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TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 77 – 06/11/12 – “Greedy Car Thieves”

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

Hosts: Tim (OpenBytes) Roy (Techrights)

Another episode from myself and Roy.  In this show we focus around an interview with the developers of the Indi game “Greedy Car Thieves”.

From Roy’s Site:

Today’s show is primarily dedicated to a video/computer game called Greedy Car Thieves (GCT), which is similar to Grand Theft Auto (GTA) 2. We talked to two of the game’s developers. Tim has played the game and Roy tried to install it but faced a dependency barrier. We spoke with the developers about the technical aspects of the game, distribution of the game through various channels including the Humble Bundle, and we also spoke about licence in the context of compiling for Linux. Later in the show there was a long discussion about dirty tricks against Linux and its proponents. This discussion was focused on Microsoft. After the interview we play “It’s Because of People Like You” by Obi Best and at the end of the show we play “Washington Heights” by Glenn White’s Sacred Machines.

You can download/stream the latest episode over on Roy’s site: http://techrights.org/2012/11/06/techbytes-episode-77/

Tim (Goblin)

If you are new to this blog (or have not yet read it) please take time to view the OpenBytes statement, here.

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TechBytes Audiocast – Back for 2012! – A pre-Year 2 broadcast!

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

Hosts: Tim (OpenBytes) Roy (Techrights) Rusty (The Show that Sux)

TechBytes is back for 2012, Rusty is here and with the whole crew ready to go, we bring to 50 minutes or so of auditory lovelyness.

Since this is a pre-Year 2 show, we are mostly taking a look back at 2011, its tech and news.  In the show we look at:

Xbox 360 – If you don’t live in the states, the reality of its “popularity”  is a very different picture.  We take a look in particular at Australia where the sales figures show that 360 is being left behind by PS3.  Great news for Sony, another chair going the journey for Microsoft.

Android, Iphone and source code – We discuss and I ask the question, since when has the mainstream consumer ever cared about source code, or even knows what the term means? Now that Android is established, are “geek advocates” really needed?

Unfair comparisons between Android and iPhone?

Linux on devices – A mention made of Raspberry Pi and its apparent beta success on ebay!

All this and more crammed into around 50 minutes!

We took the opportunity to listen to your views about what you would like in the show.  The main points that stood out as far as I was concerned:

1. No music

2. Under 1hour in length

3. More diversity in the subjects with a focus on patent issues but a more general consideration given to tech also.

You can download the episode over on TechRights and as always, if you have any suggestions, want to be a guest or merely want to abuse us, feel free to email, comment, rant or shake fist at sky.

http://techrights.org/2012/01/07/techbytes-episode-66/

Tim (Goblin)

If you are new to this blog (or have not yet read it) please take time to view the OpenBytes statement, here.

Mail: bytes4free@googlemail.com
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“Me too!” Microsoft gives social networking a go?

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As if there is not enough evidence of Microsoft playing catch-up, there is now a “sneak” preview of Microsoft’s social networking service making the rounds in tech news.

For many this news isn’t new since there have been rumours and “leaks” for quite some time which to be fair, haven’t exactly been met with any sort of excitement or anticipation.  Whilst this is one of Microsoft’s “research” projects there seems quite a few suggestions that they will actually try to run with this latest “scheme”.

Entitled “Socl” it is being reported that Microsoft is hoping to compete with Google and Facebook – which in itself poses a couple of questions which I will consider later in the article.

From the Inquirer:

From the initial screenshots it seems that Socl is almost a ripoff of Google+, particularly in terms of its interface style and layout. While obviously it will share a lot in common with Google+ and Facebook, it leans far more towards the former than the latter, suggesting that Microsoft believes that Google will be the long-term winner in the battle between those two giants.

