Monday, September 16, 2013

Solar Power Review - Keeping Your Tech Powered While Camping

I recently picked up from Harbor Freight Tools the following solar power kit: 45W Solar Power Kit (#68751) for just over $150 (including tax).

Solar-kit

Over the course of the last couple of months I've been able to try out the kit on several camping trips were there was no easy electrical grid access.  The camping environment was pretty sunny but not always 100% full sun.  The time of year for all the trips was summer and the location was Southern California.  I ended up setting up the kit on the top of our small camper.

The main reason I picked up the kit was to keep all of my tech gear charged so I could keep tabs on email, news, and any tech issue with my sites.  This was usually less than 1 hour a day which worked out well for my needs, and expectations related to being on a camping trip.

The gear I was able to keep operational using the kit included: cell phone, tablet, WIFI card, and a laptop during trips lasting up to 7 days.

I was suprised during the main daylight hours that the inverter could charge directly: the cell phone, tablet, and WIFI card.  To keep my laptop charged I needed to capture to an emergency car battery system, and then use 3rd party car charger/inverter to get the right power levels to keep the laptop charged.  I was also able to keep charged a USB battery pack so I could run my WIFI card during non-daylight hours when needed.

One other lesson learned, was to turn off all electronics while sleeping.  This helped keep all the devices more readily available the next day then keeping them in standby/sleep mode overnight.

All in all the system worked very well and I'd recommend it.

Updated: 3/16/2014

September 16, 2013 in Gadget, iPad, Media, Mobile, Recommendation, Reference, Technology, Tips, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 12, 2013

DEFCON 21 (and 20 oops!)

Defcon-21-badge+stuffDEFCON 21 was in Las Vegas, NV from August 02-04, 2013 and we were there.  Our real-time posts, references, and links are available over on @Technewsradio on Twitter.  

We have a detailed report (PDF) from the sessions attended if you are interested.  Just drop us an email to get the full report or a request via message on Twitter.  A podcast summary is planned but not promised at this time.

Things that we are "worried about" from an Enterprise computing perspective:

  • Social Engineering against users is like a hot knife cutting butter. Only defense seems to be training and awareness. Traditional information assurance (IA) protections: virus scanning, IDS, firewall, etc are not effective.
  • You can't secure what you don't manage.
  • Basic system administration tools and infrastructure services in the Microsoft Windows world can be used for evil: PowerShell, .NET, DNS, browsers, PKI, and SCOM.
  • USB is not your friend.
  • Mobile computing and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) are really not your friend.
  • Cloud computing could be your friend but probably won't.
  • Developers writing code for an organization without a security focus is just asking for trouble.
  • If you think your stuff is secure just because you have it behind a lock and a key you are in denial.
  • In a year or less, penetration testing is going to include inexpensive mobile assault options via semi-autonomous very-small drones and robots.

P.S. x 1: We were also at DEFCON 20 and have that report available if you are interested. Just drop us an email or message on Twitter for a link.

P.S. x 2: There are also DEFCON 18 and DEFCON 19 reports.  They are surprisingly still relevant IMHO -- same bat channel.

August 12, 2013 in Business, Conferences, Current Affairs, Development, Enterprise, Networking, Security | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Prepping For Next TNR Podcast #373 {DRAFT}

Currently prepping for content related to the next podcast (Tech News Radio #373 - no ETA yet of publication date).  The following are items currently in the queue for being included in the next podcast:

The following are currently items of interest but probably not something we will cover in the next podcast (they propobably will be posted on @technewsradio):

  • The 'new' eXploit magazine is devoted to learning about and examining exploits.  The first edition is focused on: Metasploit, PMI, WSDL, SOAP, DoS
  • Wickr is a secure communications app for Apple iOS that has no central repository of msgs & includes a msg self-destruct option
  • Path is a "social network" that limits your social circle to no more than 150 people (aka Dunbar's number)
  • Pair is an mobile application that only allows for communication between just two people

August 12, 2012 in Podcast, Podcasting | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Updates from Twitter - iPad, DEFCON 19, Podcasts, Mobile, Amazon, Etc

The following items were recently posted on @technewsradio:

