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GNC #674 Be Careful out There!



Geek News Central Podcast Be safe during your travels over the memorial day weekend. We want all of you back with us next week. I cover Mom’s wreck that happened on Tuesday and pile of tech news and information. Plus one really bizarre story about Mark Zuckerberg.

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Show Notes:
Geek Pride Day.
Mark Zuckerberg (weird one)!
Goodbye Spirit!
iAdapt i1
Amazon Mac App Store.
Google Wallet.
Miro 4.0
Time Warner Revenge.
P2P Raids.
Mac Malware Ver 2.0
NYSE Floor.
Protect IP Senatorial Gang.
Hold put on Protect IP Act.
Texas Politicians back down to TSA.
Disney Stands Down.
Patriot Act Extended.
Yes the Electron is really round.
Water on the Moon.
North Korea most Advanced Computers!
Skype Broke Again.
Apple and Google App Privacy under fire.
AT&T Good Deal?
Piracy in China.
Empire Avenue.
Twitter Updates.
Flickr and your Photos.
The Google Shake Up.
Tax Man Cometh.
Windows 8 and 8 Reasons Why.
Canadian Bandwidth Limits on Rise?
Pyramids Secrets Revealed or more Mystery.
Cool Shuttle Video.
Charge your Leaf while Towing.
AMOLED on iPad 3.
Best Buy reveals All on cell numbers.
Vodaphone Recharge Semi.
Orion Selected.
Netflix updates Android Again.
Itch in Space.
STS-134 in Space.


Flickr Hiring, Rumors of Demise Greatly Exagerated



Flickr posted on their blog yesterday that they are now in search of new employees.  This, of course, flies in the face of rumors that Yahoo is looking to shutter some their properties.  Names that have been bandied about have included Delicious, Yahoo Buzz, and even Flickr.  Clearly though, Flickr is alive and well and looking to move forward and grow.

Positions they are looking to fill include Software Engineers, Product Managers, Product Designers, and an Engineering Manager.  This is not only good news for Flickr’s large user base, but also for out-of-work computer industry types.

Flickr was the first mainstream photo sharing website and is still the king, despite the growing specter of Google’s Picasa.  The fact that they are looking to grow the business and improve their offerings will allow a large portion of the internet breath a huge sigh of relief.  We don’t know what they have in store for future platform updates, but this latest post is a good sign that updates are in the works.


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?


GNC-2010-11-30 #630 Back in Paradise



Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, things have been a little crazy with trying to help the family back in Michigan with the missing kids (see below article). In amidst the chaos put out two pieces of media for you over the weekend. My presentation from Blogword and the Saturday Morning Tech show which has yet to be posted. I hope that you enjoys tonights show, way to serious in the beginning, but I am really glad to be home. As a bonus, my youngest broke his arm at school today, so I spent 8 hours at the ER with him all is well and he is not happy with his cast.

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Listener Links:
Scientist Trick Cells into Switching Identities
Microsoft Messing with WHS.
My Extended Family Tragedy.

Show Links:
Blogworld 2010 Presentation.
Hughes Net to get Upgrade.
Questions on X-37b
Google Shortcode.
Microsoft goes to Supreme Court on Word.
Kinect gets Smart.
New Owner of Sun.
Comcast ignoring Net Neutrality.
Hugh releases a reading collection.
Microsoft to replace your Cable provider?
WHS Bomb Shell.
WHS Ballmer follow up.
Some cool websites and tools.
4 ways to Monitor Flickr.
BitTorrent Streaming Video?
Video Preview coming to Netflix.
Video Ad Click through Study.
Perfect Gift for Dad.
WordPress grows a Million Sites.
Google Earth 6.
Don’t buy that Domain.
Site Seizure Explanation.
Don’t try to help playwrights online or get Sued.
Pirate Bay Crew Guilty Again.
Airplay Hack Coming.
Is Microsoft, Google Apple being Evil?
Paths of Flight.
Calibrate your HDTV.
Do you feel like your walking in Circles?
Bishop Museum going online.
No Google Social in 2010.
Copyright firm Sued.
Nissan Leaf Business Opportunities.
EFF trying to prevent embarrassment.
iPhone Concerns.
Tiffany gets turned away from Supreme Court.
Game Moding trial to go Forward.

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Living With The Sprint HTC Evo



I’ve been living with my HTC Evo now for a few weeks, long enough where I can make a few informed observations about the device.

The Evo’s 4.3 inch multi-touch screen is superb. I’ve been surprised by the brightness and readability of the Evo’s screen even in a vehicle or outdoors in sunlight. The screen is big enough to be useful, yet the device still fits into a regular shirt pocket.

