TOPIC: Too many Daves, too little time today as we not only get our very own Dave “Sparky” Saganaki on air, but also talk at length with Dave Cicirelli, the author of the fascinating take on the “truth” behind our social media avatars, “Fakebook: A true Story. Based on Actual Lies.” We wax philosophic and have a great time!
Jay Garmon joins us as well, answers last week’s question and poses this new stumper:
What sci-fi book had the term “Googleplex” in it to describe a large computer cluster – nearly 20 years before the Google we all know and live came to be?
We get time for just one coolsite, but you can also find more about Dave and his book in a variety of locations:
- GCFLearnFree – Great place to find tutorials and tips for basic computer skills. Dave S is using it in Canada to help seniors, but it’s perfect for any age!
- The Fakebook Friends Website – the source of all things fakebook, and where you can find out the “real” scoop on Dave Cicerelli!
- Fakebook Facebook page – be a fakebook facebook friend.
- Amazon’s Fakebook purchase page – you can buy the book here!
The podcast only song of the week this week is by Friendly Fire called “In The Hospital”!
TOPIC: Paul comes in from Verizon to talk to us about gadgets, droids, phones, Motorola, home automation and security, the impending death of blackberry and more! We have a blast with our rare in-studio visit, and even get some of the usuals out of the way too …
Jay Garmon comes back and we remember to get a trivia question out of him this week:
What is the original Einstein formulation of the concept we know today as E = mc2 ?
We even get an awesome list of coolsites in too!
- Verizon Wireless: We’d be remiss if we didn’t send a special shout out to Verizon for giving us Paul and some cool gadgets to check out and tell you about! You can find their stores pretty much everywhere!
- Tab Bill Splitter: This app for iPhone and Android lets you easily take a restaurant receipt and split it among your guests evenly, identifying who had what, how much the tax and tip should be and makes sure there’s no more fighting over “who had that coke, no ice!”
The podcast only song of the week this week is: “Vaporize” by Broken Bells!
TOPIC: Enjoying the new release, Mike and Dave have a blast reminiscing about the “good old days” of music, why you need to back up all your data, and what’s going to happen now that we can timeshift everything in our lives! Mike also discusses his love of SpongeBob as a soporific.
We miss Jay Garmon this week, but can’t wait to talk to him next week, so tune in then! That does give us some time for these great coolsites of the week though:
- FantasyBuzzer – Doing fantasy football this season? If you’re not using fantasy buzzer then you’re doing it wrong! (or at least making your fantasy life much more difficult than it needs to be)
- Drync – Love wine? Can never remember that great wine that you had when you were out? With Drync in your pocket you’ll never have that problem again, and can even order it on the spot!
- UnTappd – Social connection for the beer drinkers among us! Let people know what you’re drinking, and give your friends a hard time for that miller light they’re so partial to!
- Book of Bad Arguments – Knowing and identifying the logical fallacy your friends are using sometimes just isn’t enough; in those cases you need cartoons!
We kind of drift off at the end as time runs out, but we wouldn’t short you on the podcast only song of the week – this week listen to Fingers Never Bleed” by YeaSayer!
TOPIC: AUDIO NOTE – There are a few spots in the recording where audio switches to single channel, or volume fades out … we apologize, and the issue has been corrected!
We let it all hang out this week, with just “the boys” around to talk tech, music, books, and whatever else strikes our fancy! A classic show for those that have been listening for a few years 🙂
Jay Garmon does his thang but we forget to get a new trivia! You’ll have to wait to next time for that …
We get in one pretty cool coolsite of the week this week – you may recall we talked last week about navigation with Google and Waze, but if you weren’t convinced (and still need a way to get around) check this out:
- NavFree USA – A navigation app for your phone that doesn’t require wifi or 3G or any other connectivity while it’s in use … trying to figure out what to do with that old “dead” phone? This is it!
The truly podcast only song of the week this week is “Went to War” by Amanson!
TOPIC: Trying to figure out where to go, how to get there, or how long it will take? Wondering if there’s traffic, a Starbucks, or a cop on the way? Google Maps (and their new acquisition Waze) can answer ALL of that and much much more – and Daniel Sieberg comes on air with us to share!
Dave is with us too, and Jay Garmon even gets a chance to (finally) answer last trivia question and provides a great new one for us to work on:
Before Steve Ballmer worked at Microsoft, where did he work – and who was his famous office-mate?
We have WAAAY too much time talking to Daniel to make time for coolsites of the week this week, but you should definitely check out
- maps.google.com – The site to start from if you haven’t check out Google Earth or maps or need navigation info. Links to the apps are there too!
- waze.com – Still it’s own site for a while even though they’re part of Google now, with their own app and interface you may like as much as the Google navigator.
The truly podcast only song of the week this week is “Fingers Never Bleed” by YeaSayer!
TOPIC: Dave “Sparky” Sanocki steals the show today with a phenomenal, on-the-spot interview with famed cartoonist Neal Adams. Dave had the good fortune of being able to attend Fan Expo Canada this year, one of the largest comic and fan event in the world!
