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DECEMBER Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
December 31 A re-broadcast of three interviews. The first is with the author of a Lego robotics book, the second is with the CEO of Craigs list and the third is with M. David Stone on printers.
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December 24 A re-broadcast of two interviews. The first is with Richard Stallman the man behind GNU an integral part of Linux. The second is with Robin Raskin on how kids use the Internet. Joe, Hank, Alfred, Michael 24K
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December 17 Microsoft today released a fix for a critical bug in Internet Explorer. Firefox also just had fixes released as did Mac OS X. An Apple patch is causing more problems than it fixes. A Microsoft patch to Internet Explorer also caused grief for people. Best Buy profits are down by 77%. Free codecs for Windows Media Player. Market share in Netbooks. Fund raising. We have a new premium, a password reset CD. No listener phone calls. Joe, Hank 24K
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December 10 Bailouts. The first annual Free Shipping Day. It now costs more to buy a new computer with Vista and downgrade it to XP, something that many people are doing. Joe bought a Vista computer. Lenovo teamed up with Phoenix to add remote disabling to stolen laptops. Fund raising. We have a new premium, a password reset CD. No listener phone calls. Joe, Hank 24K
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December 3 Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer ordered to testify in a class action lawsuit over Vista Capable. The topic was Dragon Naturally Speaking. Guests were Peter Mahoney VP and General Manager of Nuance Communicatios Desktop Dictation unit and Ross Greenberg (one of the original members of the Personal Computer Show. Listener phone calls. Joe, Hank 24K
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NOVEMBER Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
November 26 A survey said people will buy a lot of electronics on black Friday. Smaller flat panel TVs are more popular now bfads.net has ads. A substitute teacher in Connecticut was unjustly accused installing porno pop-up ads on a computer maintained by the school. She was wrongly convicted. There seems to be no lack of incompetance in the state of Connecticut. Forunately she was exonerated. Opera mini is now available on smart phones. There's a new version of Apple's Safari browser. Joe reviewed a bluetooth headset. Microsoft patched a bug that they have know about for 7 years. Atlantic Records now gets more than half their revenue from downloaded music. Listener phone calls. Joe, Hank 24K
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November 19 PC Magazine will no longer be published in hard copy. In July 2009 Microsoft plans to release another free antispyware product. Intel released a new CPU. The lawsuit against Microsoft regarding computers being "Vista ready" is revealing interesting emails. Alfred explains some techie stuff about HDTVs. Listener phone calls. Hank, Alfred 24K
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November 12 Circuit City filed for Chapter 11 and will continue operating, for now. Bfads.net alraedy has some Black Friday ads. Is Asus really phasing out their Netbook computers with the smallest screens, 7 and 9 inch screens? Price fixing on LCD panels. IBEC hired IBM to deliver the Internet over electric power lines in rural areas. Panasonic is considering buying Sanyo. Hank had problems getting Windows XP drivers for an HP laptop after downgrading it from Vista to XP. AMD is laying off 25% of their staff. Listener phone calls. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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November 5 There was another recall of Sony batteries for laptop computers. Digital Railroad, a site for professional photographers, went out of business. No more 7 and 9 inch Asus Netbooks will be sold. Windows XP can only be sold on Netbooks with a maximum screen size of 10 inches. Circuit City is closing 20% of their stores.More ISPs are testing limits on download bandwidth. Steve Bass is now at techbite.com. Vista Basic can emulate the Aero glass interface if you know where to zap the registry.For downloading YouTube videos, Hank likes the free YouTube Downloader Converter from Eusing.com. Alfred prefers a competing free program from Real. Listener phone calls. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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OCTOBER Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
