Saturday, August 02, 2014

TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #373 | 2014-08-02 | NMAP #DDOP

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Today's podcast is inspired by the Dog Days Of Podcasting (#DDOP).  It is a single focus recommendation on why I have NMAP in my security toolkit and why you should consider it.

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

August 2, 2014 in Linux, Macintosh, Networking, Open Source, Podcast, Recommendation, Security, Tips, Windows | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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

Monday, August 22, 2011

DEFCON 19 Podcast Review

Defcon19-podcasts

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:

DEFCON19-PodcastMeetup-2011-08-06

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

Saturday, May 07, 2011

@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

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

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.

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 5, 2010 in Books, FriendsInTech.com, Open Source, Podcast, Recommendation, Technology, Web/Tech, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Twitter Updates - ePub, TurboCash, iPad, Windows, Box.net, Evernote, etc

The 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

June 6, 2010 in Apple, Current Affairs, FriendsInTech.com, Linux, Media, Mobile, Networking, Open Source, Podcast, Productivity, Recommendation, Technology, Tips, Twitter, Windows | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #359 | 091117 | Mobile Devices, Mobile Security, Driver Update Tool & Conference Pointers

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This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST and Amazon.

Today's TechNewsRadio.com's podcast examines new mobile worker devices, new mobile security technologies, a Windows driver update tool recommended by MaximumPC.com, and then some conference pointers:

Links mentioned in this podcast includes:

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

This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST and Amazon.

November 17, 2009 in Conferences, FriendsInTech.com, Management, Microsoft, Mobile, Podcast, Recommendation, Security, Technology, Windows | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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:

November 9, 2009 in Apple, Enterprise, FriendsInTech.com, Gadget, Macintosh, Microsoft, Mobile, Networking, Recommendation, Technology, Tips, Twitter, Windows | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #355 | 091020 | Open Database Alliance, Jetty, PacketTrap, & Conference Pointers

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This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST (SeV) - makers of fine tech clothing.

Today's TechNewsRadio.com podcast covers the following topics: Open Databases Alliance; the Webtide's Jetty Java application server; PacketTrap network monitoring tools; and conference pointers:

The links mentioned in this podcast includes:
The beer recommendation for this podcast is the Sam Adams Dunkelweizen.

The podcast recommendation is TWIT.tv's This Week in Google (TWIG) with Leo Laporte , Jeff Jarvis, and Gina Trapani.

We are giving away a Tom Bihn Checkpoint Flyer in the Black/Steel color pattern with a 15" laptop compartment to celebrate the start of our 5th year of podcasting.  Listen to the podcast for directions.

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

This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST (SeV) - makers of fine tech clothing.

October 20, 2009 in Conferences, Development, Enterprise, FriendsInTech.com, Mobile, Networking, Open Source, Podcast, Recommendation, Technology, Tips | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack