Geek Tech Live ep 49 Magic mouse review and Liquid image and WordPress theme Headway

Happy New Year 2010!!

I am taking this year to bring us back to the old way of doing things. I got a bit over zealous with my Foley artistry lately and realized you arent listening for the foley ( I hope) but for my information I bring.

That being said: I am trying this episode with no background music or intro music. tell me what you think at info@geektechlive.com or leave a comment on my blog at geektechlive.com

The Magic Mouse review I agve it 5/10 … 8/10 for style.. several million points negative for usability.

Dont get me wrong it works fine.. I just find that the mouse “being a trackpad” occasionally will start scrolling my browser screen all over the place. .. listen to my full rant in the podcast

Next I cover some cool gadget for skiers, boarders and even scuba and swimmers! coming in Summer of 2010! Liquid Image will be unveiling the summit searier snow goggles! Huzzah!

quoting the press release:

The Liquid Image Summit Series is the world’s first snow goggle with an
integrated digital camera. The goggle contains a wide angle lens to
capture all the action while skiing, boarding, sledding or
snowmobiling. The hands free unit has a 5.0 MP (2560 x 1920) camera
mode and a video mode that records D1 video (720×480) at a rate up to
30 frames per second with audio.

The Summit Series Snow Camera Goggle is easy to operate. There is a
button for On/Off/Mode and another button for the shutter. To record a
photo or a video, simply turn on the camera, choose the mode, then
press the shutter button. LED lights inside the goggle indicate the
mode to the user. Large side buttons along the right side of the frame
allow for greater dexterity while wearing gloves.

Liquid Image Summit Series 335 Snow Camera Goggle
The internal memory has 16 MB NAND Flash. The memory is easily expanded
to record thousands of photos or hours of videos by adding a Micro
SD/SDHC Card up to 16 GB. Files may be downloaded to a computer through
the High Speed USB cable
provided, or through a Micro SD/SDHC card.

The Camera operates on an internal rechargeable Lithium Battery
. Estimated battery performance is 2200 still images or 2:20 hrs of video.

The Summit Series Snow Camera Goggle model 335 is estimated to ship
late summer 2010, in time for the Winter Ski Season and for Holiday
shopping. This new model follows the concept of the original Liquid
Image Underwater Digital Camera Mask by creating an easier way to
record photos and videos. The concept of integrating the camera into
the sports equipment allows the user to travel with fewer items and to
keep their hands free while performing sports activities. The
integrated camera records a view similar to what is seen, allowing the
user to share their experience with other people, and to enjoy their
activities to a greater extent because they concentrate less on holding
and operating the camera.

The Summit Series Snow Camera Goggle model number 335 has an estimated
US price of $149.00. Specifications and pricing are estimated at this
time.

Liquid Image Co, LLC, is a manufacturer of cameras, electronics
, toys and games that target sports and outdoor activities with an
emphasis on Sport Technology and POV Cameras. The corporate office is
located in Sacramento, CA, with an international office located in Hong
Kong.

Next I talk about a wordpress theme I am trying out from headwaythemes.com

I am currently using it on geektechlive.com.. check it out and let me know what you think!  I realy am slowly liking this theme and its visual editor. if you are familiar with dot net nuke at all you will get the feel of the “leafs” that this theme allows you to manipulate.  its mostly drag and drop and I only had one small hiccup in the beginning but after that its all working fine.

Once GeekTechlive.com is all done I will do a full review of the theme and my impressions as well.

Once again… please follow me on Twitter! be my friend on Facebook, write me an email or just post a comment! I am nothing without you loyal listeners!

Coming up in episode 50 and 51 I will be getting my paws on a Vtech IS9181 wifi radio and also reviewing Mozy backup service.

Happy 2010!!!

Chris

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Geek Tech Live : Geek Tech Live ep 49 Magic mouse review and Liquid image and WordPress theme Headway

Plea to the Geek army!

Happy 2010!! Before I turn on the recording light today I have a few things to bring you up to speed on for the podcast and the website and I am asking for your comments and your help! It’s all part of my new years resolution!

Firstly, should my show stay weekly? Do you like the weekly routine? Is bi weekly a better option? If I went bi weekly I would probably have to go shorter in length.
Would you like shorter shows overall? I have been sticking to a 20 to 30 minute fixed show length recently. Is that good? Longer? shorter? Chime in!

What do you think of the new format? I have been transcribing my show for the show notes. It’s a pain but thought it might help. Thoughts?

Would you like the show to have interviews?
If geektechlive.com went video would you still watch/listen? My momma always said I had a face for radio. 😉

Please chime in below in the comments! Or contact me @geektechlive on Twitter!

Thanks everyone!

Chris, Host of Geek Tech Live!

P.S. I am working on a new design fo the site. Should be a lot prettier and Geekier!

Geek Tech Live Ep 48 Nook Fail Steve Jobs Islate foursquare and Gowzilla plus viewer mail


Welcome to the post Christmas Geek Tech live Spectacular! Episode 48 for December 26th!

Barnes and Noble Nook EPIC FAIL!!!

