Geek Software of the Week: Open Broadcaster Software!

They bill themselves as “The #1 Open Source Streaming Software!” I have heard a lot about it recently, but I HAVE NOT had a chance to test it yet, so don’t assume I have! I seem to have gotten some folks riled up at me recently about that! I am intrigued by it though, and plan to test it. It seems to have been written to stream video of games. I will probably try it for streaming regular video, like my show. Also, it IS still in Beta.

Open Broadcaster Software

What is OBS?

Open Broadcaster Software is free and open source software for recording and live streaming. Source code is available to everyone to contribute and improve. Both 32 and 64 bit versions are available and it’s absolutely free!

Plugins

OBS has an API allowing developers to create their own unique plugins, giving them and others complete control of their streaming experience.

Is It Really Free?

Free! Not a dime! There are no subscriptions or anything, no payments at all. OBS is available to everyone, with all features, at absolutely no cost!”

Windows 8 App Store Now Has 50,000 apps – Do We Care?

Not really.

Windows 8 Store cracks 50K app mark, but now what?

“After a sluggish 2013 start, Microsoft’s Window 8 App Store appears to be attracting new titles again.

The online outlet vaulted the 50,000 app mark Saturday, according to MetroStore Scanner, a website that unofficially monitors app activity at the Microsoft outlet.

That’s a global number, so all those apps may not be available to U.S. users.

Since the high-profile launch of the Windows 8 Twitter app on March 13, only 49 new apps have hit the US version of the Windows Store. However, Metrostore Scanner—the tracking service this report is based on—shows that 3000-plus new apps have appeared globally during the same time frame.

Among the offerings arriving in the app store on Saturday that helped the outlet jump the 50K milestone were programs covering:

  • Sports teams (Boston Celtics, L.A. Dodgers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma Thunder, Tampa Bay Lightening, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Queens Park Rangers);
  • Children’s books (Sharing, Getting Along and Taking, and The Little Girl Who Loves Make Believe);
  • Utilities (a random number generator and URL shortener);
  • Education (the story of Christmas, a math challenge, and a Periodic Table challenge); and
  • Games (AE Lucky Fishing, Photo Puzzle, Shuffle Party, and Tilez).

Most of the apps are free.”

A Closed Society Commissions an Open Source Operating System

Kinda odd if you ask me. But there are those that compare Open Source to communism (not me.)

China to create home-grown operating system

“China is working with software firm Canonical on an open-source operating system customised for Chinese users.

The collaboration will produce a version of Canonical’s Ubuntu operating system called Kylin which will be released in April.

The deal is part of a five-year plan by China to get more people using open source software.

This software gives people more access to its internal workings so they can modify it themselves.

The first version of Ubuntu Kylin is intended for desktop and laptop computers. As well as using Chinese character sets, Kylin will also do more to support the way Chinese people interact with computers as well as reflect China’s date conventions.

Future versions will include tools that let people use popular Chinese web services such as Baidu maps, the Taobao shopping service as well as versions of office programs and image management tools, directly from Ubuntu’s main screen.

The code will be created at a laboratory in Beijing staffed by engineers from Canonical as well as several Chinese R&D agencies.

Canonical is also working with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on a version of Kylin that will run on servers so websites, online shops and hosting firms can adopt the software.

The move is widely seen as an attempt by China to wean its IT sector off Western software in favour of more home-grown alternatives.

Ubuntu is based on the Linux operating system and its development and use is governed by an open ethic that emphasises the sharing of core computer code. It stands in contrast to the closed or proprietary systems of Microsoft and Apple who restrict access to the core or source code for their operating systems.”

Microsoft Will Push Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 to Those That Haven’t Installed It

It’s about time! If you want to be secure, you NEED SP1 for Win 7, so good on you, M$!

Microsoft to push Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to users starting March 19

“As Microsoft marches toward its early April 2013 end of free support deadline for Windows 7, the company is planning to update automatically some of those who still have yet to install the first (and seemingly only) Service Pack for the operating system.

As announced on March 18 on the Microsoft ‘Blogging Windows’ blog, Microsoft plans to begin rolling out Windows 7 SP1 automatically, via Windows Update to Windows 7 users who still are running the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) version without SP1 installed. This process will begin on March 19.

