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New Podcast

by MJackman In reply to Jackman's Blog

My latest TPG Podcast is up today <a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5138-6240-5800257.html?tag=search">here</a>. Or look for it in the media and download sections. Enjoy!

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New Podcast

by John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro In reply to New Podcast

Should be? What do you mean "Should be"?! It's up now! :)<br />
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Anyone wanting to hear the latest TechProGuild Podcast can <a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5138-6240-5800257.html">download it</a> from the TPG Download Center. <br />
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Great work Michael!<br />
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SPJ Award

by MJackman In reply to Jackman's Blog

By the way, I recently won a Louisville Society of Professional Journlists award for my column <em>Technicalities</em>, "An irreverent, ironic column exploring the bewildering effects of high-tech on our lives." Click <a href="http://www.mjfreelancer.com/writing/lesslethal.html">here</a> for one of my favorite columns.

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Billion dollar baby misnamed?

by MJackman In reply to Jackman's Blog

<p>Thanks to profits soaring into the billions, journalists refer to Microsoft as "the Software Giant." Don't you think it's time the company considered a name change. "Macro"soft anyone?</p>
<p>By the way, TPG Podcast 5 coming today...</p>
<p>Update 7/31/ - due a slight delay, the podcast will be up Monday.</p>

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Podcast 5 is up!

by MJackman In reply to Jackman's Blog

<p>You can tune to my latest TechProGuild podcast at <a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5138-6240-5813964.html">http://techrepublic.com.com/5138-6240-5813964.html</a>. Enjoy! </p>
<li>War of the Virtual Worlds - Microsoft's VirtualEarth.com et. al.
<li>Free Web services can spread malicious code, & other security news
<li>New multi-$billion tech projects in China & Israel
<li>Microsoft announces Windows Vista - lawsuits to follow?</li>

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Defcon hackers take on RFID, IE7 can't pass the test

by MJackman In reply to Jackman's Blog

<p>My TPG Podcast 6 is up - enjoy it at <a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5138-6355-5820525.html">http://techrepublic.com.com/5138-6355-5820525.html</a>.</p>
<p>This weeks topics:</p>
<ul>
<li>Which browsers will pass the Web consortiums "acid test" - (hint: IE7 won't)</li>
<li>Grokster Supreme Court decision spurs creation of impenetrable "darknets"</li>
<li>Hacksters at Defcon 2005 take on RFID chips, biometric devices</li>
<li>New core-compenent security flaw discovered in Win2K</li></ul>
<p>You can subscribe to the podcast using iTunes or your favorite podcast reader. Use <a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/i/tr/one_offs/tpgpodcast.xml">http://techrepublic.com.com/i/tr/one_offs/tpgpodcast.xml</a>.</p>
<p>Read more of my tech and other articles at <a href="http://www.mjfreelancer.com">www.mjfreelancer.com</a>.</p>
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New TPG Podcasts out: #7 & #8

by MJackman In reply to Jackman's Blog

<p>Two New TPG podcasts up since my last post - enjoy! Any topics you'd like me to cover, comments you'd like to make, please let me know.</p>
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<dt><a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/TechproguildPodcast?m=7"><font color="#000099">TechProGuild Podcast: Tracking lost notebooks, Linux, Firefox, and DNS Poisoning</font></a>
<dd>15 Aug 2005 11:02:00 PDT
<dd name="decodeable">In this installment of the TechProGuild Podcast, Commentator Michael Jackman covers new ways of trackng lost notebooks, new support coming to Linux and firefox, and security threats that can arise from DNS Poisoning. </dd></dl>
<dt><a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/TechproguildPodcast?m=1"><font color="#000099">TPG Podcast: IE7, File Sharing, and RFID Hacking</font></a>
<dd>05 Aug 2005 11:02:00 PDT
<dd name="decodeable">In this installment of the TechProGuild Podcast, Commentator Michael Jackman covers incompatibilities in Microsoft's upcoming Internet Explorer 7, news from DefCon, and a major problem unearthed with Windows 2000. </dd>

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What's with AOL customer service?/TPG Podcast 9 out

by MJackman In reply to Jackman's Blog

<p><strong>Latest TechProGuild Podcast (#9) AOL, Virtual Server, and Low Power CPUs</strong></p>
<p>In this podcast, I talk about the amazing news that AOL customer service reps were told not to let customers cancel their service. What's up with that? In the podcast you'll hear about the investigation and the results, but I have to say that I'm shocked to hear that bonuses encouraged the reps to do this . What's your reaction? Let me know.</p>
<p>Also in the podcast: upcoming plans for Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 & 2006, new Identity Theft ring discovered, and information about new low power CPUs on the horizon from Intel. </p>
<p>Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast through the feed (<a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/i/tr/one_offs/tpgpodcast.xml)">http://techrepublic.com.com/i/tr/one_offs/tpgpodcast.xml)</a></p>
<p>or click the download page directly: <a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5138-6355-5844061.html">http://techrepublic.com.com/5138-6355-5844061.html</a>?</p>
<p>By the way, the counters don't work properly. </p>
<p>And let me know what you want to hear more of on these podcasts. Thanks and take care!</p>
<p>- Michael Jackman</p>
<p>Writer, Writing Instructor (Indiana Univ. Southeast), <br />Morehead State Public Radio essayist and <br />TPG Podcast Commentator.</p>
<p>More info on me at <a href="http://www.mjfreelancer.com">www.mjfreelancer.com</a>.</p>

