Time Warner Thinks That You Don’t Want Gigabit Internet!

Wrong! I do! In fact, I would pay pretty decent money for it! They are clueless!

Time Warner Cable says there’s no consumer demand for gigabit internet

“Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference, Time Warner Cable’s Chief Financial Officer Irene Esteves seemed dismissive of the impact Google Fiber is having on consumers. ‘We’re in the business of delivering what consumers want, and to stay a little ahead of what we think they will want,’ she said when asked about the breakneck internet speeds delivered by Google’s young Kansas City network. ‘We just don’t see the need of delivering that to consumers.’ Esteves seems to think business customers are more likely to need that level of throughput, and notes that Time Warner Cable is already competitive . ‘We’re already delivering 1 gigabit, 10 gigabit-per-second to our business customers, so we certainly have the capability of doing it.’ The executive claims that residential customers have thus far shown little interest in TWC’s top internet tiers. ‘A very small fraction of our customer base’ ultimately choose those options, she said.

That’s not to say the cable operator is totally blind to Google Fiber’s potential. ‘If Google finds the magic pill and finds applications that require that and develops a need for it, well terrific’ she said. ‘We would build our product base in order to deliver that.’ But for now the company’s stance is clear: there’s not enough demand. Clearly the industry giant isn’t as optimistic as Google’s Eric Schmidt, who not long ago classified Fiber as ‘a real business’ rather than a mere experiment. Google Fiber could reinvent the way we use the internet, but until Time Warner Cable sees clear evidence of that happening, the provider is perfectly content with its current offerings.”

IE10 Has Been Released!

IE10 has been released. Here’s hoping in “sucks less” than earlier versions of Internet Explorer.

More info: I downloaded IE10 and installed it. Guess what? It would not play the HTML5/WebM video posted here on the Dr. Bill.TV site. It says, “Invalid source.” I assume that it is because my video files are on Cloud storage (Amazon AWS S3, specifically) rather than local. Guess what, Microsoft? We live in a Cloud Computing based world these says! So, bottom line, guess what? It still sucks. Use Google Chrome. I can watch Dr. Bill.TV video via HTML5/WebM all day with Google Chrome (or Firefox, or Opera.)

Microsoft delivers final version of IE 10 for Windows 7

“Microsoft released to the Web the final (non-test) build of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 on February 26.

As of today, Microsoft is making the final bits available for download from its IE site in 95 languages.

Microsoft plans to begin auto-updating customers with Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and/or Windows Server 2008 R2 and higher with the IE10 ‘in the weeks ahead,’ officials said. This will start with those who are running the IE10 Release Preview. Admins who aren’t ready to have IE10 pushed to their users can block it temporarily with Microsoft’s blocking toolkit.

IE10 is the latest version of IE and the one that is bundled with Windows 8 and Windows RT. Like IE10 for Windows 8 and Windows RT, IE10 for Windows 7 is optimized for touch first. Unlike the Windows 8 and Windows RT versions, IE10 for Windows 7 places the URL bar at the top of the screen, not the bottom. (I’ve never quite understood the bottom of the page thinking with Windows 8/RT. It seems to me like one could still maximize available browsing space even if the URL bar was in the more familiar top-of-the-page position.) And as is true with the Windows 8/Windows RT version, IE10 for Windows 7 has the Do Not Track (DNT) signal turned on by default, preventing users from having their behavior automatically tracked online.

Microsoft is touting IE10’s support for Web standards. Officials said IE10 on all platforms add support for more than 30 new Web standards beyond what IE9 supported, including support for new HTML5, CSS3, DOM, Web Performance, and Web Application specifications. Company officials also are saying IE10 on Windows 7 loads ‘real world’ sites 20 percent faster, based on tests in Microsoft’s labs. (I’ve never found IE to be noticeably fast in loading pages on my PCs/tablets, but your mileage may vary.)

Microsoft introduced its first test build of IE10 for Windows 7 in April 2011, the same time as it delivered its first test build of IE10 for Windows 8. The company went over a year between the time it delivered developer-focused IE10 for Windows 7 test builds and the updated public preview of the browser for Windows 7 in November 2012.

According to Net Market Share data, IE currently has about 55 percent of the desktop browser market share worldwide.

Today’s IE10 release does not work on either Windows Vista or Windows XP.”

Dr. Bill.TV #279 – Video – “The Grand Experiment Edition!”

Microsoft likely to reveal Xbox 360 successor at April event, Google fixes twenty-two flaws in Chrome, slams silent add-ons, Zabbix – an Open Source Enterprise Monitoring Solution! Music from fruit and vegetables, and a tiny computer for your HD TV!

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Dr. Bill.TV #279 – Audio – “The Grand Experiment Edition!”