October 29 Google book scanning lawsuit settled. No more hard copies of the Christian Science Monitor. Netbooks are selling well. An interview with Jonathan Daudelin co-author of FIRST LEGO League - The Unofficial Guide. Listener phone calls. Hank, Alfred 24K
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October 22 Microsoft, yet again, extended the life of Windows XP Professional. XP is fighting Microsoft's battle against Linux on Netbook computers. Apple has patented the look and feel of OS X. Open Office version 3 was released: it can read the new file formats from Office 2007 and can output PDF files. Open Office runs on Linux, Windows and Macs. What to do if you install XP or Vista and find you don't have drivers. Hank bought an MSI Wind barebones machine at Newegg. It comes with an Intel Atom processor and is very small and quiet. He loved it. Our guests were photography experts Sally Grotta and Daniel Grotta who have their own show was WS Radio. They discussed the new Panasonic G1 camera which offers the first major revolution in SLR cameras in over 50 years. Joe, Hank 24K
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October 15 No show, we were pre-empted for coverage of the presidential debate.    
October 8 Building your own barebones computer system. Kathy Davis. Listener questions. Fund raising, offering the same premiums as before. Hank 24K
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October 1 Dell is trying to trademark "cloud computing". Real Networks is getting sued over their DVD copying software. Verizon's rollout of FIOS faces problems. Panasonic says the Intel Atom processor is too slow for Vista so they won't use it in their computers. Should you install Windows XP SP3? See Michael's take. Hank found a free duplicate file finder program that he liked. Joe discussed an undelete program from Diskeeper. Flyakite OSX by Greg Kite is a program that makes Windows XP look like Mac OS X Tiger. HP is laying off thousands. HDTune runs speed tests on USB flash drives. Fund raising. We offered the same premiums as the prior 3 weeks of fund raising, a DVD Toolkit with many free programs for $55 and Gold Card technical support for a year from the guys on the show. Also, Gold Cards come with a bonus CD that can be used to change the Windows password. Joe, Hank 24K
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SEPTEMBER Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
September 24 Apple released bug fixes. Review of the bluetooth Jawbone earset. Review of scan cafe, a service that for 24 cents per negative will scan film negatives. Digital picture frames. Fund raising including a bonus CD to change the Windows password. Joe, Hank 24K
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September 17 Iolo System Mechanic. News of the week. Fund raising. No listener phone calls. Joe, Hank 24K
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September 10 United Airlines stock nosedived on very old news. Comcast is capping bandwidth. Verizon's data network now reports connectivity by street. Installing Windows XP onto a USB flash drive. Chrome web browser. New patches from Microsoft. Wireless microphone problems. Fund raising. No listener phone calls. Joe, Hank 24K
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September 3 No show this week. N/A
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AUGUST Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
August 27 No show this week. N/A
August 20

