With 73% of the MP3 player market, the iPod is “the big dog” of the MP3 player world! Happy Birthday to you! (Also, Happy Birthday to our buddy, Weird Al Yankovik, who is 47 today!) (It’s all about the Pentiums, Al!)
Dr. Bill Podcast – 59 – (10/20/06)
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“The Extended Edition – The Redux” Dr. Bill has problems with his software! So much to talk about! Tons of “geeky goodness” just for YOU! Weird mistakes and a “Mystery Science Theatre 3000” style commentary of Dr. Bill by himself! (How weird is THAT?!?) Geek Culture with Weird Al Yankovik’s “Amish Paradise!” This week the Blog is way more graphical! And, we start with a new “photoshopped” (with the GIMP) photo of Dr. Bill! The top three reasons to use KDE! Mark Shuttleworth, the first Patron of KDE! An invisible forcefield for tanks? Well, not really… but it IS interesting! Geek Software of the Week: CamStudio! (This software REALLY, REALLY rocks!) The Neoware Notebook Windows Terminal! Check it out! Is it more secure!?! Well, it’s official! Internet Explorer 7 is out! And, what the doctor thinks of it! Also, a new version of AVG Free Antivirus is out! The story of my new Web Server upgrade! Astrology dissed by Bill Nye, the Science Guy! A new adapter lets any car use Ethanol! And why Dr. Bill thinks that’s cool! Very cool! This is a VERY, VERY strange podcast, indeed!
I have long held that ethanol burns cleaner, can be made from corn (or other products we can grow her at home), and let’s say, “Phooey!” to the A-rabs!
“Brazilian company ABC Esso will soon sell an adapter in the U.S. Abcesso that lets any gasoline vehicle burn up to 100 percent ethanol. The AutoFFV works with the vehicle’s existing sensors to detect the ethanol/gasoline ratio and instructs the engine to operate accordingly. The company has developed adapters for Ford, GM, Honda, Mazda, Volvo and Toyota vehicles. The company claims there are no cold start problems when using E85. ABC Esso says some fuel pumps that are not so ethanol-tolerant may have to be replaced, and recommends that owners replace their fuel filters after the product is installed because the ethanol will scrub out impurities that will be caught in the filter. According to Vidar Lura, managing director of Abcesso, the product will sell for between $500 and $900, and the company is currently setting up distribution agreements in the U.S. He told me the product is used in Brazil, which primarily uses ethanol as a fuel. If this works as advertised (no endorsement implied) it could be a big hit here with hybrid owners and others who are concerned about the environment and prefer domestically produced fuel.”
This is cool! Bill… Bill… Bill Nye the Science Guy! He points out that the wobble of the earth over the 2000 or so years since a bunch of knuckle-heads came up with the current astrology “signs.” So… bottom line is all “signs” are off by one… so, do you adjust… or, just realize it is all a load o’ hooey! (The latter, I trust!)
Otherwise, consider this… no other comment needed!
Isa 47:11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.
Isa 47:12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.
Isa 47:13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
Isa 47:14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.
Isa 47:15 Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee. (KJV)
The web server I am using to host this Blog has been upgraded! I built a 64-bit AMD Athlon server with a gig of DDR2 RAM and a 200 gig hard drive! And, I am running CentOS Linux x86_64 on it! Rock on! I have also installed the latest (stable) copy of the Zend Optimizer… so the site should fly! Oh yeah! Nothing like a home grown server that rocks to make a geek happy! Now to move some other sites around!
This is the day for big upgrade announcements, I guess! AVG Free is a GREAT antivirus! And, the new version is out, and free!
Just some of the improvements:
* Improved virus detection based on better heuristics and NTFS data streams scanning
* Smaller installation and update files
* Improved user interface
* Windows Vista ready
* and much more!