From the blog post:

‘Starting tomorrow, the installation will be fully automatic with no user action required for those who already have Automatic Update enabled. SP1 will be released gradually over the coming weeks to all customers on the RTM version of Windows 7. The service pack will take slightly longer to install compared to other updates. To ensure Service Pack 1 is installed without issue, customers should check for sufficient free disk space and that AC power is present on a laptop. If additional space needs to be created, we recommend using the Disk Cleanup tool to delete some files so that the service pack will install. If the service pack installation is interrupted, it will reattempt to install automatically after the next restart.’

This automatic update will be applied only to Windows 7 consumer PCs that are not managed via other Microsoft management tools like System Center Configuration Manager or Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), the post noted. Some admins have chosen to block temporarily their users from getting SP1 until they’ve tested it to their satisfaction. Those in that category won’t be getting SP1 pushed to them starting tomorrow.

Windows 7 RTM, with no service pack installed, will no longer be supported as of April 9, 2013, according to a February 14 post on the Microsoft Springboard Series blog. Support for specific Windows releases ends 24 months after the release of a new Service Pack, and Windows 7 SP1 was released in February 2011.

Windows 7 SP1 mainstream (free) support continues until January 13, 2015. Extended (paid) support for Windows 7 SP1 is available until January 14, 2020. (Microsoft continues to provide security updates for free during the Extended support phase of a product.)

Microsoft made available last week a Windows 7 hotfix rollup that includes 90 previously released hotfixes. It’s not SP2 for Windows 7, but it’s pretty darn close.

Speaking of end-of-support dates, Microsoft has noted that Windows Phone 8’s support period is ending in July 2014. I’m not so sure this is the doomsday scenario many are painting this to be. I hope to have more on this later today. In the interim, like Windows SuperSite’s Paul Thurrott, my read on this is Windows Phone Blue will arrive and be rolled out to existing phone customers before next July.”

Dr. Bill.TV #282 – Video – “The Deep Cleansing Breaths Edition”

Google Doodle honors Douglas Adams, Google kills Google Reader, DropBox Desktop available, Roku 3, an IE 10 rant! Ubuntu Gnome Remix, DropBox buys Mailbox, GSotW: Wise Care 365, Turn your TV into a Tablet – Infinitec Pocket TV, Geek Website: Alrt.io.

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

Blubrry Network

Wise Care 365 – PC Cleaning and Speed up Tool

http://alrt.io/


Start the Video Netcast in the Blubrry Video Player above by
clicking on the “Play” Button in the center of the screen.

(Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your “format of choice”)
Streaming M4V Audio





Streaming MP3 Audio

Streaming Ogg Audio

Download M4V Download WebM Download MP3 Download Ogg
(Right-Click on any link above, and select “Save As…” to save the Netcast on your PC.)

Available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/7zYLDcmf3Go

Available on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/61976272


Dr. Bill.TV #282 – Audio – “The Deep Cleansing Breaths Edition”

Google Doodle honors Douglas Adams, Google kills Google Reader, DropBox Desktop available, Roku 3, an IE 10 rant! Ubuntu Gnome Remix, DropBox buys Mailbox, GSotW: Wise Care 365, Turn your TV into a Tablet – Infinitec Pocket TV, Geek Website: Alrt.io.

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

Blubrry Network

Wise Care 365 – PC Cleaning and Speed up Tool

http://alrt.io/


Start the Video Netcast in the Blubrry Video Player above by
clicking on the “Play” Button in the center of the screen.

(Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your “format of choice”)
Streaming M4V Audio





Streaming MP3 Audio

Streaming Ogg Audio

Download M4V Download WebM Download MP3 Download Ogg
(Right-Click on any link above, and select “Save As…” to save the Netcast on your PC.)

Available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/7zYLDcmf3Go

Available on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/61976272


Turn Your TV Into an Android Tablet!

Infinitec Pocket TVThis is one cool, geeky device. I saw it on Tekzilla this week. Can haz? It turns your TV into a HUGE Android tablet. How cool is that?

Infinitec Pocket TV

“The Pocket TV might be small in size but it has great power within. It rocks a Cortex A9 processor packing 1GHz of power, 1GB of RAM and runs Android 4.0 (which works similarly to Apple’s iOS for you Apple fans!). It uses the HDMI port of any TV for display and can be controlled with either the standard IR remote or the more interactive Air Remote. You can connect it to any TV set as long as it has a HDMI port and it can display up to 1080p resolution. The USB port allows you to attach an external hard drive, a wireless keyboard and mouse or a video camera for video calls. You can even bump up the storage by inserting an SD card into the Micro SD card slot.

