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Happy 15th Anniversary, Download.com

Posted by J Powers at 10:19 AM on October 21, 2011
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Today we have application stores up the ying-yang. But 15 years ago, trying to find applications for your computer was a lot harder. We did have two decent sources: Tucows.com and download.com (a CNet company, now owned by CBS). Since then, these two sources have grown to better catalog Freeware, shareware, and paid applications. This week, we say Happy anniversary to Download.com.

While the domain was registered on February 24, 1996, Download.com will officially launch on October 23rd, 1996 (Reference via CNet article). Since then, the website sees almost 10 million downloads of software a week. The top downloads being AVG and Avast antivirus software. A long cry from Hey, Macaroni (the dancing macaroni meme), WinZip 32 and Duke Nukem 3D – which was the most downloaded in 1996. WinZip is still one of the top 5 download pieces of software on the site.

For 15 years, download.com has kept a great archive of software, weeding out the obsolete, malware producing items. They have been sued for some software downloads, most notably the free music download program LimeWire. While download.com did not promote the download of mp3 music or movies, the peer-to-peer software is another way to download legally shared items. Of course, this has always been the conundrum of file sharing.

In retrospect, TuCows has been in operation since 1994, offering the same services. Other services have come and gone, but download.com has stayed strong. So happy 15 years to a source that I’ve personally used many a time from my IT career.

GNC #668 Show Dedicated to Derek Miller

Posted by geeknews at 1:19 AM on May 6, 2011

Podcaster, Blogger, Friend Derek Miller passed away a couple of days ago and this show is dedicated to him. Please visit his webpage and read his self written obituary. Weird show tonight but I think you will have a lot of fun with me as we look at some of the absolutely ridiculous things happening in the tech space today.

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Show Notes:
Facebook Spying New Thoughts.
LastPass simply Blew it!
LastPass Breach not Last Straw.
LastPass Alternatives.
25k Contacts?
Einstein Validated again!
DHS told to pack Sand by Mozilla Foundation.
Netfliz Insights.
Cable Companies Winning?
Download.com Lawsuit over Limewire.
New Link farm Scam.
Plex on Roku!
Firefox tweaks!
Feedly Revamped?
Cloud versus Bandwidth Caps.
Ghost Dialing to Jail.
The so Obvious.
More Laptop Camera Spying!
Seal Team 6 Canine partners.
Antimater Captured.
7 Million for That?
More Sony Attacks?
Sony hires Security Firm?
Do not watch UBL Kill Movies!
New Leader in High Speed Internet?
Wordperfect Suit is back on?
Have a Spare 150 Million?
Spaceship 2 test flight continue.
Alan Shepard Insights.
Lawsuits for all my Enemies.
*** Gag Remote Kissing Invention ***
Facebook to buy Skype?
Over Air Updates for iOS?
Monkey Sign Language.
Who thought of this?
No More Boxes from Apple.
Wanna invest in Fusion?
Android App Store Movin on Up.
HP-12C at 30!
Lookee TV
iOS 4.3.3 Jailbroke.
Wave Accounting.
Rare Element Supply not so Critical?

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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Apple goes nuts over App Store Name.
Plastics in the Ocean hammered home.
Hawaii Carriers offer free calls to Japan.
New NASA Facility.

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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.

GNC-2011-11-11 #626 Time for some Green Screen.

Posted by geeknews at 10:05 PM on November 11, 2010

Next show I am going to try and do some green screen which should be fun. I played with it tonight before the show and was blown away that I could get a good key here in the hotel room. Lot’s of tech and some new site and sponsor announcements next week.

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Naked Strip Searches at Airport?

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NASA finds the Leak.
SpaceX gets more money.
New Adsense Interface.
Emergency Info on Google goes Int.
Need some new Scissors?
Kinect hacked to work on Mac.
Buy some Mac History.
Chinese build 15 Story Hotel in 6 days.
RSS apps Shoot out.
Charter to cap your Bandwidth.
Salaries in the Valley.
Scoble questions Arrington.
Podfather and RSS.
Hacker RSS feed.
3.5 Million to not leave Job.
Xbox Gaming only 60% of Three Hours Daily!
Steve Jobs Calling.
Teen Trends on Facebook.
Firefox 4 Beta 7 Smoking.
New traffic Cameras = Multiple Tickets.
Limewire Complaining (cough)
Dusting for Carbon Control.
Bing for all Androids now.
Digg Staff picking Trending News.
Bluefire Reader for iPad / iPhone!
NO 10% raise your fired.
Hacking Google TV for Hulu.
My Movies for iPad.
No TV Browsing just content please.
Chinese Cell Phone Virus.
Sony Bloggie in UK.
Paperfeeds.com?
Want AirPrint now?
Black Hole Cleaner for Mac.
WordPress.com Tips for Bloggers.
Web Based Todo.
NewTeeVee Live 2010.
Streaming Trends.
Red Hat Enterprise 6.
Audio Streaming Stats.
Windows Desktop Virtualization.
Call of Duty Black Ops 360 Million day 1.

