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2008 Technology in Review

The geeks do the news and chat about the 2008 technology in review. Special guest [Dr. Dawn|http://www.jivamedia.com/askdrdawn/askdrdawn.php] joins the geeks for the first time to ask the geeks a question, which is a first for GeekSpeak! Typically, it’s the geeks asking Dr. Dawn the questions.

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Geeky Gifts and Geek News

The geeks share their gift ideas, cover the Week in Geek News, and take your calls.

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GeekSpeak Without a Safety Net (Lyle is on vacation)

Miles, Ryder, and Sean attempt to run the show without Lyle, who is on vacation this week. Join the geeks as they discuss the week in news and take calls.

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Free Cycle, Reuse Stuff

Free Cycle is a national non-profit which promotes the re-use of stuff by giving it away. Do you have something at your place that you don’t need, but someone else might want? Well try out FreeCycle, and off your stuff to people in your community.

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GeekSpeak Rick Rolled

Rick Astley rick rolls the New York Thanksgiving Parade and more GeekNews.

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Adaptive Computing

Computers are generally designed for the sighted user, but there are tools to enable almost anyone to use a computer. Learn about adaptive computing with Calais Ingel who runs the [Assistive Technology Lab|http://tinyurl.com/6p8r2n] at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California.

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SUVs on Mars

Ben’s Birthday, Miles gets into UCSC as a literature major and Sean and Lyle keep working hard.

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Tequila into Diamonds

The week in Geek News followed by your questions and comments about technology.

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Not Thumb Wrestling

John offers gear to the Geeks; Ben and Drew want the same items; A thumb wrestling match is proposed to settle the conflict; Drew leaves the state in fear. What do we do now?

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Steel Paper and Sticky X-Rays

John Tracy, Miles Elam and Sean Cleveland join host Lyle Troxell for a discussion of technology in the news.

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Apple's New Notebooks and ....

Apple’s new laptops are awesome! They’re also horrible. Contradiction? You decide.

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Making Computers More Power Efficient

[Climate Savers Computing Initiative|http://www.climatesaverscomputing.org/] is a nonprofit group of consumers, businesses and conservation organizations who hope to promote development, deployment and adoption of technologies that improve the efficiency and reduce the energy consumed by computers.

Erik Teetzel from Google will join the Geeks to talk about the amount of energy that will be saved, and the design and implementation of the technology that Climate Savers is recommending.

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Geek Your News

A full gaggle of Geeks come together for a technical peek at the GeekNews of the week.

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Bill Tancer 'Click: What Millions do Online and Why it Matters'

Are you fascinated by polls and survey data? As the Internet becomes more ingrained in our lives, from reading the news, to communicating through email and social networks, to transacting online, the byproduct of our aggregate movements provides an even deeper insight into who we are. Join the geeks as they welcome Bill Tancer to discuss his book [Click: What Millions of People do Online and Why it Matters|http://www.billtancer.com/] .

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Geeking With Computer Voice

This week we had some fun with Apple’s voice “Alex” reading some of the station business. We also covered a bunch of news and took some calls. This is one of those episodes where we focused on having fun and secondarily informed listeners.

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Terry Brooks, Genesis of Shannara Series

In our on-going GeekSpeak Science Fiction Author Series, we dive deep into fantasy with author Terry Brooks. Terry won instant acclaim with his New York Times bestseller The Sword of Shannara.

In his latest book, The Gypsy Morph, the world is in flux as the mortal realm yields to a magical one; as the champions of the Word and the Void clash for the last time to decide what will be and what must cease; and as, from the remnants of a doomed age, something altogether extraordinary rises.

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Almost Green, James Glave

Saving the planet is not an easy thing to do; [James Glave|http://glave.com/] did his part by making his eco-shed. And in his recently released book “Almost Green” James shows the lighter side of trying to be green in America.

We’ll chat about the technical difficulties and plain humor in Glace’s personal story.

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GeekNews and Calls - John's Here!

Critiques of Comcast internet service, magic reading wands, NASA cancer sniffers, and a memorial for Steve Jobs. These stories, your calls, and more on this episode of Geek Speak.

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Online Crime with Coreflood

Joe Stewart from [SecureWorks|http://www.secureworks.com/] chats with the Geeks about malware and online crime. [Joe’s report on Coreflood|http://www.secureworks.com/research/threats/coreflood-report/] shows how complicated and cleaver internet criminals have become.

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Olympic Technology

The Olympics experienced a blue screen of death, the fireworks show was partly computer-generated, and Speedo owns swimming. The Geeks discuss the changes in the Olympic Games since [the early days|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Olympic_Games] where all athletes competed in their birthday suits.

