New Compute This Radio Show Posted

  • Comments: 5
  • Written on: May 27th, 2007

The latest Compute This has been posted on the Schrock Innovations radio page. The last three weeks of shows are archived there, commercial free for your enjoyment.

This week’s show was another call-in fest. We took wall to wall calls throughout the program and tackled issues like how to secure your wireless network and how to cut time off your Windows boot up.

I also mentioned that I will be entering the Next Internet Millionaire $25,000 contest. *If* I win a spot on the show and *If* I win the competition, I will be donating the prize money to an assortment of charities.

You can call into the radio program every Saturday between 10 and 11 on KFOR 1240 in Lincoln Nebraska by dialing 489-1240 locally, or 1-800-talk-unl from anywhere in the US. The show is also webcast live on our radio page.

  1. John Orwin said on May 29th, 2007 at 10:27 am

    I have just recently listened to three complete radio shows aired on KFOR and listed on the Schrock website from start to finish. I found them to be interesting and worth the time to listen to.

    In fact after listening to the one where wireless router security was discussed, I immediately went to setup on my Belkin 802.11g wireless router and discovered as I suspected that security was not enabled. I immediately rectified that and now thanks to discussion on the radio show stored on the website have my wireless network secured.

    I own several computers and computers have been a captivating hobby for me for over 25 years. I have an HP Media Center PCm7160n desktop with XP Media Center installed on it. It is outlived its manufacturers’ warranty and from time to time presents me with quirks and problems that are sometimes a challenge to rectify. USB device internal conflict is one that comes right to mind.

    I also own a MAC G4 with OS10.4 installed on it and it has fewer problems and they in fact are rare but usually easier to fix. Then I have also a homebult contraption with an Intel Motherboard with a 3.0 Ghz dual core processor and onboard everything, vvideo, sound , usb 2.0, SATA controller and has 2 GB of DDR2 memory. It has dual boot Windows 2000 Professional and Linux.

    What I am actually writing about is a request to see a show done on Linux. Not many are familiar with the strides recently implemented into Linux. Most people who have anything to do with computers are aware of Red Hat and SuSe linux that is commercially produced and distributed.

    It is cumbersome to setup and even more difficult to get accliamated to and conditioned to use long enough to get familiar with it. I recently read about the progress made by the Ubuntu linux group and downloaded the latest version 7.04 ( fiesty fawn by name ).

    It is a DVD .ISO download that even with Roadrunner takes a longtime to download. I created a boot DVD with Nero 7 from the .iso file and booted the homebuilt computer from it and installed the Ubuntu. I was utterly amazed at the ease of the installation and the speed of it. There was not even one glitch. It completely recoginized all of my hardware including a very new LiteOn 20X dual side DVD burner. my exteral monitor, etc. It automatically loaded all of the drivers needed for my Motherboard including the video and the sound.

    What I discovered is that there is an OS alternative out there that boots incredibly faster than Windows 2000 Pro, Windows XP, Windows Vista and shuts down amazingly faster than any of them. It runs all the applications that I need for doing anything with audio and video, and word processing, and most of that software is included with it or easily obtained at no or very low cost. Google’s Picasa is available for it, and come on please tell me what Photoshop 4 or 5 at a cost of $100 plus can do that I can’t do with Picasa on this machine..

    Its not yet quite up to the Mac’s iphoto or iDVD, or Garageband, but for what it cost, I am very impressed.. Maybe someone there should give it a try and see what I am discribing in this email and give it a test run and consider a future radio show about it or at least a mention in a radio show.

  2. Thor Schrock said on May 29th, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Thanks for the comment. I have thought about this in the past, but because the show is intended to help computer users with existing problems, a show on Linux or its variants might not go over so well.

    Many of my employees use Linux to accomplish a variety of tasks with ease that would be less than pleasant in Windows.

    Careful bushing the ‘ol Mac around here though… The religious Mac users are everywhere and they take it personally 😉

  3. Kim Hall said on May 31st, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    I brought my laptop into your Omaha store last Thursday and picked it up in Lincoln on Saturday. It works great (as you can tell .. : ).

    Just wanted to let you know, I took a handful of pens back to the office with me Thursday afternoon. (Pen freak that I am, I questioned if I really needed that many.) The people at the office LOVED them and by the end of the day, I had one left to take home to Lincoln for the weekend. Just thought I’d let you know, my fettish for pens turned into a small marketing opportunity for SI.

    I also heard you mention Larry Svec on the radio Saturday. I’ve known Larry for years — like my whole life, actually. Glad to hear he’s your supplier!

    I’m grateful my computer is in great working order. I’ll keep in touch in the (hopefully near) future regarding my home computer needs.

  4. Jack Stewart said on June 19th, 2007 at 10:04 am

    cant get the last show – get the message – I dont have permission to site-Port 80 ?

  5. Thor Schrock said on June 21st, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks for the heads up Jack. I corrected the problem and it should be available now. Have a good one!

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