New URL, and Cool Stats!

I have a new URL for the Blog. The old one will still work, so if you have it bookmarked, never fear. However, I now have “TheComputerCurmudgeon.com” domain set for the Blog. And, you can reach me at DrBill [at] TheComputerCurmudgeon.com (of course, substituting a “@” for the “[at]” in the address… don’t want those nasty spammers to get that e-mail, you know!)

On another note of interest, it seems that after only two weeks, the “Dr. Bill: The Computer Curmudgeon” Podcast is ranked number 32 among tech oriented podcasts in BlogShares.com. Dewd! I am amazed and humbled. And, it takes a lot to humble the good Doctor! [GRIN!]

New “Dr. Bill” Podcast is Ready! #2

Dr. Bill Podcast – 2 – (09/17/05)
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New Theme Music
A Boring Week in Technology News
Tiny Robots
IP-TV and Star Trek
Tongue Replacing Bug in Fish
3D pictures that aren’t!
NES released to other manufacturers – “off patent”
.XXX domain news
…did I mention it was a boring week in tech?

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IPTV is the “Next Big Thing!”

IPTV is the idea of TV shows shown over the Internet (TCP/IP,) therefore, “IP-TV.” Imagine watching whatever show you want to watch, whenever you want to watch it!

Report on IPTV

It also allows for “narrowcasting,” that is, providing content for a potentially small, but very dedicated, audience. Like say, us Trekkers! That is why I like early IPTV efforts like “Star Trek: New Voyages” and “Star Trek: Hidden Frontier,” which I have mentioned before. Mark my words! You will be hearing about “IPTV!”

“Dr. Bill: The Computer Curmudgeon” Podcast! (Podcast #1!)

Today marks the debut of the “Dr. Bill: The Computer Curmudgeon” Podcast! Check it out! In the meantime, you can add me to your personal podcast list, by subscribing via:

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Now you can listen to me rattle on, as well as reading my musings! Aren’t you blessed?! (Yeah.) Still, it is fun! By the way, you can also “tune in” via streaming Audio!

Dr. Bill Podcast – 1 – (09/10/05)
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Geek Software of the Week: PHP

PHP is an amazing server-side scripting language! It is part of the group of tools that much of the Internet is built on… LAMP… which stands for “Linux,” “Apache,” “MySQL,” and “PHP.” This blog, for instance, is being hosted by one of our Linux servers (CentOS Linux, to be specific), using Apache as our web hosting software, and is written in PHP, with data saved in a MySQL database. It is everywhere! If you would like a great introduction to PHP… here’s a FREE On-Line Book! Yep! FREE!

Practical PHP Programming

PHP is our Geek Software of the Week! Learn it, use it! It is Open Source, and it rocks!

John C. Dvorak finally “gets” Podcasting!

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

Linux Pro Magazine Reports that HP Laptop ALMOST shipped with Ubuntu Linux!

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!

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