Archive for June, 2009
TOPIC: November 8, 2008 (A CLASSIC FROM OUR ARCHIVES) – This week we discuss Yahoo’s continuing implosion as well as getting some incredible presidential Geek Trivia from Jay Garmon, and follow up with our usual brand of inanity as well as some truly great coolsites of the week – and the podcast only tune this week is “The Numbers Game” by Thievery Corporation!
TOPIC: A surprise party of guests this week, as we talk to the pair behind ‘Real Geeks Ride‘ – a cross-country biking adventure to raise awareness of the fact that geeks do ride, and that riding a bike to work is possible for everyone! We also get Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon back and he wows us with a specially crafted space-oriented trivia question that will really make you think!
The coolsites of the week just keep getting better, and this week we’ve got:
- Bubbl.us – Like the ever-popular Mindmeister, this mindmapping software will let you get it all out of your head and someplace usable; Bubbl.us makes it about as easy as can be with cute bubbles and – of course – free mapping!
- MonkeyOn – Put a monkey on somebody else’s back for a change! Schedule reminders and tasks for other people and keep bugging them until they get ‘er done!
The podcast only song of the week is “The Future is Where We Belong” by the Hotpipes.
The Plextor B310U BD is a slick, glossy black external DVD/CD burner, and Blu-ray disc ROM. It cuts DVD’s at 16x and CD’s at 48x. It can read Blu-ray at 6x, but note that it does NOT write blu-ray … if you’re looking for that you’ll have to step up to a pro model (and pay quite a bit more).
Stepping through the basics, I’ve got to say that the installation was one of the easiest that I’ve done in a long time! You connect it up to your USB and then turn it on. There’s no driver disks, no need to download stuff off the Internet, you literally just plug it in, wait a minute and it’s ready to go! I installed it in this manner on both my Dell Latitude loaded with XP and also an Acer with Vista Home Premium with the same results. It brings the ‘play’ back to ‘plug and play’ like it’s meant to be!
TOPIC: Gosh, we have fun today! After working over Microsoft’s new search engine Bing, we talk about the Microsoft Office Live ice age that is coming and then break down the newest Palm release (the Pre), and talk about what Apple could possibly do at WWDC to keep our interest (other than announcing he’s back to take the helm, that is).
Of course we’ve got our coolsites of the week, such as:
- Gminder – Desktop reminder for Google Calendar, by reflective code, this will make SURE you never forget those important calendar items; even if your browser is down and email turned off!
- GReader Gadget – Pops your google reader RSS subscriptions right onto the google desktop bar! You can view by category, starred, shared – most of the options you have on the regular greader site.
As the podcast only song of the week (which winds up being a radio play too) is “What Else is There?” by Röyksopp.
TOPIC: Anyone that’s ever been touched by bad code will NEED to tune in this week! Doug Bradbury from 8thlight comes in to spend an hour with us and share the deep scoop on The Software Craftmanship Manifesto – a listing of do’s and don’ts for programmers world-wide and a method to nurture mastery in the programmer, develop creative collaboration in small developer teams, and enhance communications with the customer.
He incidentally also winds up subbing in quite adequately for a missing Jay Garmon!
Some extra links around this topic include:
- The software craftsmanship google group – http://groups.google.com/group/software_craftsmanship
- February conference held in London – http://parlezuml.com/blog/?postid=789
- The book by Pete McBreen – Software Craftmanship: The New Imperative
- Limelight programming framework for Ruby (by 8thlight) – http://limelight.8thlight.com
We make time for our coolsites of the week, and roll out some good ones!
- CSVEd – One very cool, useful and free utility to have in your bag … edit any csv file any way you need to, including easy export to XLS, XML, and others!
- BusinessCardStar – This one is for everyone looking for a job, freelancers, or anyone who needs an easy way to share all your contact information. You can make free, professional and cool looking business cards here – choose to print them out yourself or get them printed profesionally for a small fee!
As always we close out with the podcast only song of the week is the rocking “Kid on My Shoulders” by White Rabbit.