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Copy Your Old Tapes to a DVD


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Last night, I picked up the new Sony VRD-MC5. This little device is amazing. It takes the complexity of configuring software to record things to DVD and completely wipes it out. Now, you can convert pretty much anything into DVD format with ease!

The new Sony VRD-MC5 is just awesome. It can’t get any easier than this, folks. You can plug in a number of different devices, such as a VCR, cam corder, USB drive, even your TiVo shows! Plug one in to the Sony, pop in a blank DVD, and let it do the work for you. No software, nothing to install or configure. Sony does the work for you! You can even take still photos and turn them into a DVD slide show… which is great to send to relatives who may live far away, and are missing you.

For around $220.00, this little device is definitely worth its weight in gold.

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10000th YouTube Subscriber Webcam Giveaway


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Every week, I give away a web cam, courtesy of uStream. This week, the giveaway was extra special!

Not long ago, I announced that when we reached the 10,000th subscriber on our YouTube channel, we would give away a computer. During the recording for this week’s Web Cam Giveaway, we reached that goal!! Thanks to everyone who has subscribed, and to all of you who watch our videos, and participate in our live shows. We couldn’t do it without you!

This week, our web cam winner is none other than neoyoshi. Congratulations!!

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Cali Lewis Live at Gnomedex, 2007


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Cali Lewis live at Gnomedex, 2007

About Cali’s Geek Brief

Geek Brief TV is a 3-5 minute video podcast, released 4-5 times a week. We cover news about technology, consumer electronics, and Web 2.0 projects.

We’ve gotten a lot of requests to make the Briefs longer than five minutes. So why don’t we? Our goal with Geek Brief is to keep people up to date on what’s happening in technology without investing a lot of time to do it. We don’t think technology should be boring, and we have a lot of fun producing Geek Brief. Plus, we’re two people, and as it is, one 5 minute Brief takes 7-12 hours, so increasing the time of the show would increase the production time. We’ve got to sleep at some point! 🙂

Geek Brief’s audience includes a wide range of people, from IT professionals to stay at home mothers, from teenagers to the age of 65 (if you’re older than that, I want to know about you!)

Our Story
We released the first Geek Brief TV December 23, 2005, never having done anything with video production, on camera or off. Three weeks later, we had 3,000 viewers, and got shut down by our hosting company because we were using too much bandwidth. PodShow came to our rescue and got us back up and running on their servers.

We now have millions of downloads a month. At exactly the 5 month mark, we announced that PodShow Podcast Network had made it possible for us to quit our day jobs and podcast full time.

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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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