GNC-2011-01-14 #639 Back in the Saddle

It is fantastic to be back doing the show after a two week hiatus for CES and all of the other adventures I have been on. This one is action packed and I have some major soap box time about Google and their H.264 abandonment announcement and who consumers in general are going to suffer over this format war. Lots to share this is a fast paced one strap in tight!

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Soliders and see in back of their heads.
NYC Recycling events.
AT&T to Lose big.
Internet Eraser for Photos.
Lake Vostok Penetration.
Drupal 7

Show Notes:
Opera on Google Announcement.
WebM Deployment to cost a lot of Money.
Google drops Nuclear Bomb on H.264
Microsoft Executive shake out.
PBS App for iPhone.
YouTube app for Android with pre-roll ads.
Pwnage tool for iOS Updated
Want Windows XP Explorer Back?
BBC No Smart TV.
Soap Shredder.
Swiss Army USB Sticks.
MegaUpload fights RIAA / MPAA.
NASA announce Backup Commander.
Galactic Pair.
James Webb Telescope!
6 Trillion Mile Supernova!
Lake Vostok.
Virgin Spaceship glide test success.
Intelsat Galaxy 15.
Heavy Lift not in the Budget.
Space Tourism available again!
STS-133 scheduled fro Feb 24th.
Verizon changes Trade in Policy.
3D No Glasses Sucks!
Wikipedia to hard to edit.
T-Mobile UK Lowers data to 500mb
China steals some more technology.
Email hacker posted nude images from hacked accounts.
Firefox 4 in Feb.
Who is really spending the most time online.
FCC facing challenges in Spectrum distribution.
Clean up your Computer.
EC2 being used for Brute force computing challenges.
No TSA body scan info for requesting group.
Where tin foil in your pants get ready to be groped.
South Pole Telescope.
Are you gonna fire AT&T?
Why RSS maters.
How to share a bucket on S3.
Flickr Fail?

Opera Shows Tablet Browser at CES

Opera Software has announced that it will be demonstrating its new web browser for Android-based tablets and netbooks at CES.  Opera is calling it the “first public preview” but there’s no hint of when it will be publicly available, in beta form or otherwise.

“In 2011, tablets are a new must-have. Opera is creating waves with the first public preview of Opera for tablets,” said Christen Krogh, Chief Development Officer, Opera Software. “Opera for tablets brings the same trusted Internet experience to tablets and netbook PCs as users have come to love on their mobile phones and desktops.”

Opera has posted a YouTube video of the Opera browser running on what appears to be  a Samsung Galaxy Tab.  It looks pretty smooth.

GNC-2010-12-16 #635 Monster Show – Weak Voice!

Well the 64,000 question is, will my voice hold out through the 24hr Podcast. It is going to be touch and go… Doc loaded me up with meds yesterday and hopefully they start doing there magic. Back here in Hawaii, I have a monster show for you hope you enjoy it. I will see all of you here at 11am EST on Saturday for the 24hr Podcast. Spread the word on the net we want you here.

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Show Notes:
Opportunity Making History.
Pressure Check to be Accomplished.
Supernova Relic.
Where in the Universe.
Massive Storm on Saturn.
Linked In App for Android.
Nexus S Jail Broken.
Playstation iPhone and Android App.
Wi-Fi Analysis Tool for your Phone.
Flipboard Updated for Google Reader.
Google Maps Updated for 3d.
Monitor Accessories.
Google Fiber Announcement Next Year.
Rim doing better than Expected.
New Years Eve resolutions assistant Sites.
HTML5 Tool from Microsoft for Firefox.
Amazon Top 20 Christmas Songs.
Vimeo Video Tutorials.
Facebook your next Social TV Guide?
Nice Xbox Headsets.
Personal Accessories.
Quiet Cars to be made Noisy!
AltaVista and Delicious RIP.
More Site Take Downs.
Chumby Phone App.
Soyuz to ISS.
California Carbon Trading?
CR48 Review.
Bing Making Ground.
T-Mobile says they will compete on Data Speeds.
New UFO.
Twitter 200 Million more!
Cyber War?
TPN Weekly.
Online Video Trends.
Opera 11 Now Available.
Stuxnet like Military Strike.
More Record Label crying.
UK 1.2 Billion illegal Media Downloads?
FCC Net Neutrality Issues.
Broadband Pricing Down Worldwide up US.
Virgin Galactic to ISS?
Nike Sues Customer.

Browser Market Share Shocker

It’s been a while since I paid attention to web traffic, specifically browser numbers.  So, what I saw today was a bit of a shock.

It seems things have been changing recently, on just about every front.

For a start, I thought Firefox was gaining share.  I seem to think I heard that in several places.  I also thought Explorer was losing, Chrome was on the rise, and Safari and Opera didn’t much play in this game.

But today, August 1, 2010, NetMarketShare released their July numbers for the browser battle.  And it seems that, not since Explorer vs Netscape, has there been this much of a battle.

For starters, IE has gained share for the second straight month – 59.75% > 60.32% > 60.74%.  Needless to say, Microsoft is touting this all they can.

