Posts tagged video
TOPIC: Today we talk with Zhu-song Mei, CEO and founder of Chicago based BigMarker.com – a free and massively social take on the video conferencing and webinar space, interested in making knowledge more accessible! Zhu-song has a ton of great things to share, and we even get a little down and dirty with WebRTC and HTML5 talk!
All that comes after our usual news and views with Dave “Sparky” Saganaki, though we do miss Jay this week.
On the coolsites end of things, we’re going to keep it simple with these:
- BigMarker.com – What we’re talking about! Check it out, and set up a free account to host your own educational or business community webinars.
- Bigmarker Blog – Read more and subscribe to get updates from the folk over at BigMarker.
- And don’t forget to follow @Bigmarker on Twitter!
We finish it off with one of my personal favorite podcast only songs of the week “Over and Over” by Hot Chip!
TOPIC: Just little ol’ Dave and me, and that’s all right! Very few technical issues means lots of great tech talk …
We first preview our upcoming Google I/O interview and discussion, and reminisce about the 80’s and who else was stuck carrying around a “Trappist Keeper” because they couldn’t afford the real deal. A bunch of other interesting stuff comes up too, like the sad but totally expected death of Aereo (and how easy it is to cut the TV cables now anyways)!
We also get an awesome Kids Talk Tech segment from Justin, who shares with us his love of “Flappy Golf” … a game that the whole family got addicted to for quite a while – just before being knocked over by the station puppy!
No Coolsites of the Week this week, but a great mellow version of Heartbeats by “The Knife” for all you podcast only listeners.
TOPIC: Quality Warning – the first 15 minutes have some crackle and pops, so don’t adjust your audio. They do go away after that!
Dave and Mike have a great time discussing Spotify apps, and then get back into that whole android vs. iPad discussion, which is particularly relevant to Mike as he anxiously awaits the arrival of his new iPad next week. The Hugo-adjacent Jay Garmon joins us for some intelligent repartee and asks the following question of the week:
What star is the reference for the apparent magnitude scale of celestial brightness?
Coolsites of the week include:
- YourLogicalFallacyIs – Wondering why that argument you’re having online seems to be going in circles? Need a quick way to tell someone exactly why they’re wrong? This is the site for you!
- SpotFlux – Protect your data by using spotflux whenever you’re in a non-protected wifi environment! Free VPN.
The podcast only song of the week is the pleasingly retro “On Board” by Friendly Fires.
TOPIC: Dave and Mike get a little bit freaked out by the WiFi hacking neighbor from hell story, and a little more by the fact that Netflix is changing! Better yet, Spotify finally hits the US (if you want an invite, email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Then there’s the always outstanding geek trivia from our good friend Jay Garmon:
Apollo 10 astronauts gave what unconventional call signs to their lunar and command modules, marking the last time astronauts were allowed to provide the names?
As if that wasn’t enough, we also get a couple of great coolsites of the week in with:
- DIYorNot? – Not sure if you should tackle that project on your own? Check this site out to know for sure!
- BetterPropoganda – Get your Indie fix on here, with stuff that’s new and cool and free to listen to and download!
The podcast only song of the week is “Migosa” by Amadou and Maryam. Enjoy!
TOPIC: The whole crew is here, including Jay Garmon and Dave is with us too! But what really rounds out the show is a great interview and discussion with Eye-Fi CEO Jef Holove who gives us the lowdown on the pretty darn amazing technology and uses behind their new products.
If you’ve ever thought “there’s got to be a better way” as you took your picture from your digital camera, popped the chip, plugged the chip, downloaded the images, uploaded the images, and then tried to find the link to tell your friends about it – well, you’re right! Listen in and find out what Eye-Fi can do for you.
The geek trivia question of the week is:
What did CADIE (the Google “sentient” April fool’s invention) consider the greatest thing in all the universe?
Got a real handful of coolsites of the week this week too – check ’em out!
- ZeuSoftware ZeuApp – Over 80 great, free apps that you can download immediately!
- AVG Rescue CD and the McAfee Stinger – A few extra tools to stick in your virtual ‘bag’ this spring as you go around helping out the friends and relatives with their malware and spyware woes.
- Information is Beautiful – For anyone that hated statistics but loved art class, this will really open your eyes!
The podcast only song of the week this week is the happy “Set Sail” by Montt Mardie!
On a semi-irregular basis I’ll be putting up polls here and on the main TechTalk website. Or not.
Here’s the results from our previous poll:
The Casio EX-FC100 is one of Casio’s newest entries in their line of highly regarded, extreme tech point and shoot cameras. Like the others in the line, the FC100 has a very small form factor and weight, 9 megapixel JPG resolution, and a large, easy to read LCD.
Although there are some nice options like the ‘best shot’ presets and a really fabulous anti-shake system, if all you’re looking for is a good, easy to carry point and shoot, you might think the $399 list price is somewhat overpriced; and you’d be right. Where the FC100 really shines and achieves it’s value is in the breadth and depth of their high speed still and video options.
Just looking at the back of the camera you’ll notice some buttons that should grab your attention. The first is one called ‘slow.’ Using this button caused a universal jaw-drop to everyone I demonstrated it for … it seems to slow down whatever you are looking at until you are ready to take your picture(s)! At least within the confines of the LCD screen, when you click the ‘slow’ button, you start viewing 1, 2, or 3 seconds worth of full-resolution images at 30, 15, or 10 frames per second that allows you to cherry pick just the pictures you want to take – no more missed smiles, splashes, or slam dunks!
There’s also a one-click ‘30’ button that takes a burst of 30 pictures during one second – so if you know you’re going to see something cool, you can bracket it with this and come up with some pretty neat flip card type pictures and effects as well as making sure you don’t miss that critical shot. It would have been nice if the FC100 let you adjust the burst mode, speed, or number of pictures, but in most cases between that and the slow motion button I did not miss it. Of course, 30 fps is going to fill up your storage pretty quickly, but the FC100 has a nicely intuitive interface to let you choose just the frames you want – another great way to zero in on just the right picture. More >