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GNC-2011-12-01 #725 Foot in Mouth

Posted by geeknews at 1:24 AM on December 2, 2011

Between the phone ringing, computers rebooting and me sticking my foot in my mouth 2-3 times I have a great show for you.. Back for one show here in Honolulu and off to Austin next week. Then home for Christmas and to prepare for CES 2012!

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Erasure’s Tomorrow’s World

Posted by Andrew at 10:50 AM on September 9, 2011

To preview their forthcoming album, Tomorrow’s World, pop duo Erasure have produced a tribute to the future-gazing BBC TV show of the same name. British geeks of a certain age will fondly remember this TV programme for introducing us to gadgets such as Walkmans, CDs and camcorders. It was also notorious for showing off products that promptly disappeared and never made it to market. The programme ran from 1965 to 2003 and drew over 10 million viewers at its peak.

Erasure’s tribute is a reworking of the programme’s soundtrack and has an accompanying video that includes many famous gadgets from the past. Here it is.

GNC #696 Sea of Change

Posted by geeknews at 1:21 AM on August 16, 2011

All we are planning the server upgrade for Thursday, all of my other sites have been moved to the new box and we will be doing some test with a second new server as well to see how well it stands up to some data delivery test we will be doing. Major investment in new hardware to support the show and the site.

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Pakistan Sharing with Chinese.
Virus cause Blood Pressure increase.
Flash Mob Calls?
Getting wrong email.

Show Links:
Google Purchases Motorola.
Google TV + Motorola = Win?
Google Partners Weigh in.
Water Fight Plan leads to Arrest?
Windows 8 Blog.
AT&T fighting back on T-Mobile Lawsuits.
Nielsen + Facebook = Spying.
Amazon Student App.
MPAA Wall Street Reform Lobbying?
Windows Security Looking Better?
Apple Tampering with Evidence.
AP Fair Use Avoidance?
College can snoop on Students email.
Internet + TV = Making Kids Smarter?
More Police Insanity.
Fox Blocks 90% of viewers from online content.
Firefox no more Version Numbers.
Amazon outage lessons learned.
Computer for Seniors Insulting.
Spy on Kids Pay Up!
Cell Phone Usage break down.
Microsoft Reader RIP.
FCC Goes after BART.
Bart Anonymous Demonstration Fizzles.
Why all the mobile device profiling?
Songwriters get rights back after 25yr wait.
Horse Cops get Computers!
AT&T & T-Mobile leaked merger docs.
Counting to 100,000 Insanity?
Facial Recognition use in UK Riots.
STS135 Video.
P2P Target on Canadian Politician.
New Zealand ISP CEO Speaks out.
Camera Lens Shot Glass.
Moon Rug.
New Toothbrush charger by Induction.
Adobe Patches Flash.

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GNC #694 No Constraints

Posted by geeknews at 1:23 AM on August 9, 2011

I talk about constraints tonight, you will notice show is 1:23:00 I have realized I have been feeling constrained and rushed with the 1:10:00 limit I imposed on myself. Unless I get a barrage of email begging me to go back the show is going back to a semi un-constrained time limit.

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Shuttle Cockpit 360 Degrees!
Barnes and Noble Comment!
Studio and Plank Discussion.

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Down she goes.
Will economy affect VC investments.
Pay for TV on Roku?
$500.00 or your Life?
Google TV Update!
Running out of Time?
Yes Police their is Freedom of the Press.
TSA No Insulin for You!
Syrian Hackers Fight Back?
Antimatter in Orbit?
WordPress Hijack.
Warrantless Spying on rise.
Apple Lion Recovery Disc.
Apple wants in ring with Lodsys.
Sorry I have bad news for you!
How Big are Solar Flares.
Juno Launch.
Sued for going to Fast.
Hacker Toolkit for Android.
200,000 on Lawsuit Hit List.
Portable Shaver.
Cool Device Chargers.
FrameSocket.
Website Speed.
Sell Shirts.
OpticBook 3800 Scanner.
Read it later.
Zip line Express for iPads.
Skype Updated for Lion.
Apple TV Hacked to Play Games.
3d Glass Standards Finally?
Google+ ios App.
Chrome OS for Tablets.
Honeycomb Update for LG!
Survey Says.

