John C. Dvorak can give me a bit of a “run for my money” as a Computer Curmudgeon! I used to watch Dvorak on his TechTV program called, “Silicon Spin.” Even before that, I always read his articles in the computer industry magazines… even going back to my old VAX/VMS system days! But until recently, he didn’t GET Podcasting!
Dvorak Finally “Gets” Podcasting!
However, now that he is a part of the most popular podcast, “This Week in Tech,” he does “get it!” Way to go, John! Those of us that podcast appreciate your analysis of what we already knew! (By the way, The Spirit of Faith Podcast is available here:)
The Spirit of Faith Netcast
In the September 2005 issue (Issue 58) of Linux Pro Magazine, in an article called “Designed to Fit,” the magazine reports that Hewlett-Packard considered shipping the HP Compaq NC4200 laptop with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed! Ubuntu says that they are working with HP to come out with a version that supports “nearly 100%” of the hardware for the NC6120, NC6110, NC600, NX6110, NC6220 and NC4200. The customized Ubuntu version is available here:
Custom Ubuntu Linux for Some HP Laptop Models
Exceptions are the SD-card reader and the Broadcom wireless device. For both devices no Linux drivers are available. But the Broadcom wireless device can be run with ndiswrapper and the windows drivers. Way to go HP! Come on, go for it! Release a “production” laptop with Ubuntu packaged on it! I double-dog dare ya!
We just keep developing technologies that Star Trek predicted… and now… we have a REAL tractor beam!
Real Tractor Beams
For a Trekker like myself… this is just TOO COOL!
Zowie! Talk about Science Fiction! Scientists have come up with a way to inject mice with a substance that then allows them to regrow all organs and tissues except the brain.
They say that it may later be workable for humans. Yike. This is weird.
I saw a report on TV this weekend on a local (Charlotte area) gas company that was bringing ethanol to the Carolinas. It is usable by cars that can use “flex” fuels. It is 85% ethanol and 15% regular gas. Let’s see… it burns better, your car gets better gas mileage, it is made from corn, which we have in surplus, is a renewable resource, and is grown in this country. The farmers in America get the profit, not the Arabs. AND, it is $2.09 a gallon, and gas is (as I write this) about $2.55 per gallon. Is it me, or is this just a no-brainer? Get it here in the Piedmont, somebody, and I will drive out of my way to buy it! And this from a guy that doesn’t even believe in global warming! Rock on.
Sometimes an article comes along that just makes you shout, “Hallelujah! Preach on, my brother!” Can I hear an, “Amen!,” somebody!?!
Zotob Madness and the Real Cost of Windows vs. Linux
Read it, print it, spread it around at your IT shop! Heh, heh!
OK, I am a “cat person”… and I am a technologist. So, what could be better than a video of a guy that has helped his injured cat back to mobility by turning him into a cyborg? Ya gotta love it!
Elvis, the Robo-Cat
You will need Quicktime to watch the video link above… Quicktime is available free here:
Weird, but cool!
Ever wanted to publish your own book? I know I have. Now you can! Check this out!
And here is how it works:
Lulu.com Flash Presentation “How To”
The technology to do this is so very cool, the geek in me loves it! Each book is individually printed and bound (paperback) only as you order it… it is then printed, bound and shipped AFTER the book is ordered on-line! So, you only want 20 copies? No problem… you want no copies, but want to offer it for sale on-line? Again, no problem! Very cool!
As a webmaster and web designer, I like getting ranked high on Google Searches… in fact, such a listing is the “Holy Grail” for getting traffic to your site! Some searches are easy to get if you have unusual or different content… for instance, if you have a site like mine (that you are looking at) and were to go to Google and type in: “Computer Curmudgeon” then I come up number one. Fair enough… and even if you have a common name (like: “Bill Bailey”) and you add in something to distinquish it, like: “Dr. Bill Bailey”, then once again… I am number one for that search on Google. But, if you get real “generic” and start typing in a common, simple topic that is non-specific, it gets harder to be number one. For instance, with the whole low carb diet craze, what if you wanted to find a “low carb store” and searched Google. That would be harder to get to rank high, right? Well, of course, IF you were to type in “low carb store” in Google… you would find that a site I designed and host is ranked number one! (Brag, brag!) Why? Because I study web promotion and know how to do it, dewd! Well here’ s an interesting tidbit:
Google and H1 code
Who knew! Actually, it kinda makes sense, if the content of your headline in your article has to do with a given subject, then your site probably has to do with that subject as well. But, H1 headlines are BIG… unless you tone them down with an appropriate CSS definition. Something to think about the next time you go to code an HTML page. And, I KNOW that will be real soon now!
I have to admit, the Google Earth program is WAY cool! I was able to zoom right in on the location of the place I worked back when I lived in Dallas, TX. (I am originally from Thomasville, NC, and then moved to Denton, NC… but I moved to Dallas for about two and half years… then back to the Greensboro area, where I happily reside now… but I digress!) I was amazed at how accurately it gave exact coordinates for the location. And it occurred to me, “What if I was a terrorist, and wanted to drop a bomb?” Hummmm… well, that thought has occurred to others as well.
Is Google Earth a Security Risk
So, what do you think? Google Earth has way cool “Geek Factor”… but is it a security risk as well?