Microsoft likely to reveal Xbox 360 successor at April event, Google fixes twenty-two flaws in Chrome, slams silent add-ons, Zabbix – an Open Source Enterprise Monitoring Solution! Music from fruit and vegetables, and a tiny computer for your HD TV!

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A Tiny Computer for your HD TV

MK802 IIIS Android 4.1 mini PC (with Bluetooth, 2 USB host ports) is a tiny, Android -based computer that plugs into your HDMI port on your HD TV. A computer for your living room! And, FYI, it is under $65.00 right now on Amazon. Just sayin’!

Rikomagic introduces MK802 IIIs, now with Bluetooth, more

“Rikomagic is giving the recently released MK802 III mini PC a slight spec bump. The new MK802 IIIs is still a tiny computer with a USB port on one end, an HDMI adapter on the other, and a Rockchip RK3066 dual core process in the middle.

But the new model adds two new features: Bluetooth support, an ESD circuit for better stability, and support for software apps that let you actually turn off the little computer without unplugging it.

Those might not sound like big changes… but while dozens of these Android mini PCs have come out of China in recent months, most have lacked an off switch. The only way to turn them off is typically to pull the plug when you’re done using them.

While the MK802 IIIs doesn’t have an off ‘switch’ per se, at least it will support software that lets you power down an Android computer.

The stick has a 1.6 GHz RK3066 ARM Cortex-A9 processor, quad-core graphics, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB to 8GB of storage and a microSD card slot. It supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi and runs Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Independent developers have also been making progress porting Ubuntu Linux to run on devices with RK3066 chips. But unless you’re a developer, I’d only recommend picking up a product like this if you’re cool with Android, because it could be a while before we see a stable release of Ubuntu or other desktop Linux software.

We might only be a few days away from seeing the first working version of Ubuntu for the MK802 III, but I wouldn’t expect it to run as well as Android for a little while.

In other words, like most other ‘mini PCs’ we’ve seen recently, the MK802 IIIs is basically an inexpensive device designed to let you run Android apps on your TV using a USB or wireless mouse, keyboard, or remote control.”

This Guy’s Music is Bananas! (And Carrots, and Beets, and…)

This Guy’s Music is Bananas! (And Carrots, and Beets, and…)

Some Geek Culture! This is quite odd. Electronic music from fruit and vegetables!

Music from Fruit and Vegetables

“Fresh produce has never been hipper.

Need proof? Check out this video of Brooklyn-based songwriter-producer-artist extraordinaire Jonathan Dagan, better known as J.Viewz, playing a beautiful — and just plain awesome — cover of Massive Attack’s 1998 hit “Teardrop” on a variety of fruits and vegetables.

J.Viewz is using a cool little circuit board called the MaKey MaKey (pronounced may-kee may-kee) that allows you to hook almost anything up to a keyboard.

The concept is simple. All you need to do is connect three things to the MaKey MaKey – a computer, a fun object, and yourself. By touching the object, you close the circuit, and a signal is sent to the MaKey MaKey. The circuit board then translates this electronic signal into a keyboard signal, which is sent to your computer.

Your computer can’t tell the difference between a signal coming from the MaKey MaKey and a signal coming from an actual keyboard. So this little chip basically allows you to transform any object that conducts even just a tiny bit of electricity into a keyboard key.

And if you’ve got a virtual piano keyboard program like this one pulled up on your computer, then you’ve just created your own unique musical instrument.

All J.Viewz did was to take it one step further by rewiring the circuit board to connect with an electronic piano keyboard instead of a computer keyboard.

Cool stuff, right?

We certainly thought so, and plenty of other people seem to agree.

Since the MaKey MaKey was released last year, people have been posting videos of themselves playing sweet tunes on all sorts of edibles, including oranges, doughnuts and even seafood. But if you really want to impress your friends, we suggest you opt for a true classic: the banana piano.”

Geek Software of the Week: Zabbix!

Zabbix!Zabbix is an Enterprise-class system and network monitoring solution that is Open Source, and therefore, FREE! Check out the excellent features!

Zabbix – An Open Source Enterprise Monitoring Solution!

Monitor Everything
Everything inside your network can be monitored: Performance Servers, Web Applications, Databases, Networking Equipment and more.

Enterprise Ready
Zabbix is designed to support from small to large environments with the requirements in a business of high criticality.

Proactive Monitoring
Improve the quality of their services and reduce operating costs by avoiding downtime.

Capacity Planning
Plan the growth of your business and be able to predict the future and apply the financial resources more accurately.

True Open Source
No Enterprise version, the best of Zabbix is offered for free.

Business Solutions
Rely us in our service excellence in support, Development and Planning.