  • USB hub allows simultaneous syncing of 49 iPads http://t.co/OO9H7HW
  • DEFCON 19 Podcast Review #security #news #research #hacker #conference http://t.co/rbCr7hK
  • SpokenWord.org gets about 1000 new programs every day & they are looking for curators of categories to make the content more organized
  • BigBlueButton is a open source collaboration and training system that integrates a bunch of open source projects http://t.co/mEL5dDS  
  • PC World has more details on the recent news from Qualcomm about their planned updated Snapdragon mobile processor http://t.co/lQQO8y4  
  • YouTube has a great overview presentation on how "Prezi for iPad" works http://t.co/sHFJBSo  
  • Amazon EC2 is now supporting Virtual Machine (VM) Import to Amazon EC2 instances http://t.co/35n2UtJ  
  • IObit has announced a freeware version of Game Booster v2 for Windows that is geared for improving game performance http://t.co/Q0lWB4D  
  • Via Box.net ... you can get e-signatures features via DocuSign services integrated with documents stored on Box.net  
  • Getting started with project management? - "scope, time & "cost" - a good reference at Wikipedia http://t.co/oVIzQIX  
  • "Heroes of the Computer Revolution" original book looked at hackers & nerds from the late 1950s to the early 1980s http://t.co/H4Vz2kM   
  • arborjs.org - a graph visualization library using web workers and jQuery http://t.co/Zao0gyv

September 10, 2011 in Apple, Conferences, iPad, Media, Mobile, Podcast, Security, Twitter, Windows | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 22, 2011

DEFCON 19 Podcast Review

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DEFCON 19 was in Las Vegas, NV from August 4-5, 2011.  This yearly computer network security and hacker conference is full of cutting-edge research, detailed demos, awesome presentations, and a lot of partying. The podcast coverage was pretty good also. Here are my recommendations:

If you are interested in hearing my thoughts about DEFCON 19 then check out the PaulDotCom.com podcast (08-11-2011).  I am the boring "IT Guy" trying to avoid the topic of "hot" women visiting the PaulDotCom.com booth.  If you'd like to see a copy of my notes (13+ pages) then drop me a personal email to: "s h o l d e n @pobox.com."

Here is a Picasa collage from the Network Security Podcast meet-up at DEFCON 19 that was "infected" by Paul & Larry @ Pauldotcom.com's little red balls from one of thier sponsors:

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August 22, 2011 in Conferences, FriendsInTech.com, Networking, Open Source, Podcast, Recommendation, Security, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Another Week Of Recommended Podcasts Worth A Listen


Podcast-recommendations-01 Looking through my listened to podcast list for this past week, I'm going to recommend the following as potentially interesting:

 

August 22, 2011 in Apple, Enterprise, Networking, Open Source, Podcast, Podcasting, Security, Technology, Virtualization | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

@technewsradio Posts You Might Have Missed

Here are some posts recently to @technewsradio on Twitter that you might have missed:

  • SitePoint has announced "Build Your Own Wicked WordPress Themes - Create Versatile WordPress Themes That Really Sell" http://t.co/t9K7dMg
  • iPhone: The Missing Manual, 4th Edition (by David Pogue) covers iPhone 4 & All Other Models with iOS 4 Software http://t.co/SMBNX2d
  • Some great web-based cipher (i.e. encryption) tools posted to: http://t.co/gBerYw6
  • Franklin Covey's Plan Plus Online has been updated for business workgroups that allows for team so collaborate between team members
  • DJ Amber's latest CD release -- neo.maximal -- is available at http://t.co/SkH0LIr
  • O'Reilly & Josh Clark have teamed up for a new Apple iOS programming & user interface design book called Tapworthy http://t.co/dEuvB5T
  • Oracle has released VirtualBox 4.1.2 which improves stability and fixes regressions. Download via: http://t.co/rODJspx
  • Roku has announced upgraded Roku 2 hardware: HD ($60), XD ($80) & XS ($100) #besthomevideostreaming
  • Change your logon screen for Mac OS X Lion via these tips on MacRumors: http://t.co/G5Qf2vq
  • Want to display your hard drives on your Mac OS Lion desktop? Tip here: http://t.co/o9XMKUa
  • Are smash & grab tactics going to be something that grows? I don't think an adversary cares one way or the other http://bit.ly/nygX1B

August 21, 2011 in Technology, Twitter | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #372 | 2011-08-20 | Browser Phishing, National Cyber Range & Microphone Hijack

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Today's podcast examines three stories about computer network security:

Feel free to follow along with Steve Holden at: Twitter and/or Google+.  For technology news only updates follow TechNewsRadio @ Twitter.

