TechTV Lives Alternatively

TechTV has been long replaced by G4, the syndicated cable network for gaming. The Screen Savers has been replaced by Attack of the Show, replacing intelligence and valued information with spoof and technical sloppiness. Call for Help has not been replaced by an equivalent substitute at all, which enabled everyday people to call in and ask for general help questions live on the air. From Wikipedia: TechTV (May 11, 1998 – May 28, 2004) was broadcast in 70 countries, reached 43 million households, and claimed 1.9 million unique visitors monthly to its website.

While many of the TechTV fans have restrained from finding any interests in G4 at all, they still follow the former anchors as they have ventured other projects on their own without support of any major network. In fact, the major support for all of the TechTV evolutions comes from the fans and the anchors themselves. While mostly Leo Laporte comes to mind, other TechTV leaders have also ventured successfully as freelance internet geeks promoting their efforts via podcasting, websites, communities, technologies, and more.

Leo Laporte has founded the TwIT Network that homes his weekly podcasts including The Tech Guy, This Week in Tech, Security Now, Windows Weekly, Mac Break, and more. TwIT is survived by several former TechTV hosts, and the community themselves. All episodes are owned through the Creative Commons License as noncommercial, meaning there is total liberty in opinion without the politics of commercial sponsorship.

TwIT has won several awards including #9 in Time Magazines Top Podcasts of The Year in 2006. TwIT has also been ranked as the #1 Podcast on iTunes, Yahoo Podcasts, and Podcast Alley. Laporte also hosts The Lab on G4TechTV Canada and hopes to market the title to an American network in HD.

Former TechTV anchorman Kevin Rose has also evolved in other projects, most specifically development in Digg: the social bookmarking website. This has spawned Diggnation, a weekly podcast disscussing the top rated stories from the Digg network.

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Koopface Virally Infects Facebook

Million’s of Facebook users are in danger zone.

Koopface is a new computer virus spread through Facebook message system. It will send the message from the infected person’s profile to his friends, the subject line is like “you look just awesome in this new movie” it will open into another website to watch the movie after clicking the website it shows a message to need an updated Adobe Flash Player. But the virus will download while updating Flash Player.

Infected systems have the possibilities of stolen Credit card numbers. “Only a very small
percentage of Facebook users have been affected, and we’re working quickly to update our security systems to minimize any further impact,” – Barry Schnitt, the Facebook spokesman in Palo Alto.

My thoughts: it is inevitable that a social network will be used to launch a new viral epidemic

Obama Must Abondon His Blackberry

Now this is interesting. From the New York Times.

For years, like legions of other professionals, Mr. Obama has been all but addicted to his BlackBerry. The device has rarely been far from his side — on most days, it was fastened to his belt — to provide a singular conduit to the outside world as the bubble around him grew tighter and tighter throughout his campaign.

But before he arrives at the White House, he will probably be forced to sign off. In addition to concerns about e-mail security, he faces the Presidential Records Act, which puts his correspondence in the official record and ultimately up for public review, and the threat of subpoenas.

Mr. Obama, however, seems intent on pulling the office at least partly into the 21st century on that score; aides said he hopes to have a laptop computer on his desk in the Oval Office, making him the first American president to do so. Mr. Obama is the second president to grapple with the idea of this self-imposed isolation. Three days before his first inauguration, George W. Bush sent a message to 42 friends and relatives that explained his predicament.

“They could come up with some bulletproof way of protecting his e-mail and digital correspondence, but anything can be hacked,” said Ms. Owen, who has studied how presidents communicate in the Internet era. “The nature of the president’s job is that others can use e-mail for him.”

Should Mr. Obama want to break ground and become the first president to fire off e-mail messages from the West Wing and wherever he travels, he could turn to Al Gore as a model. In the later years of his vice presidency, Democrats said, Mr. Gore used a government e-mail address and a campaign address in his
race against Mr. Bush.

On Saturday, as Mr. Obama broadcast the weekly Democratic radio address, it came with a twist. For the first time, it was also videotaped and will be archived on YouTube.

General Tech Headlines

Gamers have been having a ball lately. Far Cry 2 was released last week, as well as Fallout 3 this week, with many more to come through November and December including GTA IV, 007: Quantum of Solace, and more.

Microsoft Blogs have revealed that Windows Vista Service Pack 2 will go in to beta testing within the week.

