GeekSpeak for 2006-04-29

GeekNews and You

The Geeks cover some news (Tech Law, SketchUp free, Digital Festival, USB Drives, Wii, Seagate 750GB, Apple camera-display) and take calls with questions and comments about technology.


! Dedication

This show is dedicated to [Dale Scofield|http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2006/April/22/obit/obit.htm] who passed away last week. Working for [Inovonics|http://www.inovon.com] I cut my teeth on electronic production and testing and I also met Dale, who helped teach me to understand people better and to respect diverse opinions. I’ll miss you Dale. – Lyle

! Geek News

A lot of Geek News this show with a lot of great resources.

!! Tech Law

The following bills and/or proposals are making their way through Congress.

!!! ISP Auditing (Snooping)

[Some commentary by C-net|http://news.com.com/Congress+may+consider+mandatory+ISP+snooping/2100-1028_3-6066608.html?tag=nefd.top] with links to the actual bill.

!!! Banning MP3 streaming

Read about the [PERFORM Act|http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/004587.php] from the [EFF|Electronic Freedom Foundation].

!!! Extensions to the DMCA

A possible successor to the [DMCA|Digital Millenium Copyright Act], read the [commentary by C-net|http://news.com.com/Congress+readies+new+digital+copyright+bill/2100-1028_3-6064016.html?tag=nefd.top].

!! 3-D for Free

[SketchUp|http://www.sketchup.com/], recently purchased by [Google|http://www.google.com], just relased a free version of it’s yummy 3-D editing program: http://sketchup.google.com/. For Windows only at this point.

!! Digial Arts Festival

Lyle’s day job is with the MFA program [Digital Arts and New Media|http://digitalarts.ucsc.edu] at [UCSC|http://www.ucsc.edu]. Together with Porter Collage, [DANM|Ditial Arts and New Media] is hosting a [Digital Arts Festival|http://danm.ucsc.edu/web/festival] at the Santa Cruz [MAH|Musium or Art and History] and on UCSC campus.

!! Hard Drives Through USB

Looking for external storage to connect to your system via USB 2.0? The [Addonics JBOD USB 2.0 adapter|http://www.addonics.com/products/io/ad4ideu2.asp] might work for you.

There are of course a [very, very wide variety of drive enclosures available|http://www.newegg.com/ProductSort/SubCategory.asp?SubCategory=1-92]. Don’t forget to read the customer commentaries to find the solution that works best for you.

!! New Name for Nintendo Revolution

The Revolution is now called [the Wii|http://news.com.com/Nintendo+Revolution+renamed+Wii/2100-1043_3-6065801.html].

!! Size Matters

Seagate has upped the storage ante with their new [750GB offering|http://news.com.com/Seagate+boosts+drives+to+750GB/2100-1041_3-6065030.html].

!! What You See Can See You Too

Apple patents a new [camera in display technology|http://www.dailytech.com/Article.aspx?newsid=2000]