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GNC #690 Professional I think Not

Posted by geeknews at 12:56 AM on July 26, 2011

Wow huge response to our Roku Contest congrats to Mason Mannie of Fargo ND… We have more ways to win, listen to tonight’s show.. It’s like the Keystone cops for about the first 5 minutes of the show. Watch me juggle about 10 things at once and you will at least have your laugh for the day! Lots of tech today… But best news of all is Shoko is back in Hawaii. Probably the reason I cannot think straight. :)

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Show Links:
The Future of NASA!
Mozilla Direction.
Mozilla and Users!
The Chrome Show breaks 25k Viewers!
On the Job Hunt.
Clearwire Hotspot.
Time Travel Theory Debunked.
France shells out first three strikes!
SEO Scourge!
Lion Cloud Beta.
Facebook iPad app Kinda.
Grand Central Station Apple Store.
CD Slot for iPad?
Houses heated by Microsoft.
TSA Idiots.
Oceanit Helps track Radiation in Japan.
Mobile Emergency Response and Command Interface.
1.4 Gigapixel Camera.
Street View Tracking Everything!
Sand Hill Road Angle.co
Congrats to TWIT!
Google responds to real names on Google+
Web Attacks broke down.
Amazon – Barnes and Noble update apps to Avoid Apple Lynching.
SWAT!
Twitter Search Page Updated (YAWN).
Master Degree new Baseline?
Iran Hack Really worked.
New Rover Landing Site!
Netflix and Facebook not in USA.
MPAA does not want to show cards!
1.5 Million to 54k!
Golden Arches help sell Mac’s.
Geek Doormat.

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Quirky – Social Product Development

Posted by Andrew at 3:42 PM on May 23, 2011

I love these entrepreneurial websites such as Kickstarter. It’s a vicarious pleasure in seeing other people’s ideas and helping these people succeed by investing in their products. I found a new one today – Quirky – which I think takes the idea development to the next level. Quirky refer to it as a “A Socially Developed Product (TM)” and they help you take a product from the idea through product development to production and sales.

Here’s Quirky’s product development process.

The Quirky Process (courtesy of Quirky)

What seems to be unique about Quirky (and to be fair, I haven’t exhaustively researched the topic) is that part of the process is to encourage feedback from Quirky members to improve the product. They call it “community curation”. It’s a great idea especially if it leads to better products.

Taking it further, Quirky has this notion of influence. You earn influence by submitting ideas or commenting on products, and influence converts into a proportion of the profit from those objects that you worked on. The explanation is a bit opaque in places and I’d be interested to see what sort of money people make but it seems to be way to reward everyone who helped make the product a success.

There are some really interesting products on the site and the one that currently has my eye is the Converge docking station. It’s probably less docking station and more charging station but it looks great and solves a problem that many of us have.

The Converge is in pre-sale and so far it looks like it has garnered only 69 orders out of the 1300 needed to put it into production, so I don’t know how many products actually make it from pre-sale to production.

Overall, I like the idea and I’ll be following along but with all of these things, exercise caution. If you’ve got a great idea, it might be an excellent place to get a product into the market. But you need to read the small print and understand ownership of the intellectual property and design, your portion of the profit and so on – I haven’t delved into any of these things yet. If you aren’t happy, walk away.

GNC-2011-03-28 #658 RIAA Infiltrates Federal Judges!

