Podcast: WinExtra on Windows #06 – The Disappearing Computer

WinExtra On WindowsLast weekends WinExtra on Windows podcast was recorded a day early because I was getting married to Sara on Saturday (which I did and it was amazing – video coming soon). As a result of our big day I’m only getting around to posting the show now, even though Steven posted it a few days ago.

I’ve ripped Stevens show notes directly from WinExtra as I’m feeling kind of lazy :)

Ah the power of technology in enabling even the little guy to work some magic. Such is the case with this weekend’s WinExtra On Windows Podcast with myself and Paul O’Flaherty. You see we actually had to record this yesterday because today Paul is off doing something a little more important like … getting married.

So while he is off taking care of the important stuff today we spent some time yesterday talking about a few things that happened in the Microsoft world along with our thoughts an opinions on those events.

One of the major things we talked about obviously was the impact that Kinect will have and not just on gamers but also as a way to fulfill Bill Gates’ vision of the disappearing computer.

Posts referred to in the show.

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An Urlesque Interview: Sara And Paul’s Twitter Wedding (Video)

Today we had the pleasure of being interviewed on Skype by Jay Hathaway (@strutting) of the web culture and trends site Urlesque, about our impending (tomorrrow – tomorrow!!!) wedding.

We’d like to thank Jay for the opportunity to talk about why we are streaming our wedding and for sharing that video with everyone.

Podcast: WinExtra on Windows #05: Microsoft Needs A James Bond

WinExtra On WindowsYesterday Steven and I sat down and hashed out another episode of our Microsoft focused podcast, WinExtra On Windows.

Laughs, rants and insight abound as Steven and I discuss the Google’s recent Bing moment, software vulnerability, exploits, Google’s irresponsible behavior, Office Live and the failure of Microsoft marketing.

Posts referred to in the show:

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Podcast: WinExtra On Windows #04 D8 – The Cool, The Boring And The Sweaty

WinExtra On WindowsThis past week All Things D held their annual D8 conference where all the big wigs from the tech world congregate to be interviewed by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. The high and low points for this conference were obviously the appearance of His Jobness, Steve Jobs, as well as Steve Ballmer with Ray Ozzie in tow, and of course the VC darling of the moment Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook.

In today’s show Steven and I discuss the lackluster (to put it kindly)  appearance of Ballmer and Ozzie and how six months from now it will be Steve Jobs’ time on stage that anyone will remember. As well we diverge for a few moment due to an interchange between Jason Calacanis and Mark Zuckerberg about privacy that Calacanis later expanded in an email.

We finish off with a discussion about the future of the PC and some interesting thoughts about our growing wireless and mobile world.

Posts referred to in the show.

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Podcast: WinExtra On Windows #03 – The Schizophrenia Of Microsoft

WinExtra On WindowsDespite the adverse conditions Steven and I managed to record episode number 3 of our weekly Microsoft focused podcast yesterday.

What do I mean by adverse conditions?  My air conditioning dropped out for a while yesterday, got stuck in stores and shopping queues against my will, the internet connection was being flaky, and I discovered that I need some sort of a power smooth device in order to eliminate a pain in the ass buzz from my podcast kit. The thunder and lightning were out in full force threatening to knock out the power.

But we still got episode number 3 knocked out and it’s also the  very first episode of WinExtra On Windows that I’ve recorded from Mobile Alabama.

Today’s show starts out with us continuing last week’s mention of Spindex with a follow up on another FUSE Labs release called Emporia, which for a lack of better understanding is a Twitter and blog search engine with specific channels of interest.

This leads into a bit if chatter about Silverlight and Apple’s toppling of Microsoft from the top of the market cap game. At which point we delve into a little bit of analysis of Apple vs Microsoft and the involvement of the DoJ which is beginning an investigation into Apple and it’s business practices as far as their music business is concerned.

Of course as with most things Microsoft our conversation ends up centered around Stave Ballmer and how people, and Microsoft, seem to forget just how open the company is becoming when it comes to their software projects.

Posts reference in the show

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Podcast: WinExtra on Windows #02 – Microsoft, Finding Its Aggression

WinExtra On WindowsIt’s the weekend, which means it’s that Steven Hodson and I got to record the second episode of WinExtra on Windows, our weekly podcast about all things Microsoft.

Things were as small bit different this week as I was not recording from my usual home rig, but was on the move, but all appears to have turned out well.

It this, our second show we start out talking about the demise of not only the Courier tablet but the fact that its axing may have lead to J Allard leaving the company, or at least taking a very extended sabbatical. Keeping in the vein of thinking outside of the box we cover some new news about Project Natal and teaming up with the US Army.

Once again we also spend some time talking about Steve Ballmer and how I think that Microsoft just might be getting some of it’s aggressive mojo back just as Ballmer seems to be re-evaluating some of his long held opinions about the company.

