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GNC-2010-02-26 #555 Hold on to your Hats!



I blew the barn doors off on this one folks!. Hopefully iTunes cooperates tonight not sure what happened last podcast. Be sure to always check in at the website for the show. I cover a far amount of ground tonight and I reach out to our Italian listeners hopefully you all can talk to me about the Insanity in Italy at the moment.

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Show Links:
Italy has lost their minds!
Microsoft brings down Botnet!
OGG Versus H.264 Head to Head!
Intuit updates Quickbooks for Mac!
Facebook gets Wires crossed!
TV Stations asked to give up 500mhz!
Virgin Media to roll 100 mbps Service out!
Latvian Hacker spills beans on Banks!
Esa’s Smos European Space Agency Mission Report.
PALM in Trouble!
Boxee back on Apple TV!
Thunderbird Security Fix!
FTC Investigating Companies for P2P document leaks!
Skype on your TV!
End of Support Life for Many Microsoft Products!
NASA Chief under Fire!
Johnny Cash Song 10 Billionth Downloaded!
Citibank monumental screw up!
Has your Blackberry Radiated you Today?
Whoops Did not mean to knock your site offline!
Is it time for ET Ethics?
Patent Label Chasers?
40 Billion and wanting to Spend Money!
Sen Al Franken wants User Bandwidth Caps!
Klipsch’s Ear Buds.
Telava 3g Pay as you Go!
Detect Wi-Fi Hot Spots at 20 Miles!
Augmented Reality and Social Media?
Second Life to get Second Life?
Politicans and there Keepers!

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GNC-2010-02-23 #554 Murphy’s Law!



Switched the primary recording off of Firewire to Analog to see if that was what was causing recording issue and the recording machine acted up again. Very happy to have a backup of tonights show for you to download. We are having trouble with the iTunes update at this time..

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FBI probing school!
Endeavor Launch

Show Links:
Infoworld Windows Blogger Fired!
Twitter vs Facebook faceoff!
50 Million Tweets a Day!
Second Life? Should we be concerned?
Newsletter tips and tricks!
Mobile Application Stores Heads Up!
Americas Brands!
HTML5 Plugin for IE8
Apple says .99 cent TV – TV says $1.99
VirusTotal.com
Add Boxee and Hulu to Windows Media Center.
FTC Warns 100’s of Companies about breaches!
IOC versus the Blogger.
New Transistor design big in Japan
ACTA gets out of Hand!
UK Newspapers cannot stand the heat!
NASA Lunar Moon Application!
Endeavor back at KSC!
GPS Jamming use by crooks!
Browser Ballot Time in EU!
Seagate rolls out Enterprise 2TB Drive!
Vudu to Walmart for cool 100 Million!
64gb SD card no available!
Leech Plug (Smart)!
Bloom Box to revolutionize home power?
Don’t get this teacher Angry.
FBI go Hunting Web Cam accused Perps!
Build your own TypeFace with your Face?
View from Above!
GPS Spot!

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Daniel Brusilovsky is that an Apology or Damage Control?



It was revealed last night that Daniel Brusilovsky an early Teen Podcaster and more recently an editor over on TechCrunch was asking for computer gear in exchange for posts on TechCrunch. Michael Arrington got wind of this, and after an investigation revealed the extortion scheme on TechCrunch, Michael did the right thing in order to maintain the reputation of the site and the other bloggers there. TechCrunch took the extra step of immediately removing all the posts Daniel had written.

I have known Daniel for a while now, initially as a podcaster and was pretty shocked to read the post. I recently saw him at CES representing TechCrunch, how they got an underage person a pass to the event which is supposed to be 18 and above is beyond me. He was also a guest on a podcast we were helping record. I cannot imagine what the host of that podcast is going to do with that material now.

Shortly after the posting on TechCrunch Daniel posted “The Line was Crossed“. Reading the post he talks about letting people down, but I do not see where he takes responsibility for his actions. He pawns of the mistake for his age and while I am sure age played into this, there is no excuse as he knows very well that extortion was wrong. Daniel has been in the New Media and blogging space for a long time he knows the rules.