The first generation of Apple Nanos had an overheating problem. The MIT students can now talk about hacking the Boston subway system. A survey found that one third of new computers that sold with Vista were downgraded to XP. People are buying smaller TV sets. Hank discussed System Mechanic version 8 from Iolo. Alfred discussed a book called Slide:ology about creating great presentations. The next weeks the show is pre-empted on the air for coverage of the political conventions. Listener phone calls.

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August 13

An update on color laser printers from last weeks show. Yesterday was patch Tuesday with many fixes to critical bugs in Windows, Office and other Microsoft software. Windows Media Player 11 is buggy and was not fixed. The new Latitude E6400 laptop can run for 10 hours on a single battery charge and you can an external battery that clips onto the bottom and powers the machine for another 9 hours. There were a number of recent cloud computing failures such as the closing of The LinkUp and a Gmail outage. Is it legal to report on security problems with the fare cards for the Boston subway system? No Bossie awards coverage. Listener phone calls.

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August 6

All about printers. Special guest M. David Stone discussed how to figure what they really cost, which costs less, ink jet or laser and much more including how to choose between price, technology, and performance when it comes to picking a printer for your computer. Stories in the news. Listener phone calls.

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JULY Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
July 30

This was a fund raising show, there were no caller questions. Great space photos are available at nasaimages.org. Yahoo music online store is shutting down and taking some of its DRM with it. About the current DNS flaw on the Internet. Assorted other stories, ripped from the headlines. A review of some of the software on our DVD toolkit, a collection of free software we offer as a membership premium.

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July 23

This was a fund raising show, there were no caller questions. A problem installing software on Windows Vista. Sandisk is losing money as the price of flash ram falls so they are expected to temporarily close a factory to limit supply and stabilize prices. A new scam email message purports to be from UPS. Andrew Cuomo is after Comcast to block 88 Usenet newsgroups that have carried child porn. eBay will make the identity of counterfeiters available to the legitimates manufacturers.

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July 16

Alfred will be on Fox Business news network discussing How to buy an HDTV. Centrino 2 is a marketing ploy. Two more ISPs will block newsgroups. A new fast computer from IBM. Is it time yet to install Windows XP SP3? Price drop on the Asus 900 Eee PC. ZoneAlarm knocked Windows XP users offline, there is a fix from vendor. eBay is changing their business model, they signed a new agreement with buy.com. The MagicJack terms of service. Who is responsible for fakes being sold on eBay?

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July 9

Kodak released a new camera sensor. Microsoft will provide bug fixes for Windows XP until 2014. Microsoft started renting Office for $70/year. Heat problems with nVidia graphics processors. Joe reviewed Magic Jack, a USB thumb drive that does VOIP for cheap. Joe reviewed the Amazon Kindle. If you use ZoneAlarm and installed bug fixes from Microsoft yesterday, you may no longer be able to get online.

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July 2

To be a computer technician in Texas you have to be a licensed private investigator. Intel is not going to install Vista on the computers of their 80,000 employees. Microsoft has to change their business model. There is a big demand for the desktop Atom CPU from Intel. Rhapsody, a download music site, will now sell non-copy protected MP3s. Prices of flash ram memory. Huge patch day yesterday for OS X Leopard. The 50 ways to still get Windows XP. Windows Vista turns off some features if your computer doesn't have enough horsepower. The difference between backing up and synching.

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JUNE Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
June 25

A Vizio 32-inch plasma TV that sells for under $600. More on Verizon blocking usenet. A proposed FCC rule change. The Atom CPU was just released in laptop and desktop versions. Gartner estimates 35 million PCs will end up in landfills this year. We discussed re-cycling. Hank saw a new high end Toshiba laptop that's very fast because it has lots of processors. A new Sony 32 inch Bravio TV uses less power and LED backlights. Plasma TVs look great in a darker environment, not so much in a bright room. Alfred wouldn't buy a plasma TV for his own use due to noise in the image. Alfred prefers HDMI connectors for HDTVs.

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June 18

The first GA version of Wine was just released, it lets you run Windows applications on Linux or the Mac OSX without Windows and without VMs. AMD will release a new CPU to compete with the Intel Atom. IBM's version of Open Office, called Symphony, just came out of beta. We finally know why so many Xbox 360s died - bad heat dissipation from the graphics chip. Sharper Image gift certificates. Despite the popular videos, you can not cook popcorn with the radiation from four cellphones. More about Verizon blocking usenet newsgroups. David Perry from Trend Micro discussed why the company no longer submits their product to the VB100 anti-virus test.

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June 11

LG sued Quanta. Apple announced a new version of OS X, v10.6 that will run only on Intel CPUs and adds support for Microsoft Exchange. There is a new iPhone coming in July. The Sharper Image is closing all of its stores, use your gift cards now. Three ISPs will block child porn. We interviewed Kathy Davis of WBAI about audio editing using Adobe Audition. Windows XP SP3 changed the meaning of the "date modified" field for a folder.

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June 4

No more fund raising, this was a normal show. Newegg and Amazon are charging tax to NY state residends as of June 1st. A couple cable companies are testing charging based on the amount of data downloaded every month. Download a lot, pay more. Sandisk will release new SSDs for ultra cheap laptops. The new Netflix set-top box.

