GNC-2011-12-26 #732 GoDaddy CEO Interview

I share with you at the end of today’s show the interview I had on Friday with GoDaddy’s CEO after they reversed their SOPA stance. The info is a bit different than what is being portrayed on other site. Our CES coverage will be ramping up now and I hope that you will contribute to our support staff fund.. Your help is needed.

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Is Facebook a “Public Forum?”

I recently had a pretty disappointing encounter with someone on facebook.  He had been on my friends’ list for a year or so.  I was not close friends with him, but I had met him in in person at an event I attended, and he sent a friend request through an online photo album I had submitted pictures to (the event we both attended). He is also an acquaintance and facebook friend of my brother, who is also involved with the event through which I met this gentleman.

As is usual for me, I post a wide variety of things on my facebook page, from links to articles to pictures to commentaries to comics.  I also post about what’s going on in my life, my kids’ lives, books I’m reading, movies I’m watching, and good things that have happened to me.  I’m pretty much an open book on facebook, with one huge exception:  my profile is not public, and I limit my posts and comments only to those on my friends list that I want to reach or talk to.  This gentleman was one of those people, since he and I had a mutual interest in something.

So, I posted a link to an article from my hometown, about a Catholic school that had made a financial decision I didn’t agree with.  No biggie, I make such posts fairly often, and sometimes my friends agree with me, and sometimes they don’t.  There is usually some discussion at the comment level, and then we all move on to other things.  If there’s one thing facebook is, it’s a haven for “change the subject” or as the ADD crowd would say: “look, squirrel!”

This time, however, the comment conversation continued, to the point of some sharp words being spoken in the comments by several of my friends.  This gentleman was on one side, and everyone else was on the other, and it was getting out of hand.  I made one final post in the comment stream, telling all of them that the discussion was finished, it was time to move on.

It was at this point that the gentleman posted a comment that was rather ungentlemanly, and followed that up with a statement that if I didn’t want discussion then I shouldn’t post on a “public forum.”  Then he blocked me.

Of course I found this odd, since the original topic wasn’t all that controversial, and because I do not see my facebook page as a public forum of any kind.  Only the people I want to see what I’m saying are seeing what I’ve been saying; if I wanted it to be a “public forum” then I’d post my opinions somewhere else, something not locked down or limited to viewing by only a handful of people.  I consider facebook my “inner circle,” people who I share things with, people that I’ve generally met in person and that I have had more than just casual interaction with.

But it does make me think a bit more about what I share and why I share it.  Not because I wouldn’t have shared this particular link outside of facebook, because I’ve had some thought of making a blog post out of it on my personal blog at some point, but because we may think all these people who are on our friends list are sitting in our living room, that we know them well, and that they would never harm us.  Maybe they wouldn’t.  But then again, maybe they would.  Or at the very least, share our comments, intended for only certain ears, with those that are not in our “inner circle.”  How much of a public forum is facebook, even when it is locked down?

Things to ponder.

Infographic: The Tech World in 60 Seconds

A couple of days ago I stumbled across a new infographic (something I have a weakness for) that displayed some mind-boggling information about the tech world around us.  We know how fast things move in today’s world, but the numbers put forth here are simply staggering.  What happens in 60 seconds couldn’t have been envisioned by even the most imaginative sci-fi writer from the past.

Here are just a few statistics of a typical 60 seconds in today’s world.  1,820 TB of data is created.  More than 950 purchases are made on Ebay.  Google made $75,000.  11 Xbox 360’s are sold.  81 iPad’s are sold.

Those are just a few of the numbers depicted.  If you love statistics then you will love perusing this infographic, which is courtesy of Go Gulf Design.  You can check it out below, and click to enlarge it.

60 seconds infographic

RCA Model LED32A32A30RQ TV

RCA TV
I recently picked up the 32 inch RCA model LED32A30RQ TV. It has a resolution of 1366x 768 and a 16:9 aspect ratio. It has the following connections:

  • 1 RCA component video input
  • L/R Audio input for component
  • 1 RCA composite video input
  • 1 L/R Audio input for composite
  • VGA input
  • Audio input for VGA
  • 4 HDMI connections
  • 1 Digital audio output
  • 1 Analog output
  • 1 earphone jack

The fourth HDMI connection was a pleasant surprise because the description says only 3 HDMI connections, although the specifications say four HDMI inputs (it is a little confusing). The HDMI connections and the analog audio output are on the side panel. On the bottom panel are the rest of the connections. The HDMI connections are a little cramped and because the panel is dark it is hard to get things connected, unless you have good lighting. The other big complaint I have is with the sound coming directly from the TV it is really tinny. However, connected to a receiver or sound system it sounds great. I think the picture is fine, however I haven’t been able to do a full calibration yet. When you switch from output to another there is a bit of delay, but it is not too bad. The hardest part of the setup was trying to figure out how to connect to the stand, the directions weren’t very clear.

After having it for a couple of weeks, my husband and I are both really happy with this TV it is perfect for a small room. At $264.00 including taxes the price couldn’t be beat, it was originally almost $400.00. I ordered it right on time, because by the time it arrived 3 days later it was sold out and is now no longer available through Wal-Mart. In fact I can’t find it for sale on any site. If you do find it for sale and have a small room, I recommend you pick it up.

