Tagged: open source

FreeNAS and TrueNAS from IXSystems

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI talked with the folks over at iXSystems about FreeNAS, and TrueNAS, along with their line of hardware at VMWorld. For a SMB, the ability to re-purpose old hardware for something as important as network storage, is a great way to keep costs low. To also have a community of help is an important part. What is FreeNAS With Enterprise-grade features, and an Open source license to create a RAID storage array for backups, replication, and file sharing. You will be able to set it up for internal, or external use. FreeNAS is meant for small home business, or anyone that would like to back up their devices onto one machine. From work documents, to movies, music, and more. You can even share with family and friends. What is TrueNAS TrueNAS is for businesses where accessing information is more critical. TrueNAS...

Soldering Iron Is Hacked To Play Tetris

You know how it is, when you are soldering away and suddenly you realize that you want to play Tetris on your soldering iron. I’m sure we have all had that thought while soldering. I know, me either, but this genius’ mind obviously is wired different than ours. The TS100 is an open-source soldering iron that has the ability to program its temperature. So the device uses a tiny OLED screen, and this is what allowed YouTuber Joric to hack the device and play Tetris on it. Now it is a great distraction for when you should be soldering. Obviously, this is never going to replace your Game Boy. It is simply the kind of hack that you do just to see if it can be done, and because, why not? Check out the minute-and-a-half demo video below. It’s worth it for the music alone. I had no...

NewTek Open Source NDI Standard for Video Production

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn a video production environment, spreading out tasks between computers can help in many different ways. From producing the video for public consumption to creating archive and even monitoring systems. Network Device Interface (NDI) is a standard that can bridge devices together – and you don’t even have to own a Tricaster. While at NAB, I talked with Phillip Nelson of NewTek about this open standard. NDI was announced back in 2015 to communicate with devices over Gigabit Ethernet. A standard that almost all corporate and video production buildings (even home studios) have. The idea is to have one computer send video or other items over to the production machine without having to convert or render. The end result is a reduction in production workflow. Many different programs have already adopted NDI into their systems. You don’t even need NewTek products...


Ford Traffic Tamer App Challenge to Help Reduce Road Congestion

Over the years, I have talked with K. Venkatesh Prasad about Ford’s open source initiative. Today, I was invited to talk with the group over a Google Hangout on the Traffic Tamer app challenge. This is a contest for the open source community to help mash data up and open streets. The challenge is to build hardware and software that can help reduce congestion in urban areas. Whether it be an app that avoids a traffic incident, a reroute if there is a situation, community ride sharing or another new idea, you will be able to submit for a chance at $10,000. Anyone can register. Maybe you are not a coder — that is OK. Put an idea together and post your ideas. You can find others that might also are interested in the idea and could turn it to reality. Ford also works with TechShop to help build...

OTT #6: Where to Host Your Videos for OTT Distrobution 0

OTT #6: Where to Host Your Videos for OTT Distrobution

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOn Episode 6, we get into the content creation side of the OTT. You have created your videos, now it’s time to send to the world. But where are you going to upload your videos to? In this episode, Jeffrey Powers talks the current news of OTT. He then gets into locations you can look into purchasing space to upload video. The most important thing to note is never put your audio/video where you host your website. It simply cannot handle traffic if a video goes viral. Last thing you need is a website that went down due to bandwidth or visitors. News of OTT: IE9 RTM is now out. Apple iPad2 is out AppleTV gets MLB, NBA Channels Places to look at uploading video: – Blip.tv – YouTube – Limited STB use, though – Host your own, like Amazon EC2,...

Geek News Morning Tech Show 2-12-11: Talking Tech 0

Geek News Morning Tech Show 2-12-11: Talking Tech

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI was on the Morning Tech Show with Todd Cochrane and Rob Greenlee. We talk about Rob’s Nissan Leaf (coming soon), New RSS elements and iTunes Ping. News dealt with Nokia and the switch from Symbian to Windows 7. We talk about Seedbox, a cloud service for Bittorrents. AOL buys Huffington Post – What that meant to unpaid bloggers. After a small hangup with Skype, we continue on with Wael Ghonim – the Google Exec that was a key in Egypt politics. Google on the new VP8 and the lawsuit on the new codec being open source. Mark Zuckerberg announces that citizen journalism is more socialized. Last leg we discussed about Verizon iPhone in Fargo, ND. Apple is getting gaming to Apple TV. Google is doing Wedding Planning. SXSW BitTorrent and final thoughts.

