GeekSpeak for 2009-03-21

Rich Internet Applications

Walt Schlender will be joining us to discuss Adobe Flash, Flex, Air, Microsoft Silverlight, and how they all fit together.

Walt is a Flex architect and entrepreneur living in Berkeley, CA. He’s been playing with Flash, ActionScript and Flex for the past 3 years. Half that time found him working on a software startup called Mousecloud that tried to connect people in real-time over the internet – currently he’s enjoying helping companies figure out how to build LARGE web applications – over the years he’s played with a lot of cool web technologies and loves talking about how they fit into the real world.

Sci Fi Channel Aims to Shed Geeky Image With New Name

The 16-year-old network—owned by NBC Universal—plans to announce that Syfy is its new name March 16 at its upfront presentation to advertisers in New York.

Pwn2Own Hackers exploit IE8, Firefox and Safari

At CanSecWest security conference recently, there was a Pwn2Own contest to demonstrate new exploits in popular Browsers on Mac and Windows. A fully patched Mac was the first to be compromised (in about 5 seconds) followed by IE8 and Firefox 3. Only Google’s Chrome browser was left standing.

WattzOn: Personalizing Energy Consumption

WattzOn is a free online tool to quantify, track, compare and understand the total amount of energy needed to support all of the facets of your lifestyle with the goal of helping you find ways to reduce your personal power consumption.

Australia's Web blacklist leaked - ACMA, internet content filter

The secretive Internet filter blacklist held by the communications watchdog ACMA has been leaked, revealing the government has understated the amount of banned Web pages by more than 1000.

Multiple legitimate businesses and Web sites have been banned including two bus companies, online poker sites, multiple Wikipedia entries, Google and Yahoo group pages, a dental surgery and a tour operator.

Sun In Talks To Be Acquired By IBM

Sun Microsystems soared in European trading after a report that it was in talks to be acquired by IBM. The Wall Street Journal, quoting “people familiar with the matter,” reported Wednesday that International Business Machines was in talks to buy the company for at least $6.5 billion in cash, a premium of more than 100 percent over the company’s closing share price Tuesday.


!Energy-Saving Tips

BuyMyTronics.com wants to buy your used, new and broken Electronics today! They offer a fast, simple, and eco-friendly way to get money for your device.
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TED Footprints is dynamic software that allows you to log your electricity usage on your PC for graphing, charting, seeing trends, load-profiling and much more! It gives you a more comprehensive look at your electricity usage; you can really ‘see’ where you may be wasting electricity (and money!)
http://www.theenergydetective.com/what/overview.html

WattzOn is an online survey that tells you how much extra energy your lifestyle consumes.
http://www.wattzon.com

EcoCell is the premiere cell phone recycling program for environmentally minded fundraisers. Our passion is to provide our conservation partners with the most profitable, easy to use and environmentally sound cell phone recycling program possible.

Fluid lets you create Site-Specific Browsers. Check it out!
http://www.fluidapp.com