. Something I’ve noticed they have been working out. The down times are not as frequent, although I do notice that sometimes I don’t get twitters of people I am following. With Twitter not being the “End all Microblogger”, I check the other sites. Plurk, Pownce, Friendfeed, tumblr,, etc. The reality is that I am in a Social Networking job. The average user might be on one social network or another. I need to connect with all, so I need to be on all.

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Welcome to the Mess we call Social Networking

I am reminded of the Billy Joel tune “We Didn’t Start the Fire”. In the song he chronicles history in about 4 minutes 40 seconds. The chorus says “We didn’t start the fire, It was always burning since the world’s been turning. Well, we DID start the Internet, and we DID start Web 2.0 and Social Networking. Now it’s ignited and it’s time to fight it. With new ideas coming out daily and web sites popping up left and right, it’s confusing to know what is going to be the next big thing and what’s gonna fizzle. Better yet, whats going to mess this whole thing up by taking it in a new direction.

Twitter needs to fix, or Close Shop (sorta). 0

Twitter needs to fix, or Close Shop (sorta).

People are reporting errors when they update.  Updates appear to vanish on the web (requires a page reload) and clients like Twitterrific & Twirl aren’t able to update at all. We’re working on a fix and intend to deploy it today. Update (9:42a): One of our slave databases went down 10 minutes ago.  We have to put the site into maintenance mode while we bring it back up. Thanks for your patience. This is the same issue we see and hear again and again. While it’s understandable that a website can have errors, a “slave database” should not be the one thing that takes the whole system down. They say “We are working on problems”, but do we see results?

Old Tech – Goodbye TV – Goodbye VCR 0

Old Tech – Goodbye TV – Goodbye VCR

I saw this as I was driving out of my local YMCA on Wed. It was sad to see these items at the curb, but it also shows me how tech has changed. So I snapped, and thought I would share. I didn’t have a TV with remote until 6 years ago. The TV’s we had were fine with me, mostly because I didn’t watch too much TV. When my main 19″ died, I went to the local pawn shop and baught a 20″ TV with remote. It now sits in the basement as the spare TV, but really – I watch even less television than I did before. I DO have a VCR in my room. No Tivo or other DVR. If you don’t watch TV, you don’t need to record anything. Yeah, I miss a couple shows but then again, I can usually go online and...