Posted by geeknews at 1:14 AM on March 29, 2011

If you cannot beat them Join them. A federal judge who worked as a lobbyist for the RIAA has already ruled pro RIAA as compared to other judges reviewing similar cases. This is a major win by the RIAA and will obviously go badly for any that draw her as a judge. I talk about this and a lot more. I also announce some upcoming format changes as we look forward to the next 5 years in where this show is going to go. Obviously the Ohana are going to weigh in as I make these changes and we will see how they go.. I have decided it is really time to focus on the format as the shows has not changed much in the past 6.5 years.

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Show Notes:
Time Warner to get sued over iPad App.
Where did 40 Million go?
ICANN wants a exit from US Control.
IP Tracking.
8yr old Genius.
Mac’s for Web Dev?
Industrial Espionage.
New Nokia Fonts.
Blood Pressure Reduction with no Medicine.
WOW throttled by Canadian ISP Rogers.
Japan Nuke Plant Update.
Iranian Hacker.
Playstation XPERIA.
Social Media Detox.
Curiosity Mars Rover.
Romulan Ale.
Opportunity Update.
1 Trillion Stars!
How Cool is This!
Pictures from Mercury Tomorrow.
Latest Scam coming down.
10 Web Design Elements.
Truck Drivers to pay to Listen to Music.
Nintendo 3Ds
Federal Judge RIAA Insider.
Intel Revamps SSD Line.
Griffin PowerJolt for iPad.
Firefox 4 Tips.
.iso Files in Windows 7.
.DocX Converters.
IE9 Tips.
Free Xbox 360 Games.
Video Editing Tutorials.
TRIM tool for Snow Leopard.
Trash Nothing.
Banana TV.
GNC Studio.
Android Gotta haves!
Only in Japan.
AMEX Serve Digital Platform.
iPhone 5 Summer or Fall?
Smart ForTwo not for Sale?
Chumby 800×600!
Firefox 4 Smoke Checks IE9.
3-31 World Backup Day!
James Gosling to Google.

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GNC-2011-03-25 #657 Fight AT&T & T-Mobile Merger

Posted by geeknews at 1:22 AM on March 26, 2011

Back with a special 90 minute podcast for you to catch you up from no show on Monday.. I have a great contest kicking off on the show today. Get qualified by becoming an Insider and or making a one time $25.00 donation details in the show tonight. Lot’s to share on my trip to Silicon Valley and the headache I had getting there.

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Photoshop Effects inside the Camera!
loutrekshow.com
Apple goes nuts over App Store Name.
Plastics in the Ocean hammered home.
Hawaii Carriers offer free calls to Japan.
New NASA Facility.

Show Notes:
Fight the Merger.
Netflix is a Target for Big Media.
Hollywood’s Hatred for Netflix.
Screens it’s all about Screens.
Lets Tax Driving Now?
Inside our Abandoned Collider.
Travel Router Packs a Big Punch.
Screen Play DX/HD.
Limewire Judge Tells RIAA their Insane.
FCC to push for Data Roaming Plans.
Microsoft buys 660k IPV4 IP’s for cool 7.5 Million.
ARIN watching IPv4 Sales.
Hunting for Spammers in Botnet.
MySpace dumping Millions of users.
P2P Lawyers win one for Copyright Claimants.
Oxford Dictionary LOL.
Trademarked Keyword Paid Searches in UK under fire.
United Airlines and Continental Merger.
Music and Film Cloud Locker from Amazon.
Kodak Revenue from Trademark Infringement.
Yahoo Quits MyBlogLog.
How tough is your iPad2 Glass?
Macs and iPhones match up.
Photo Shopping Hubble Images.
16 Million Bill for March Madness.
Will Android Change Everything.
Are you gonna pass on Earth Hour.
Stardust Spacecraft Killed.
Will Senator Gifford come to Space Launch?
Free and Clear Appliance Images.
Copyright Group drops suits.
Use Pirate Bay? You shared your private info again!
Limewire Shutdown curtailed P2p Activity.
Photo Re-Touching Tips.
Roll it off by the Inch.
Wireless Monitors using Display Link Technology.
Roxio Video Game Source Capture.
Socks make you Lazy.
iPad Arcade Stick.
Never Loose your Tabs in Firefox.
CCleaner helps with IE9 and Firefox Cleanups.
Send To trick in Windows.
7 Android Annoyances Solved.
Home Sharing on Apple Mobile Device.
Video Hunters Application.
Firefox First 48 Hours.
Webm and Firefox 4.
Firefox Video Must Watch!
Apple 4.3.1 update just Bug Fixes.

