Sunday, September 30, 2007

Apple Humor - I am lucky to be able to Beta test for Apple. I'm playing around with the newest Beta of Leopard, and I've discovered that someone at Apple has an excellent sense of humor.   

Friday, September 28, 2007

Microsoft Desktop Keyboard Review - I've been anxiously waiting for Microsoft to release their newest wireless keyboard and mouse. It's been quite awhile since they've released a keyboard with USB ports in it, and believe me... you can never have too many of those.   

Adobe Flash Privacy Settings - If you're watching this video, then you're probably using Flash player. David wrote in wondering how to adjust the privacy settings, and whether his personal history is viewable by Adobe.   

What is COM Surrogate Crash Error? - When I used to use Vista, I would have random crashes that were related to a COM Surrogate error. What the heck? I thought I owned my computer? You mean it's a surrogate?  

Scanning Documents with OCR - I received an email the other day from someone wondering why documents they scan into their computer rearranges the text and doesn't retain formatting. Well user-whose-name-I-can't-pronounce, what you're asking about deals with OCR.   

Chkdsk and Defrag - One of our community members recently attempted to run a defrag on his computer. During the defrag, he received a message that chkdsk wanted to run. He's not so sure what this means, or if he should allow it.   

Vista Rants - Last night, I tried to install a Beta of SP1 for Vista. To put it mildly, it didn't go so well. Coincidentally, two viewers have written in to ask me how I feel about Vista.  

Rip DVDs to your iPod or PSP for Free - Ponzi recently walked into an Apple store, and asked to buy something that would allow her to rip her DVDs to be able to watch them on her iPod. The sales guy told her to just go home and search online. So, of course, she asked yours truly what to do...  

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Thunderbird or Outlook for Email? - I have been using Outlook since it came out in 1998. Until recently, I wouldn't have recommended using Thunderbird, but that has changed. Both are good clients, but it depends on what exactly you're looking for, and your preferences are.   

Brother can you Spare a CPU Cycle? - A community member at large wonders what my opinion is on "E-charity", such as seti@home. Do I think they are a passing fancy? No... I don't. I feel this is the wave of the computing future.   

Clear Search in IE History - I have been trying for years to get my parents to switch to FireFox. They still use IE, even though they complain about it a lot. Mom was recently wondering how to get rid of all those saved searches in IE 7.   

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Franklin Language Translator - While in Frankfurt recently, we had an amazing time. The food was great, the people were friendly, and the city was beautiful. However, Ponzi and I neither one speak a lick of German.   

Flip 3D for Task Switching in Windows Vista - My brother-in-law Travis emailed to ask me why the new computer doesn't have that "cool" little 3D popup to help switch between open windows. He is wondering if something is configured wrong, or if it's because he's running Vista Home Basic.   

Speed Up MP4 Video Encoding - If you do any video encoding, you know how long of a process it can be at times. Before I went to Germany, I used Visual Hub to encode several videos, and it literally took days!  

Do I Really Own my Own Domain Name? - GoDaddy is one sponsor for the live and recorded videos I do. By entering coupon code 'Chris1' at checkout, you can save 10%. Yes, I bring this up for a reason. Jeremy wrote in and wondered if when you buy a domain name, is it really yours? Do you really own it, and what can you do with it?  

To Link or not to Link - A community member at large wrote in to ask why some Websites in this day and age do not use any type of Hyperlinking, to link to outside articles, products and Websites. I understand the reasoning behind some sites, but fully believe you HAVE to have links to the outside world in order to drive traffic back to yourself.   

Why Can't I Talk in the Chat Room? - While recording a video earlier, a chatter emailed me to ask why his messages wouldn't appear in the chat room, and what the problem is. Well... it's not a problem. It's a feature we've had to enact.   

Computer Giveaway Details - I promised I would give away a computer once we reach 10,000 subscribers on the YouTube channel. We reached that... and now it's time to announce the details of the computer giveaway!  

Monday, September 24, 2007

Halo 3 Slayer - You've seen me review the new Halo 3, and play the Oddballs custom game. This time, GamerAndy and I are going to try Slayer.   

Halo 3 Oddball - Watch as I play the custom game "Oddball" on my pre-release copy of Halo 3. I'm playing with my friend GamerAndy, and I got one point!  

Halo 3 Sneak Peak - I was lucky to receive an advance copy of the new Halo 3 that is due out in a few days. I played it last night with some friends to test it out, and decided to do a short review today. In a nutshell, if you're waiting for Halo 3, you won't be disappointed.   

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Jason Calacanis: The Internet's Environmental Crisis - The internet is being destroyed by selfish polluters and we can stop them. Jason talks about all the garbage that is being thrown into our internet, and taking a stand against those spammers putting it there.  