I said it would be soon. And, here it is…
eWEEK says, “When eWEEK Labs looked at Internet Explorer 6.0 more than five years ago, we were so disappointed in the browser that we said the only reason to upgrade to it was because it was free. That means you’d have to go back nearly nine years to find a release of the Microsoft browser that we found to be significant: IE 5.0. But with the release Oct. 18 of Internet Explorer 7, Microsoft is finally back in the Web browser game in a serious way: IE 7 takes major strides in reversing Microsoft’s neglect of the flagship browser. During tests, we found IE 7 to be a major upgrade over recent versions of IEâ€”and one that finally adds many of the features and capabilities that Web users have come to expect from current-generation Web browsers such as Firefox and Opera. While we wouldn’t yet call IE 7 one of the best browsers available today, Microsoft has greatly closed the distance between its browser and those of its competitors. Version 7 catches IE up with now-common browser features, such as tabbed windows, and the new browser offers improved Web standards support and is much more secure by default.” (Emphasis mine.)
No, Firefox is still better, and version 2.0 of Firefox will be out soon… but, IE7 is better than IE6. So, if you are a Microsoftie… you should get it!
“Thin-client maker Neoware on Oct. 17 announced its first-ever line of notebooks, which the company hopes will appeal to security-conscious professionals. The company, based in King of Prussia, Pa., will start taking orders for its Neoware m100 thin-client notebook later in October, said Diana Wong, director of product marketing. The company has had success with its line of thin-client desktops, and Wong said the time seemed right to offer a line of notebooks that would appeal to those users concerned about security. Wong said the new notebooks will appeal to users who need access to secure data from outside the company.”
This looks cool! I like that it uses embedded Linux. The idea is that since it has no hard drive… if it gets stolen, there is really no data to profit from… and without a terminal server to connect too… it would be pretty useless to a criminal anyway. Interesting idea! (That why they have the sticker that says, “Steal this Notebook!”) Cute.
The best and most exciting Freeware and Open Source program that you can find is the one that you really, really need RIGHT NOW! Well, that’s where I was yesterday… I REALLY needed a way to do an on-line tutorial showing someone EXACTLY how to access an application and what to click. I wanted them to be able to watch my mouse movements, see the screens, and hear my voice as I gave the tutorial. And, of course, I wanted to be able to convert from a movie (AVI) file to a flash file and generate HTML so that I could make it a web site. AND, the big thing is, I didn’t want to spend any money doing it! Impossible? Of course not! Not when there are so many great Open Source or Freeware solutions!
I found two, one called “Wink” and one called “CamStudio” (I am sure that there may be more.) However, as our Geek Software of the Week… here is my favorite: CamStudio!
“CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)
Here are just a few ways you can use this software:
Don’t like the sound of your voice? No problem.
CamStudio can also add high-quality, anti-aliased (no jagged edges) screen captions to your recordings in seconds and with the unique Video Annotation feature you can even personalise your videos by including a webcam movie of yourself ‘picture-in-picture’ over your desktop.
And if all that wasn’t enough, CamStudio also comes with its own Lossless Codec that produces crystal clear results with a much smaller filesize compared with other more popular codecs, like Microsoft Video 1.
You have total control over the output of your video: you can choose to use custom cursors, to record the whole screen or just a section of it and can reduce or increase the quality of the recording depending on if you want smaller videos (for emailing to people, for instance) or you can have ‘best quality’ ones for burning onto CD/DVD.
But all of these features would be worthless if CamStudio wasn’t easy to use … fortunately that’s not the case. CamStudio can be learned in a matter of minutes and comes with a comprehensive built-in helpfile, so if you do manage to get stuck, you can simply hit ‘Help’ and get the answers you need.”
Try it! You will agree that this software rocks!
You have to wonder if this is a hoax, or if it is true! Check out the video and tell me what you think!
“General Dynamics has just released a new video demonstrating its Trophy Active Defense System, which is basically an invisible force field for military vehicles that disables incoming RPG rounds.”
If it is true, then we are closer to science fiction days than I first thought! First teleportation, now forcefields? Wow.