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Roving Interviews at Gnomedex


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Molly Stanberry interviews Gnomedex attendees.

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Roving Interviews at Gnomedex


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Molly Stanberry interviews Gnomedex attendees.

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Justin Kan Live at Gnomedex


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http://live.pirillo.com/ -Justin Kan of JustinTV live at Gnomedex, 2007.

Justin Kan, better known as Justin Tv, founded a network of channels providing a platform for live video streaming online. The original Justin.tv channel was a pilot project that evolved into the Justin.tv network. Wearing a webcam attached to a cap, Kan’s camera began streaming continuous live video and audio at midnight March 19, 2007. Kan claimed he would wear the camera “24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

On April 18, 2007, Kan took a one-day vacation, and the capcam was worn by iJustine as she explored San Francisco. On May 29, 2007, Justin.tv expanded to the East Coast with a second 24/7 feed hosted by iJustine in Pittsburgh.

In the summer of 2007, Justin.tv became a springboard for more than 50 different channels. Beginning July 21, 2007, channels were listed by popularity, starting with the most popular on the left.

After describing how he got his start, Justin answered a few questions from the audience:

Q: Can you show what’s in the bag?

A: A lightweight Sony VAIO which lasts for 7 hours with extended battery using EVDO Rev. A.

Q: Will you be policing your content?

A: That is a concern, policing content on the site. If someone streamed HBO that would be horrible, as would adult-oriented content. They want to make it easy for the community to bring those issues to the attention of moderators for the site.

Q: When do more beta keys come out?

A: Arbitrarily as they decide to.

Q: What’s it like becoming an instant celebrity?

A: It was weird. He is an F-List celebrity in San Francisco. For a couple of weeks he was stopped on the street and asked for autographs. He didn’t want to be super famous, and after two months it got routine answering all the same questions from different people.

Justin then auctioned off the white space on his hat, and it sold for $750.

Q: How do you deal with copyright info?

A: He is an employee of Justin.tv and he has to make sure not to watch TV into the camera, or not to have background music come through. It isn’t protected under the DMCA, so you do need to be careful about that.

Q: What is the funniest thing that happened on camera?

A: It’s mostly funny for other people, like when people saw him doing the Naked Cowboy act.

Q: How do you get around the limits of people like Sprint with their limitations on video?

A: Sprint doesn’t enforce it, but they know that it is an issue. The hope is that these limits get removed by the mobile carriers, since the belief is that they want customers to be able to use their connectivity in place of what they have now.

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Helping Ponzi with her iPod


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Ponzi purchased TV Shows from iTunes for her iPod, to watch on our flight to Germany. However, she tried to sync it with her Gateway, and ran into problems. Now she’s stuck not able to watch them, or even use the iPod.

One of our chatters suggested trying the new and free iPodViewer. iTunes allows you to copy MP3s from your computer to your iPod, and do everything but copy those MP3s back to your computer. But now with iPod Viewer, you can do just that! Just launch the application, import the songs from your iPod, select the songs you want to copy, choose where you want to copy the songs to, and transfer the files. So, of course, this is what we did.

Once this transfer is done… and it will take quite awhile… then we will basically wipe out the Gateway profile, and start all over. Voila! She’ll be able to watch her movies.

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Helping Ponzi with her MacBook Pro


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Ponzi is having trouble getting everything installed that she will need for our trip to Germany. So, of course, I had to give her a hand!

I taught Ponzi several neat little tricks, such as just dragging and dropping onto the desktop, or into the Applications folder. She is having trouble with some Widgets, as well. Now, she know the handy little shortcut of “Command + Q” to close out of the program.

Somehow, we get from installing things on the MacBook Pro to problems with her iPod. Apparently, Ponzi decided to take a shortcut to get things to watch on the plane… and downloaded TV Shows from iTunes. Of course, that didn’t go as planned… and I find out not only won’t the iPod sync, it also is making a grinding noise! Stay tuned for the next video to see that conclusion!

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Fast Food Survey


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Some random guy called me tonight to give me a survey about different fast food and pizza restaurants. I had a BLAST messing with him. Just watch and see.

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Installing Linux in Windows


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – After seeing my video where I installed Ubuntu on the computer I’m giving away to a lucky YouTube subscriber, Matt sent me a video showing how you can install Ubuntu onto Windows without overwriting your Windows Operating System.