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ignite Seattle! Gnomedex, 2007 - Ignite is a series of geek nights in Seattle. It is hosted by Brady Forrest of OReilly Radar and Bre Pettis of Make. The nights combine a Make contest and a series of fast-paced, short-form tech talks.  

Michael Linton - A paradigm shift happens in it's own time, whether we like it or not. Sometimes you can see it coming, and if that happens, it gives you a bit of room. Money is the ultimate social network.  

Friday, September 14, 2007

Derek Miller the Ambient Floating Head at Gnomedex - Derek is your typical Gnomedex geek, and last year wrote Gnomedex theme song. Unfortunately, he could not join us in person this year. Instead, he comes to us from his bed.. where he likes being a floating head on a screen.   

Sterling Allan Speaks at Gnomedex, 2007 - Sterling David Allan is the CEO of Pure Energy Systems Network, discovered scripture codes, has organized several religious and political organizations, and has run for public office, both local and national.  

Ronni Bennett Live from Gnomedex - There are 35 million people in the US who are 65 and older. People don't know or don't pay attention to what elders need to use computers and the Internet. Ronni has set out to change that... and change it she has.   

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Roving Interviews at Gnomedex - Molly Stanberry interviews attendees at Gnomedex, 2007.   

Copy Your Old Tapes to a DVD - Last night, I picked up the new Sony VRD-MC5. This little device is amazing. It takes the complexity of configuring software to record things to DVD and completely wipes it out. Now, you can convert pretty much anything into DVD format with ease!  

10000th YouTube Subscriber Webcam Giveaway - Every week, I give away a web cam, courtesy of uStream. This week, the giveaway was extra special!  

Cali Lewis Live at Gnomedex, 2007 - Cali Lewis live at Gnomedex, 2007.  

Roving Interviews at Gnomedex

Molly Stanberry interviews Gnomedex attendees.   

Roving Interviews at Gnomedex

Molly Stanberry interviews Gnomedex attendees.   

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Justin Kan Live at Gnomedex - Justin Kan of JustinTV live at Gnomedex, 2007  

Monday, September 10, 2007

GM's Opel Flexstream Revealed - GM's Opel Flexstream concept revealed at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show featured flexdoor, flexload, and e-flex systems.  

Helping Ponzi with her iPod - Ponzi purchased TV Shows from iTunes for her iPod, to watch on our flight to Germany. However, she tried to sync it with her Gateway, and ran into problems. Now she's stuck not able to watch them, or even use the iPod.   

Helping Ponzi with her MacBook Pro - Ponzi is having trouble getting everything installed that she will need for our trip to Germany. So, of course, I had to give her a hand!  

Friday, September 7, 2007

Fast Food Survey - Some random guy called me tonight to give me a survey about different fast food and pizza restaurants. I had a BLAST messing with him. Just watch and see.   

Installing Linux in Windows - After seeing my video where I installed Ubuntu on the computer I'm giving away to a lucky YouTube subscriber, Matt sent me a video showing how you can install Ubuntu onto Windows without overwriting your Windows Operating System.   

What is Port Forwarding? - Most people nowadays use Broadband Internet, which means they are always connected. Make sure you're protected with a firewall. If you do have one, and you need to access something on your computer from another place, you can open a port... which is called Port Forwarding.   

Latptop Theft Security Locks - Aviator1616 wonders if there is a mechanism that will physically lock up a laptop... much like a bike chain would do. The good news is that there are such things, as well as their software theft deterrent counterparts.   

Thursday, September 6, 2007

MAC Address Vendor Identification - I recently purchased a new router... a Wireless N. I now have better signal, and my network is certainly flowing faster. I was looking at my router the other day, and saw that I had an unknown MAC address there. What?? Thankfully, I know how to discover the identity.  

Free Apps for USB Drives - A user writes in to ask if there are more apps they can put on a USB stick and run from there? YES! You can put more than just an email and a browser on a USB stick... including an entire operating system!  

USB Power Through an Airplane's Audio Jack - Ponzi and I leave for a trip to Germany on Saturday. I've been concerned about how I can get power for my devices while on the flight. Now, I have my answer.   

Speed Up Windows Startup with a Processor Tweak - One of my favorite chat regulars is SWAT. Not only did he send me a very cool cap to wear, he also sent me an excellent start up optimization tip via EyeJot.   

Office Compatibility - A YouTube regular is having problems with Microsoft Office. He has a new laptop running Vista, and Office 07. Documents he saves on his home laptop will not open on his college computer, because the college runs an older version of Office.   

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Gnomedex 2007 - Bad Sinatra - Bad Sinatra session from Gnomedex, 2007.  

Gnomedex 2007 - Guy Kawasaki - Guy Kawasaki speaks live from Gnomedex, 2007  

Gnomedex, 2007 - Darren Barefoot - Darren Barefoot speaks at Gnomedex, 2007.   

Gnomedex - Robert Steele - Robert Steele presented the Keytone address at Gnomedex, 2007.