Sunday, August 03, 2014
Review - Asus C720-2802 Chromebook
I recently picked up via Craigslist a "new in the box" Asus C720-2802 Chromebook to use as my new primary system for TechNewsRadio.com. The main reason was that DEFCON22 is coming up soon in Las Vegas and I needed a "relatively" secure system to attend sessions and take notes for ~8 hours a day.
My previous note taking system was relatively old ThinkPad that I had 3 sets of extra batteries for. So, I dropped about 6 pounds by moving to the C720. And I don't have to configure a fresh system to take to DEFCON and then scrub after.
This version (2802) seems like the middle build release (~Feb2014) from the original that was in late 2013 and the most current $199 version that uses the Intel Celeron 2955U processor (2848). There is also a newer more expensive C720 with an Intel Core i3 processor available.
- Keyboard is great.
- Integration with my Google account was flawless.
- Integration with all my core online services was flawless.
- Working offline seems to work as expected.
- Can't seem to check IMAP email with an extension or a native Chrome application.
The still to be determined:
- Will it get hacked at DEFCON?
- How to edit audio?
- Will it let me take notes all day at DEFCON?
POST DEFCON REPORT: There is now an IMAP client - CloudMagic. I am pretty sure I didn't get hacked at DEFCON. I was able to take notes all day long at DEFCON without any issues. I have not found a good solution for editing audio.
Saturday, August 02, 2014
TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #373 | 2014-08-02 | NMAP #DDOP
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).
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.
Monday, August 22, 2011
DEFCON 19 Podcast Review
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:
- Network Security Podcast
- Southern Fried Security Podcast: #59 Defcon Review
- Social-Engineer.Org: Live at Defcon 19
- PaulDotCom Security Weekly - Episode 254 Part 2 (08-11-2011) [wiki]
- Exotic Liability: #78 Con-dom
- Eruo-Trash Information Security Podcast
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."
Saturday, May 07, 2011
@technewsradio Roundup Posts for May 7th, 2011
The following is a summary of @technewsradio posts to Twitter:
- ASIS Bookstore (security pro organization) has announced over 26 new books via their online store
- SWFTools is a collection of open source utilities for working with Adobe Flash files (SWF files)
- Amazon online cloud services has a bunch of demos available - including Travel Log (Sample Java Web Application)
- Google has fixed a SketchUp 8 "dreaded shadow bug"
- Franklin Covey's PlanPlus for Outlook (version 7) is now on sale for $80 (vice $100)
- Looking for a open source mind mapping tool? Then check out Free Mind
- Microsoft Press has announced 3 more books in their Step By Step series: Microsoft Word 2010, Excel 2010 & Project 2010
- Wired.com has an interesting article "Wired—Geek Power: Steven Levy Revisits Tech Titans, Hackers, Idealists"
- Listening to "A Witness to a the Egyptian Revolution" by Doug Kaye (Executive Director, The Conversations Network) via http://bit.ly/i35GC7Delete
- Per Kevin Devin at FriendsInTech.com - A good tool for finding Creative Commons (CC) images on Flickr is here http://bit.ly/gOtgMPDelete
- the Microsoft & Nokia deal seems to leave HP WebOS, BlackBerry, and Intel out of the loop with Apple (#2) & Android (#1) being top dogsDelete
- red5 is an open source audio/video (FLV & MP3) server that also supports H.264
- Steven Levy's classic "Heroes of the Computer Revolution" has a new 25th Anniversary Edition
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:
- Yahoo's Podcasters Mailing
- Zoom H4n
- Zoom H2
- Edirol R-09
- Zoom H1
- Marantz 660
- Apple iPad
- WordPress Audio Player
- Google Player
- Playtagger from Yahoo
- Amazon CloudFront
- Encoding's Apple & Amazon Streaming
Monday, July 05, 2010
TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #363 | 2010-07-05 | Getting Started With WordPress
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Today's podcast examines news from fellow FriendsInTech.com members and Technorama podcasters' Chuck Tomasi and Kreg Stepp. They have a new book out called "Teach Yourself WordPress in 10 Minutes" from SAMS publishing, and a companion podcast called "Teach Yourself WordPress in 10 Minutes ... in 10 Minutes". For reference the main WordPress sites are: WordPress.org and WordPress.com.