I am not satisfied with his response and quite honestly it looks like he is more in damage control spin mode. Does his spin and lack of serious apology have to do with the Teens in Tech Conference? At this point his reputation is damaged to such a degree that I am surprised that he is moving forward with the event. If you are going to ride the new media / blogging pony then you have to realize we live life online, and online is were he has to make peace with those that trusted him.

His actions should be a wake up call to all of the other folks out their who are in positions of trust that the internet can giveth and it can taketh away!


GNC-2009-12-18 #537 Yes I am still Here!



Ok folks I am still here, while I do not want to go into the circumstances of the emergency travel it appears at this point that we probably will not have to go anywhere. I cover a huge amount of ground in tonights show and there is a wealth of information about what is coming up next. Thanks to the listeners that have signed up for monthly contributions it is heart warming to see how much you care. I will continue to do my best in delivering you the most content of any tech show in the space.

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Show Notes:
Flip Strikes back with Flip TV
Zune + Twitter + Censor = Fail
Gotta have me one of these Hover craft!
Green car driving Assistant?
Crazy Stuff Here on Drones!
LED Traffic Lights trouble in Snow Belt!
Psystar final nail in coffin!
Are you an Audiophiles nut?
Prepare to be blown away! Watch the linked Video!
Auto Translation with FeedDemon!
To cancel your cell phone or not!
Blip.TV on a roll!
Verizon FIOS 10 GBPS to home!!!
Mobile Firefox.
Big Brands understand Value of Smaller Blogs!
Yelp to be purchased for 500 Million?
Android on a Roll!
Google + Audi A8= Cool
Adaptech For Sale!
Cool USB Hub!
New Diabetes monitor connects to PC!
Have they detected Dark Matter?
FTC to put serious Smackdown on Intel!
Bitly.TV use trending to their advantage!
CNET 20 Top Gadgets of 2009!
YouTube Top 5 Videos.
Are you a Trackball User?
9 Things to do with your GPS.
Titan confirmed to have lake of Methane.
Slow News day talking about Space Battles?
BBC HD content 50% reduction in Quality!
NCAA hates Fan Sites!
Teachers to sell school Lesson Plans?
Google does not walk the talk.

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GNC-2009-11-20 #529 Get ready for the 24hr Podcast



I have announced my tentative date for the 24hr Podcast, lots to cover between then and now. But as always it is my pleasure to do that 24hr show. Need to pick a charity for this year. Suggestions are welcome. Production of the video portion of the show is really improving, have a few more things to work out but I am happy with process. Back to a normal show flow next show.

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Why Microsoft has lost the mobile phone market!
Are you using Dropbox I want to hear your opinion!
It is time for Personal Servers in fact it’s overdue!
Sony rolls out its own Music, Movie store.
Apple needs to really ready this!
Captions on YouTube
Extra Benefit of YouTube Captions.
Google Phone.
PeerNews launching in Hawaii!
Shuttle at ISS all is well.
Yahoo to Index Twitter Immediately!
14 Free Mac Developer Apps.
Apple and Others Quality Control.
FTC going after Fraudulent Check printer.
Azure comes out of Beta Jan 1st!
Are these folks stealing from you?
Pirate Bay Alive and Well!
California to add Border checks for TV’s
The REAL Mars research game!
Smile for the Camera Please!
What are you doing is no What’s Happening!
Hypocrites!
Going Free doubles a companies Business.
Senate to put Hammer down on Phrama, Professors and Book Publishers!
Walmart new Copyright Police!
The destruction of Live Music in America!
Tradeup to Bluray for $15.00?
Hackintosh back in Action on Atom!
Windows 7 Sales Explosive!
Check WiFi on American Airline Flights!
Google Chrome the Announcement!
Google Chrome OS do I really want this?
Will this list support Google Chrome OS?
Windows Home Server Update Coming!
Pandora has amazing conversion rates!
Sprint 4G you gotta get better than this?
EFF Goes after Podcasting Patent in Big way!

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GNC-2009-10-08 #518 Back in Honolulu Next Show!



Another great road show, bandwidth has been a plenty and big thumbs up to the Marriott Towne Place Suites. Lot’s of tech to talk about and I have a big challenge for someone that want’s to build me a LivePack! All I can say is the folks behind this just do not get it.

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NASA gets to rock the Moon.
Is Verizon and AT&T Scared of FCC?
Is AT&T going to hammer heavy iPhone Users?
FCC says Wireless carriers need more Spectrum.
Russians going back to Venus!
Comcast to warn subscribers if they have been hacked (BRAVO)!
Have you killed your Cable TV connection?
The Power of PogoPlug!
iPhone software updated!
Olympics sues Olympian Newspaper!
Economist locks us content under paywall!
Google gives advice on Passwords!
Is your Phone as good as a GPS?
Skype calls ok on iPhone via AT&T Network!
Coin sized Nuclear Battery!
Urban Radio at 87.7!
Vue Video!
Do you like iHop?
Archos5 available on Amazon!
Dow Solar!
Cable One will slow network speeds during peak hours?
Why New Media works!
Lawmakers want probe of Google Voice!
128 Bit Windows.
Worldwide arrest in Phishing scheme!
Will Google Abandon Books?
FTC tries to calm freaked out Bloggers.
Where is the tether?
FBI Director told not to bank online by his wife!
Spotify the cost to run music portal!
Livepack great product bad business model!
iTunes replacement is Doubletwist.


Unscrupulous Scruples: Watch where you click.



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I’ve been seeing this more and more. You have to upgrade a product – a home (free) edition or something. You press the link and it sends you to a page that talks about upgrading. In fact, everything this page screams is “We don’t have the free version, you must buy an upgrade to continue”.

But if you scan the page, you see on the bottom in small print “No thanks. Register the Free version”.

Another case in point: I was searching for Drivers for a friends computer. I got to the companies webpage and selected what I thought was the driver. Instead, it shuttled me to download a program that would then collect information on my PC and find the right drivers.

It was not malware, but more of Bloatware. And that program wasn’t afraid to do the same thing – ask to install more Bloatware.

This practice is on the verge of misleading. You have to really scan pages to make sure you are selecting the right option.

Case in point #2: There is a great website out there that helps webmasters. We won’t get into the name, because this is not a witch hunt. I will say that when you purchase something on their site, you are taken to a page that looks like you have to press an “OK” button. However, this button is not to OK the purchase, but to add additional services. By scanning down the page, you find the “No thanks – Continue” option stuffed in the bottom part of the page.

In advertising creation, you learn a little trick. When an eye hits an ad, they instinctively start in the middle and work clockwise around the ad. Therefore, you put your “Hook” in the middle and the other items on the sides, including the name of the product.

What these sites have done is made the ad, but then put the “No thanks” in a spot where upon first glance, the eye will miss.

I just bought my ticket for Blogworld / New Media Expo. I used a discount site to purchase the plane ticket and hotel. After making the initial purchase, I was inundated with options I should look at. I suppose it’s so the discount site can offer lower fares. Once again, I had to carefully scan for the “No Thanks” option, although those other buttons looked like they were part of the processing.

Recently, people have been finding extra charges on their credit cards. They went to an online shopping site and chose the great deal of the day. They then pressed a button that looked legitimate to sign up for monthly deals (or something like that). Of course, those deals came with a price.

I really think that the FTC needs to start recognizing these little nuances in websites. It would be like if you went to the grocery store and the clerk started asking “Should I also add in a gallon of milk?” even if you didn’t grab milk.

As for this upgrade – I understand you need to make money off the product, but being sneaky about doing it is only going to make me go somewhere else. Put the “No thanks” in a more visible area. The consumer will buy your product if they don’t feel they are getting swindled.