Matt’s video tutorial is downright excellent. He walks you through using an application called Wubi. Wubi is being touted as “the easiest way to Linux”. It doesn’t run inside a virtual machine, nor does it overwrite your Windows Operating System. It is a slow install, yes. However, once it’s installed, it will show up in your “My Computer” folder, along with your C: drive, your Documents and Settings folder, etc. You’ll see one there named Wubi. If you decide Linux isn’t your style after all, you simply uninstall it much like a Windows program uninstalls. Looking for reasons you should use Wubi to install Ubuntu onto your computer? Here are some:

  • Wubi is Safe It does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC, or to use a different bootloader.
  • Wubi is Simple Just run the installer, no need to burn a CD.
  • Wubi is Discrete Wubi keeps most of the files in one folder, and If you do not like, you can simply uninstall it.
  • Wubi is Free Wubi (like Ubuntu) is free as in beer and as in freedom.

Thanks to Wubi, installing and trying out Ubuntu Linux for yourself is simple, and going back to only Windows is even easier. Why not give it a try yourself?

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What is Port Forwarding?


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Most people nowadays use Broadband Internet, which means they are always connected. Make sure you’re protected with a firewall. If you do have one, and you need to access something on your computer from another place, you can open a port… which is called Port Forwarding.

Any software that requires Internet access has a port assigned to it. The application uses this specific port to access what it needs to. For instance, if you use IRC, then you would normally connect to port 6667. Programs such as mIRC or Colloquy will ask you during setup which port to use. I recently did a video about using my iPhone to connect to IRC . In order to do this, I have to open the port and secure it with a password. I then use the iPhone to connect to that port on my Mac at home, and voila! I can chat.

Of course, if I try to connect, my router needs to know where to forward me. What machine on my network do I need? What specific port and application? This is where your router comes in handy. If you open up your router in your Control Panel, there will be a page about port forwarding to help you set it up.

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Latptop Theft Security Locks


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Aviator1616 wonders if there is a mechanism that will physically lock up a laptop… much like a bike chain would do. The good news is that there are such things, as well as their software theft deterrent counterparts.

Not long ago, I recorded a video about LoJack, which is a theft deterrent plan for laptops. As soon as I uploaded this one, I received emails telling me about similar products, namely Undercover for Macs, and The Laptop Lock (which is FREE) for Windows. Any of these programs provide excellent recovery rates.

For a physical device, sure. Many laptops have a little loop built right onto them where you can affix a lock or chain. If your laptop doesn’t have one of these, you can always purchase a slot adapter kit. Kensington has several different locking options for your laptop… and many other devices you may have. Yes, you’ll have to pay around $40.00 USD, but isn’t that a small price to pay in comparison to a several *thousand* dollar laptop?

Another idea is to simply have a sticker or sign. Use something like “This laptop is protected by LoJack”. Often, this is enough to deter many theives in the first place. They know that the laptop is somehow protected, and they will likely be caught and prosecuted. Therefore, they’ll likely look for another one to try and steal.

What other security devices or programs do you know of or use? I’m always interested in hearing what you have to say! Leave me a comment, or shoot me an email. Until then… E ya later!

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MAC Address Vendor Identification


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – I recently purchased a new router… a Wireless N. I now have better signal, and my network is certainly flowing faster. I was looking at my router the other day, and saw that I had an unknown MAC address there. What?? Thankfully, I know how to discover the identity.

A MAC address is the short term for a Media Access Control address. Every device has one. It’s an identifier, so to speak. It is a number that acts like a name for a particular network adapter, so, for example, the network cards in two different computers will have different names, or MAC addresses, as would an Ethernet adapter and a wireless adapter in the same computer, and as would multiple network cards in a router.

Luckily, I knew there are websites that can help you figure out what the heck a particular MAC address belongs to. So, I copied down the MAC addy, and off I went to coffer.com. I typed in the MAC addy and voila! The site told me what vendor (manufacturer) this particular MAC address came from. Hmmm. Microsoft? What the…. ohhhhh, right! The XBOX360! Ponzi turned it on the other day and used it to watch a DVD. Therefore, it connected to the network. I went down and check the XBOX, and yep. That’s the offending device.

You can also spoof a MAC address if need be. Years ago I had a different ISP who only allowed one device on the network to access the internet. They knew I had no other choice, as I told them right up front. I manually spoofed my other MAC addresses to make them appear to be the same as the original computer. That way, everything on my network could still access the Internet. Being a home office kind of guy, I didn’t have much choice!

Be sure to stop by and visit us crazy people in the chat room, or drop me an email. I love hanging out with everyone, and I love to read your emails!

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