Samsung Acquires Sony’s Stake in S-LCD for $939 million

Sony

Sony

Back in 2004, Samsung and Sony joined together to produce Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD). More than TV’s and computer monitors, these LCD’s were also in phones, cars, appliances and other items needing a display. Two months after Sony announced it was reorganizing due to a 1.2 billion dollar loss, Sony has sold their part in the LCD venture for $939 million (1.08 trillion Korean won).

In the agreement, Samsung will acquire all of Sony’s shares (329,999,999) of the S-LCD Corporation. They will still cooperate in engineering efforts on LCD panel technology.

Transaction close date is expected on 1/19/2012

Sony Press Release

Samsung Press Release

Dexter, Game of Thrones Part of Top 10 Most Pirated TV Shows in 2011

Dexter

Dexter

The group over at TorrentFreak.com have come up with the top ten pirated shows this last year. They collected information from many Torrent Trackers to come up with this list. This list is US only.

Dexter, the show about a serial murderer who kills bad guys topped this years most downloaded list at 3.6 million downloads. Game of Thrones was second, and CBS’s “Big Bang Theory” hit third.

Terra Nova is the surprise – 8th place at 1.9 million. This is a show that is on the verge of cancellation by Fox. So does a number like this mean there is still hope for this show?

Some good news is these numbers are declining. Web streaming sites like Hulu give people a chance to see their shows on their schedule. In return, they don’t have to search for the latest episode.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

However, shows like Dexter and True Blood –  which are on premium channels Showtime and HBO – don’t show up on Hulu. A season of these episodes might take 2 years before they land on Netflix streaming. You can buy seasons at the conclusion through sites like Amazon, and rent shortly through Blockbuster or Netflix DVD.

Five network TV shows ended up on the list – Big Bang Theory, House, How I Met Your Mother, Glee, and Terra Nova. TorrenkFreak deduces these are mostly downloads for people who are overseas and do not have access to Hulu.

Today Only: 21″ Apple iMac Quad-Core i5 Desktop on Woot

It may be too late to order a Christmas present, but if you’re in the market for a new desktop computer and have your eye on an Apple then today is your lucky day.  It’s not often you can get a discount on any Apple product,but today the 21.5″ iMac is on Woot, the bargain hunter’s dream web site.

The 21.5 inch iMac starts at $1199 both in-store and on the Apple web site and sales are rare at best.  Woot, today only, is offering it for $1049.  This model comes with a 2.5 GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, a Radeon 6850M graphics card, and 802.11n WiFi.  These are brand new iMac’s, not refurbished models.

While this deal is good news for those shopping for a new Apple computer, it may also signal that new models are on the way.  That seems to frequently be the case with electronics that show up on Woot, which has had several tablets available recently in their daily deals.  Products like this also frequently sell out quickly, so if you want to get one then you better head over to Woot now.

Exclusive Interview with GoDaddy CEO over SOPA

This morning having saw the press release of GoDaddy reversing their decision on supporting SOPA, I wanted to get more information on their decision. Press Releases can be pretty generic, and I wanted to get a voice behind the decision. Warren Adelman GoDaddy CEO Takes about 10 minutes with me to talk about their position. If you have comments on the commentary, please feel free to email president@godaddy.com

Disclaimer: GoDaddy has been a sponsor of my podcast now for 6 years. Note: I have been a strident opponent of SOPA as my audience well knows. I addressed this last night in my show before the reversal announcement came out. I have found GoDaddy to be very responsive to my listeners when they have issues with their GoDaddy services and still feel that way.

Listen to the interview in the player below.

GNC-2011-12-22 #731 Happy Holidays

I talk about the GoDaddy SOPA controversy in detail. I have a lot of fun on today’s show, and for those watching the video of the show I try out some new camera angles. We still need to raise about $2500.00 to meet our fund raising goals for our Support Staff. I hope you will help us out see the links at the bottom of the page.

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Treehouse Labs and BiKN

BiKN LogoTreehouse Labs has been working hard on its BiKN Technology Platform and the first consumer product based on the technology has now been announced. BiKN for iPhone uses a smart case, the myBiKN app and small, clip-on tags to help people find the things they tagged from their phone or page their phone from one of the tags. If you are wondering, BiKN is pronounced “beacon”.BiKN Tag

The app and tags can be used for different functions, such as Find, Leash and Page. The Find mode shows a visual meter and audio signal on the iPhone that helps locate the missing item. The Leash feature enables the user to control how far a tagged item can be separated from the smart case before an alarm sounds on both the iPhone and tag. Sounds handy for keeping track of wayward children! The Page function can sound an alert on one or more tags.

In creating BiKN we asked, ‘why can’t your phone case protect more than just your phone?’. BiKN is essentially a wireless network for your stuff with both a head – our smart case – and a heart – the myBiKN app.” said John Howard, Founder & CEO of Treehouse Labs. “It’s not just an alarm or a tether. BiKN enables your iPhone to keep up with your stuff and your stuff to page your phone. Even if it is dead or turned off.

BiKN for iPhone is a CES 2012 Design Innovation and Engineering Award Honoree (.pdf) and GNC will be chatting with Treehouse Labs at CES.