WFN #21 – The Grab Bag Episode

Same3Guys Words from Nerds

Our first ever grab bag episode. Lots of tech stories to cover. And we now have a listener line. Give us a call at (877) 385-4WFN. We may use your call in an upcoming show!

The Passing of 3 Hollywood Legends

  • Google thought they were under a DDoS attack. It turned out to be an outpouring of searches for the late Michael Jackson.

NetFlix CEO on Blu-Ray

Blu-ray Adoption Soft

DVRs in the Cloud?

Lunar Recon Orbiter

  • Lunar Orbiter mapping the surface of the Moon.

New Telescope to Be Launched into Space

Windows 7 Pre-Orders dominate Amazon sales

  • People are taking advantage of temporary discounted pricing from Microsoft and are snapping up advance copies of Windows 7.

Microsoft Extends XP availability

  • The Windows OS manufacturer will sell XP on PCs through 2011.

Report: Sony considers adding phone to PSP

  • Sony giving thought to combining their PSP gaming device with the Ericsson phones to have an all-in-one device.

Toshiba 1GHz smartphone launched, runs Windows

  • 1GHz processor power in smartphones? Really? Toshiba is working on it. Wow!

Windows Mobile Marketplace

Google Voice

  • A really cool new offering from Google. Or is it? What’s your privacy worth to you?

HD-capable video camera included in the new iPhone

  • Apple’s iPhone 3GS can record HD images at 720p. But it doesn’t today. Why? Battery life might be the holdup.

Apple, other phone makers agree on standard charger for Europe

  • John called this one in an earlier podcast. Looks like they took the hint.

Pepcom Show Touts 720p Zune, New NVIDIA Toys, And Phones Galore

  • NVIDIA shows off the chip that will be inside the new Zune HD players.

35 years later, bar codes, and scanning, are everywhere

  • Has it been 35 years already? A milestone anniversary for the invention of the bar code scanner.

Say Goodbye to Kodachrome. No, not the song.

HP reincarnates calculators on iPhone, Windows

  • Remember these? Perhaps you still use one. If not, maybe you still want one. Well, now you can run them on Windows or iPhones.

Control your Apple TV from your iPhone/iPod Touch

  • They may call this a ‘hobby’. But Apple’s engineers continue to deliver cool functionality to the Apple TV.

Nerd Site of the Week

Movie Quote

  • (El Guapo) – “Would you say I have a plethora of pinatas?
  • (Jefe) – “A what?
  • (El Guapo) – “A *plethora*.”
  • (Jefe) – “Oh yes, you have a plethora.”
  • (El Guapo) – “Jefe, what is a plethora?”
  • (Jefe) – “Why, El Guapo?”
  • (El Guapo) – “Well, you told me I have a plethora. And I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is. I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has *no idea* what it means to have a plethora.”
  • – from Three Amigos, 1986

Other Links:

  • RedLaser iPhone app – $1.99 at the iPhone App Store. Lets you scan barcodes.