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GNC-2011-02-14 #647 Simply a Monster Show!

Posted by geeknews at 1:21 AM on February 15, 2011

I have no choice but to cut back a little for the next shows. I simply had more news than I could handle tonight and apologize because they came fast and furious at the end, doing no justice to all of the content. But one thing is for sure I deliver your moneys worth on all of the shows lately. Thanks for being part of the Ohana! All of the CES content is posted enjoy it all because their is about 52 hours of content their for your enjoyment.

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Show Notes:
The New 747!
Feds Seize More domains.
Patriot Act Provisions Extended.
Amazon Threatens to leave Texas over Taxes.
Admin says it can spy on you?
Power to the Creator!
Film Studios Pirating own Material!
Username x Sites = Security Risk.
It gets worse for HBGary Federal (idiots)!
Apple and Google are Killing our Companies.
Mobile Penetration.
iPhone Secret Symbols.
Where did Kilogram Originate.
Metered Billing on Hold.
IP Address does not Equal a Person!
Plasma Bullet?
HTML5 pushed to 2014.
Twitter trends Origination Points.
3 New iPhone Styles?
Twitter to cut developers off at knees?
Can Nokia Survive?
Tablets Everywhere but no Apps!
Are Adobe Air and Flash Winning?
Facebook Sim Card!
5 Great VPN’s?
iPhone Telephoto Lense.
The 9th Planet is it out their.
86 Time Lapse Videos.
Mentos and Coke powered Car!
FIOS + Iphone = Savings
Fireworks Hawaiian Style (joking).
Apple kills the Podcast Ping.
Get Styling with Toddygear.
Vivitek 3d Projector.
Sphero Robot Ball.
Link Spam Salesmen.
Zeo Sleep Analysis.
Mini Nuke Power Reactors.
iPhone Voicemail Save Hack.
Qualcomm, Netflix and Android.
USB Crypto Device.
Concept Clock.
Lookee Tv.
Dark Side Detector.
P2P for Good Uses.
isoHunt attacked by Music Industry.
Windows Phone Apps.
Nokia + Microsoft=??
Developer Conference List.
Human versus Computer on Jeopardy.
Brilliant Extension Cable.
Auto feed Shredder.
More Cord Cutting.
Rent versus Own on DVD Front.
Mac App Store plus iTunes.
Dumb and Dumber.
Windows Tip of the day.
Chrome Plugin to block Crappy Search Results.
Facebook Page Designer.
Make a Hotspot with your iPhone.
Geek Dating Tips.
T-Mobile G-Slate hands on.
IE9 Release Candidate will Auto Update.
Windows Phone 7 to get Multitasking.
Multi-Language Foursquare App Update.
NASA spare shuttle flight still a go.
Russian Mars Mission in Moscow.
Whoops where did that tool go.
NASA Budget to get Axe.

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Jill-e Designs for Colourful and Stylish Gadget Bags

Posted by Andrew at 4:50 PM on February 11, 2011

Jeffrey and Esby get fashion tips from Jill Wight, President of Jill-e Designs, creators of stylish gadget bags. From SLR cameras to smartphones, there’s pretty much a bag for every device. But these aren’t boring grey or black – they come in a wide range of bright colours and fantastic patterns.

Although aimed mostly at women, there are some very stylish brown leather bags in the collection (see the Jack range) which would appeal to the men too.

Prices from $30 upwards.

Interview by Esbjorn Larsen of MrNetCast.com and Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast.

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