Dec
30th

Dr. Bill.TV #220 – Video – “The Old Kris Kindle Edition”

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GSotW:Linux: Remmina RDP for Linux, Google ‘Easter Eggs,’ CentOS and Oracle release their Red Hat 6.2 clones, Kindle Fire 6.2.1 Upgrade and a ‘hands on’ overview! Hasbro sues Asus over ‘Transformer’ name, mind reading computer? GSotW: Plex Media Server — Sponsor: MozyPro Online Backup: Simple, Automatic & Secure Backup – Code word = PODCAST15 saves you 15% – http://bit.ly/mozypod1

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

Remmina – The GTK+ Remote Desktop Client

Hand Held Hack

Plex Media Server


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Dec
30th

Dr. Bill.TV #220 – Audio – “The Old Kris Kindle Edition”

GSotW:Linux: Remmina RDP for Linux, Google ‘Easter Eggs,’ CentOS and Oracle release their Red Hat 6.2 clones, Kindle Fire 6.2.1 Upgrade and a ‘hands on’ overview! Hasbro sues Asus over ‘Transformer’ name, mind reading computer? GSotW: Plex Media Server — Sponsor: MozyPro Online Backup: Simple, Automatic & Secure Backup – Code word = PODCAST15 saves you 15% – http://bit.ly/mozypod1

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

Remmina – The GTK+ Remote Desktop Client

Hand Held Hack

Plex Media Server


Start the Video Netcast in the Blubrry Video Player above by
clicking on the “Play” Button in the center of the screen.

(Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your “format of choice”)
Streaming M4V Audio





Streaming MP3 Audio

Streaming Ogg Audio

Download M4V Download WebM Download MP3 Download Ogg
(Right-Click on any link above, and select “Save As…” to save the Netcast on your PC.)

Available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/zHEOM0kfb54

Available on Vimeo at: http://vimeo.com/34403803


Dec
24th

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Dr. Bill Bailey.NET! May you have a great day tomorrow with family, friends, and we look forward to an awesome New Year as well!

Dec
24th

Geek Software of the Week: Plex!

PlexSo, a media server. It serves out media on your computer to your local area network (LAN) and makes it available to other PCs, and devices internal to your network. Well, Plex is that… but MUCH more! There is also a Plex client for Roku! In your Roku account just enter code word “Plex” and you can add the Plex app to the Roku, and get stuff streamed from your Plex Media Server software on your local network PC! But wait, there’s more!

Plex Media Server

“The solution for your local and online media. Plex/Nine is a flexible Media Center made up by two major components – the Plex Media Server and numerous Plex Clients. This lets you create a true server-based Media Center where information about all your media is stored in one single location. Plex/Nine also gathers information or metadata about your media and displays it in the Client making choosing which show to watch a rich and pleasant experience.

Plex on Your Desktop

Experience your media on a visually stunning, easy to use interface on your TV. Your media has never looked this good!

Plex for Mobile Devices

Effortlessly connect to all of your favorite local and online content, all presented seamlessly on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices.

LG Connected Devices

LG Electronics has integrated the Plex platform technology into its 2011 Netcast™ enabled HDTVs and LG Smart TV Upgrader, making the Plex experience available through a range of products from a global leader in consumer electronics.”

Dec
23rd

Do You Want Your Computer to Read Your Mind?

Mind ReadingHummmmm… IBM thinks that you do! They are predicting a technology (already under development) that will allow your computer (via a headset that you will wear) to “read your mind” and allow you to control the compouter! Sounds cool to me! Especially for gaming! Imagine moving your space craft in a game via mental instructions! I like it!

IBM: Mind-Reading Machines Will Change Our Lives

“In five years, we’ll simply be able to think something, and a computer will respond. That’s the vision from IBM, which just published its ’5 in 5′ forecast, which attempts to predict five technologies that have the potential to significantly change our lives in the next five years. One of the more surprising candidates: machines that will read our thoughts.

