This Week in Tech

Sep 4th 2005

This Week in Tech 21

Episode 21 Taped Before a Live Audience

Live from the Apple Store in downtown San Francisco.
Records live every Sunday at 6:00pm Eastern / 3:00pm Pacific / 22:00 UTC.
  • Creative accuses Apple's iPod of patent violation.
  • What's the big Apple announcement Wednesday? Looks like an itunes phone, but is there more?
  • Creative ships the Neeon MP3 player with a Windows worm.
  • Is Creative #2 in the MP3 player market? They want 40% of the market by the end of 2005, but they're losing money right now.
  • Google boycott of cnet reaches week six.
  • Free Linspire at least till Sept. 6th. That might be more interesting news if there weren't already better free versions like Debian, Gentoo, etc.
  • Roger McGuinn brought us the Samson C01U USB Mic - it's just $80 and perfect for podcasting (or recording).
  • Roger's owns his own record company now... which means he actually makes money instead of the record companies.
  • Apple kills the Mac mini test drive in one day. Why?
  • Textamerica is offering a way for cell phone users in the wake of Katrina to tell loved ones they're ok.
  • We were mesmerized by the Katrina blog from Output Crystal.
  • Katrina: how is WiMAX going to work if there's no electricity?
  • The Associated Press is offering Internet access to a satellite image that covers most of New Orleans, detailed enough that viewers can zoom in to check on particular neighborhoods and streets.
  • Scott from Reseller Rattings is offering matching donations to Katrina to the Red Cross up to $10,000
  • Arlo Rose from Konfabulator joins us. It's now free from Yahoo!
  • Alex Lindsay from DV Garage and the Pixel Corps announced MacBreak the new IPTV show he's doing with Leo.
  • Who isn't? Kevin has systm (taping today's show, by the way).
  • And Patrick's doing a weekly IPTV show for Ziff-Davis. Episode 4 goes out LIVE 9PM EST September 6th... available for download in WMV that night, in other formats Wednesday. (Woohoo!)
  • Patrick holds up the $3 telephone VOiP headset Leo likes so much...
  • McGuinn plays the HD-7 - a seven string Martin he designed. Acoustic Guitar magazine is giving one away.
  • Listener Questions:
  • What's our biz model?
  • How do we create RSS feeds? Kevin's doing his in house... Feedburner does a good job of turning blogs into podcasts. Leo uses (and loves) Feeder. Jon of the Jon Hammond show uses .Mac and Rapid Weaver.
  • Why did Yahoo! go w/ $1.99 to host domains? It costs at least $4.00 to do the work w/ InterNIC... We think it's a loss leader to get you to buy other Yahoo! webhosting products.
  • Where is the PowerPC going after Apple? John says it's dead.
  • Gentoo Developer Chris notes crazy patents like the Tarzan yell and swing.
  • Ashley... thanks for the Doin' The TWiT theme!!!
  • Live next week at Noonan's in Larkspur Landing, CA.