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TechBytes Audiocast

TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 16 – 03/12/10

Intro music: “I fought the troll” by Tom Smith.  You can find more of his work here.

Hosts: Tim (OpenBytes) Roy (Techrights) Gordon (Thistleweb)

Featured Track: “I fought the troll” by Tom Smith.

It’s all go at TechBytes!  In from work, quick read of the news, have dinner then onto recording!  Today our discussion is around WikiLeaks, however before we look at that we cover a diverse range of topics:

Gordon starts us off with: Government Drops X Box Modding Trial and we look at how gifting and other enticements may influence the opinion of an “independent” review of games software.  Roy mentions how the practice reaches other areas too and we discussing the whole issues of blogs and gifts, with a little mention of the MVP program of Microsoft.

I go on to mention the 360’s 5th birthday and how it might be suggested that many Xbox owners have bought multiple units due to faults.  Is the Kinect to stretch the 360’s life for the next 5 years? Decide yourself!


A couple takes Google Street View to court and gets awarded 64p!:


and more Google Street View:


I ask the question, if (as it is claimed) 3% of Germans have opted out of street view, does it not increase exposure to a house if its the only one in a street removed from the view? – Less privacy as a result of opting out? I’ll let you decide!

Angry Birds Seasons is released for Android and Apple…no mention of WP7 and as promised I remind people of the allegation that Microsoft used the Angry Bird icon on its WP7 promotion without permission.


I mention a “challenge” to an article I wrote on WP7 and invite the person making the “challenge” to come on the show.  I invite all listeners to read for themselves and decide if there is anything in the article which needs challenging.  Of course the article was written as a result of a discussion on a previous episode of TechBytes where we discussed that there were certain things that would get your articles attacked.  This was one such post and Richard, you are more than welcome to come on TechBytes anytime and stand behind anything you wish to claim.  You can see the article (and my responses) here:


Gordon then tells us we won’t get a job with the state department!


and also highlights “Why Identi.ca (and Status.net) matter in a Twitter world

I mention an article which states that even recent versions of IE running in “protected mode” might not be:


We then talk about Wikileaks and Internet censorship in general.  This will be a discussion, I am sure we will have again and we consider how the actions the US is taking in regards to these issues may be more damaging to their reputation than if they had merely left them alone.


All that (and a little bit more) on the “might as well be live” TechBytes audiocast.  We hope you will tune in!

You can hear the show over on Techrights here.

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com / TwitterIdenti.ca

You can also contact me on Skype: tim.openbytes

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About Tim

Online tech writer, novelist/author of sci-fi literature and co-host of the TechBytes Show! I believe in multi-culturalism & diversity. Luton Town FC supporter.


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Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson

Writer/Novelist of many facets, both in the world of technology and fantasy/sci-fi. Co-host of the TechBytes audiocast.  Supporter of free and open source software.

Committee member of the Seaham Red Star Football Club.


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