Microsoft will introduce a beta of the upcoming Windows Seven at the Professional Developers Conference today. Highlights of the Seven release notes include

  • It appear there will be several editions of Windows 7, with names
    like Windows 7 Enterprise Edition and Windows 7 Ultimate Edition
    popping up throughout the privacy statement.
  • Device
    Information Retrieval is the service that download info from Microsoft
    about your computer’s hardware. It looks like you can check an option
    to turn this off in Windows 7, which I believe is new.
  • There’s a new driver protection feature that stops the computer from starting drivers that are known to cause stability issues.
  • Windows
    can perform a one-time check with Windows Update to download system
    updates during the Windows installation process, saving you from having
    to install Windows and then run a system update once you’re finished. Update: Not exactly new, but still useful
  • There’s also information about other features like sending print jobs
    over the internet, parental controls, and other items you might expect
    to see a privacy notice for.

Foxmarks is a plugin for Firefox
that makes it easy to keep your bookmarks synchronized across multiple
browsers. When you add or delete a bookmark on one machine, the changes
will be reflected on another. Pretty useful for keeping your home and
work computers up to date, right? But what about all those passwords
you have saved on one computer but not the other. Now Foxmarks has a
solution for that too.

Sony claims that the PS3 Web Browser surfs the internet faster than Windows Explorer 7….

PC Game Sales charts for the week ending October 18

  • 1. Spore
  • 2. World of Warcraft Battle Chest
  • 3. Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy
  • 4. Warhammer Online
  • 5. The Sims 2 Apartment Life
  • 6. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe
  • 7. Civilization IV: Colonization
  • 8. World of Warcraft
  • 9. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
  • 10. Crysis Warhead

Steam’s “Top Sellers” (as of today)

  • 1. Far Cry 2
  • 2. Fallout 3 (pre-sale)
  • 3. Left 4 Dead (pre-sale)
  • 4. The Ship: Complete Pack
  • 5. Counter-Strike: Source
  • 6. Counter-Strike
  • 7. Team Fortress 2
  • 8. Call of Duty 4
  • 9. X3
  • 10. The Orange Box

General Tech Headlines

It seems as if a single summarized article on the latest tech headlines were not enough today. In the news today since the previous edition of General Tech Headlines:

Valve has unleashed the Left 4 Dead pre-order system via Steam. Those who pre-purchase via Steam will save 10% off the regular price. The pre-order promotions are part of a $10 million marketing campaign
that includes television, outdoor, online and print advertising. Left 4 Dead is due for release on PC and Xbox 360 on November 18 in North America and November 21 in Europe. The worldwide Steam release will happen November 18.

A demo for Tom Clancy’s EndWar has hit the Xbox Live Marketplace today. The demo is a large one, coming in at 1.6GB, despite containing only one map. The map it does include lets you experiment with both single-player and the 1-versus-1 multiplayer options.

Sun has released an Update 10 to the Java Runtime Environment 6. This is not an essential update but if you run Java-based applications it is recommended.

Nvidia has released Version 6.03 of the Nvidia System Tools, a collection of system monitoring and adjustment utilities.

ATI has released the Catalyst 8.10 graphics drivers. This version adds fan speed control and the ability to force Component Video detection, as well as resolving a range of bugs.

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General Tech Headlines

Dan Aykroyd told Dallas radio station 105.3 KLLI that Atari has indeed picked up the publishing rights for Ghostbusters, confirming rumors that have persisted since Activision declined to pick up the game following its merger with Vivendi. He has also reported that it would be atleast a year before development stirs.

Ubisoft has released detials on the DRM system included with Farcry 2: 5 activations on 3 separate PC’s. Also, uninstalling “refunds” an activation. They also claim they are committed to long term support so you can always play Far Cry 2.

What can be expected of the next Xbox revolution? According to sources, the third Xbox installment will be “Forward Compatible” which will provide graphical and performance updates to Xbox 360 titles. This ranges from increased draw distance, improved framerate, or perhaps even new DLC. This would be the equivalent of upgrading your PC video card to allow for higher graphical settings. This, of course, will only apply to games still in development for the 360.

What is happening in the Half-Life 2 world? Possibly Episode 3: Marketing director Doug Lombardi says announcement may arrive later this year, though game is still more than a year off.

In a similar move to Microsoft releasing Silverlight version 2, Adobe has released Version 10 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers.

Nvidia has released the Official Forceware 178.24 drivers for Windows XP and Vista. These drivers are for all GeForce 6,7,8,9 and 200 series cards. The driver package also contains the 8.09.04 PhysX drivers which were released with the 178.13 Forceware last month. The only changes in this driver over the previous 178.13 are some bug fixes.

The free Opera browser has been updated to Version 9.60. This is a security and stability update, and also contains a range of new features and settings.

The free VLC Media Player has been updated to Version 0.9.4

Valve has official sponsored mods via the Steam network. So far included are DIPRIP, Zombie Panic, Age of Chivary, and Synergy.

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