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MAY Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
May 28

This was a fund raising show. To donate to WBAI go to wbai.org/donate. As usual, we offered a Gold Card for one year of tech support for $150. We also offered a DVD toolkit - with lots of our favorite software for $55. We discussed the software on the DVD as well as a document by Hank about troubleshooting a computer. No listener phone calls.

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May 21

This was a fund raising show. To donate to WBAI go to wbai.org/donate. As usual, we offered a Gold Card for one year of tech support for $150. We also offered a DVD toolkit - with lots of our favorite software for $55. Much of the show was discussing the software on the DVD. Also on the DVD is Hank's guide to troubleshooting computer problems. It's a decision table. Joe installed Windows XP SP3 on a number of machines and had problems on one of them, so many problems that he suggested waiting before installing SP3. No listener phone calls.

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May 14

At laplink.com on May 15th they will be giving away free copies of PC Mover and other commercial software will be drastically reduced. Beware of computer-to-computer WiFi networks. HP tech support was rated poor by Consumer Reports. Microsoft offers free tech support for problems with XP SP3. This was a fund raising show. To donate to WBAI go to wbai.org/donate. As usual, we offered a Gold Card for one year of tech support for $150. We also offered a DVD toolkit - with lots of our favorite software for $55. No listener phone calls.

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May 7

Our guest was Paul Eng, Senior Web Editor for Consumer Reports who was here to discuss the recent survey, in the just-released June issue of the magazine, on technical support and computer repairs. This was a fund raising show. To donate to WBAI go to wbai.org/donate. As usual, we offered a Gold Card for one year of tech support for $150. We also offered a DVD toolkit - with lots of our favorite software for $55. No listener phone calls.

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APRIL Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
April 30

A lawsuit about solid state hard disks. Can you really get Windows XP on the new HP min-note laptops? Michael suggests waiting before installing Windows XP Service Pack 3. Affiliate marketing. Paying taxes in New York on Internet purchases. Lenovo introduced a new ulta-small laptop. No listener phone calls.

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April 23

Our guest was David Perry of Trend Micro. Alfred was in the New York Times discussing HDTVs, so we discussed them a bit too. Skype lets you call overseas for a flat $10/month. Mac users may get access to a virtual clone for cheap. David warned that online banking in the US is not nearly as secure as in other countries. Listener phone calls.

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April 16

Just us talking. We were pre-empted over the air, but recorded this new show anyway. No listener phone calls, no guest.

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April 9

Our guest was Dale Dougherty, Editor and Publisher of MAKE Magazine.

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April 2

The Torrentspy search engine shut down. A Macbook laptop was hacked easier than Windows Vista or Linux. Sony BMG in France got caught using lots of stolen software. Apple is being sued for mis-representing the technical specs of a 20 inch monitor. Dell is closing a plant in Texas. Finding the free ZoneAlarm firewall. The NLite and VLite programs help lower the disk space used by Windows. What will Microsoft do about low-cost laptops that now run Linux?

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MARCH Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
March 26

Many laptop computers may go begging for a battery due to a fire at a plant owned by LG Chem. Some problems with Windows XP SP3 and Vista SP1. Our guest was Jim Buckmaster, CEO at craigslist.org. The show format was a bit unusual, we took phone calls for most of the show, but only calls about craigslist.

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March 19

There is very dangerous Spyware in digital picture frames. Hank reviewed Windows XP Service Pack 3, he liked it. Alfred reviewed a thing that does TV on a USB flash drive. Officialy called the PCTV HD Ultimate Stick, it offers both a digital and analog TV tuner, includes software to make your computer a Tivo and video editing software. Alfred also discussed the Logitech G15 gaming keyboard, which is not just for gamers. Alfred loved the extra function keys that can be programmed like macros. He finds it a tremendous productivity booster. Help us design an official T-shirt for the show. Arthur C. Clarke passed away.

