Friday, July 28, 2006

I love giant robots

I love giant robots so much that I watched the entire five minutes of this video. Sure it moves slow, and it looks like it could tumble over at any moment, but still it is cool.

This has got to be the most expensive cosplay outfit I have ever seen.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Coming Zune -- Microsoft baffles...

Repeat after me in your best Krusty the Clown voice "What the hell was that?"

Good news: Microsoft, our other favorite monopoly is going to produce their own media player that the media is touting as an iPod killer, thus going after our first favorite monopoly.

Bad news
: Microsoft is teasing the audience with a cryptic, misguided, baffling, bizarre, horrorshow, amateurish, juvenile, and freakish looking website.

For those of you who were overwhelmed with my possibly unforgivable adjectival excess, just replace the entire string above with daft.

Still, I couldn't be happier about getting an alternative to the iPod that will be well supported by third parties. Imagine a world where there are entire Best Buy aisles of Zune accessories in addition to the plethora of iPod accessories. It makes me giddy.


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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Could this be Zune? (Microsoft's ipod killer?)

Maybe this is a teaser video promoting the new Zune mp3 player from Microsoft?

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Need a primer on netstat and tcpview?

Steve Gibson, developer of the legendary Spinrite hard drive maintenance tool is doing the Security Now podcast with Leo Laporte. Steve is something of a technology luminary and is a security junkie if nothing else. In their most recent podcast, Steve does a great job of explaining how netstat and tcpview can help you better understand who your computer may be talking to. It's great stuff.

qv: Security Now! Steve Gibson describes netstat and tcpview

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Who is my computer talking to? TCPView tells all.

Microsoft has bought up one of my favorite tools for figuring out what my computer is really up to. There are plenty of times that I see network activity lights on either my ethernet adapter of my router and I have no idea why my computer is talking to anyone. I could pop up a command line window and run netstat, or I could run the lovely tcpview and watch it dynamically track who my computer is chatting with. Well, at least I can see what program on my computer is talking. It's almost always benign, but I feel better knowing.

qv: FREEWARE - tcpview at Sysinternals

More about the buy: Today @ PC World - Microsoft Sucks Up Sysinternals

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Podcast: A Technology Entrepreneur's Odyssey

At the June 2006 GSA Technology Council meeting, Colin Martin gave some of the lessons learned while creating his B2B e-business Promo Pipeline . . . for the second time.

Colin's path to entrepreneurship has been strewn with both success and failure. He was good enough to share both as well as the principles he used as guideposts as he described his personal Entrepeneur's Odyssey to the collected audience of the GSATC.

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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Still loving GMAIL

Regular Gmail users have probably already noticed the Delete all spam messages now text button in the Spam view of Gmail. It's fabulous!

Gmail started out with the motto that we never needed to throw anything away. With cheap storage, I guess it may seem at first ok to keep everything, but the fact of the matter is that junk gets in the way of finding the truly useful. So I am now occasionally spying into my GMail spam folder and wiping out everything in just one click. When that folder is full of awful advertisements for stuff I could never imagine wanting, there is nothing quite as satisfying as wiping them out... all of them.

qv: GMail

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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Today's Quote - a reality check for bloggers

Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.
- Edward R. Murrow

via Quotations Page

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Podcast: Essential Ingredients for a Start Up Microsoft Partner

In May 2006 we began recording the GSATC meetings. This first podcast of that meeting features Scott Millwood of Customer Effective. Scott spoke to the GSATC on the Essential Ingredients for a (Successful) Start Up Microsoft Partner.

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Your Day -- Technical Difficulties

So what happened on today's Your Day? If you were listening you probably noticed that we had no callers. It was a bit unnerving. It turns out that the radio station was having technical difficulty but no one knew that we were having trouble before we went on the air.

A very important cable had come unplugged and the phone lines were no longer connected to the ringers or the phone board. Yipes! This meant that for thirty minutes Eric and I talked amongst ourselves. It's fun and all, but we missed you, the great fun of our little feature.

According to emails we received, plenty of people tried to call in, but they couldn't make it in. The good news is that the problem was fixed within half an hour of us going off the air. The bad news is that is was broken the entire time we were on the air.

To you, our listeners faithul and new, we apologize and look forward to a better result next month.

July 13 -- We're Live on Your Day

Don't miss 12:30 - 1:00: A live call-in segment on blogging, online news media, and other internet technologies. Eric Rodgers hosts Phil Yanov, Director of Business Development at Acentron Technologies, and founder and Executive Director of the GSA Technology Council. Members of the radio audience are invited to ask about computer technology and related topics during the segment.

Listeners may call in with questions via the toll-free number: 888-539-8859.

Where to listen?
# 89.3 Charleston
# 90.1 Greenville / Spartanburg
# 91.3 Columbia
# 88.1 Sumter / Columbia
# 89.1 Aiken /Augusta
# 89.9 Beaufort / Hilton Head
# 90.1 Conway / Myrtle Beach

(all numbers in MHz.)

qv: Your Day
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Podcast: How do I linux? (The missing call.)

On Last month's Your Day we took a caller off the air and her call only partly made it on to last month's podcast. It's a shame because the question and answer were kind of fun. We were trying to help our caller shed herself of Windows and convert to Linux. We told her of the groups that we knew of that might help her including the Linux Users Group and the GSA Technology Council. More than anything, we bade her good luck on her journey.

The good news for you is this -- the missing call is now available for your listening enjoyment.

Listen: The Missing Call

qv: Your Day
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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Tour a 3d Map of the Known Universe

Sébastien Chevrel knows how to create visually arresting art. In November he created 3d projection based on real astronomical data that takes the viewer through a journey between the brightest stars in the night sky. If you want to see the real deal, then you'll have to visit the Greenwood Space Travel store in Seattle. If you'd like to see how it looks on your computer, click below.

qv: The Map of the Known Universe

ps: Don't forget to press the F-11 key once it starts.

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SMS Text message can save your life (or boat)

It seems a Polish national who didn't speak English found himself in distress when the engine in his boat had seized and he was taking on water. What did he do? Send a text message to a friend who could alert the British Coast Guard who then found someone who could speak Polish and assist the lone troubled yachtsman.

via: GNN - Government News Network


Friday, July 07, 2006

Phone Phishing uses voice recording to steal your money

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse. Paypal users are being targeted in a scam which asks them to call a specific phone number which then asks them to dial in their account information. The system apparently even does some preliminary checking to verify that you are keying in legitimate data. If you don't key in what appears to be correctly formatted data prompts you to type it in again.

qv: Sophos: PayPal phone phish scam...