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GNC-2010-11-08 #625 Back in the Saddle

Posted by geeknews at 10:29 PM on November 8, 2010

Feels good to be back in the full swing of the show. I am having a great trip here in Albuquerque and really enjoying myself, will be doing an Ohana meet up this coming Friday. If you want to come out to dinner and your in the local area drop me an email so I can pass location and time.

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Blip.TV hits 100 Million Video Views Monthly.
RockMelt Social Browser.
US Gov’t Naughty List.
Toshiba SSD for Macbook Air now Available.
Pilots told to Avoid Scanner.
Bundling Software in Danger?
Google Blocks Facebook!
Windows Phone 7 Launch and 2000 Apps.
7 Facebook Unfriending rules.
Google TV Gateway Fancast.com Blocked.
Nokia Shakes up Symbian Foundation.
Free Airborne Wifi On Google.
Hacker hits UK Navy.
Verizon to Broadcast Video on LTE?
Very Dangerous IE Bug!
IE Hack Kit For Sale.
TSA ban Toner and Ink.
Creative Commons big win in Belgium.
Patent Office gets more Screwed.
Ready for Mini Big Bangs.
Hey Best Buy Get Squared away on Roku.
Can you Fly?
48 Million iPads?
Bloglines Saved.
Limewire back from the Dead.
Boxee needs Cash.
Burglary Suspect Idiot.
Cassini Flying in Safe Mode.
Shuttle Pushes for Nov 30th Launch.
Laptops as Ovens.
Avidemux Editor.
Time Warner Look Back.
Zune Insider #93.

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The Limewire Shutdown Is Not The End Of the RIAA’s Problems

Posted by Alan at 6:01 PM on October 27, 2010

As you may have heard recently, Limewire has been ordered to finally shut its digital doors.  Yesterday, a federal judge granted the shutdown request from the RIAA after a ruling in their favor several months ago.  All searches, uploads and downloads through the client were ordered to stop.  It was, no doubt, quite a shock to users when they fired up their client and were greeted with the this message:

Legal Notice: This is an official notice that Limewire is under a court-ordered injunction to stop distributing and supporting its file-sharing software. Downloading or sharing copyrighted content without authorization is illegal.

So now the RIAA goes along its merry way without anymore worries, right?  Right?!  Not exactly.  In reality, the Limewire shutdown is a blip on the file-sharing radar.  Truth be told, the RIAA probably spent more on legal costs to pull this off than they lost from the users of the software.  And what do they have to show for it besides one program to point to as an example?  Not much, it would seem.

First, there were numerous articles popping up online today touting the alternatives to Limewire.  And of course there’s no shortage of those alternatives.  Then there’s Usenet which is almost untraceable.  And of course bittorrent which is now discovering better ways to hide users with tools like Anomos and Peerblock.  If anything, the RIAA may have made things harder on themselves by forcing pirates into more obscure places and making them harder to catch and sue.  What a kick in the butt if this shutdown makes the RIAA’s life the one that just became more difficult.

Second, there seems to be a study or survey popping up every few weeks that shows such things as “file sharers buy more music”.  I’m actually inclined to believe that too.  And not only because countless surveys have shown it, but because in a strange way it seems logical.  If you like an artist you feel as if you should support them.  They deserve to make a living off of their work, because, after all, if they can’t, then they will look for a 9-5 job and you won’t hear them again.  A lot of P2P users seems to be looking to discover new music that they can then support.  Obviously there will always be exceptions.  A percentage will always just be thieves.

So, the RIAA got their big example with Limewire.  They started down this course way back in the 90′s with Napster, so we can see how well it is working for them. They have succeeded only in alienating themselves from their customer base and probably forcing more people into piracy than would otherwise have been there.  And with each “example” they also further the technology used to thwart them.  Business models can either move ahead with the times or they can die – kicking and screaming in this case.

GNC-2010-06-17 #585 Headed for Honolulu

Posted by geeknews at 7:01 PM on June 17, 2010

Ok Headed for Home Saturday morning. We are having a meetup tonight at Dinosaur BBQ in downtown Rochester all welcome i’m buying dinner. I have had a lovely time here in up state NY and look forward to coming back. Was much more than I anticipated. Look forward to being home and back in the Studio for a while. Join me live from Honolulu on Monday evening.. Big thank you to all the new and contributing insiders.