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March 12

Ziff Davis media, owner of PC Magazine filed for Chapter 11 bankrupcy. The New York Times had a scalding article that described the bigest of bigshots at Microsoft at their bad experiences with Vista. Two big dangers on the Internet are auction fraud and identity theft. You can file your taxes for free online if you grossed under $50,000 but be careful doing so. Beware of malicious emails bearing Hallmark eGreetings cards. GoBack can be purchased for $30 but only as part of Norton SystemWorks. The $360 laptop running Windows Vista basic. Joe reviewed Turbo Type and liked it. Alfred reviewed the Sony eBook Reader.

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March 5

Intel is working on new processors called Atom that consume less power. The very few people that buy Vista at retail are getting a price cut. No more Sony Trinitron TVs. Zapping the firmware on a router. Free SteadyState software for Windows XP from Microsoft can be used to roll back changes to the C disk. Michael's Lenovo gripes.

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FEBRUARY Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
February 27

Both Hotmail and Yahoo mail suffered outages. A bug fix for Windows Vista created a bug rather than fix one - the system constantly re-boots. Microsoft is fined $1.5 billion. The Air Force is developing a big brother computer system. We discussed some of our favorite software programs that are included in our Toolkit CD premium. You can donate to WBAI at any time at wbai.org. Our membership premiums are also available there.

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February 20

HD will NOT be the dominant format for High Definition DVDs. Who is affected by the upcoming elimination of analog over the air broadcasts. Hank reviewed the Cradlepoint WiFi router that supports three inputs; Evdo, wired Ethernet and some 3G cellphones. All your computer stuff can be examined or seized when crossing a border into the U.S. Microsoft is giving away all their development software to college students. This includes Windows 2003 server. See channel8.msdn.com for more.

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February 13

Membership drive. You can donate to WBAI by check or at WBAI.org. Donations at WBAI.org can be of any amount to the station or you can donate either $25 or $55 to your favorite show. Our Gold Card for technical support can also be purchased at wbai.org at any time.

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February 6

Membership drive. You can donate to WBAI by check or at WBAI.org. Donations at WBAI.org can be of any amount to the station or you can donate either $25 or $55 to your favorite show. This new feature just went live today. Our Gold Card for technical support can also be purchased at wbai.org at any time.

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JANUARY Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
January 30

Reviews of the XO laptop from One Laptop Per Child and Pinnacle PC2TV (somewhat like Slingbox). A broken underground cable caused large disruptions in Internet access in Egypt and India. Bargains in rear projection TVs. A new 35mm CMOS image sensor from Sony. A huge amount of Apple iPhones were sold but not activated. InfoWorld has a petition to keep Windows XP alive.

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January 23

Our topic was Microsoft Unified Communications and our guest was Steven Chirico, a senior technical specialist at Microsoft. Also, Alfred reviewed an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) product from ABBYY called FineReader 9.0 Professional Edition. He loved it.

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January 16

Our guest was Ben Patterson, the "gadget hound" at Yahoo Tech. We discussed the new Apple ultra-thin laptop, the Macbook Air. There are quite a problems with it such as a non-removable battery, a single USB port and no Ethernet, Firewire or Express card ports. Both Ben and Alfred were at the recent CES show in Vegas and reported on the latest. We also discussed the current state of HD TV and a bit about gaming. Ben was very impressed with a video headset that is great for gaming.

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January 9

Our guest was David Perry, the Global Director of Information at Trend Micro. In a recent test all anti-virus software did a poor job at detecting new viruses. Malicious software (malware) is now very big business with organized crime behind some of it. Trend Micro gets 2,000 to 3,000 new malware samples every hour. Their new approach is to dynamically analyze the Internet connection looking for suspicious activity. At CES David was most impressed with robots, video goggles and a Sony OLED 23 inch television with stunning picture quality.

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January 2

Our guest was Robin Raskin and the topic was how children use the Internet and what parents can do to make the experience less dangerous.

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