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Trying out a commentary

by MJackman In reply to Jackman's Blog

<p><img src="http://home.earthlink.net/~mjfreelancer/images/jackmanstudio.jpg" align="left" />Dear listeners:</p>
<p>This week I'm trying out something different - a commentary. The news headline that caught my attention was the Palm Treo smart-phone that is now going to be powered by Microsoft's mobile OS. What a change! It should be a huge disappointment to me, because I was once a gung-ho Palm OS supporter. But a strange kind of indifference set in when I heard the news. Was I suffering from Palm-ennui, or was it something more. I decided to explore my indifference in a commentary. You can catch it here in this week's podcast: <a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5138-6355-5888742.html?tag=search">http://techrepublic.com.com/5138-6355-5888742.html?tag=search</a>.</p>
<p>Let me know what you think (gulp - I always get nervous asking for feedback) and let me the answer to this question:</p>
<p>For your podcast do you prefer: </p>
<ol>
<li>"call-in" type interviews
<li>News headlines
<li>Commentary/Essay on tech subjects
<li>Other (explain)</li></ol>
<p>That's this week's poll. Enjoy the podcast and let me hear from you. And as always, thanks for listening.</p>
<p>Best,</p>
<p>- Michael Jackman</p>
<p>P.S. - I'm also a Morehead State Public Radio essayist/commentator. You can read more about that on <a href="http://www.mjfreelancer.com/">www.mjfreelancer.com</a>. </p>

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Palm goes Windows Mobile, & Why I don't care

by MJackman In reply to Jackman's Blog

<p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times new roman" size="3">by Michael Jackman</font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times new roman" size="3">TechProGuild Podcast, Oct 3, 2005--Palm, maker of the Treo phone-slash-personal digital assistant, and Microsoft, maker of nearly everything else, are teaming up. Thanks to the deal, the Treo smart phone will no longer run on the Palm operating system. Instead<span>  </span>the hardware will interface you with your unmanageable, hectic lives using Microsoft's mobile operating system. </font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font face="Times new roman" size="3">Strange news indeed, because the Palm OS once ruled supreme over the empire of handheld devices. </font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font face="Times new roman" size="3">How did this amazing switch come about? And more importantly, why do I no longer care?</font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font face="Times new roman" size="3">Let's start with this strange news. Because, like most of the mostly male fans of Palm's expensive and skittish thoroughbreds, I too was once a high-tech cowboy just a-longin' to own the latest breed. </font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font face="Times new roman" size="3">And I too used to panic when my trusty Palm died like an overridden mare. Which it did often, usually in an airport. But despite frequent repairs, upgrades and replacements, for years I remained a dedicated fan. In one form or another my trusty plastic efficiency expert and I rode the ranges from <st1:city w:st="on">Louisville</st1:city>, <st1:state w:st="on">Ky.</st1:state> across the <st1:country-region w:st="on">United States</st1:country-region> and even to the top of Mt. Kala Patar in <st1:country-region w:st="on">Nepal</st1:country-region>'s <st1:place w:st="on">Himalayas</st1:place>. From trade show to executive lunch to mountain top, that small gray slab led me to appointments, delivered e-mails like the pony express, and even, thanks to a snap-in weather laboratory, whinnied to warn me of approaching storms at 18,400 feet.</font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Yes, once I considered Palm and the upstart Palm OS to be indispensable. And I guffawed at Microsoft's audacity to challenge Palm's lean and elegant OS with its bloated donkey called WinCE. The one techies nicknamed "wince."<span>  </span></font></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font face="Times new roman" size="3">But now and Palm and Microsoft are interbreeding. Michael Singer, writing in a recent CNET News article, blames the Treo Phone/Mobile OS hybrid on five years of strategic blunders from Palm, including the failure of it execs to foresee the "convergence" of cellular phones and PDAs. </font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font face="Times new roman" size="3">But when Palm's reigns finally slipped through my fingers, it wasn't due to any strategic stumble. </font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font face="Times new roman" size="3">As I speak, two Palm devices are stabled in a desk drawer. And I have no interest in saddling them up. Why? Because I began to see a Palm hanging from my belt as, not a high-tech portable assistant, but as high-tech portable Jewish mother. Nagging me all the time, saying "When are you going to call so and so?" Guilting me into improving my career, networking, beaming contacts and arranging lunches with everyone in range, creating endless impossible ToDos. Frankly, they were getting on my nerves. </font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font face="Times new roman" size="3">As for interbreeding a PDA with a cell phone: my favorite mode of cellular operation is the one opposite from "on." And fashion has changed, too. It's now dorky to hang your IT beer gut over a slab of plastic. That is, unless it comes with a white ear bud.</font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font face="Times new roman" size="3">No, Mr. Singer, Palm didn't make five strategic mistakes. It made one: the trusty gray mare turned into an galloping nightmare. </font></p>

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