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Giant Virus and iWaste of Money

The Geeks take calls and cover the Week in Geek News covering a new giant virus, iPhone waste of money and much more.

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David Weber's 'By Schism Rent Asunder'

The Geeks welcome writer David Weber, author of the popular and bestselling Honor Harrington novels. Weber joins the geeks to discuss his latest novel ‘By Schism Rent Asunder’, the sequel to last year’s bestseller ‘Off Armageddon Reef’. These novels form a new series that sees a nearly destroyed humanity driven from home to a new colony, where they are forced to give up scientific inquiry, technology, and higher mathematics in an attempt to avoid detection by a an aggressive alien race known as the Gbaba. Weber is a master of science fiction, and has deftly handled future technologies and physics in the worlds and universes he creates. Rick Kleffel of [The Agony Column|http://www.trashotron.com/agony/] will also be in the studio.

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Charles Stross on Robots and Sci-Fi

Charles Stross’ most recent book “Saturn’s Children, a Space Opera” explores a human-lacking future society inhabited solely by emotionally complex robots. [Rick Kleffel|http://www.trashotron.com/agony/] invited Geeks Sean Cleveland and Lyle Troxell to chat with Charles Stross on KUSP’s [Talk of the Bay|http://www.kusp.org/shows/totb.html], and we thought it would make a great bonus-episode of GeekSpeak.

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Geek News & Questions from Listeners

The Geeks discuss poor Internet connectivity in rural areas, magic tricks helping user interface design, the latest Craigslist debacle, Googlepedia, and breaking the new iPhone 2.0. The geeks also take calls from listeners.

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The Ultimate CSS GeekSpeak

Tommy Olsson, co-Author of [The Ultimate CSS Reference|http://www.sitepoint.com/books/cssref1/] joins the Geeks to chat about web development. We will also cover the Week in Geek News and take your calls with questions and comments about technology.

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Jay Lake's 'Escapement' and 'Mainspring'

The Geeks speak with Jay Lake in the studio about his new book ‘Escapement’, the sequel to his hit ‘Mainspring’. These books envision a steampunk-esque alternative 19th century Earth complete with gears and a mainspring hidden at its center. You see, Lake’s universe is actually an enormous clockwork. The Geeks, joined by Rick Kleffel of The Agony Column, discuss this unique universe and the science behind it.

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William Gibson's 'Spook Country'

This episode of GeekSpeak is a re-airing of Tuesday June 10th’s episode of Talk of the Bay. Rick Kleffel hosted this discussion with William Gibson, Sean Cleveland and Lyle Troxell about Spook Country, William’s most recent book.

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Mars Ice and Portable Bikes

There are pictures of water ice on Mars, Ben has a new bike, breach notification laws are not so effective, and maybe we can stop telecom immunity.

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Kathleen Ann Goonan's 'In War Times'

The Geeks welcome Rick Kleffel to the show to discuss a handful of the latest science fiction books, including ‘In War Times’ by Kathleen Ann Goonan. Please read ‘In War Times’, and then call or email during the show to add to the discussion. Book recommendations will also be discussed.

Kathleen Ann Goonan’s ‘In War Times’ – A review of the book by Rick Kleffel

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Probing Space, Rootkits, and Supercomputers

NASA is launching a probe to the Sun and a satellite to probe the secrets of super-massive black holes outside our own galaxy. This and more including rootkit woes and supercomputers on this week’s episode of Geek Speak.

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Notary Public in a Notable Republic

The Geeks cover some news including: Firefox goes for world record, virtual strip searches, oil sucking nano paper and much more.

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Software Development Tools

[IDE|Integrated Development Environment]s allow quicker and easier development of applications, but how does one go about creating a good IDE? Guest David Intersimone from CodeGear will chat with the Geeks about making software for software development.

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Sound We Can't Hear and GeekNews

Stanford instructor and regular Geek Ben Jaffe informs us about ultrasound and infra-sound. And we all cover the Week in GeekNews.

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The Skeptics' Guide with Geeks

Steven Novella, host of [The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe|http://www.theskepticsguide.org/], joins the Geeks to talk about the importance of skeptical thought, the scientific method, and as an example the absurdity of Homeopathy. The Geeks also cover some GeekNews.

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Help Us Help You

Ben’s sweet infatuation with Earth, Paris privacy issues, the BBC hates knitters, to sonic-boom or not to sonic-boom, and other geek news items.

Also this episode the Geeks ask a lot of questions. “We just don’t know that much.”

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Toast 9, Burning on a Mac

Patrick Nugent product manager of Toast, a CD and DVD authoring and burning software package from Roxio will join special host Timothy Jordan and the Geeks to talk about CD and DVD creation on the Macintosh operating system.