You can also learn more about WordPress from a newsletter tip from Geeks.com.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Twitter Updates - ePub, TurboCash, iPad, Windows, Box.net, Evernote, etcThe following is a summary of tweets posted to TechNewsRadio@Twitter over the last week:
- OpenBook Specification for ePub (xhtml, css, etc) - some tools: Calibre & Adobe InDesign http://bit.ly/bGryk8
- TurboCASH has released the 4301 Update (5/5/2010) - this is an interesting open source financial mgmt application http://bit.ly/cwBVEP
- Just posted on my personal blog "An Apple iPad ~2 Month Later Review & Update" http://bit.ly/dAl3ml
- MacWorld has good references on on ePub & iPad http://bit.ly/ckDgSy
- Celina Jacobson has an interesting post examining "100 Excellent Lifehacks for Your Long Commute" http://bit.ly/bjsLuS
- Mark Minasi's TechNewsletter#89 Secrets of Creating Default User in Windows 7, Cleaning Up Setup's Little Security Hole http://bit.ly/cQBbEV
- Box.net is now beta testing drag-n-drop functions to the cloud using HTML5, Firefox 3.6, and Google Chrome
- Possible Evernote User Group Meeting in San Diego being discussed http://bit.ly/ble1sk
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #359 | 091117 | Mobile Devices, Mobile Security, Driver Update Tool & Conference Pointers
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- The 6th Annual Gilbane Conference Boston is Dec. 1-3, 2009 at the Westin Copley Hotel.
- The Blue Coat Regional User Group for Washington DC will have a meetup on Dec. 1, 2009 from 10 AM until 3 PM at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel.
- O'Reilly Where 2.0 Online Conference is December 3, 2009 with "An Emphasis on iPhone Sensors."
- Mobile Enterprise Magazine
- Motion Computing C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant
- Motion Computing F5 Tablet PC
- Corning Gorilla Glass
- Getac V100 ruggedized TabletPC
- Nokia Booklet Windows 7-savvy netbook
- Atom Z530 1.6-GHz processor
- 3M Privacy Filters
Monday, November 09, 2009
Twitter Updates - Microsoft, Outlook, Power, Mobile, Server, Mac, Security
Over the last week the following were posted to TechNewsRadio @ Twitter.com:
- Microsoft has plans to open up API and data standards for Outlook [tinyurl.com/open-outlook]
- Are standard cell phone power adapters coming soon? [bit.ly/4jKarN]
- SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 has been release for Windows Mobile
- Windows 2008 R2 DHCP capabilities outlined via minasi.com/newsletters/nws0911
- Coveo's "enterprise" search beta is open to the public (Outlook, SharePoint, Files, Blackberry)
- REDFLY Mobile Companion is now compatible with select BlackBerry smartphones
- Mac users can use Windows Mobile 6.5 smart phones thanks to Sync Windows Mobile from Mark/Space [tinyurl.com/4k288v]
- via email James L has a pointer to an interesting Windows laptop/usb flash drive security tool [bit.ly/1xvrCF]
- Sherpa's Expedite was recently recommend on FIT mailing list for doing email (PST/Lotus) e-discovery
- Evernote for the Mac has the option to auto update with new beta editions [bit.ly/1diOhL]
- Filemaker has announced that Bento for the Mac now had a "field encryption" option [bit.ly/1XmC2s]
- TechPodcast.com Round Table is 11/7 @ 1 pm Pacific - Connectify, PowerPress Podcasting Plugin, Geekazine