August 20, 2011 in FriendsInTech.com, Networking, Podcast, Security, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

This Week's Tech Podcasts Worth A Listen

Tech-podcasts-01 Here is a pointer to some recent technology related podcasts that might be of interest:

If you have a suggestion or a link to a good technology podcast to let others know about then drop us an email, message @technewsradio, or leave a comment below.

August 13, 2011 in Apple, Business, Current Affairs, FriendsInTech.com, Media, Mobile, Podcast, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Learn More About Hard Drives Including The Latest On SSD

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Victor Cajiao's Typical Mac User Podcast has a great intereview by George Starcher with Scout Moulton discussing how hard drives work including a deep dive into the latest information about solid state drives (SSD).

May 8, 2011 in Apple, FriendsInTech.com, Storage, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Excellent Report from Rusty Hodge on STS-133

Rusty Hodge at Groove Salad recently published a great soundscape and news report entitled "The Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery". 

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It includes a mix of music and sounds at the Space Shuttle Discovery STS-133 launch from the NASA Launch Complex 39 VIP & Press viewing area.

It is a great listen with excellent production.  I highly recommend listening with a good set of headphones if possible.

May 7, 2011 in Media, Podcast, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

@technewsradio Roundup Posts for May 7th, 2011

The following is a summary of @technewsradio posts to Twitter:

  1. ASIS Bookstore (security pro organization) has announced over 26 new books via their online store
  2. SWFTools is a collection of open source utilities for working with Adobe Flash files (SWF files)
  3. Amazon online cloud services has a bunch of demos available - including Travel Log (Sample Java Web Application)
  4. Google has fixed a SketchUp 8 "dreaded shadow bug"
  5. Franklin Covey's PlanPlus for Outlook (version 7) is now on sale for $80 (vice $100) 
  6. Looking for a open source mind mapping tool?  Then check out Free Mind
  7. Microsoft Press has announced 3 more books in their Step By Step series: Microsoft Word 2010, Excel 2010 & Project 2010 
  8. Wired.com has an interesting article "Wired—Geek Power: Steven Levy Revisits Tech Titans, Hackers, Idealists"
  9. Listening to "A Witness to a the Egyptian Revolution" by Doug Kaye (Executive Director, The Conversations Network) via http://bit.ly/i35GC7Delete
  10. Per Kevin Devin at FriendsInTech.com - A good tool for finding Creative Commons (CC) images on Flickr is here http://bit.ly/gOtgMPDelete
  11. the Microsoft & Nokia deal seems to leave HP WebOS, BlackBerry, and Intel out of the loop with Apple (#2) & Android (#1) being top dogsDelete
  12. red5 is an open source audio/video (FLV & MP3) server that also supports H.264 
  13. Steven Levy's classic "Heroes of the Computer Revolution" has a new 25th Anniversary Edition

May 7, 2011 in FriendsInTech.com, Gadget, Linux, Macintosh, Media, Microsoft, Mobile, Networking, Open Source, Recommendation, Security, Twitter, Windows | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, July 16, 2010

TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #371 | 2010-07-16 | VMWare Fusion 3.1

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Today's podcast examines the latest version 3.1 of VMware Fusion for the Apple Mac OS X

Feel free to follow along with Steve Holden at: Twitter and/or Google+.  For technology news only updates follow TechNewsRadio @ Twitter.

July 16, 2010 in Apple, Enterprise, FriendsInTech.com, Macintosh, Podcast, Technology, Virtualization | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #370 | 2010-07-14 | Portable Audio Recording & Podcast Distribution

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Today's podcast examines portable audio recording options and some podcast production and distribution technologies.  Links mentioned in this podcast include:

Feel free to follow along with Steve Holden at: TwitterFriendFeed, and/or Delicious.  For tech news only updates follow TechNewsRadio on Twitter.

This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST and Amazon.

July 14, 2010 in Apple, Gadget, iPad, Media, Mobile, Podcast, Podcasting, Recommendation, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #369 | 2010-07-13 | OpenOffice.org News

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Today's podcast examines some recent news from OpenOffice.org that Petroleo Brasileiro SA is rolling out a big BrOffice.org deployment to over 90,000 systems; and that v3.21 of Open Office has been release with v3.3 expected this Fall 2010.  Two additional links mentioned in this podcast include: Open Document Format (ODF) and Oracle.

Feel free to follow along with Steve Holden at: TwitterFriendFeed, and/or Delicious.  For tech news only updates follow TechNewsRadio on Twitter.

This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST and Amazon.

July 13, 2010 in Enterprise, FriendsInTech.com, Open Source, Podcast, Productivity, Security, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)