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  • April 1, 2013

    Google Honors Cesar Chavez on Easter

    On Easter Sunday, Google is honoring the birthday of the late labor organizer Cesar Chavez by placing a Chavez portrait within the middle “o” of the Google logo that appears on the homepage of the popular search engine. While Google frequently decorates its logo to celebrate various holidays and special events, it is unclear why the company chose specifically to honor Chavez’s birthday, instead of Easter Sunday. Chavez co-founded the organization now known as the United Farm Workers union (UFW). He became an iconic figure in the labor movement, with his stature only increasing since his death in 1993. President Barack Obama released a statement in 2011 proclaiming March 31 “Cesar Chavez Day,” declaring, “I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate service, community, and educational programs to honor Cesar Chavez’s enduring legacy.” Read Full Article
  • Boris Renski, co-founder of Mirantis, an OpenStack consultancy as well as OpenStack Foundation board member recently told Business Insider that PayPal is in the midst of replacing VMware on about 10,000 computer servers. Those servers will go live this summer, Renski said. “The grand vision for project is, over time, they will replace all of their virtual infrastructure with OpenStack, not just PayPal, but PayPal and eBay, together,” Renski said. That’s about 80,000 servers across their data centers, he said.   “At PayPal, we are committed to collaborating with the open source community to drive further innovation. That’s why we are thrilled to be working with Mirantis to leverage OpenStack to help transform our global infrastructure into an agile and open cloud platform,” said Saran Mandair, Senior Director of Platform Engineering and Operations. “Our OpenStack project uses the Fuel library by Mirantis, which has dramatically accelerated our OpenStack deployment with robust, production-grade architecture while giving us the flexibility to tailor OpenStack to our needs.”   Read Full Article  
  • April 1, 2013

    Last Man Standing Ham Radio

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  • They won’t make a sound no matter how many of them you try to toss in a bucket, and you can’t pitch them in a fountain and wish for good luck. But make no mistake, bitcoins are getting big. The online alternative currency, previously little more than a curiosity in financial markets since its 2009 inception, has zoomed in trading value since the Cyprus banking crisis erupted two weeks ago. With fears spreading that even insured deposits might not be safe in similar nations hit by banking crises, those looking for a haven to store their wealth have fled to the complicated world of digital cash. “Incremental demand for bitcoin is coming from the geographic areas most affected by the Cypriot financial crisis—individuals in countries like Greece or Spain, worried that they will be next to feel the threat of deposit taxes,” Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at ConvergEx, said in a report on the startling trend. Read Full Article
  • March 27, 2013

    Podcast Episode 16

    The Technology Geek – Episode 16 Today in this podcast we discuss Wearable Computing Netflix’s ‘Hemlock Grove’ Releases Creepy New Trailer HBO Go “maybe,” “could” evolve into a broadband-based subscription New OS X Trojan Adware Injects Ads Into Chrome, Firefox, Safari Google Fiber Expands To Olathe, Kansas Apple Hires Former Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch YouTube breaks records with 1 billion monthly users Google boasts 4 billion hours of YouTube viewing per month Apple Releases iOS 6.1.3 The Washington Post To Charge Frequent Users Of Its Web Site Senate embraces Internet taxes Google Glass: Orwellian surveillance with fluffier branding Google Glass: The opposition grows Dropbox acquires Mailbox New Star Trek Trailer Up Samsung to open 41 stores in the Caribbean Julius Genachowski  FCC chairman Steps Down Apple ID password reset exploit reportedly in the wild Apple adds two-factor authentication to iCloud and Apple ID WWE Paul Bearer BBC Weather’s Twitter Hijacked By Pro-Assad Hackers Botnet steals ‘millions of dollars from advertisers’ China chooses Ubuntu as state-endorsed operating system Mailbox e-mail app signs up 1 million users Apple leads, Dropbox gains in cloud storage wars Massive cyber attack on South Korean banks and TV broadcasters New James Bond Coming Out In 3 Years World War Z Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recovers Apollo spacecraft engines from the bottom of the ocean Windows 7 SP1 Update to Be Forced Onto Everyone Today FCC cracks down on campaign robocalls to cell phones Reddit launches first original video series: ‘Explain Like I’m Five’ Google Play Store may be getting subscription News section Windows XP getting blue screen after removing rootkit? I am upgrading from XP to Windows 8 will it be slow? How do I print from a tablet or smartphone? How can I get rid of the echo I’m getting on my laptop? How can...
  • Continuing its investment in original content, Amazon today announced it is greenlighting “Zombieland,” a new comedy series based on the Columbia Pictures movie of the same name, which will be made available for free to Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM UK subscribers. This is the seventh original comedy series added to Amazon Studios’ lineup, which also includes six children’s pilots, previously announced. Like competitors Netflix and Hulu, Amazon has been swiftly moving to fund and sign deals to bring both original and licensed content to its Amazon Instant Video service. In addition to deals for popular shows like Downtown Abbey, its original production arm, Amazon Studios, has already begun production of six other comedy shows, including Alpha House, Browsers, Dark Minions, Onion News Empire, Supanatural and Those Who Can’t. Though these shows are not household names at this time, Amazon has managed to sign some big-name actors for leads – for example, John Goodman, known for Roseanne, The Big Lebowski and most recently, Argo, will be starring in Alpha House. Not all of Amazon Studios’ pilots are guaranteed to make it to “air,” so to speak, however. The company will determine which of the thirteen originals make it into full-season productions, based on customer feedback. It’s a similar process to how TV pilots are traditionally launched, except that this time around, its Amazon customers who are helping to make the final call. With Zombieland, Amazon Studios is taking a slightly different angle on original content. Instead of having to build up buzz around new, unknown shows, it’s hoping to capitalize on name recognition the film has already earned. Read Full Article
  • March 25, 2013

    Netflix Original Series HEMLOCK GROVE

    I talked about this on the podcast so I figured I would post it on our video section.  The Netflix Original Series HEMLOCK GROVE.  Netflix announced that Hemlock Grove will premiere April 19, 2013 “In the shadows of a rusted Pennsylvania steel town, the mangled body of a teenage girl is discovered. As they hunt for a monster among them, rumors mount and many of the eccentric residents become suspects, from the newly arrived gypsy family to the wealthy Godfrey clan. In the twisted world of Hemlock Grove, everyone hides a dark secret. From director Eli Roth (“Hostel”) comes a chilling supernatural series based on Brian McGreevy’s novel.” Cast Famke Janssen as Olivia Godfrey Bill Skarsgård as Roman Godfrey Landon Liboiron as Peter Rumancek Penelope Mitchell as Letha Godfrey
  • March 21, 2013

    Google Fiber Expands To Olathe, Kansas

    Just minutes after the city council of Olathe unanimously voted to have Google roll out its super-fast broadband to their city, Google made its own announcement: “Another city in the Kansas City area is getting the chance to join the growing Silicon Prairie,” Google Fiber’s community manager, Rachel Hack wrote in a blog post. Fiber gives customers broadband that’s 100 times faster than the average U.S. connection, or one gigabit-per-second for $70 a month, or $120 for the added cable-TV service. Google began rolling out the service in the Kansas City metro area last fall, following years of planning, and is already cited as the fastest ISP in the United States by Netflix. Read Full Article
  • Adobe Systems Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch has been hired by Apple to become the tech giant’s vice president of technologies. According to a report by CNBC, Lynch will report to Apple senior vice president of technologies Bob Mansfield. Adobe reported Lynch would leave the company for “other opportunities” in Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Apple later confirmed Lynch’s hire and position in the company to All Things Digital. Read Full Article