Well, not exactly, IBM Senior Inventor Kevin Brown told Mashable. The idea is a little more down-to-earth — and less scary — than the science-fiction scenarios of mind-reading robots that the description evokes. IBM’s vision is this: a person wears a headset that can detect general electrical signals from the brain, and sends them to a computer. Sophisticated software interprets those signals and, in turn, tells a machine what to do.

‘One of the common misconceptions is that this headset is reading your thoughts,’ says Brown. ‘It’s not. It’s just reading a level of excitement. It’s not understanding.’

The technology behind the idea has existed for a while. The headset, which costs just $299 and is made by a company called Emotiv, is able to detect electrical signals in the brain (via electroencephalography, or EEG) as well as muscular movements (electromyography, or EMG), both well known in the medical community.

Once you have those signals, Brown says the real magic begins, which is the ability to map signals to different actions. By doing so, the user is effectively teaching the machine how to read a specific mind. In much the same way speech-recognition software gets tailored to an individual’s accent, inflections, and pronunciation, the mind-reading software can adapt to a person’s unique ‘thoughts.’

The next step is mapping specific thoughts to specific actions, analogous to programming a universal remote control. The key here is that the thought and action don’t necessarily have to be the same. For example, if you want to use the headset to, say, turn on a TV, you might program the headset to perform that action when you think about kittens.”

Dec
23rd

A Quick Note on “Cross-Posting”

Two cross-posts (below) from my other blog, the Hand Held Hack, may seem extreme. (And, maybe it is.) But, the two blogs reach different audiences and the news I mentioned in the posts are of interest to both the HHH readers, and our Dr. Bill.TV readers. So, please excuse the double-up!

Dec
23rd

Hasbro Upset Over Asus “Transformer” Name

BumblebeeCross-posted from the Hand Held Hack:

“Robots in disguise!” Yeah. Like there would be confusion over a tablet and a toy robot. Well, Hasbro is concerned!

Hasbro Sues Asus Over ‘Transformer’ Name

“Toy maker Hasbro has filed suit against Asus for trademark infringement over the use of the “Transformer” name.

At CES earlier this year, Asus unveiled the Eee Pad Transformer, an Android-based tablet that can convert to a notebook via a docking station. Last month, it expanded the line with the Transformer Prime, a tablet-laptop hybrid that is the first to include Nvidia’s next-gen Tegra 3 mobile chip.

But as any child of the 80s is aware, a Transformer is more than just a fancy tablet. Hasbro unveiled the Transformers in 1984, a line of tiny robots that converted into other forms. In addition to plastic toys and various other paraphernalia, the Transformers were available via a cartoon, a comic book series, an animated film and, more recently, several live-action films. There was even a Transformer Camaro, according to court filings.

In a lawsuit filed last week, Hasbro said it contacted Asus about the Eee Pad Transformer earlier this year, asking the company not to use the name. ‘Asus refused to comply,’ according to the lawsuit, filed in a California district court.

Hasbro claims that ads for Asus’s Transformer Prime (below) use imagery that ‘closely resembles imagery used in Transformers movies and video games, in particular evoking the Transformers home planet of Cybertron.’”

Riiight! I am sure they were trying to invoke images of Cybertron! I guess I would protect my product name too, but this is a little silly guys!

Dec
23rd

Kindle Fire Software Upgrade Removes the Block on Android Market!

Cross-posted from the Hand Held Hack:

Awesome! I LOVE my new Kindle Fire! And now, with the 6.2.1 software upgrade, it is faster, slicker, and has less restrictions, as this article in GigaOm, points out:

Kindle Fire no longer blocks Android Market website

“Earlier this week, I grilled Amazon for attempting to control web browsing activities on its Kindle Fire. Any attempts to browse Google’s Android Market website were redirected to Amazon’s own AppStore on the tablet. I understand why Amazon did so: It wants to have Android apps installed on the Fire directly from its own curated application store, and it doesn’t want to field support calls when users have issues with Android Market apps on the Kindle Fire. Still, I feel the browser is sacred, and no browsing activities should be hijacked like this.