Source: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2125455/microsoft-sneak-preview-social-network-soclk

Which would make sense since Google has proved to be a rather difficult competitor for Microsoft with the “mighty” Microsoft’s Bing playing second fiddle to the more successful Google (and thats not even mentioning a comparison between the popular Android and the struggling WP7).  Whats ironic in the statement from the Inquirer  is that previously Microsoft was alleged to have been copying Google in its search results and now we see an independent source stating that their “new” service seems to more than slightly resemble Google+.  I suppose imitation is the best form of flattery.

I think the first question would be, if Socl is indeed Microsoft’s attempt to challenge Google+ or Facebook and be successful at something online, where does that leave Microsoft’s investment in Facebook?  Unless I am wrong, Microsoft is an investor in the longer serving social network.  How will this be affected?

Secondly one can be forgiven for being slightly dubious of any claims Microsoft makes of its social network service, we only have to cast our minds back a short while to remember Microsoft getting rid of its blogging service and making refugees out of its bloggers.  It was only lucky for Microsoft that WordPress was charitable enough to offer a simple migration for Microsoft refugees and allow then to continue online.   If Microsoft can’t make a blogging service work, how will it make a Social Network successful? and that’s in the face of the established Facebook and the growing Google+ (and of course it seems mainstream media forgets about Diaspora which in my view is the superior service/tech anyway)

It is little wonder why there is a hint of deja-vu here with the confirmation of “Socl”.  Bing is trying to catchup to Google, WP7 is trying to catch up to Android and Apple phones, the apparent tablet suitable Windows 8 is not even available on the tablet form factor for purchase, all the while Android and Apple are again capturing the hearts and minds of the consumer and it’s hardly insightful to note that when it is released it will probably find itself in the same position as WP7 is now.

Little wonder then that there were a few concerns raised recently at Microsoft’s annual shareholders meeting.

Microsoft is in my view, merely flinging mud at the wall in the hope something will stick, the only place where “success” seems to come easily is with their patent aggression (which now may be set to change after we finally get an idea of Microsoft claims).  Apple has a logo “Theres an app for that”, maybe the only logo Microsoft will have in the future will be “Theres a patent for that” as it moves further away from trying to compete with its own products and merely uses its patent portfolio to make a buck.

With Microsoft trying to catchup in so many areas, one has to wonder how far the rot has set in and when the once “mighty” Microsoft will roll over and admit defeat – I expect not in the near future, its got a war-chest of cash to try to make things work and on its journey out of tech relevance will be rather unpleasant for everyone.

Tim (Goblin)

If you are new to this blog (or have not yet read it) please take time to view the OpenBytes statement, here.

Mail: bytes4free@googlemail.com
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I can also be found in #techrights, #techbytes on freenode.net.

Over on Diaspora – A collection of my musings

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I often write musings on Diaspora, in themselves not substantial enough for an article here, however they are more than a simple dent or tweet.  I present a selection of my most recent ones.   Of course, the best way to get in on conversations is to join Diaspora yourself and its a technology/social network which myself and Roy cover regularly on TechBytes.

https://joindiaspora.com/posts/577739

A selection of what I consider great examples of Creative Commons music.  If you’ve never heard whats on offer out there and/or never visited Jamendo, shame on you!

https://joindiaspora.com/posts/586565

I give my views on Clementine (media player bundled with PCLinuxOS) and talk about some of the issues I had with the software.

https://joindiaspora.com/posts/593825

I consider why I think that the mainstream user is always destined to be exploited.  Is the blame soley resting on their apathy to such issues? or can we blame mainstream media for being equally responsible?

Tim (Goblin)

If you are new to this blog (or have not yet read it) please take time to view the OpenBytes statement, here.

Mail: bytes4free@googlemail.com
Skype: tim.openbytes
I can also be found in #techrights, #techbytes on freenode.net.

TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 62 – 03/10/11 – “I told you so!”

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

Hosts: Tim (OpenBytes) Roy (Techrights)

(Notes taken/modified slightly from the original TechRights show notes)

This latest episode was recorded around noon for a change.

It was arranged at short notice with time constraints and Roy being very slightly ill (speech/voice problems).  Nonetheless we covered the news of the day/week by speaking about Nokia’s return to Linux in low-end phones, Chrome being flagged as a “virus” by Microsoft, then playing “Reality Check” by One Be Lo.