The next shocker was that Firefox has LOST share – for the third straight month.  They have dropped from 24.59% to 22.91% since April, 2010.  Since I have a techie website, and see mostly Firefox and Chrome in my stats, I may be a little jaded here, but I honestly thought Firefox and Chrome were the big winners recently.

Chrome, it turns out, has also dropped some, though.  Not much, but 7.24% to 7.16% is a drop, none-the-less.  Especially since they have been on a steady upward trajectory since launch.  In fact, this their first drop ever.

Safari has been on a steady rise for the past few months, going from 4.24% in September 2009 to 5.09% in July 2010.  This was another shocker, since I had no idea anyone running Windows was using Safari.  But, Safari’s market share outpaces Apple’s OS which hangs in at 5.06% versus Windows’ 91.32%.  Is this making sense to anyone?

Finally, Opera, also has risen.  They remain far behind, but they rise little by little.  Again, it seems to be at the expense of Firefox and Chrome.  For July they topped out at 2.45% over June’s 2.27%.

As I mentioned, I run a techie site, much like this one, so my view is skewed.  But, most of my users are on Firefox and Chrome and I have seen no real drop in the numbers.  But, it looks like the masses are going with the defaults – IE and Safari.  With more people coming online all of the time this is a trend that could, against all odds, continue.  The third-world may rule our future after all.

GNC-2010-07-06 #590 We have a Winner!

Congratulations to Katie she is our Lenovo A63 system winner. Big thank you to everyone that participated, this was our biggest response to a contest to date.  Some interesting feedback from the last show and my comments to those comments.  Big thank you to the Ohana for all that you do. I did not get the insider out this weekend but it is on my growing list for this week.  It will be a good one as I have a topic planned that will give you some insight into what I do day, to day to make the show better. Looking for volunteers for CES 2011!

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Gopher I thought that was Dead.
Mobile protected in Canada!
Android Tablets Coming.
YouTube Hacked!
Cars for the Blind.
Browser Wars.
Crowd Sourcing?
eBay Cheats?
Skype competitor Google?
Flash for iPad?
iTunes Hacked.
Apple App store full of App Farms?
Droid Battery Tops.
ISS get’s their Supplies on try two.
10 Million Facebook Fans.
Helium Shortage?
TSA Blocking Free Speech?
July 1962 Hydrogen Bomb!
Guardian one ups Times of London.
Pirate Party to run Pirate Bay.
Windows Phone 7 at AT&T.
iPad $699 / Etch a Sketch 4.95
Robo Cop comes to your Car.
Is you Cup Warmer spying on you?
Opera 10.6
Ultimate Trench Coat.
Block Buster De-Listed.
NASA new Lunar Lander.
Digital Changes are you Ready?
Sprint HTC Evo Update.
How Lazy can we get?
ISS Picture.
Google and China on Mend?
Science Lab on Net.
** The Real Life Social Network **
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Flash on iPad via Legislation.
Future of online Socializing.
Internet Sales Tax the real deal.
Steve Jobs emails may not be Fake?

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Checking Your Website with Browsershots

I always forget about this website.  When I finally go there to check my site amongst OS browsers, I always find one small problem. Quick change in the CSS and everything is all better.

I am talking about Broswershots. They simply take my site and call it up using different browsers on all Operating Systems. Linux, PC, Mac and BSD checking the following browsers:

  • Avant
  • Chrome
  • Dillo
  • Epiphany
  • Firefox
  • Flock
  • K-Meleon
  • Galeon
  • Iceape
  • Iceweasel
  • Internet Explorer
  • Kazehakase
  • Konqueror
  • Minefield
  • Navigator
  • Opera
  • Safari
  • SeaMonkey
  • Shiretoko

I can also view the many versions of the browsers. Let’s say I am optimizing for Internet Explorer. I can check IE 4.0, 5.0, 7.0 or 8.0 on a Windows format. Check the boxes, enter the URL and away we go.

What Dillo sees of my websites from Browsershots

The process is not instantaneous. The service will set a 30 minute time limit which you can extent, but you have to physically be there to do so. If you checked all boxes, then you will definitely need to extend the process a couple times. It can also really show you how slow your website might load if you have an influx of users. One website I checked came up with all versions in about 10 minutes, yet another website (a little more PHP process driven) took a little more time.

Once your screenshots appear, you can view and download. Of course, this is dependent on the Internet connection at both sides, so you may have to request a new screenshot if you don’t see the proper results. For instance, IE 8.0 came back with a blank screen. I then told Broswershots to retry and the end result was perfect.

This website is pretty useful in detecting problems. Although I do have a PC, Mac and Ubuntu machine, I am really happy I don’t have to load up every browser on those machines. It’s about 80 different browsers and their versions to choose from. I am hoping soon they will also check across phone browsers. That will be a perfect addition to Browsershots.

GNC-2010-02-15 #552 It only takes one!

Every show has it’s trolls tonight one took it to a new level, very sad individuals play games like this. Lots of tech news and information just like always. Next show will be a early live recording hope you join me on Thursday night for the live event.