Firestarter Firewall for Linux–First Run 1

Firestarter Firewall for Linux–First Run

This is the first of two posts on the Firestarter firewall for Linux. See the note at the end of this post for information about getting Firestarter. Firestarter is the easiest Linux firewall front-end I’ve found. I’ve used it off-and-on since I loaded my first Linux box almost six years ago. Unlike many Windows firewall programs I’ve used, it doesn’t nag; doesn’t display useless messages; and, being free and open source, doesn’t ask for money for upgrades. It just sits there and works. I use the term “front-end” because firewall capability is built directly into the Linux kernel; it’s called “iptables.” Linux “firewall” programs do not run the firewall. Instead, they configure the already-existing capability, including setting it to start automatically; the kernel actually “runs” the firewall. When you first run Firestarter, a wizard starts. After a welcome screen, it asks you to select your network connection (generally,...

Back in My Day, They Were Called “Data Centers” 0

Back in My Day, They Were Called “Data Centers”

The Guardian documents a case of creeping jargon: The UK is going to create its own “cloud“: By 2015, the strategy suggests, 80% of central government desktops could be supplied through a “shared utility service” – essentially a cloud service resembling Google Docs, which lets people create documents online for free. The move to a “government cloud” mirrors the system used by Google and other large companies, which put cheap “server” computers into huge data centres to provide computing power on demand which is delivered where it is needed via the internet. That would be provided to government departments and local government, replacing the ageing and inefficient systems used in many of the hundreds of data centres presently used – and frequently run at far below their capacity because they are dedicated to one department. Buried in the story, though, is some news I find exciting: they are...

Cell Phones, Open Source, and Security 1

Cell Phones, Open Source, and Security

In his most recent Geekazine podcast, Jeffrey expressed some concerns about open source software on cellphones. I do not share those concerns. The issue is not open source; the issue is the Linux/Unix security model, which underlies the open source cell phone operating systems (“*nix” is sometimes used to refer to Linux and Unix to the extent that they have common traits). That model has proven itself far more secure than any of its competitors over the years.

Week In Tech History – 2-23-09 – Newton is Discontinued 0

Week In Tech History – 2-23-09 – Newton is Discontinued

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis week in tech history in 1998, Apple announced it would discontinue the Newton OS and handheld. Steve Jobs said in a press conference that Apple would be focusing on Macintosh computers. Other interesting notes in Tech History this week – There are 8 days of tech history – Stage 6 shuts down, Netscape goes Open Source, Netscape is discontinued. Intel introduces the PIII processor and “Gigabyte” – a female Belgium hacker is arrested. She hacked to show the public that girls can be hackers, too. Brought to you by GotoMeeting – Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts.

What if Microsoft went Open Source? 0

What if Microsoft went Open Source?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOpen Source seems to be a growing movement. Not everything is part of the “GNU General Public License” though.  Some have even gone as far to make their own Public License standard. Microsoft does have some Open Source to them, but what would happen if they took their Operating System to that standard? Would people accept the Microsoft OS, or would they finally make the switch to Linux? Brought to you by CareerSaver.com – 25% off Training materials if you use code “Geek08”.

Technology in a Soda Can 2

Technology in a Soda Can

Filed under the “Now I’ve seen it all” category. It’s OpenCola – the softdrink you can make and change the formula. It was suppose to be an “example” of Open Source, however someone took it to heart and ultimately started making the soda-pop. If you are bored and need something to do, why not make soda? The base formula is on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenCola. No word if there is a Chocolate-Cherry Coffee-beer flavor yet, but I bet if you put your mind to it, you can make one. Meanwhile, Kinetic Organic Interface (KOI) is working on some cool interface ideas for soda cans themselves. Their “Claytronic” system gives the opportunity to actually put rss feeds and movie trailers on the sides of a can. You will also have the ability to flip through screens, turn down volume, etc. Together, you can have a full experience with your soda,...

Monopoly – Who’s next? Google? Microsoft? 0

Monopoly – Who’s next? Google? Microsoft?

On April 3rd in 2000, Microsoft was found to have an “Oppressive Thumb” on their competitors and violated Anti-trust laws. In other words, Microsoft was a Monopoly. After further Appeals and litigation, Microsoft was ordered to share some of it’s application program interfaces for the next 5 years. It is impressive to see a company get to the point where they could be considered a Monopoly. I suppose you don’t have to be as humongous as Microsoft, or AT&T in the late 70’s when they violated the antitrust laws – but it does help.  And of course when you get to that level, you get attacked at so many different angles.