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See Mom no Hands!
IP Shortage.
Limewire Round 2
Verizon Damage Control!
FCC Net Neturality rules = Lost Jobs?
Bebo = AOL Fail!
600k iPhones Ordered!
512 gb SSD Drive!
Verizon iPhone still on?
Upgrade iTunes!
Don’t move your Xbox.
YouTube Video Editing!
SpaceX to Launch Iridium Satellites.
Safari Extensions.
FCC Makes First Move on Net Neutrality.
Are you a Gov’t Employee? Read!
California GPS Tracking Utter Failure!
Insanity in Patent Protection!
AT&T Metered Bandwidth Testing Complete?
RIAA has fake Canadian Site.
Soyuz to ISS.
Belkin Conserve (Green).
Clearwire has new Devices.
Space Sail outbound.
Get free charger with Chevy Volt?
Sharpest Deep Space image from Earth.
No World Cup for You.
Silicon Valley is to Expensive.
Searching Twitter Lists.
WordPress 3.0.
Hotmail versus Gmail.
AT&T Locks down Android Phone.
Looking for Spring 4g Locations?

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GNC-2010-05-14 #575 Machine is Fired!

Posted by geeknews at 1:16 AM on May 14, 2010

Well as many of you experienced on the last show the audio went downhill at 1:11 minutes. Tonight it happened again! Backup recorder saved the day, meanwhile the machine in question has been fired and a replacement has been ordered from Sweetwater. Having issues like this is unacceptable to me at this point. Otherwise show went off without a hitch and I have a pile of stuff to share. Their will be a meetup on 5-22 in Coldwater Michigan. Listen for details. Special version of Geek News Central Insider coming be a Insider!

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DNA Robots!
Boxee to have eCommerce Tie in!
Satellite out of control!

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Phones moving more data than voice.
Prom Dress wars!
More Botnets controlled by Twitter!
Fungus Conspiracy!
Mini Bluetooth Keyboard.
iPhone for Verizon?
STS-132 Launch Today!
Pirate Bay ISP Ordered to shut em down!
Netural Net Neutrality Bill?
Fiber in your City?
Judge Rules against Limewire Chairman.
EC2 taken out by Car.
End of the World?
Subway has Lost It.
Hulu says no to HTML5.
Skype 5 Way Video Chat.
Skype no to Windows Mobile 7.
** Secret Mission of the Terminator!
Sony Looses more money.
Bing Navigation.
Have a 100k for Space Ticket?
PS3 Supercomputers Locked Out.
Adobe’s Hail Marry.
Philip’s LED bulb.
13 Port USB Hub.
Privacy and Facebook Origins.
North Korea attains Nuclear Fusion? ;)
Gold Dispensing ATM Machine.
Hotmail set for comeback?
Verizons plan to crush all carriers.
Broadband Demand Up!
See the Moon on MoonZoo.
Content Distribution Strategies.
Scoble to Facebook.
Are you from Future?

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GNC-2009-05-04 #474 You have to Watch to Win!

Posted by geeknews at 1:31 AM on May 5, 2009

You have to watch to win! Video link is in the show notes.  One more show here in Honolulu before I take the show on the road. It will be a very busy May and June as farmers say you have to make hay while sun shines. No locked in travel plans yet for listener meet-ups but will advise when I can. Tonight’s show has some incredible stories that will cause your eyebrows to raise.

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Firefox hits projected 270 million users.
Verizon says WiFi for all broadband customers through Boingo.
Should startup founders Starve?
Video Embed Widgets to control your own brand!
Some really great Flickr Search Tools from Mashable.
Amazing Story of a Rouge Botnet controlled by Good Guys.
Parental Control on the iPhone.
Control your own short url service don’t pay for it!
New Amazon Reader on Wednesday supposed to be Big!
YouTube say NO ads in Your own Videos!
Nettica suffers DDOS that shuts down thousands of Websites!
Sprint customers are leaving in droves bleeding red ink everywhere!
LexisNexis waits 5 years to tell customers of Serious Security breach?
MPAA and RIAA site feature TorrentFreak content through XSS hack!
Who have you shared your email password with lately?
16 Drupal Clones which are great if you can find someone to design a template!
The true cost of Bandwidth that the ISP’s don’t want you to know about.
Time to get rid of some space junk with sails!
Limwire tells Congress that Limewire 5 shares nothing without notification.
Hubble repair crew ready to fly!
Can digital paper save the newspaper industry.. In a word NOPE.
Ex RIAA Lawyer at DOJ to work RIAA cases after 1 year?
193 Lasers to Ignite and create Mini Star???????? Why????