Zabbix is the ultimate open source availability and performance monitoring solution. Zabbix offers advanced monitoring, alerting, and visualization features today which are missing in other monitoring systems, even some of the best commercial ones. Below is a short list of features available in Zabbix:

  • auto-discovery of servers and network devices
  • low-level discovery
  • distributed monitoring with centralized web administration
  • support for both polling and trapping mechanisms
  • server software for Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, OS X
  • nativehigh performance agents (client software for Linux, Solaris, HP-UX,AIX, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, OS X, Tru64/OSF1, Windows NT4.0, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows Vista)
  • agent-less monitoring
  • secure user authentication
  • flexible user permissions
  • web-based interface
  • flexible e-mail notification of predefined events
  • high-level (business) view of monitored resources
  • auditlog

There are many reasons to choose Zabbix monitoring solution over its competitors. The best way to make sure it is the #1 choice for your organization is to give it a try. But if you have limited time, look at some of the arguments below:

  • an open source solution provides freedom with no “lock in” and security through the availability of source code. This includes not only Zabbix itself, but also components required (Linux, Apache, MySQL/PostgreSQL, PHP)
  • very easy setup and simple configuration process ensures low learning curve and therefore low cost of ownership
  • highly efficient agents for UNIX and Windows (x32, x64,Itanium) based platforms provide wider monitoring capabilities with greater speed
  • centralized monitoring system allows to store all information (configuration and performance data) in relational database for further easier processing and re-use of data
  • built-in rich visualization capabilities allow to work with your data faster and smarter
  • built-in housekeeping procedures allow to keep your data organized well”

The New Version of Chrome Stops Silent Add-Ons

The most secure browser ever is now even more secure! Now you have to approve any add-ins in Chrome. An extra step. And, a good thing!

Google fixes 22 flaws in Chrome, slams silent add-ons

“Computerworld – Google yesterday released Chrome 25, patching 22 vulnerabilities and debuting a new security feature that blocks silent installations of add-ons.

The latter is Chrome 25’s most noticeable change to users. It automatically disables third-party add-ons that are installed on the sly by other software. Add-ons — Google calls them ‘extensions’ — that were previously installed by third-party software will also be barred from running.

Users can approve a silent-installed extension by clicking a button in the dialog box that appears when Chrome blocks the add-on.

Google’s move follows a similar one made by Mozilla more than a year ago, when it, too, crippled silently-installed add-ons. In November 2011, Mozilla debuted Firefox 8, which automatically blocked browser add-ons installed by other software.

Although silent add-ons have historically been more of a problem for Firefox than for Chrome, Google has been limiting add-ons since July 2012, when Chrome 21 began blocking add-ons hosted on a third-party website. Since then, only add-ons obtained from the Chrome Web Store, Google’s official distribution mart, have been allowed.

Website designers can, however, trigger an add-on install from their URL using what Google dubbed ‘inline installation.’ The actual add-on, however, is still hosted on the Chrome Web Store.

Silent add-on installation has been possible only on Windows; OS X and Linux do not offer slippery websites a way to sneak an add-on into a browser.

The new version also adds the Web Speech API (application programming interface) that lets website and Web app developers add speech recognition features in their creations. Web Speech API is based on JavaScript, one of the Internet’s foundational scripting languages.

Google has created a dictation demonstration of the Web Speech API that users can try out with Chrome 25.

Chrome 25 also patched 22 vulnerabilities, two fewer than January’s Chrome 24. Google labeled nine of the flaws as ‘high,’ the company’s second-most-serious threat rating, eight as ‘medium,’ and five as ‘low.’

Five of the vulnerabilities were reported to Google by three outside researchers, who received $3,500 for their work. So far this year, Google has paid out $10,500 from its bug bounty program.”

Is a New Xbox Coming in April?

Maybe! Will it be awesome enough for you to upgrade? Maybe!

Microsoft likely to reveal Xbox 360 successor at April event

From The Verge: “Sony may have gotten the jump on Microsoft in announcing its next-generation console, but odds are the public will be introduced to the Xbox 360’s successor well ahead of this year’s E3. Computer and Video Games is today reporting that the folks in Redmond are planning to hold a press event sometime in the month of April, two months ahead of the annual industry games show. The Verge is able to corroborate this timeframe, as we’ve heard similar rumblings from reliable sources.

Adding further fuel to the idea of a standalone reveal, users at NeoGAF have discovered a domain, XboxEvent.com, that’s been registered by Eventcore. The agency has handled preparation work for some of Microsoft’s previous preparations, so it’s a good sign that planning is already underway. Let’s just hope that whenever Microsoft chooses to unveil its long-awaited third console, it will be so kind as to show us what the hardware actually looks like.”

Dr. Bill.TV #278 – Video – “The Celebration of Random Edition!”

A ZeroPC Cloud Desktop update, MiiPC, GSotW: PDFCreator! Microsoft to force Messenger users to Skype starting April 8th, a near miss of an asteroid inside the Earth/moon system! A second GSotW: 7Zip! Imagine a computer that never crashes! Is it Linux?

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