The “Silly Noises” Edition of the Podcast! Number 81!

Dr. Bill Podcast – 81 – (03/25/07)
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The audio is a little weird on this one… I had to re-re-record over the original… it is a LONG story! Better audio next time… sigh! So, the “Silly Noises” Edition of the Podcast! Sort of Geek Culture – Weird actual court transcripts! So funny! Microsoft is now offering to pay businesses through service or training credits if they get their employees to use its Live Search product at work. Check out our listener map and stick a pin in our map on Frappr! Geek Software of the Week: IntelliAdmin – fixes DST on NT and Windows 2000! KompoZer replaces Nvu with fixes! Problems with comments now fixed! Avery Brooks did a commercial for IBM about Linux – so Captain Sisko loves Linux! The GameMaster reviews “City of Heroes!”

BIG NEWS! (For me anyway.) KompoZer

The first web site editor I used was Frontpage. (Don’t throw rocks at me!) I have since used Dreamweaver, and many other WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editors… and yes, I am also a REAL man, I use a plain text editor to code in raw HTML. But come on… you secretly sometimes DO use a WYSIWYG editor, don’t you?!? (I thought so!) Anyway, I have tried a lot of HTML WYSIWYG editors… and I was SUPER EXCITED when Nvu was released! Finally, an editor that could give the Evil Empire a run for it’s money, and it was Open Source as well! YAY!

Nvu Web Editor

KompoZer Web Editor

But. You knew there would be one, huh? Nvu has a nasty habit of adding in blank lines to its code! ARRRRRRRGGGGHHH! So, recently (maybe not news to you, but it was to me) I found KompoZer! KompoZer, it seems is the UN-official update to Nvu… and… ta-da! And, it fixes the blank line issue! HOORAY!

Geek Software of the Week: IntelliAdmin

This is a very unusual Geek Software of the Week, because it is not freeware, but rather is a purchased product. The reason? Well, the Microsoft Daylight Savings Time debacle has been a big deal for folks that are dealing with old NT boxes and Windows 2000 boxes. Instead of paying Microsoft $4000.00, why not buy IntelliAdmin for $199.00? It also does a lot more than fix the DST issue, and it allows you to do it from one system and “push it out” to your whole network! Very nice!

“IntelliAdmin Network Administrator will allow you to:

-Validate installation of 2007 Daylight Saving Patch. It can detect ours, and Microsoft’s patch
-Push out and apply 2007 Daylight Saving patch to Windows NT, 2000, XP and 2003 machines
-Disable USB Drives
-Disable CD Rom Drives
-Disable Floppy drives
-Prevent the automatic install of IE 7
-Reboot Machines
-Shutdown Machines
-Logoff Machines
-Set the VNC password of remote machines
-Keep machines from automatically rebooting when automatic updates have finished
-Stop services
-Start services
-Disable services
-Set services to manual
-Set services to automatic start”

Check it out:

Intelliadmin Network Administrator 2.7

My understanding is that you can try it for free, but I strongly encourage you to buy it if you decide to use it… let’s support this guy’s efforts to help admins!

If You Can’t Get People to Use Your Product for Free, You Can Always Pay Them to Use It!

That is, if you are Microsoft and practically own the world anyway… so, you have a product that is lame, you can’t get folks to use it… so you PAY them to use it… oh yeah… that makes sense!

Microsoft to Pay Business for Using Live Search

“Microsoft is now offering to pay businesses through service or training credits if they get their employees to use its Live Search product at work. The amount of the payment would be based on the number of search queries served. While many may view this as a sign of desperation from a company whose search share badly lags behind that of competitors Google and Yahoo, Microsoft is attempting to spin it in a different way. Currently Google serves about half of all search queries, followed by Yahoo that serves about 24 percent. Microsoft has around an 8 percent search share, Neilsen/NetRatings reports. The company claims that feedback gained from the program would be used to improve Live Search for enterprise use. However, at the same time the program could raise the company’s search share, thus allowing the company to sell more advertising and highlight its other related products.”

Which is what it is all about… you get enough “eyes” viewing your content, and you sell more products. So, maybe they ARE crazy… like a fox!

The “GameMaster Edition” of the Podcast! Number 80!

Dr. Bill Podcast – 80 – (03/18/07)
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The “GameMaster Edition” of the Podcast! We now have an additional URL (the old one will, of course, still work!) You can go to: http://www.drbill.tv Is Microsoft SO arrogant, SO sure of its market share, that they don’t really care about customer needs? You can actually by a Commodore gaming PC again, and they aren’t bad! Cisco is paying $2.9 BILLION for WebEx! Our Geek Software of the Week: Recuva, a file deletion recover utility. A totally clueless person posts on the ZDnet forum about how he doesn’t believe that Linux will run without Windows! My son, Ben, the GameMaster, talks about his views on gaming and other things… almost a podcast within a podcast!

Cluelessness on Linux… Do You Believe This?

This is an actual bulletin board message by a person that typed it on ZDnet:

Completely Clueless

Quote from the post: “Are you saying that this linux can run on a computer without windows underneath it, at all ? As in, without a boot disk, without any drivers, and without any services? That sounds preposterous to me.”

Well, yeah… that’s kinda the point… but in case you think I am misunderstanding his point, check this:

Quote from the post: “Its just not possible that a freeware like the Linux could be extended to the point where it runs the entire computer from start to finish, without using some of the more critical parts of windows. Not possible. I think you need to re-examine your assumptions.”

Yep… he is that clueness… and rather indignantly righteous about it as well. I bring this out not to “diss” this guy, I don’t know him, don’t know his name… but, it does show just what we have yet to do in getting across the benefits of Open Source, and specifically Linux. Yes, you can boot and run a computer ENTIRELY Microsoft free… and do it better, faster, safer, and totally FREE! We HAVE to educate the masses… but… really, this is amazing!

Geek Software of the Week: Recuva

From the maker’s of one of my favorite utilities, CCleaner, we now have Recuva!

Recuva, Deleted File Restore

“Recuva (pronounced ‘recover’) is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses!”

It is still in Beta, but as with CCleaner, it is FREEWARE! Enjoy!

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