Unboxing
The Pocket TV is ready to go out of the box. Just unpack it, connect it to your TV and you can start using it immediately. It comes with two cables, a power adapter, an infrared remote and the Infinitec Air Remote. The miniUSB cable is for powering up your Pocket TV and can be connected directly to the power adapter or alternatively can be plugged into a free USB port on your TV (only for power). The other cable is the signal receiver for the infrared remote and must be connected to the jack port of the Pocket TV. Once you have your cables connected your Pocket TV will power up bringing the full power of Android to your TV screen.

Air Remote
The first time you use the Air Remote you will find that it takes your hands a few minutes to adjust to the sensitivity of your motions. Within a few hours you’ll feel right at home, clicking, pointing and swiping like a pro!

Ports
The Pocket TV has four ports: a microUSB port for power, a microSD card slot, an output jack and a regular USB port for connecting peripherals. In order to start using your Pocket TV you need to power it up by connecting a power source to the microUSB port. For this you can use the attach cable and connect it either to the power adapter or to a USB port on your TV. We recommend you use the power adapter since the power source from the TV can be a bit jittery and may not always power up your Pocket TV correctly. You can attach the infrared cable into the jack port you plan to use the infrared remote which is won’t be necessary if you plan use the Air Remote. To use the Air Remote simply connect the USB receiver for the Air Remote to the USB port of the Pocket TV. The USB receiver can be found under the back cover of the Air Remote. We also recommend you add a USB hub to the Pocket TV in case you want to connect multiple peripherals at the same time such as a camera or a hard disk. Additionally the microSD card slot can be used to add up to 32GB of storage to your Pocket TV.

Plug and Play
Once you’ve connected your Pocket TV you’re all set up! It takes a few seconds to start up your device and the first time you do that you’ll get a setup process that will guide you through the steps of setting up your Pocket TV. Once that’s done you can begin playing with your Pocket TV just like you would if you had just bought a new tablet.”

Geek Software of the Week: Wise Care 365!

Wise Care 365Clean your PC, clean your registry, optimize your PC! Awesome!

Wise Care 365 – PC Cleaning and Speed up Tool

“Wise Care 365 is a bundle of important registry, disk, and other system utilities for your PC. Easy to use and effective, Wise Care 365 is the best solution to improve your PC’s performance. Get Wise Care 365 and your computer will never run slow again!

An all-in-one utility
Wise Care 365 includes both Wise Disk Cleaner and Wise Registry Cleaner. However, with other attractive and exciting features, it is far more than just that. Wise Care 365 will keep your PC in tiptop shape and running at peak performance!

Able to find out more hidden problems than CCleaner.
Wise Care 365 can detect more hidden invalid registry issues than CCleaner, which is accredited by CHIP and PCWorld.

Simpler and easier to use
It takes just one click to use Wise Care 365. As if by magic, your old PC will transform into a brand new and blazing fast one after Wise Care 365’s automatic cleanup and tune-up.

Now with the fastest scanning speed
The scanning speed of Wise Care 365 is twice as fast as CCleaner’s, as well as Advanced System Care Pro 5.

Highly reviewed by professionals and users
All the features in Wise Care 365 are highly reviewed by PCWorld, PCAdvisor, ComputerBild, CHIP, CNET, ZDNet, and so on.

Highly experienced developers
A group of top programmers, all of whom have at least ten-years experience, spent three years creating Wise Care 365 after collecting an abundance of feedback from users..

Full-time technical support service
If you have any issues while Wise Care 365, please send a problem description to support@wisecleaner.com. We will fix your problem ASAP!”

Mailbox Bought By Dropbox

This would be bigger news to me if Mailbox supported Android OS… hear that, Dropbox?

Seen on the DropBox Blog on March 15th:

“Today we’re really excited to welcome the Mailbox team to Dropbox.

Like many of you, when we discovered Mailbox we fell in love—it was simple, delightful, and beautifully engineered. Many have promised to help us with our overflowing inboxes, but the Mailbox team actually delivered.

After spending time with Gentry, Scott, and the team, it became clear that their calling was the same as ours at Dropbox—to solve life’s hidden problems and reimagine the things we do every day. We all quickly realized that together we could save millions of people a lot of pain.

Dropbox doesn’t replace your folders or your hard drive: it makes them better. The same is true with Mailbox. It doesn’t replace your email: it makes it better. Whether it’s your Dropbox or your Mailbox, we want to find ways to simplify your life.

We’re all looking forward to making Mailbox even better and getting it into as many people’s hands as possible. There’s so much to do and we’re excited to get started!”

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