Previous month:
November 2005
Next month:
January 2006

Tech Rag Tear Outs (TRTO) Podcast #040 [eWeek, Wired, Network Computing, Computer World, Information Week, Network World, Forbes, GCN, CIO Magazine, CRN, and SD Times]

Tech Rag Tear Outs for Friday, Dec. 9th, 2005.  Our 40th show has been found and released.  ;-) Sorry for the delay. [OPML]

wedge (00:00-04:04) Introduction
*Feed back or show content ideas can be sent to:  [email protected].

*Official Beer of the Show: Coors Winterfest Ale - Brewed Once A Year in Celebration of the Season
wedge (04:04-16:47) Part 1
wedge eWeek (
*NetApp has a new operating system in the works called Data OnTap GX that is optimized for fabric-attached storage and should be on them market in early 2006.
*Xantrex Technology's XPower Pocket PowerPack 100 offers an external additional NiMH battery solution for a for mobile users.
*Wired ( Neruros Audio ( MPEG-4 Recorder can create MPEG-4 files from TV feeds, DVD players, or any other video source from a composite output. It can record to CompactFlash or SD cards; and can transfer files via USB 2.0 port. The unit costs $130.
wedgeNetwork Computing ( Bruce Boradman has a great article you should check down if you do an configuration management. The article outlines how to create a configuration-management database or CMDB that can support audit, control, and automation. The core background for creating the CMDB is done by utilizing resources fro IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL). Links mentioned in article:
* ITIL People (
* ITIL Survival (
* Microsoft (
* Managed Objects (
* OpsWare (
* Pink Elephant (
wedge Computer World (
* Russell Kay has a great intro article to Ruby on Rails. [ an example?]
* HP has announced Storage Essentials 5.0.
wedge Information Week ( TabletPCs are strong in niche markets: health-care, pharmaceutical, and education. What will get them more mainstream? Units mentioned:
* Lenovo ThinkPad X41
* Fujitsu Lifebook P1510D
* Hewlett-Packard TC4200
* Motion Computing LS800
wedge (16:48-29:52) Part 2
wedge Network World (
*Sun Lucent, and Echoworx have announced a new encryption service.
*NetIQ has a new tool called Changed Guardian for Active Directory that can audit and monitor changes in real time.
*Forbes ( Ready Fready ( has a $150 emergency knapsack that is color coded and labeled: Light-Power-Communications; Tools-Supplies-Food-Water; Protection; Personal; and First Aid.
*Government Computer News ( Red Hat & Sun aim for Level 4 Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance
*CIO Magazine ( Had an ad for the new Motion Computing LS800 Tablet PC: 2.2 pounds; 8.4" SVGA, and Intel Centrino Mobile savvy
*Computer Reseller News ( Antec ( P-1800 PC Case [$159].
*Software Developer Times ( Sleepycat Software's Berkeley DB XML 2.2 has performance boosts up to 500%
wedge (29:53-36:00) Conclusion
*Music at the end from Bill Watson (  The song is a short sample from the "Disinterested Wedding Song" from his new album Absolutely Live at the Rhythm Cafe - Billy Watson and the International Silver String Submarine Band."
*Call in your comments to: 206-337-1533 or go over to and post a comment to shared FIT Forums (

The next GotoMeeting & event is being planned for January 2006.

Taking The Week Off - No Podcasts This Week (Sort Of)

No TechTidbitsDaily podcasts will be produced this week.  The next one (#190) will be on Monday, 02Jan06.  Have a great New Year celebration!

I hope to find the lost TechRagTearOuts #40 (12-09-05) and #41 (12-23-05) in my spare time this week.

A special thanks to all the listeners and readers who supported with a financial donation via Amazon or Paypal in 2005.

Some Technology Podcasting News

Some technology related podcasting news pointers:

The technology podcast marketplace certainly continues to be growing, and being pretty competitive for listener attention.

Tech Tidbits Daily Podcast for December 22, 2005

The podcast for today is abstracted from an article from InfoWorld Test Center (10.17.05) written by PJ Connolly and Mario Apicella.  The article is entitled "Storage Area Networks (SANS): X Marks the Sweet SAN Spot - Apple Xsan offers industrial-strength performance and stability at a low, low price."

In summary the Apple Xsan 1.1 scored an '8.4 or Very Good Score' with high marks 8 or better for performance, scalability, ease-of-use, setup, and value.  It got two 7 scores for manageability and interoperability.  It is best suited according to the article "as a solution for accessing massive amounts of data without shelling out massive amounts of cash."

The next GotoMeeting & event is being planned for January 2006.

Tech Tidbits Daily Podcast for December 21, 2005

This podcast examines three items of potential interest with regards to embedded computing:


Tech Tidbits Daily Podcast for December 20, 2005

Today we play a promo from Chuck Tomasi for a new podcast he is doing focused on Google's Gmail.

We also share some "very preliminary market research" on distributed fiber networking via a rack mounted distribution system.  The two vendors we are looking at are:

Discuss this topic at's Forums.


Tech Tidbits Daily Podcast for December 19, 2005

Today is a quick look at two new products that were recently advertised in I think PC Magazine and Computer Reseller News that caught my eye:


Friends In Tech - "A Geek Christmas Carol" Released

As a follow on to "The Server Room of Horrors" produced by Friends in Tech for Halloween, we are proud to present to you, "A Geek Christmas Carol."  The familiar Christmas tale but with a geeky, tech twist.

This production was a lot of fun to put together which included all FiT members along with family members and some special podcasting guests.

Feel free to check it out at  or
subscribe to the FiT RSS feed at

From all Friends in Tech members, we wish you all a happy and safe holidays.

Tech Tidbits Daily Podcast for December 16, 2005

Today's podcast is all about conferences ... these are listed in order of occurrence.  So the first ones are really soon, and the ones towards the end are in the future ... but don't procrastinate on signing up if they sound interesting ....