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Maker Faire 2008

The third annual [Maker Faire|http://makerfaire.com/] is coming to the San Mateo County Fairgrounds. It was a [blast last year|http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/makerfaire/clusters/make-sanmateo-makemagazine/], and this one will be packed with even more. Dale Dougherty joins the Geeks to chat about Make Magazine, Craft Magazine and this wonderful faire.

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You Want My DNA To Do What?!

[DHS|Department of Homeland Security] and the finer points of neologisms like “fob,” today on Geek Speak with Ben, Miles, Alex, and Lyle.

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Tech News of the Week

GeekNews: NASA science website, 99$ Computer, College Board drops CS AP test, commercial free YouTube for politics, instant backup band, speed of hurricanes by sound, and even more news. Plus, the Geeks take calls with questions and comments about technology.

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Black Holes of Humor

Covering the Week in Geek News, the Geeks talk about speed trap detection, small and ultra small black holes, and Apple is the largest U.S. music retailer, and much more.

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The Geeks Get Skeptical

What do UFOs, Wi-Fi health concerns, and Firefox 4 have in common? The Geeks don’t think they exist. They’re fun to talk about though.

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Bridging the Digital Divide in Guatemala

Computers in the US are thrown away at an alarming rate while, in developing countries, there are not enough computers to go around. [Next Step Recycling|http://www.nextsteprecycling.org/] in Oregon is helping to change that by shipping containers full of usable computers to Guatemala where [Partners in Solidarity|http://www.partnersinsolidarity.com/] use sustainable methods to install them in schools. Reusing computers to help bridge the digital divide, on this episode of GeekSpeak.

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Pledge Drive Give Away

We will be asking for your pledges of gifts to KUSP because we know that KUSP is important to you, and, let’s face it, we need to pay the bills.

As a thank you we will be giving away gifts. During the hour of the show, just call in on the pledge line, 1 (888) 777-1507, and, even without a pledge, you can put your name in the hat for a free [USB|Universal Serial Bus] 2.0 DVD burner or an internal Blu-Ray player.

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Blu-Ray DVD Won!

Now that HD-DVD is dead, is it time to get a Blu-Ray player for you home, or for your computer? Find out with the Geeks during a detailed discussion with Robert DeMoulin from Sony Electronics.

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Ridesharing Social Application

[Yatrips|http://www.yatrips.com/] provides a way for people to easily find and offer car rides. The more people ride-share the more gas is saved and the less traffic on the roads. Learn about social applications and ride-sharing with the Geeks and the guys from Yatrips.

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Intensely Small

The worlds most intense laser, GeekSpeak nepotism, RIAA crack training, self healing rubber, and more Week in Geek news. Plus listener’s calls with questions and comments of technology all on this week’s episode of GeekSpeak.

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Blu-ray is Photographic

The Geeks cover iPhones in China, HD DVD and Blue-ray, changes to Bit Torrent and much more. Timothy Jordan leads the Geeks this week covering the news and answering lister’s calls.

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Arrows, Sunroofs, and Microsoft

The Geeks discuss a security expert standing on a tall building looking down at heavy traffic and seeing a vulnerability through a single car’s sunroof as a metaphor for the difficulty of spotting online computer vulnerabilities, and then talks about shooting virus arrows through the sunroof and how car companies should start making reinforced car roofs to combat them. Ah, just listen to the show. :) The geeks actually talk about more than this.

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Richard Stallman on Free Software

Richard Stallman from the [Free Software Foundation|http://www.fsf.org/] joins us to talk about the GNU/Linux operating system and his philosophies about software including [DRM|Digital Restrictions Management] and so-called “intellectual property.”

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Geeks In Your Home

The Geeks welcome [Jesse Wilkins|http://www.wilkinsconsulting.us/], a professional geek servicing the Central Coast of California. If you need a professional geek to help you out, Jesse is your man. The Geeks also discuss the week’s tech news and take your questions and comments on technology.

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There's Nothing in the Air

The Geeks discuss the week in tech news, including the further decline of HD DVD sales, the blackest black courtesy of new carbon nanotube material, an asteroid hitting Mars, a CIA report revealing the weaknesses of power grids to hackers, and commuting Hwy 17 by bus between Santa Cruz and San Jose with full connectivity. Also discussed are the benefits and the drawbacks of the new Apple MacBook Air notebook, with emphasis on the latter.

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Consumer Electronics Show 2008

The Geeks welcome Peter Sheerin, a technologist who traveled to CES in Las Vegas to attend one of the World’s largest consumer technology shows. Join the geeks as we discuss the next-generation displays and gadgets shown at this year’s show.

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News and Calls

A full set of geeks take calls and cover this week’s geek news.