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GNC-2009-08-28 #506 Back in Honolulu



New Intro today we have a winner! Had a nice meetup on Wednesday, flew home to Hawaii today after some great meeting in Silicon Valley lots of exciting things coming down the road. Lot’s of tech as usual in todays show, very busy weekend ahead for the family and I share some cool news at the end of the show about the kids.

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FCC Mobile Scrutiny to begin!
FBI investigating free laptops sent to Governors!
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Torrent sites under attack!
Dutch ISP BW Throttling!
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Here is hoping Apple loses



A headline from a news article on AppleInsider, FCC investigates Apple, AT&T for Google Voice app rejection, reminded me of my secret wish.  I wish Apple would lose some anti-competitive lawsuits.  I don’t wish lawsuits on anyone, but sometimes it is the only way to shake a company loose.  So here are the questions of a Mac fan boy:

1) How is it legal for Apple to refuse any stand alone 3rd party browsers or mail clients for the iPhone? Would Apple redo how they allow software to be sold for OS X  now that most software is downloadable?  An app store for OS X maybe so they could keep any programs from duplicating their own functionality?  Hmm.

2)  How can a company that has it’s OS foundation built on an open-source technology, be so stinking proprietary? “Hey everyone we think you all should adapt the open-standard mini display port!  It will help all the consumers.”  “No, you cannot install our open-source core Unix software on any hardware but a mac.”  “No we will not license out the Magsafe power adapter to other companies for their products.”  Why do that?  It would only make you more money, while saving the electronics of the families you say you serve.  Time to release the death grip.

I must admit that on days like this I really want Apple to lose an investigation.  Not so that big government tells free businesses what to do, but so they begin to act fairly and openly.  Turn the corner Apple, play it straight.  Open up the company, release developers, license out the technology that people need.


FTC to Monitor Blogger Claims and Payments



Bloggers beware the FTC is about to start watching what you say and failure to disclose that you have been given a product or paid to blog about a product or service could find themselves with a FTC violation.

Disclaimer: Geek News Central and it’s writers will always disclaim in the blog post if a product has been provided by the manufacture or if any other type of compensation has taken place.

Disclaimer: The FTC has not paid for this blog post :)

Anyway it could get real ugly out there for bloggers who have been notorious for writing reviews of products, services and sites and never disclosed that they have been compensated. We will keep an eye on what the guidelines coming out of the FTC will be.


GNC-2009-06-05 #483 Video is a Main Topic!



Newsletter subscribers check your emails for clues but you have to listen as well to win. I talk about the Video Gravy train for a bit tonight. Looking for input from non podcasters details on the show. As we head into the summer months you will want to remember to take the show with you as you roll outside to do yard work heck you can even have fun with it by shouting out in agreement when I hit some company with criticism.

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Mark is correct free ride on Video is about Over!
Sony Digital Copies on UMD Library to be Available
45mps Wireless downloads on Airlines?
Palm Pre iTunes Support Funky
Cool Clock but way to Pricey
Great 4th of July Prank
AT&T Prepaid Data Plans Good Idea!
Have you tried Bing?
Steve Jobs how bad was it?
iPhone Video? Weird ring to it!
FTC shuts down Webhost with 15k Customers
Cirque to be next ISS Tourist
Endeavor good for Launch on 6-13.
Atlantis back at Kennedy Space Center.
RIAA no Takers in 6 Months for ISP Cooperation plan???
EFF to track Terms of Service Changes
10 Hot Jobs
Warrantless Wiretapping and Surveilance Suit tossed out!
This is Hogwash how long have we been holding reg Phones?
Hulu looking to get your Money?
DOJ looking at Hiring in the Valley.
Oprah hottest Tech Ticket in Town.
Record Video Watching Last Month!
Manage files in OSX outside of the horrid Finder
YouTube coming to your Flat Screen!
Tuesday Next week will be a big Patch Tuesday
ICANN Finally taking action on DNS Security
Stem Cells Treatment cause site to be regained!
DVD Sniffing Dog makes big bust!
MSI Air PC
Go get them Cher!


GNC-2009-05-12 #476 Live from Texas



Audio is very airy tonight from the portable rig. Much apologies will get it dialed in for the Friday show. Hate it when that happens. All good plans on using some new tools for Video went south tonight but such is life its a work in progress

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Open Office 3.1 Available
Sony we really Blew it!
Apple rejects BitTorrent App from App Store Surprise Surprise!
Boeing building remote Stealth Fighter
Check out what a Roomba does while your not home!
Now all you need is Enterprise you have the chair…
Mac drive support coming to Bootcamp
Goodbye Microsoft Watch
Reporter bashes Newspaper Industry
Cox offering 50Mbps Service now for $139.00
Rumor Google walked away from NYT Purchase
AT&T iPhone 3g Experience is killing AT&T
New NYT Reader getting great reviews!
Shuttle off to fix Hubble!
FTC to Investigate Net Neturality
Doing Fiber the Smart way!
Jamming cell phones inside prisons!
Proposed Changes to Adblock Plus that I think are good!
Police can GPS track you without Warrant?
Reporters Life erased from NYT and IHT website.
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GNC-2007-10-30 #313



Recorded this show with little or no sleep in the past 48 hours so fair warning it should be entertaining from a sleep deprivation stand point.

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You Tube Time?
Blogger Grammar Errors
NBC Crying about Apple iTunes Pricing
Google Spam and how it works
CFL Bulbs Savings
Cable Rulings for Apartments
Controlling the Internet
AT&T does the Right thing for once
EasySponsorship.com
EZFetch
Jail Break iPhone from Web Application
Nick Wants more use of NOINDEX
Video Not Easy or Cheap???
Automatic Turns away 200 Million
Harmony Mounted and Occupied
New Pages on Blubrry!
Net Neutrality Rears its head
RIAA has another Set Back :{
Comcast P2P talk can get you Fired
User Contributed Meta-Data
Leopard Hacked to Run on PC
Solar Wing Gears at ISS
Vinyl Sails to kill CD Sales?
Whois to go to Junk Pile

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GNC-2007-08-07 #291



Late start tonight but I have a couple of mini job opportunities available for those looking for some extra tech work. Also looking for Wikipedia expert.

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MadKast better use their own Product
Are you a Digital Pack Rat
SoundExchange trying to leverage DRM
Microsoft causing War in Open Source?
Pencil Removed from Brain
Thai Police officer Punishment
Linspire CEO Quits
Defcon 2007 Reporter Outed Update
Old News Cooking a Laptop
Lets Nuke a Meteor
FTC to look at Targeted Advertising
FeedBuddy
Apple facing lawsuit over iPhone keyboard
iPhone Sim Hack is the real deal
Xbox 360 Thermal Issues
Fake Steve Jobs Outed
VC Investment hitting high levels
Windows iPhone File Browser available
Nixie Tube clock really cool DIY kit
Halo-Themed Zune
Microsoft 1.5 Billion MP3 Award Struck down
Patch your iPhone Now!
MovableType Version 4 almost Ready
Knocka.TV
Photosynth Team Film Shuttle
DMOZ Editors helping Mahalo.com (not surprised)
WSJ PC Questions
Shuttle Launch on Wednesday
Progress docks at ISS
Congress cannot count to 100
SoundExchange aught Lobbying
Blogging issues with companies Stick
IT Staff not keeping up with Workplace Gadgets
New Spammer Tricks