Friday, June 29, 2007

iPhone Review Coming Soon!

Stay tuned! One of the Tech Pulse podcasters is getting an iPhone today, and we're planning to do a special iPhone review show next week. Subscribe to the feed to get the episode as soon as it's posted!

If you want to listen to the show live while it's being recorded, we plan on recording the review 'cast on Tuesday night around 8 PM Pacific (11 PM Eastern). Just go to around that time and look for Tech Pulse on the homepage. If there are any changes to our live show schedule, I'll post them here.

UPDATE 29 June 2007 @ 9:30 AM - Please note that the start time has changed to 8 PM Pacific. This is still a tentative date and time and is subject to change.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Tech Pulse 20070619: OpenDNS, Booqbags, DST Patches, Levelator, and more!

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Tech Pulse podcaster Big-O introduces himself and talks about organizing the Mac OS X Applications folder and The Levelator, Josh talks about DST patches and AppleJack, Kyle gushes over OpenDNS and compares hard drives, and Anthony recommends Booqbags and ergonomic keyboards.

Notes and links related to this episode:

Tech Tips
  • OpenDNS
    • Free DNS service
      • alternative to your ISP's DNS
    • Compatibile with Windows, Mac, Linux/UNIX, routers, mobile devices, and even gaming systems
    • DNS forwarding for networks
    • Faster: very large cache, servers located in many major cities (but of course the service is available worldwide, regardless)
    • Safer: blocks phishing scams, can block adult websites, can block custom websites
    • Smarter: shortcuts e.g. "mail" instead of, correcting e.g. google.cmo =
    • Domain/Network features: custom branding and shortcuts, stats
    • Check out
  • Organizing your Applications folder in OS X
    • Apple apps and files need to stay in their default locations or Software Update may not be able to locate or update them
    • You can create custom folders inside the Applications folder categories of apps (e.g. Podcasting, Chat, Browsers, etc.) and put aliases (shortcuts) of applications into those folders
    • If you name the custom folders with a space at the beginning, they will show up at the top when sorted alphabetically
    • You can then drag the Applications folder into the right side of the Dock, and right-click (or Control-click) on it to bring up a hierarchical menu, and quickly access your apps through your custom folders
  • Mac software: AppleJack
    • freeware repair utility, runs from Single User Mode (hold Command-S after the boot chime)
    • repair boot disk directory structure, disk permissions, clear OS caches and virtual memory files, etc.
  • Windows software: Dimension 4
    • freeware time sync software; great for Win2K and older, which don't have automatic time synchronization built in
    • this is also handy if, like me, you have issues with Boot Camp on an Intel Mac where the time is off when switching between operating systems
  • Hard drive comparison - does Western Digital's Raptor series still take the cake?

  •'s newest briefcase bag, the Vyper exo
    • very rugged and durable design
    • stylish and cool look, but passable as a "professional" bag as well
    • custom-designed for MacBook and MacBook Pro, but suitable for other notebooks
    • laptop can be used while sitting inside an open case
  • Ergonomic Keyboards: Key Ovation Goldtouch (recommended) and Microsoft
  • The Levelator by GigaVox Media
    • cross-platform, freeware
    • automatically adjusts volume levels in WAV/AIFF files and outputs to a new file
    • voice podcasters should definitely try this app and consider using it

Friday, June 22, 2007

Tech Pulse 20070616: iPhone, Safari 3, YouTube on Apple TV, and Parallels 3

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Tech Pulse podcasters Josh, Kyle, and Anthony introduce themselves and discuss the iPhone, Safari 3 Public Beta, YouTube content on the Apple TV, and Parallels Desktop 3.

Notes and links related to this episode:

Predictions about the Apple iPhone
  • Will it affect how other mobile phone makers design their most basic models?
  • How many units will Apple sell in 2007?
    • via, Apple allegedly placed an order for 500 million Samsung NAND flash chips last monthThese were apparently only ~512 MB chips
  • How soon until they really open it up to third-party developers? Like actual apps downloaded onto the phone, usable even when you can't get a phone signal?
    • Steve Jobs recently said in the Walt Mossberg interview that it would be opened up eventually: "We're working through a way—we'll find a way to let third parties write apps and still preserve security on the iPhone."
    • At WWDC this week, Steve said developers can make Safari-compatible Web apps using AJAX and other "Web 2.0" technologies
      • The release of Safari 3 for Windows was mentioned alongside this announcement
    • Why should anyone care about third-party iPhone apps?
      • Skype/VoIP, for one thing
Safari 3 Public Beta
  • Now available for Mac... and Windows!
  • Neither Mac nor Windows version has the rumored anti-phishing features
      • This makes Safari a poor choice for anyone who might potentially fall for such scams—which is a huge portion of Internet users
  • Only the Windows version has the choice of Yahoo! search from the toolbar
  • Reasons for opening up Safari to Windows users:
    • Get Windows users more accustomed to the "Apple experience"
    • Make moolah off the search revenue
    • Make it easier for Windows developers to develop iPhone apps without having their hands on one yet
Apple TV gains YouTube support
  • So... how exactly does it work? Are all videos reencoded as H.264? Has this been done for all videos, or only the most popular ones? Will this be done for all new uploads to YouTube instantly from now on?
  • What kind of interface does the Apple TV have for browsing YouTube videos?
Parallels Desktop 3.0 released
  • Now with support for 3D gaming!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Welcome to the Tech Pulse Podcast!

Thanks for checking out our site! Here's a little blurb that explains who we are and what the Tech Pulse Podcast is all about:

Hosted by experienced geeks, Tech Pulse is chock full of the hottest industry news, computer tips and tricks, software and hardware picks, and more! Mac or Windows user, professional or hobbyist, you're sure to like this podcast.

Our first episode is scheduled to be recorded LIVE this Saturday, June 16, 2007, at 5 PM Pacific (8 PM Eastern). Head on over to at that time and look for us on the main page! Here's a taste of what's on the schedule for this week:

The Tech Pulse podcasters introduce themselves, discuss Safari 3, talk about YouTube content on the Apple TV, share iPhone predictions, tech tips, and product picks, and log out.

You can subscribe to the podcast now to get the latest episodes after they're edited.