Barnes and Noble Nook

So Lets start out with our Epic Fail of the Week the  Barnes and Noble Nook.  I am not a media Mogul, obviously since I am not on network TV nor am I even working for the hallowed Revision3 or G4tv or mashable.com. being that as it may I still know one or two things not to do when creating something new and giving it out to customers…. makes sure it can handle the traffic if it becomes an overnight sensation. You only get one shot at this especially when you are talking about going up against the kindle. but it appears a surge of download requests over the 25th jammed the B&N net tubes and left Nook users high and dry with nothing to read… All attempts at downloading an ebook on the 25th  , even by those who got their Nook early,  were greeted with a “Queued: Will complete shortly” message. Not cool. Barnes and Noble.. Hear this well. consumers arrant going to stand for this. in this economy of 5 seconds of fame and rapid fire news and information. people are not going to be “ok” with this level of service. I was almost going to get a Nook…. now I am going to wait and see if Barnes and Noble can not only rectify this sufficiently but also keep things on a steadily improving course.  On Christmas Day you don’t want your precious new Gadget to not work. especially if its not a lack of batteries but a lack of servers at the manufacturers that are able to send you your 1’s and 0’s so you can read your book.  wow…. Epic fail at an Epic Date ( at least in the states ).

ISlate, ITablet… I Claudius?!?!?

Steve Jobs Islate Itablet apple

Lets move on to a more happier moment in time… say January 26th? are you free? I hope you are because we all have a date with Destiny! the Apple tablet, or cure for cancer or something even cooler will be announced by apple January 26th!  Steve Jobs is soo excited and happy he only took a salary of one US dollar. ok we all know that this is just a nicety as he is making a lot more cash by just being Steve Jobs but if you listen to the song being played I would say we are coming to the bridge and its going to be a solo of Epic proportions… and not in a Fail way.

The big rumor right now is this whole new Domain name that cropped up called Islate.com that was bought by Apple in october. rumor has it the tablet is the slate and the slate is the tablet… and the worm is the spice of course! what this all means to you and me is apple is again working the smoke and mirrors machine and is going to try to use misdirection again to in the end show us exactly what they are planning. either way even if you know whats coming it will be pretty cool to see it unveiled …finally.  the Media event as I said will be held on January 26th at the San Francisco  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  rumors again here but Apple rented a stage at the Gardens and is expected to use this venue to announce a new product.  of course Apple and the Yerba Buena Gardens failed to comment on those rumors.  Wouldn’t you be surprised if they said..  “oh that? yeah we are going to showcase a new device the Islate… we bought that URL and then the Jobman is going to walk on water..  its gonna be a great party..” yeah… I don’t think they are going to be anything less than tight lipped about this until it happens. My only complaint is that I am stuck in the Midwest with no way of getting to the event… of course I also have not been invited either but that is just a small hurdle to jump.

FastMall.com

FastMall.com

From epic Fail to Epic possible Win and now to an Iphone app for cruising the mall…. FastMall. This little app came across my attention lasers  while perusing Prweb.com.  the Tagline for this iapp is the following … and I quote

” For millions of mall shoppers finding a desired store, restaurant or restroom from a directory kiosk can be nearly impossible and terribly frustrating. Multiple levels, ever-changing retailers and crowds of people can all add up to making mall shopping much more difficult than it’s worth. ”

Now I don’t know about you but I don’t really get lost in malls that often… of course I don’t go to the Mall of Merica either and that mall I bet I could get lost in. Fastmall has over 30,00 unique stores and more than 250,000 stores overall. the database holds approximately 1250 Malls currently as news ones are being added on a weekly basis. you an even request a mall to be added by emailing fastmall.com via email. Now I guess there are times you may need this. but here is where my interest fails on this app… the app itself is free but the maps range from 99 cents to 2.99. this just doesn’t seem like a good pricing scheme as for me personally i know the malls I live near pretty well and if I just take the time to walk them once I will uncover any new shops that open with very little effort. This app isn’t for me but if what I said sounds interesting take a gander at the app store or For more information, visit www.FastMall.com Or go directly to iTunes and download FastMall now: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fastmall/id340656157?mt=8

Foursquare vs Gowalla!

Foursquare or Gowalla, isn’t that the eternal question? well now mashable.com has chimed in on the location based game,social network, game app. these apps allow you to find and connect with friends and then shout out locations via the app to show where you have been and garner prizes like badges or pins for accomplishing stuff. create to-do lists for friends. Mashable.com has a great article doing a face to face drag down, no holds barred tag team cage match to show you the differences and which you should choose.
And for me I chose Foursquare since I had seen some recent tweets that were geotagged and were from people using foursquare in my city. Alas, if you are like me. non of my friends on my address book or on face book or following me on twitter were actually using foursquare. so for me the app is a bust as it doesn’t help me in the slightest. now if you have a group of people using either of these apps the possibilities are endless.  I will post a link to the foursquare vs Gowalla image breakdown list in the show notes. but if you are interested… find the one that your friends do and join in the fun!

Foursquare vs Gowalla features

Listener Email!

So we have an actual email from a listener slash fan of the show!!  Mark  F. Kofwards of Maryland writes:

” I have been a loyal listener for a while now, how do you get your reviews and can I request stuff to talk about or review?”

Mark,

First of all thanks for writing in!! you are number one extra awesome first writer! that aside. if you have any tech you would like reviewed or if you are in a PR firm or know someone who can get me a lead on any technology revews please just email me at review@geektechlive.com . Even if you just want to drop me a note and request something to get on the show I will air your letters as well as answer them!

Thanks for the question!  I am actually toying with a discussion board for geek tech live.  I am currently  on Facebook.com at http://www.facebook.com/Geektechlive . join me there for all my tweets and be my friend… wont you be my friend? please?

I am of course on Twitter as well! Follow me @geektechlive

This brings us to the end of another Geek Tech Live show! I would like to thank all the loyal listeners for making 2009 a great year… Year of the Geek! My next  Show will be coming from the Future! January 2010 ! see you then everyone! bye for now!

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