The Evo is fast and responsive. It seems that no matter what programs are open, the Evo remains just as responsive — there’s no wait for programs or configuration screens to pop open. The other smart phones I’ve owned in the past are dog-slow and sluggish by comparison.

The HTC’s “Sense” user interface that sits on top of Android is a winner. Popular social networking sites are slickly integrated right into every aspect of the phone’s functionality, making it possible to share most everything you can think of with a couple of taps.

The WiFi hotspot feature is also a tremendous convenience. It does have its quirks though. I’ve found that if I have opened up a bunch of different applications in the course of using the phone, if I then open up the WiFi hotspot feature, something will go wrong after a few hours and turn off the battery’s charging circuit. Something I have installed and am running may be causing this to happen. If I reboot the phone and then run the WiFi hotspot feature, this problem doesn’t occur and the battery keeps charging when it’s plugged in to AC power.

The integrated GPS is able to quickly find a signal. There are two GPS navigation choices that are included – Google Navigation and Sprint Navigation. Both work exactly as expected. I find myself making the most use of Google Navigation and Google Maps. The ability to search for businesses in a local area based on the phone’s own GPS location is extremely useful and I typically find I use that feature several times a day.

4G is currently not a good reason to buy an Evo because 4G coverage is currently extremely limited. This situation is in the process of changing. In the meantime, I’m happy with Sprint’s 3G coverage. I knew about this 4G limitation going in to getting this phone, so it’s not a problem for me. In reality, it’s likely going to take two or three years before 4G is widely deployed. I’ve been a Sprint data customer for more than 5 years, so I’ve witnessed (and lived with) the process firsthand of them going from 1XRT service that was limited to the eastern half of the country to widely-deployed EVDO Rev “A” 3G service.

Android is light years better than Windows Mobile 5, 6 or 6.5. When Android needs to pull data from the Internet it quickly pulls it without fuss or muss. All the versions of Windows Mobile I’ve dealt with have a “Dial-up Networking” routine they have to go through just as if it was a desktop computer connecting via a modem, which is slow and sometimes prone to fail. Windows Mobile data connections must be manually closed when not in use or they can drain the battery. Android just does what you expect it to without jumping through a bunch of hoops.

The Evo’s main 8 megapixel camera is very good, and the interface allows instant uploading of photos to services such as Flickr and Facebook. The front-facing camera will work with a free program called “Fring” that will allow two-way video conferencing, but I’ve found Fring’s interface confused and somewhat unreliable.

Sprint appears to be blocking the uploading of videos recorded on the phone even through the phone’s integrated browser when signed in to YouTube. However, I was able to email a video as an attachment to my YouTube account.

The Evo’s “HD video” recording capability is not anywhere close to HD standards. Furthermore, the sound quality of recorded video and audio is quite poor. The Evo is not a replacement for a real video camera. It is only fair to note here that all iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads have superior audio recording capabilities. Also the iPhone 4’s HD video recording capabilities are obviously quite superior to the Evo’s.

Overall, I’m very pleased with the HTC Evo. That being said, keep in mind that it requires expensive voice/data plans if you wish to take advantage of all its capabilities. Furthermore as a two and one half year plus Sprint customer I’m satisfied with the quality and speed of the Sprint network.


GNC-2009-10-02 #516 Taking the Show on the Road



Next stop Washington DC and the start of nearly a month of the show on the road. Crazy busy here getting ready to head out and know that time here in Honolulu will be severely limited but I have clients that I have to work with in person.

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AP going to go rogue on all of us?
Carbon Buildup?
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Show Links:
Microsoft Exec Pay Cuts
Feeddemon Version 3.0
Botnets our of Control!
Scoble says Google Waves overhyped.
Gigaom gives Google Wave thumbs up?
25 Million Pitch!
Secret Service likely scare kid big time!
Facebook Rouge Accounts!
Comcast/NBC?
Apple to Replace Google Maps?
Sidewiki do you like or hate?
Text and Phone ban for Federal Employees!
Text + Drive + Death + Felony = Jail
Google fanning Spyware Sites!
Fake Twitter Account + Liable = Lawsuit
ICANN cuts US Umbilical Cord!
Docs to go gets Excell!
Windows 7 Compatibility Site.
Recovery.org not Accessible?
NY MTA smells the roses!
No Privacy Patriot Act!
** Amazing Delta 4 Launch Picture!
The Moon like you have never seen it!
Sideways Alarm Clock Ridiculous Price!
Windows 7 Party Pack Unpacked!
Pre-Paid Apps Tomorrow!
Print Picture Photo Frame!
Nissan Anti Crash Robot!
DIY Street View Cam.


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



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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Show Topic Notes:
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????