Moving on, we also spoke about Microsoft’s latest patent ‘deal’ with Samsung and mentioned Amazon’s tablet among other tablets, as well as their general role in today’s computing scene. “Quejas de un Bandoneonista” by Zona Tango was then played, we spoke about Diaspora and other social networks and finally we closed the show with “A secret search” by Papercutz.

Get this episode here: http://techrights.org/2011/10/03/techbytes-episode-62/

Tim (Goblin)

If you are new to this blog (or have not yet read it) please take time to view the OpenBytes statement, here.

Mail: bytes4free@googlemail.com
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TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 60 – 22/09/11 – “Microsoft mischief, Patents, Statusnet and more!”

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

Hosts: Tim (OpenBytes) Roy (Techrights) Rusty (The Show that Sux)

(Notes taken from TechRights)

We start today’s show by discussing Linux/dual-boot systems being hampered by Microsoft’s plans. We talk about other GNU/Linux matters and then play “Lagrimas e vodka” by Sylvia Patricia. Red Hat’s results are then discussed with some enthusiasm and Tim mentions that Statusnet reached version 1.0beta4.

“Pajama Party” by Swimming With Dolphins is then played and we mention the patent ‘reform’ among other issues relating to patents, even the Samsung/Android situation.

“Go’n Be Gone” by LidoLido is played and then we cover Google antitrust (Google under the US government’s eye) as well as the failure of Windows Phone 7 in competing against Android (sign of things to come for Windows 8). Google+ opens to the public, so Rusty and Tim have a good debate about it, followed by almost no coverage (due to lack of time) of Yahoo and search snatch, as well as US-oriented statistics that deceive the public and make it seem like Microsoft has made real progress. We are hoping to have another episode this week.

Get this episode here: http://techrights.org/2011/09/22/techbytes-episode-60/

 

Tim (Goblin)

If you are new to this blog (or have not yet read it) please take time to view the OpenBytes statement, here.

Mail: bytes4free@googlemail.com
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I can also be found in #techrights, #techbytes on freenode.net.

TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 59 – 04/09/11 – “Tablets, Mobile and Google”

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

Hosts: Tim (OpenBytes) Roy (Techrights) Rusty (The Show that Sux)

Rusty is back! And most welcome he is too as we cover a far better organized list of topics.  You are going to hear about a selection of topics from around the world of Tech, including conjouring up a rather disturbing image of insecure Mobiles and a showercam featuring the hosts of TechBytes.  Interested? Hopefully not.

* Google – Real names, nyms and why its important that you consider what exactly you are giving up when taking on Google services.

* ACS:Law due to face the music in 2012.  What will be the outcome? How does the USA differ slightly in its approach of copyright issues?

Track: “End Sequence”  by Obsidian Shell

*  Android Tablet devices – $199 – We discuss.

Track: “Deeper Conversation” by Yuna

* Linux turns 20 and celebrates win as well as Kernal.org being hacked.

* Nokia feeding patent troll MOSAID to attack Microsoft rivals like Android.

* Class lawsuit over Windows Phone 7

* iPad losing market share to Linux/Android

* Amazon Kindle tablet coming before Christmas?

Track: “One More Workout Shawty” by DJ Car Stereo (Wars)

* Cablegate reveals diplomats batting for Microsoft and defaming Linux.

* Red Hat’s RHEL 7 ideas crowdsourced

* Ubuntu approaches release with a new beta and another Ubuntu derived distro you should take a look at.

The show is then played out with another choice by Roy: “Mi Compadre Bernabe” by Cerronato

Get this episode here: http://techrights.org/2011/09/05/techbytes-episode-59/

 

Tim (Goblin)

If you are new to this blog (or have not yet read it) please take time to view the OpenBytes statement, here.

Mail: bytes4free@googlemail.com
Skype: tim.openbytes
I can also be found in #techrights, #techbytes on freenode.net.