We end off the show talking about Microsoft’s social media initiative and a new project from the new FUSE labs called Spindex along with some tea leaf reading about Ev Williams, CEO of Twitter, being at the big Microsoft CEO Summit.

Posts referred to in the show.

Is Microsoft’s one-time star J Allard leaving the company? – VentureBeat
Could Microsoft’s Project Natal cost as much as an Xbox? – DVICE
Minority Report Via The US Army And MicrosoftWinExtra
Ballmer on Vista: ‘We tried too big a task’ – Seattle PI
Microsoft’s Ballmer shares his ‘five things that matter‘ – All About Microsoft
Spindex: A New Social Aggregator from FUSE Labs – On 10 (screen caps below)

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Stevens screen captures of Spindex (because I didn’t get  my invite yet :( ):

Spindex Fuse Labs

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Spindex

Podcast: WinExtra on Windows Episode #01

I’m proud to announce the very first episode of WinExtra on Windows, a podcast focusing on all things Microsoft and the Windows platform.

WinExtra on Windows is the brainchild of the king of cranky geeks, Steven Hodson and will be recorded every Saturday.

WinExtra on Windows (WoW – take that Warcraft geeks) will focus on the events from the previous weeks that involved Microsoft and Windows and will give an honest and unvarnished look at the company and the platform with buckets loads of our own opinions thrown in. And if there is one thing that Steven and I are not short of, it’s opinions.

In this first show we talk about the problems Microsoft has getting a fair shake when news about the company and Windows hits the tech blogosphere with the highlight being how their security software was ignored in the recent virus scare. This also leads us to look back at the PatchGuard incident during the early days of Vista development.

From there we continue on to discuss the lack of an obvious Social Media play by the company. The thing is that it might seem to not have one when in fact they may just be flying under the Social Media radar and could surprise everyone.

The following posts where either referenced in the show or provided background for the subjects discussed.

New attack bypasses virtually all AV protection – The Register
All your Windows antivirus are belong to us – Seattle PI
KHOBE – 8.0 earthquake for Windows desktop security software – MatouSec
Skype VP says company isn’t developing software for Windows Phone 7 – Engadget
Preview of the new Windows Live Messenger – The Windows Blog
Windows Live Profile Wave 4 to come with enhanced privacy controls – LiveSide
Messenger Connect announced – Dare Obasanjo

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What If ISP’s Operated Like Cellphone Carriers?

The following video and the transcript below, is a direct result of conversation I had with Sara about the fact that there are currently no Android phones available on the Sprint network.

Transcript of the video:

What would the world be like, or what would your communications be like, if ISP’s operated the same way cellphone carriers do?

Imagine a situation where, with ISP’s operating the same as cellphone carriers, every time you wanted to change from one ISP to another you had to buy a new laptop, and the laptop that you bought had to be one approved by the ISP for use on their network!

Imagine every time, if you wanted to go out and buy an Alienware PC or but the latest Mac notebook, laptop or whatever and you couldn’t do it because they weren’t available to your ISP. Further to that imagine if you the got hold of your new laptop after moving to your new ISp and found that you can’t run the software you want on it because the software has to be approved buy the hardware manufacturer in conjunction with the ISP.

This may sound like a really, really stupid situation considering the cost of laptops and the cost of an ISP for a year but it is a situation that we go through and deal with everyday, especially in the US. Not so much here in Europe, but especially in the US in terms of our cellphones.

Now, many cellphone handsets are just as expensive as an entry level laptop or low end laptop. You can pay 300, 400 dollars or more, 500 – 600 dollars for a handset sometimes and yet you can only use it with certain networks.

Here in Europe things are very, very different on that front. I can buy any handset I want (except an iPhone) and as long as I take a contract and get a SIM card, with the network that I want to be on, then I can put it on any network that I want to put it on. And I can move it from network to network just by changing the SIM card.

Now, you can buy a phone here discounted, because of your contract with the cellphone carrier which locks your phone to that cellphone carrier. However, when you finish your contract you are allowed unlock your phone and move it to any other network.

But, you know, that’s besides the point.

The point that I’m trying to make here is that cellphone handsets are expensive. We buy them they are our hardware, once we purchase them.

They have also become very, very central to our communications and they’ve become central to our productivity. They are  just as essential to our productivity in some cases as our laptops are. They allow us to do many of the same functions while we’re on the move and stay in contact. But why is it that while we wouldn’t put up with this behaviour from ISP’s we put up with it from cellphone manufacturers/carriers?

Cellphones cost approximately the same as an entry level laptop yet if somebody was to tell you that you can’t use your laptop with us because we only allow Apple or we only allow say, Dell PC’s on our ISP, you’d be in uproar. The whole place would be in war over it.

So again, why do we allow this to happen with our cellphone handsets?