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Gearing up for Conglomeration convention, sharing vacation tales, and talking tech … just another typical Saturday here on the TechTalk show!
- April Fools day recap – and how Google can get you fired
- Conglomeration is NEXT WEEKEND! Live action frogger, cosplay, board gaming … it’s not too late to join us!
- Writing, writers, and how tough both can be.
- Steampunk with zombies, anyone?
Cool sites of the Week
- Conglomeration.info – get more info about this year’s convention … or put it on your short list for next year!
Podcast Only Song of the Week
TOPIC: Straight from the floor of ConGlomeration 2014 in Lousiville, KY – a historic first TechTalk remote, and first convention broadcast too! In a surprising turn of events for regular listeners, casting the show remotely resulted in fewer than the average number of tech issues … not to mention an amazing interview with Sci-Fi and fantasy icon David Drake!
We’re lucky enough to have Dave “Sparky” Saganaki join us as well, and Jay Garmon is live and in-person. Note that this is one of 3 interviews we had on the floor, with Dr. Les Johnson and Ookla the Mok to be released soon.
We were at the ultimate of cool sites, so the only CoolSites of the Week are these:
- ConGlomeration – The show itself; if you missed this year it’s not too early to start thinking about 2015!
- David Drake – Looking for more Drake? Start here.
- Hammer’s Slammer’s – The series Mr. Drake is arguably most famous for.
- Lord of the Isles – The start of his rousing fantasy series, and my personal favorite!
TOPIC: Who are you? And what happens to that “you” when we start using technology to enhance our memory – or can insert new thoughts and memories into that “you”, intentionally or not? Expert neurosurgeon, neuroprostheticist, author and inventor Dr. Eric Leuthardt spends time with us exploring these questions and more! His intense new book, RedDevil 4 is set in a near-future world where these questions – and the difficult, sometimes frightening answers – are not hypothetical but all too real!
What work of fiction is credited with coming up with the concept of the first VR goggles?
Looking for more? You can find out about our topic and guest today here:
- Intellectual Ventures – Full bio of Dr. Leuthardt
- RedDevil 4 – The book!
- Brains and Machines – Dr. Leuthardt’s blog, with current articles and discussion.
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: Michael Miller, prolific author, musician and tech expert returns to the show to give us his opinion on the new Windows 8, and whether you should be excited, wary, or just bored! If you’re thinking of getting a new windows device in the near future, this is an episode you won’t want to miss! We also get to hear a bit about some of Michael’s new projects such as “Easy Facebook” which was just released through Que.
Jay Garmon joins us for a fun discussion about business continuity, Shoretel Sky failings, disaster recovery, your data and Hurricane Sandy as well as this brain “twister” (bad pun fully intended):
For what legal reason do the elections occur on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November?
No time for coolsites this week, but you should go check out the MoleHillGroup website and see what else the prolific Mr. Miller has been up to!
We end with a real interesting hybrid of a song called “Sari” by Nellie McKay.
TOPIC: That’s right, Michael Miller joins us this week (at least for a while) to talk about music, books, publishing through Molehill group, using Pinterest and more!
Before he joins us, we also get a chance to cover a ton of news and updates like how Apple’s new maps app works (or doesn’t), alternatives you can use today like Waze, and the prediction that by 2040 you won’t need to worry about any of it – including having a drivers license because of the advent of autonomous cars!
We lose Mike a little earlier than we wanted to (though he promised to come back again soon), but that gives us a little extra time for the coolsites of the week:
- AdoMatic – Get your own presidential TV commercial! Not enough libelous slander, but otherwise a lot of fun!
- RLVision – Export office and PDF images quickly and easily! (shareware)
And “The Kids Were Wrong” by Memory House is the song of the week!
TOPIC: We get all geek-a-licious on you this week! Not only do we have our usual ‘Geek Trivia’ with Jay Garmon, but we are also joined by John Graham-Cumming discussing our latest recommended read -“The Geek Atlas: 128 Places Where Science and Technology Come Alive.” We had a great time with the book, and an even better time talking with the author! The Geek Atlas is a wonderful travel guide that not only details locations to go to but the detailed and fascinating science behind why they are some of the most interesting places on earth for the geek in us. Though we didn’t get time for a lot of news and updates, no show would be complete without a whole handful of coolsites of the week:
- GrooveShark – Looking for a tune you just have to hear? This site will find dozens of copies and versions you can stream instantly and for free! Jump on the grooveshark before the RIAA catches wind! 🙂
- TwitCam and CamTweet – Both excellent options for getting your face out there to all your tweeps … easy to set up, easy to use, and (of course) free!
- TheUserManualSite – Looking for a manual? Want to throw out those dozens of paper ones you have in the drawer? Check this free site out to combine all your manuals in one place, organized and downloadable!
The podcast only song of the week is “Dear God” by Black Landlord and is truly podcast only thanks to a few questionable words, so beware. There’s a good chance you won’t be hearing from us for a few weeks … we’re on our summer vacation, but pick up a copy of the “The Geek Atlas” by John Graham-Cumming or hang out and wait for us to come back and talk to Plextor on August 22nd!
TOPIC: Author and musician Mike Miller comes back to the show to talk to us about making the most out of that ‘dying’ PC. If you’re debating whether you should upgrade to a newer piece of equipment or if it’s possible to squeeze some more useful life out of what you’ve got, you’ll want to listen in this week! His tips and insight are also good in general, and you’ll be sure to pick up something of value even if you don’t get his highly recommended book Speed it Up! A Non-Technical Guide for Speeding Up Slow Computers
We also spend a lot of time with our good friend Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon, who informs us that WRLR now has an exclusive lock on the Geek Trivia output from Louisville!
In addition to all of that excitement, we’ve got our cool sites of the week:
- Panda Cloud Antivirus – Free, light, outstanding quality? Wow, how better to sum up what we look for in a cool site of the week! Get your hands on this necessary piece of software and protect your computer today …
- Windows Live SkyDrive – More very cool microsoft cloud stuff, this gives you 25GB of free online space. That’s right, that’s a capital G for giga and a lower-case f for free! You’ll need an office live account, but guess what? Those are free too!
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TOPIC: August 16th, 2008 (A CLASSIC FROM OUR ARCHIVES) – This week’s geek trivia winner receives a copy of Matt Richtel’s “Hooked”, and then we talk to the author himself about the craziness of a monkey-style brain trying to recreate it’s arboreal roots via electronic stimulation. No, really. And yes, it does make sense!
Of course we’ve got our awesome cool sites of the week – www.criminalsearches.com will expose that creepy neighbor for his true self, and freefonts.co.in and www.searchfreefonts.com for some very great font selections. We finish up with a new podcast only song … “The Day the Data Died” by Loose Bruce Kerr!