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I finally started a Podcast.

Posted by David on December 12, 2006

Not very long ago I heard about a service called TalkShoe. After a little while I listened to a recording done with TalkShoe and was impressed enough to want to try it out.

What is TalkShoe? It’s a free podcasting service which sets up a conference room which you call into and other can join in on as well. It’s a long distance call for most people unfortunately but I use either Skype or a cell phone which both currently give me free long distance within the US and Canada. Using the downloadable client a show host can unmute new callers so they can participate on the show and be recorded, and anyone who has joined the show using the client can see and type their own chat messages.

Something I found to be extremely nice about TalkShoe is their easy way to monetize your efforts. You make money off of your podcasts depending on how many listeners you get, so far I’ve created one show and already I have a few bucks on there. So I’ve got more incentive to create more and I will be soon. Right now I’m working on show-notes which will also serve as my guide throughout the recording, and I may have one or more small interviews lined up. I may take on a partner as another host and I definitely hope to enlist more staff if the income increases enough.

Check out the description of the show “Programming Programming” on the TalkShoe website and give it a listen, that’s the one I created. You can listen right on the page or download the mp3. Also if you tune in while a show is being recorded you can participate with your phone or by downloading the client, either way you’ll be able to listen in. In any case you can stream the show live right from the website without having to download the client.

If you want to call in the number is (724) 444-7444 and the Talkcast ID is 6846 but you will need a PIN from TalkShoe to get in. More info later!


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Microsoft Windows PowerShell RC1.

Posted by David on July 2, 2006

This is old news I’m sure (well a couple of months old at least) but I just ran across it by chance and had to publish a link and some advice.

If you’re using Windows and want to control your computer easier and faster I highly recommend taking a look at Microsoft’s Windows PowerShell. You may have already heard of it by one of it’s many titles; Monad, Microsoft Shell, or MSH. If you want to know what it’s all about I recommend checking out the Wikipedia’s Windows PowerShell article.

I just installed it (after installing the required .NET 2) and haven’t learned anything about it with exception to the video I watched on Channel 9 which showed a demonstration of some of the abilities it had at the time. That video was enough to keep the name Monad in my head and keep me eagerly awaiting a chance to try it first hand. That chance has come and I’m taking it with the RC1 released 5/5/06 on an XP machine. I’d like to mention that I don’t have any subscription to Microsoft other than a standard Hotmail account so anyone can easily check it out.

Hopefully that’s news to someone, otherwise this is just another woot for another cool tool.

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Some Christmas Chicken Humor.

Posted by David on December 30, 2005

http://www.savagechickens.com/blog/2005/12/christmas-carol.html – These comics are great, a must subscribe for any clean tech comic lover.

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Thank You for Upgrading.

Posted by David on December 18, 2005

Hello all, thanks for visiting Upgrade and reading our obligatory first post. My name is David, and as the sole author, editor, and administrator at this time I will be introducing you to this blog, and bringing you up to speed with today’s technology. As a technology hobbyist it is my privilege to familiarize my family and friends with new and upcoming technology products and services especially when it can improve their quality of life. This blog will be my publishing house for the information I wish to share with these and any other people who wish to take part in receiving and inquiring about such things.

“Why use a blog to keep people updated?” – That is exactly the question you should be asking right now, especially if you haven’t had previous experience with blogs before, and I would love to point out the many great benefits that publishing information in a blog has over using word of mouth, email, or even other publishing systems.

  • RSS (really simple syndication) – RSS gives readers a way to easily collect articles in their own reader without using a web browser. A good blog has RSS, and a good blogging service offers RSS by default.
  • Archival – Everything you put into your journal stays there, and that means you can read it a gain at a later date, which for humans, a species which normally can’t remember every detail of something that happened a decade, century, year, month, week, day, hour, or even minute ago, having a record that you can reference from later is very handy and in some cases important.
  • Distribution – Compared to word of mouth using a news system is infinitely better, in that each time something happens each person needs to be told. If we multiply the number of people that need to be informed by the number of events which happen in our lives, you can see how obviously much of our time is going into repeating information.
  • Formatting – Like a word processor document, a blog entry can be made up of formatted text often using HTML or CSS.

As a gift for reading this first post, I would like to present you with two services which I just recently got acquainted with; LogMeIn and Hamachi. LogMeIn and Hamachi are both free services (or more accurately have free versions of their service) which I ran into on my quest for the holy grail of secure WAN connectivity. I got both pieces of information from a security podcast (apparently a very good one as I have pulled 3 very valuable pieces of information from just a small handful of their podcasts) called Security Now! with Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson, if you don’t listen to it already please do. LogMeIn is a service which allows you to remotely control a Windows PC using ActiveX, Java, or HTML over HTTPS, and Hamachi is a TCP UDP wrapper which allows you to set up virtual networks which easily traverse NAT firewalls, which you could use for remote desktop control, file sharing, or anything else you would do over such a network. Each of the services use 256 bit encryption so your information is kept safe, and because they use SSH (port 2073) you don’t have to configure your firewall as long as it let’s 2073 pass (which most do because it is reserved for such encrypted traffic) probably best described on their website or by Steve Gibson on their corresponding web sites.

For those of you who aren’t interested in remote administration or vitual secured networks, perhaps you would be interested in starting a blog, collecting your RSS feeds, 2GB of email storage, sharing photos, sharing videos, contributing to or reading from an open source encyclopedia, free eBooks, a tag based bookmark service, or just some ordinary fun.

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