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16 Tech Innovations that didn’t quite stick

You might remember the products. You might remember the hype. Then, you are tooling down highway 41 years later and all of a sudden you think to yourself – “Hey, whatever happened to…” Failed ideas. Maybe it was a great idea, but wasn’t made right, or design errors brought it down. Maybe it was just a bad product. Well, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see if we cannot repeat these errors again. Oh yeah, why 16? Well because we could. The Computer Watch: Whether it was the Ruputer, the MSN Direct ‘Smart’ Watches, the Timex Data Link...

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Replacing a Drive in a Desktop

Because my CD Drive was acting up, I had to replace it. Since I have benefitted from Jeffrey’s videos about the insides of computers, I figured that turning this task into a post might help someone else out. Persons who’ve never looked inside a computer tend to think that they are much more mysterious than they actually are. In the olden days, before I started messing with computers, replacing a component could mean a long struggle with soldering irons, needle nose pliers, and wiring diagrams. Now everything in desktop computers is standardized. (With laptops, a lot of the individual components...

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Charter Communications To Go Chapter 11

Charter has announced that it will be filing for bankruptcy by April 1. Story here. It caught my eye because they are the cable provider where I grew up. There’s precious little detail, other than a quote of an optimistic statement from the company saying that it was certain it would survive reorganization after restructuring.

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Is Comcast Trying to Be the Next AOL?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (2.5MB) Audio Podcast Brought to you by CareerSaver.com – Special discount on Training materials if you use code “Geek08”. 1-877-654-2265. Comcast has been riddled in the news lately. Bandwidth caps, overage fees all for simply surfing the internet. However they simultaneously opened Fancast – a Video Download site which won’t go against that cap. They also have Comcast.net, Disney Connection and Rhapsody Player Plus – All within their community. There was another company that tried to keep their members contained within their virtual fence. That company was AOL.  However, AOL has been opening...

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Episode 46 – 8-13-08 – Call and Win

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (23.9MB) No Ouside show  – Mic Cable – Donate old iPhone – PC reload news – Batman Poster – Call and Win! Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. Get IT Certified – Careersaver.com – 25% off with Code “Geekazine” 877-654-2265 Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine@gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry

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Do We Need Comcast to Cap Bandwidth Usage?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (2.2MB) Podcast (quickcast): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:52 — 2.2MB) It would be interesting to see how much bandwidth I go through a month. Uploading shows, ustream channel, downloading software updates and media content.  All of it legally. There are some that decide to use their internet connection without abandon. They download movies, music and computer programs without legally paying for it. I have seen many downloading 4 to 5 items at a time, which at gigabytes at a pop, it’s a lot of data that passes through. And with...

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Someone is always Challenging Someone – Apple iPhone vs. Blackberry

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (2.6MB) Podcast (quickcast): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:39 — 2.6MB) Today in the Gym I was watching a report that Apple iPhone was challenging Blackberry for market share in the corporate world. I agreed with the report – Apple has a better user interface than the Blackberry, Blackberry is too expensive in their messaging systems and an iPhone looks a lot better than a Blackberry device. But then I got to thinking about it. Is this really news? I mean, yeah – we’ve got one company trying for a niche...

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Goodbye TV and DVD, Hello Online

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (2.4MB) Podcast (quickcast): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:15 — 2.4MB) HBO announced today they will be putting content online for their subscribers. CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and CW have full episodes of shows online. Even pay cable channels like TBS and Spike TV are putting shows online. Even Netflix has increased the limits to watching movies online, and new services are starting to do the same subscription movie viewing. No more having to go to the video store and get a movie or season of a popular TV show. No...