Good friend Jay Garmon joins us to talk for a bit, but we didn’t want to try to squeeze his trivia knowledge into too small of a gap this week – you’ll have to wait for next week to catch up on our Geek Trivia. That means no time for coolsites either! Though you should check out www.fanexpocanada.com so you can be just as green with envy as Jay and I were!
The truly podcast only song of the week this week is “Ritual Union” by Little Dragon!
TOPIC: Gack! Twice in the last 7+ years we have recorded a phenomenal interview, and then lost it. This is time #2. So you won’t have the opportunity to join myself and Steve “MoneyPlanSOS” Stewart as we talk to good friend Mark Beare about his company ReviverSoft and the very cool info and apps that he’s providing there. You should go straight to their website, but before then check this great YouTube video out … it can’t match the awesomeness of live chat the TechTalk show, but what kind of a standard is that anyways? 🙂
ReviverSoft Video “Love your computer again!”
Believe it or not we even had some fantastic coolsites, not just from Mark, but Steve as well! Check these out:
- YesYouCanPodcastToo.com – Think you can do a better job than us? Well, I can pretty much guarantee it! Steve is there to help too … a veteran ‘caster himself this site will help you put together the basics of a successful podcast. Steve brought this to us as an exclusive!
- Heard – an app, not a website, this (creepy?) little thing perpetually records all conversation and ambient audio through the iphone mic in 5 minute blocks that you can save, go back to and listen to again, share, whatever you want! The NSA can eat their heart out!
- ReviverSoft – “Love your computer again!” is the motto of ReviverSoft … if things are going slow, you hate your windows 8 (lack of) start button, or have any other tech and PC questions just log in and ask away! Chances are your common issues already have an answer and video associated, but if not – send an email to them and they’ll set you up right
Podcast only song of the week you’d have to find on your own anyways, so I’m not even going to bother! Listen to your favorite David Byrne and get back to me 😉
TOPIC: If you are interested in hearing the REAL story of one of the greatest innovators and inventors of our time, you’ll want to queue this ‘cast up in your playlist immediately! We have a great time with W. Bernard Carlson as he joins us to discuss his new book “Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age.” Although he may have had some mental short circuits, Telsa fought against all resistance, and through a shocking turn of alternating events became among the most important of current day figures. OK, OK enough of the puns (no, wait, I’ve got one left – Contrary to rumor, Tesla never become a zen master, crying “Ohm” all day!). Seriously, this was a phenomenal interview and a great book. Listen, learn, and enjoy!
We even get some time in with Jay Garmon and discuss this tantalizing tidbit of timely trivia:
What was the last piece of equipment put into orbit by the space shuttle program?
We don’t get time for any real coolsites, but these are some links you should connect to:
- TeslaInnovation – W. Bernard Carlson’s website, with links about the book, and even more detail and info about Tesla himself!
- Van Buren & Wells – You won’t find this local Chicago band’s CD on Amazon or at your local Borders … yet … but you should definitely keep an eye on them!
As you may be able to tell from that last coolsite of the week, the tune of the week is “Wasted Time Blues” by Van Buren & Wells!
TOPIC: We have a great time this week deciding whether to celebrate 4th of July or Canada Day with Dave, and then some good old-school traditional TechTalk! Nothing fancy, but lots of tech news, views, reviews, and even some time with good friend Jay Garmon who gives us a two-parter!
What was the first “platform” video game created, and … what gameplay dynamic did Donkey Kong add to make it the first “true” platform style game?
We even have time for some great coolsites of the week this week:
- Life360 – GPS location mapping, private chats and more just for you and your family on their smartphones!
- 50 Top ELearning Courses – Learn something new this week, come here to find the best places on the web!
Another great podcast only song of the week – “Truth” by Alexander!
TOPIC: Dave is here! A surprise visit brings Dave in-house, in person for the first half of the show! We have a blast hanging out and talking news of the day, including what the FAA is going to allow us to do on planes soon, Facebook data leaks, and MORE discussion about the death of Google Reader, and what options you have to switch!
Unfortunately we miss out on Jay Garmon and his most excellent geek trivia, but we’ll catch up with him next time, and it does give us more time to talk to Jerry Henning from Verizon. Jerry and Mike get a little excited about the new S4, but provide an excellent overview of the new features, compare it directly to the S3, and give you some reasons why you should consider this your next phone!
A couple of coolsites for your consideration this week:
- Feed.Ly – Looking for a gReader replacement like me? Look no further! Feedly not only imports your reader list, but gives you mobile and desktop access as well as connecting directly with another of our coolsites, IFTTT (if this, then that). All you gReader lovers should check this out today!
- Everything.Me – Smartphone search engine on steroids … this not only gives you relevant information about what you’re searching on, but also connects you with apps and sites that will add to your experience on your Android phone, whether you have those apps installed yet or not!
- Verizon Wireless – Shouts out to Verizon and Jerry for telling us about the new tech on the block, and letting TechTalk play with an S4 for a few weeks to give you only the best information!
Another LCD Soundsystem hit, “I Can Change” closes us out for the podcast only song of the week.