The good news is that Amazon has rethought its approach. With the new Kindle Fire software update, made available on Wednesday, you can now browse to the Google Android Market website. After I installed the software update to the Fire – we have complete instructions on the five-minute process here — I verified the browsing block was gone. I did get a security certificate warning, but was able to continue in the Fire’s browser with no other issues.

Does this mean you can now install Android Market apps to the Kindle Fire over the web? Not exactly, because there’s no simple way to associate the Kindle Fire with a Google account, which is how Google’s web-based Android Market links to devices. Regardless, this step was the right one for Amazon to take because it allows people to see which Android apps Google does offer, and it no longer hijacks the web page a user wants to view.”

Here’s a video from the Verge on the new software, “before and after.”


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Dec
22nd

CentOS and Oracle Release Their RHEL 6.2 Clones!

Well, that was quick! No sooner than 6.1 is out, now 6.2 is out! Dewd!

CentOS and Oracle release their Red Hat 6.2 clones

“The CentOS project must have overclocked its coffeemakers to the max, as the team released CentOS 6.2 only a week after it let go with CentOS 6.1. As noted by The H, the surprise appearance of CentOS 6.2 coincided with Oracle’s release of its own RHEL clone Oracle Linux 6.2 (see farther below).

CentOS 6.1 was almost seven months in the making, but followed its Red Hat Linux Enterprise (RHEL) 6.1 master at a faster clip than did CentOS 6.0 in its imitation of RHEL 6.0. The CentOS 6.2 release bests that pace by a long shot, trailing RHEL 6.2 by only two weeks.

The community-driven, freely available CentOS 6.2 offers almost all the non-proprietary portions of RHEL 6.2, and is said to be 100 percent binary compatible. The distribution is available for i386 and x86_64 architectures.

Oracle Linux 6.2

Oracle Linux is a RHEL clone of a different stripe, as adds a RHEL-based Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. In Oracle Linux 6.2, the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel appears to be the main addition to the RHEL 6.2 foundation. The kernel, which is optimized for performance on Oracle software, was claimed by Oracle last year to be more than 75 percent faster than a RHEL kernel in OLTP performance, and 200 percent faster than Infiniband messaging.The kernel was also said to provide optimizations for large NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory Access) servers, plus improved power management and energy efficiency.

Both the CentOS and Oracle Linux releases are based on a RHEL 6.2 upgrade that introduced some fairly significant performance and scalability enhancements, especially on multicore platforms. Improvements were said to have been applied to resource management, high availability, storage and file system, and identity management components.

As an indication of its improved scalability on multicore systems, the release scored an all-time-high 22,000 users on the SAP SD benchmark, according to Red Hat.

In addition, RHEL 6.2′s new Transmit Packet Steering (XPS) technology, which lets administrators pre-assign a CPU to handle network transmission requests, can improve network throughput by up to 30 percent, says Red Hat. The new release also offers file system enhancements that reduce read-write times and boost overall system utilization, claims the company.”

Dec
20th

Google’s Latest “Easter Egg” is “Let It Snow!”

Check it out! Go to Google and type in “let it snow” and hit return, then wait and watch!

“Let it snow” becomes latest Google Easter egg

“Google has added another trick to its bag just in time for the holidays. If you search for ‘let it snow,’ you will receive a wintery visual treat which adds snow fall and a ‘foggy glass’ effect to the results page. After a few moments pass, you can then wipe away the fog away with your mouse cursor.

It is important to note this trick only works on the most modern of browsers that support the ‘Canvas’ element, a feature unique to HTML 5. I have verified it works in IE9, Chrome and Firefox 8.0.1. Your mileage will most definitely vary with older and alternative browsers.”

Check out the other “Easter Eggs” that Google has in the link above.


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