Archive for October, 2010
TOPIC: No Dave “Sparky” Saganaki around to keep Mike in check means you get to hear a LOT about cell phones, cell service, the death of GOOG-411 and everything phone related this week! Why? No one’s really sure what Mike’s hangup is, but Jay Garmon even joins in the fun!
Jay is of course eager to tell us about conglomeration.info (the ultra-hip sci-fi convention happening in Louisville, KY this Easter but we keep him focused on geek trivia long enough to answer the question of the week last week and ask yet another fantastic one:
What unit of measure is used to define the energy output of a supernova?
We’ve got so many coolsites of the week bunkered up we decided to just start throwing ’em out there, so here’s the first “dump” – check back next week for another great grouping too!
- Hiren’s Boot CD – If you’ve ever needed an emergency boot CD, you’ll immediately see the value here, but if not, check it out and all the cool things it will let you do to your “broken” machine; reset passwords, make an image, check viruses, and on and on.
- GroupMe – Got a bunch of friends that you text to regularly, and hate having to pass on the info to everyone? Did you somehow become the elected ‘switchboard’? Not any more! Use a groupme number to send everyone a message simultaneously, or even set up an on-the-fly conference call!
- Aviary – A whole suite of cool online tools for audio and image editing. Make your own music or edit something you’ve already created, no need for an account!
- Fiverr – Got five bucks burning a whole in your pocket? Have something unique or a little crazy you’re willing to do for a fiver? This is the place to go!
- Hanzismatter – How much did you pay for that chinese character on your back? Are you sure it says what you think it does? Get the real scoop here, and see some hilarious mistakes non-Chinese speakers have made … permanently inscribed on their bodies!
We take a little detour with our podcast only song of the week and give you Killing Monsters in the Rain by Steel Train!
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Before reading this review, you should know that I am a longtime Logitech trackball user. More than that, I take every chance I get to proselytize the benefits of trackballs to my friends and coworkers. Trust me, if you haven’t tried a trackball, borrow one and use it for a week – you’ll never go back (see, I’m doing it again)! Most of my friends are dedicated “regular” mousers and I haven’t been able to convince them to even try the trackball option however … yet. Perhaps I’m just not that persuasive?
So if you aren’t a trackball user already, this review may not convince you to make the switch. If you, however, like me, are full of the trackball love, I think you’ll be excited by Logitech’s M570 – a wireless trackball mouse linked with their Unity receiver for impressive range and flexibility.
TOPIC: We thoroughly enjoy the unexpected return of Dave “Sparky” Saganaki, as it gives Mike a chance to wax poetic about paramours, movies, and the whole social network phenomenon.
We get tons of time to pull Jay Garmon away from conglomeration.info (the ultra-hip sci-fi convention happening in Louisville, KY this Easter – “Egg hunts will never be the same!”), and then get a fantastic geek trivia question of the week that will guarantee your
Spaceship 1 (a glider) has a registry number N386-KF. What is the inside joke in this registry number?
Don’t forget about our coolsites this week – themed to help you with your kids!:
- Quizinator.com – Online quiz creator, gives results and shows scores. You don’t have to be a homeschooler to make use of this, it’s cool, easy, and free!
- ChessKid.com – Great place for kids under 18 to get online and play some chess in a safe and challenging environment!
- Whereoscope.com – Stalk your kids! Get alerts when they (and their iPhones) go outside of the boundaries you define, and see where they’re REALLY at when they call you!
- MyJobChart.com – Yeah, it was a coolsite last week too, but we talk so much about it I’ve got to include it again!
We take a little detour with our podcast only song of the week and give you Fluffy Clouds of Joy by The Bumblebees!
TOPIC: This week we get a fantastic security tuneup with McAfee’s Dave Marcus! Dave is the Director of McAfee Labs Security Research Communications (you’d think a guy with ‘communication’ in his title could make his bio a little easier to umm, communicate?) … and he has a wealth of info and advice to share with us about social networking viruses and scams, who these rats are that are creating these things, and more! In fact, we have a such a great time, we’re hoping to make his presence on the show a semi-regular thing!
Before Dave, of course we put Jay Garmon in the hotseat, finally getting an answer to the previous Geek Trivia and impressing us with the next one:
How many kilo-calories are available in every gram of mass, per Einstein’s famous equation?
And if that wasn’t cool enough, Mike even manages to sneak in a few really cool sites of the week:
- McAfee.com – Check out here to get more info on McAfee and their products as well as McAfee’s security blog.
- McAf.ee – McAfee’s secure URL shortening service. This way you can share secure shortened URL’s with all your twitter and FB friends!
- ShareKeyboard – Links your Android phone and your computer’s keyboard so you can text and type with a full-size text entry device 😛
- DrawSpace – Great way to learn how to draw, or finetune some of your nascent skills … excellent for kids or adults!
- MyJobChart – Keep those kids motivated and productive, my jobchart is a ‘to-do’ list with points for kids!
A blustery Chicagoland day calls for a great podcast only song of the week – Lake Michigan by Rogue Wave!
TOPIC: It’s just Mike hanging out today, with not even Jay around to temper the unbridled rampage of geek news and views! And Mike does cover a lot of ground – Google, Facebook, Windows Phone 7, and Apple all have some interesting stuff happening, and Oprah even comes up as a topic! Even better, Mike gets to use the word onomatopoeia – how cool is that?
Speaking of cool, of course there’s always the awesome cool sites of the week like:
- Yoink – Looking for free stuff? Want to give something away? Try Yoink! It’s not huge in the midwest yet, but all it takes is a few …
- Prezi – Tired of those lame and linear powerpoints? Check this out – it has some learning curve but is definitely worth it if you would like to wow your audience!
- NoReplyAll – Exactly what it sounds like – a button that keeps anyone you send it to from clicking reply-all. Outlook only.
They heard a little live, but you get the whole thing – it’s the podcast only song of the week Mister Driver by the Plasticines!