The DirCaster Project

The DirCaster ProjectIt is with a “gulp!” that I take on the maintenance of the DirCaster Project. I have long benefited from other Open Source projects, but I have never tried to maintain one. I hope I am up to it! The “DirCaster Software” is what I use to create the RSS feed auto-magically for the “Dr. Bill” Podcast. It really rocks! I have updated it to use the iTunes feed info and tags correctly. It passes the feed test for RSS feeds with iTunes data. If you are interested in helping, check out the site I created for it, and welcome aboard!

DirCaster: An Open Source Project

“DirCaster is a PHP script that allows one to very easily start Podcasting MP3 files from their web host. This allows original content creators to easily provide a feed for the Juice Podcast Receiver, jPodder, and other “podcatching” software. Simply drop the dircaster.php script (and accompanying files) into a directory on the web server and it will generate a valid RSS feed suitable for Juice Podcast Receiver, etc., based off the MP3 files (with appropriate ID3 tag information) in that directory. To broadcast a new MP3 file, simply upload it to the same directory that contains the DirCaster script and files.”

Microsoft Zune Now Compatible with Microsoft Vista!

Amazing! They fixed it! (OK, I am being facetious!)

MS Adds Vista Compatibility to Zune

“Microsoft issued its second firmware update for its Zune music device on Tuesday, offering stability and performance improvements. In addition, the company updated the device to make it compatible with Microsoft’s next-generation operating system, Windows Vista. The update is now available from the Zune Web site. The company had originally scheduled to make such functionality available in conjunction with the consumer release of the OS in January, however the company received some criticism for not offering compatibility out of the box. ‘It is plumbing stuff, but it is stuff customers will notice and appreciate,’ Zune marketing director Jason Reindorp said recently of the update.”

The “Glowing Red Eyes” Edition of the Dr. Bill Podcast #67!

Dr. Bill Podcast – 67 – (12/16/06)
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Recording the Podcast late on a Saturday night! Dr. Bill works with a slow brain as he records the show! The 67th podcast… a boring number, but an exciting podcast! Dr. Bill does sound effects with the talent of his own voice… with no tech help! (And, without a net!) A promo for Radio… and we play the TV Theme for “George of the Jungle” to celebrate his podcast! Bwana has it going on! Dr. Bill is odd. (We knew that.) Geek Culture of the Week… a Jonathan Coulton song called Chiron Beta Prime. Merry Christmas from a faraway asteroid! Watch out for those robot overlords with glowing red eyes! Meandering down the road of podcasting: Yet another Microsoft Word “Zero Day” exploit! If we can’t open Word documents with Microsoft Word, we should use The 25 Greatest All Time “Killer Apps!” Going down memory lane with the “Killer Apps.” The “LXP Project” – making Linux look like Windows XP. Strange, but kinda cool… especially for the mind-numbed Microsoft masses. Whoa… a “Start Button.” Microsoft’s big major “screw-up!” Vista is not compatible with Microsoft SQL Server! Ouch! That’s bad! Last item… Yo Momma likes Ubuntu Linux! Salute! It’s time to slide on out… since we ran over time… Dr. Bill’s brain fizzles out! Z-z-z-z-z!

Momma Likes Ubuntu!

This guy’s mother was always having problems with Spyware, Adware, and other Malware… so he put her on to Ubuntu Linux. Now, she has no problems…

Yo Mamma Likes Ubuntu

“Actually, my mom loves Ubuntu. My mother is like most parents these days – they buy a computer at Best Buy or Walmart and they take it home, plug it in and start using the web. The computer they bought usually has Windows on it and some form of AOL. After about 8 months of using the computer is becomes “slow” so they begin asking around for help. Usually some “helpful” person tells them that their computer is “just too old” and so rather than fixing the whatever is wrong, they need to buy a new computer. My mom now owns 3 laptops and two desktops (one I’ve been using for a couple of years) – none of which are older than 5 years. Sound like your parents? This is great for computer manufacturers that make money off selling new computers to people. It’s not great for my mom who’s got 5 computers that all are in terrible shape but could be working perfectly, if they just were set up correctly. Tired of this trend, I decided to install Ubuntu on my mom’s new laptop. The only problem I had was with the network card – both Toshiba and RadioShack had the wrong drivers for it. Good job, guys. Once I nailed down that issue, though, Ubuntu worked perfectly. I sent the laptop home with my mom and she’s been chugging along nicely with it since. No slowdowns. No viruses. No spyware. No… ahem… AOL. It works so well, I’m now installing it on her other “broken” computers and am amazed at how they scream along, booting in no time, and just working the way they’re supposed to.”

Microsoft Does It Again!

Talk about screw-ups! Last time it was Zune that wasn’t compatible with Windows… now it is Vista that is not compatible with Microsoft’s own database server… SQL Server! Ouch!

Vista flaw could haunt Microsoft

“The latest evidence that Microsoft has lost its Midas Touch? Its bid for a bigger piece of the $14 billion database business, a sector now ruled by Oracle and IBM. Until now, Microsoft has been doing what it does best to attract corporate customers: It has tied its SQL Server database management software to programs running on Windows desktops. But now Microsoft has a problem. Vista, its long-awaited update to the Windows operating system, can’t run the current version of SQL Server. The company is working on a SQL upgrade that is compatible with Vista – called SQL Server 2005 Express Service Pack 2 – but it’s in beta and can be licensed only for testing purposes. Microsoft hasn’t set a release date for the new SQL program. So companies looking to install Vista, which went on sale to corporate customers Nov. 30, are going to have to get their database management software someplace else.”

LXP: The “Look-and-Feel” of Windows XP on Linux!

LXPWeird, cool, and slightly disturbing. That’s my impressions of the LXP project. I get the “why” of it. Make Linux accessible to mind-numbed Microsoft addicts. Do I see lawsuits in somebody’s future? Hummmmm…

The LXP Project

“LXP is a desktop environment identical to Windows XP. LXP is a collection of different pieces of GNU software (icewm, xfe, idesk, etc.) modified in order to look and feel identical to Windows XP. LXP has its own icewm themes and utility pack.”

eWeek’s Peter Coffee’s “25 Killer Apps of All Time”

Do you agree with his choices?

Peter Coffee’s 25 Killer Apps of All Time

1976: Electric Pencil
1978: WordStar
1979: VisiCalc
1981: dBase II
1982: AutoCAD
1983: Lotus 1-2-3
1983: Turbo Pascal
1984: MacWrite/MacPaint
1984: MultiMate
1985: Excel for Macintosh
1985: Aldus PageMaker
1986: Cross-network E-mail
1987: Excel for Windows
1987: dBase Mac
1988: Mathematica 1.0
1989: Word for Windows
1990: Windows 3.0
1990: Adobe Photoshop
1991: Microsoft Visual Basic
1994: Netscape Navigator 1.0
1995: Internet Explorer 1.0
1996: Palm HotSync
2001: Mac OS X
2001: Apple iTunes
2004: Mozilla Firefox 1.0

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