Performance Profiling

Tonight on GeekNights, we cover the high level of performance profiling. It's a complex problem that requires an understanding of programming and profilers, but also hardware and statistics. In the news, Orkut is finally dying the true death, right alongside freshmeat.net. ConnectiCon is happening NEXT WEEKEND!

Old Computers

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about old computers (e.g., the Apple II GS, the Amiga, and the humble 486), why they're different from modern computers, and what they can be used for today. Primarily, we mean museum pieces, teaching tools, awesome hacks, and guaranteed non-compromised encryption key generators. In the news, TrueCrypt was shut down under extremely dubious circumstances, raising fears that that project received a National Security Letter or had other government woes and other heavy speculation. Also, Apple Day brought many minor Apple announcements, though SWIFT is what you should be paying attention to.

ConnectiCon is just around the corner in July, and it has a pretty amazing panel/workshop/lecture schedule. Join us there! Also join us in the GeekNights Forums!

Tech News Roundup May 2014

Tonight on GeekNights, in light of the many tech news stories breaking recently, we discuss several issues. Google/Youtube is likely buying Twitch, a university accidentally re-imaged all of its computers, criminals are finding increasingly sophisticated uses for large drones, Europe is still obsessed with this ridiculous "right to be forgotten," the UK appears determined to veto any action on Network Neutrality in the EU, AT&T is buying DirecTV (reminding us why streaming tech/access is still so primitive), malware increasingly is targeting ad-clicks, gun advocates went crazy and threatened a company for introducing updated smartgun technology, Oklahoma botched an execution despite there being modern technology to do it properly (entirely aside from whether it should be done in the first place), and New York may be on the verge of treating Internet access as a right.

Come to ConnectiCon: it's actually pretty awesome. Post in our forum: it's extremely awesome. Read A Canticle for Leibowitz: we're hoping it's awesome (as part of the GeekNights Book Club)!

Prosumer vs Professional: A Case Study

Tonight on GeekNights, as Scott buys an expensive camera and Rym buys some wireless equipment and ridiculous microphones, we discuss the differences between "prosumer" technology and "professional" technology. The latter isn't just better: it's more difficult to use effectively in most cases. In the news, Twitter will soon have a weak integration with Amazon, and police tell us not to use technology to solve our own crimes, while refusing themselves to use said technology to solve crimes.

When Internet Services Die

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider what happens when Internet services die (like we assume Flickr and Google Voice will). In the news, there are rumors that Twitter will drop @user and #hashtag characters, e-cigarettes are as terrible for you as one should assume, and people are poisoning themselves with e-cigarette liquids in unsurprising numbers. Also, if you have Verizon FIOS, you have to buy your own damn battery. If you didn't notice it beeping for the last several months, you should get your ears checked out.

We'll be at Zenkaikon and PAX East! The GeekNights Book Club book is Wool!

Search Technology

Tonight on GeekNights, after doing a show on Dentistry and Dentistry, we discuss how to search for things. In the news, Netflix pays out to Comcast to keep movies streaming (see peering and tiered networks), and Microsoft Killed my Pappy.

Technology and Sports

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about technology in sports, the technology of sports, sports technology, and technical aspects of sport. Eventually, it will all be humans controlled by machines, or else just machines themselves anyway, but what will happen (and has happened) in the more recent term? In other news, Twitch.tv is the #4 consumer of bandwidth in the US (thanks to gamers streaming their games), and the NYPD is looking into using Google Glass.

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