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Convention Crashers!
FDIC has to get Defensive?
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Parallels wins Windows for Mac showdown!
Will Google fail in 1gbps roll out?
FCC may force carriers to share!
Verizon 4G on the Way!
Sports Hacker wanted in France?
4 Trillion Degree collision?
Some cool iPhone Apps.
California Steampunk Gathering!
Comcast = Xfinity!
UK Linking is not Infringing!
7.2 Billion stimulus being blocked?
Spirit is parked for Winter.
Shuttle Mission Extended!
Blip Downloads bad for Media Device Viewing!
Windows Phone 7 Video.
Windows Mobile Comparison.
Bug Labs 2.0
Is Wi-Fi on School Buses a good Idea?
Use for those old Projector Slides!
DIY Mag Power Plug.
WAC to deliver on App Standards?
Is Cable Fudging Survey Numbers?
ChatRoulette is very very dangerous!
Do you use Hot Spot?
Scobleizer on TED
Sarah Lacy on TED?
Do you have a 20 minute rule?
Mozilla happy with Opera?

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Firefox 64-bit Needed for Windows7 – NOW

I remember when I decided to move to Firefox over Internet Explorer. IE6 was not cutting it and Mozilla was showing promise. Add to it all the security issues for some projects I was working on and the plugins to test code. I never thought I would move away from Firefox at that point.

Until Windows7 64-bit.

Everyone talked about how Firefox crashed, and in all reality, I didn’t see that problem. That was until I hit 64 bit mode. Firefox is still a 32 bit application, so I expected a few crashes during the inception.

Then the crashes started happening a little more than usual. I would be working – especially on a page that housed Flash – and the system would stop responding. I would restore what I was working on, but the same process would happen again within minutes. Just the other day I had the browser crash 6 times in an hour – halting my work every time.

Add to it the memory it starts to eat up. I pulled up Task Manager and watched how – while I was doing nothing in the program – the system was allocating more memory for it. Now you might think that it was because of Flash or a plugin I had installed, but I turned off all plugins and was on my homepage – which is a page I created with nothing but HTML links.

I decided to look for a 64 bit version of Firefox. One area said they are not even thinking of going 64 – at least not until version 4. I did find the alternate projects to FF 64. I installed a program called “Minefield”, which made me nervous to begin with. Who names a testing platform “Minefield”?

Alas, it wasn’t any better. I had no Adobe flash and it crashed within a few pages.

I don’t get it. It’s the only 32 bit program that crashes on a regular basis. I even tried compatibility mode, but the browser would still stop responding.

The big issue was the memory hog it became. I went to the about:config option to try and find a key that would limit or release memory. There was none that I could find. I might have overlooked it – anything is possible. But as far as I know, nothing to change how it works memory.

I didn’t think this would be a big issue for Mozilla. 64 bit OS has been around for a couple years now, and they have Firefox 64 for Linux and Mac users. But not for PCs

Therefore, for now I am using Chrome on the main system. Since the laptop is still 32 bit Windows XP, Firefox will be the browser of choice on that machine. It doesn’t crash there. I personally don’t like Chrome, but if I had to order the browsers I would use and like, it would be Firefox, Chrome, Opera, IE and then Safari.

Still, I implore Mozilla to get on the 64 Bit kick and get this browser out. I also want you to try and figure out why Firefox eats memory like a high scoring Pac-Man game. I like the plan of going to the ribbon style menu, but if it still causes crashes, I’ll have no choice but to switch off Firefox. After all, I cannot start working in a browser that might stop responding, especially if I am in the middle of writing a blog post.

Internet Explorer Unsafe 98 Percent of the Time

ScanIT, an Internet security consultancy, reports Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was unsafe 98 percent of the time, during 2004. The data were collected from 195,000 internet users who used ScanIT’s online security checker. The reported 98 percent unsafe rating is based on security holes being found in fully-patched installations of Internet Explorer on every day of the year 2004, except the week between October 12 and 19.

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Bofra Worm Gets Past Antivirus Software

Users of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) are vulnerable to infection by the Bofra worm, downloaded through website banner ads.

The Bofra worm, previously described only as a variant of the MyDoom worm, takes advantage of the iFrame vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer; Microsoft has not yet been able to release a patch that repairs this security hole. According to SANS Internet Storm Center, sites in the U.K., the Netherlands and Sweden have been infected, including The Register, tech website. The Register advises users who visited the site between 6:00 A.M. and 12:30 P.M. GMT on Saturday November 20, 2004, to check their machines for possible infection by the Bofra worm.

Bofra Skirts Antivirus Software
The more significant problem is that the Bofra worm, which is a spyware application cannot be detected by most antivirus software applications. Repairing the effects of this worm are difficult and costly. The effect of the worm is so many popups and unwanted software installations that the computer will slow to a crawl and be, effectively, useless. Many users will be forced to rebuild their drives from scratch, starting with a reformatting and reinstallation of Windows.

Dave’s Opinion
Affected users who are fortunate to not lose all of their data files will do well to rebuild their computer and stop using Microsoft’s integrated web browser. Until Microsoft is able to take security seriously and create a stable, secure browsing platform, Windows users should move to alternative web browsers such as Firefox or Opera.

Call for Comments
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References
SANS Internet Storm Center
The Register
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