Computer Speaker Picks, iFixit DIY Repairs, Emergency Power: Solar vs. Generator, Can CyberClean's Blue Goo Stop Flu? Bargain CPUs For A New $500 PC from AMD and Intel, FCC Ramps Up Net Neutrality, pfSense: The Ultimate Free Firewall? Zune HD: It's awesome!
Welcome to Tekzilla... hands on reviews of the latest tech, and how to make the most out of the gear you already own! Veronica Belmont and Patrick Norton are your hosts.
FCC Gunning for Enforcable Net Neutrality
FCC Chairman Genachowski
dropped a new Net Neutrality Proposal
this week: two additional principals to govern Net Neutrality... and the intention of codifying all six principles into formal (and thus enforcable) rules. More discussion on the show, and expect a big reaction from Comcast and other ISPs!
$500 PC Buildup?
Patrick's looking at the AMD Athlon II X4 620 & 630 $99 Quad Core CPUs
and Intel's $65 E3300
(A Celeron with two cores? Cool!) and thinking it's time for a new $500 PC buildup. Watch the video to find out what other parts Patrick would use... you can get a lot of PC for way under $500!
CyberClean: Can Blue Goop Help Stop Swine Flu?
looks weird, but it can suck crud out of nooks and crannies (like the ones on your keyboard). It also claims to kill germs... we talk keyboards, flue season and what the CDC says about keeping your keyboard from spreading sickness! (We're gonna keep playing with the Quick 18 minute bacteria tests... they're really designed for testing water!)
Free Software: pfSense
One of our favorite ways to recycle an old PC is to turn it into a DIY firewall. We've run SmoothWall, IPCop, m0n0wall... but pfSense
is the one our cool guy networking friends claim is the best. Why? Watch the video and find out!
iFixit Tears Down the iPod Touch/iPhone for DIY Repair
Want to repair your iPod, iPhone or Apple notebook? iFixit.com
has amazing DIY guides
and stocks the parts you need to get your device up and running. CEO Kyle Wiens joins Veronica to talk DIY repair... and show off the gadget guts of an iPod Touch and and iPhone! They've got lots more teardowns
on the site too!
Website We Can't Get Enough Of: Hidetext
prevents crawlers for search engines and spammers to find your email address, or any other valuable information that you want to post on your website. How do they do it? Simple! By making an image file that shows the info, rather than actually printing it. They'll even host the file for you so you can drop iton forums or blog posts easily. Cool!
Emergency Power: Solar vs. Generator
A number of folks have asked about emergency power options for your tech... ie, what you can use when the main power goes out. Patrick talks about the charms of solar panels, their downside, calculating your load so you can choose the right sized generator and why you might be very happy picking up his pick for a generator, the Honda EU2000i
over an el cheapo models from the big box store! (Here's Loyd Case's story on goign solar for your whole house
Zune HD... Hands On!
"The coverage you gave the Zune HD
was little more then a blurb that it exists, you didn't even have a hands on to demonstrate it!" Not much we could do with it, Basham, since the Zune service wasn't up and running in time for last week's show... it is now, though! (Next time we'll wait to do the full eval!)
Computer Speaker Picks!
Great computer speakers for under $250? Veronica's got you covered, Matthew! Her faves include the Logitech's Z-2300
... find out the rest of her suggestions on the show. (Along with Patrick's favorite alternative to computer speakers!)
AIFF + Silence = Problem!
Dadditude is looking to automate some audio processing... adding .25 seconds of silence on the end of a group of AIFF files, then saving them out as OGG files. We're hoping the Tekzilla audience can help solve this problem by offering up a tool, script or hack, 'cause there's no actions for Audacity
. Email in your ideas to Tekzilla@Revision3.com please!
The Totally Rad Show
is getting a whole new look! Yes. your source for geek filled discussion of movies, video games, tv, comics and more has a new show open, new graphics, a new theme song... to make TRS with Alex, Jeff and Dan even MORE Rad. Don't miss the new chapter in the Totally Rad Show, starting this week! You can catch them every Tuesday at Totally Rad Show