Two more Call for Help shows today

This morning (Friday, October 14th, 2005), I was in the G4TechTV studio taping two more episodes of Call for Help with Leo Laporte, Amber MacArthur, Sean Carruthers, Mike, Lazazzera, and all the gang. As usual, I had a great time which says a lot about the great people I get to work with up (down?) there. For those who are keeping track of such things, we taped episodes #280 and #289. The topic for the first episode was “Live Linux distros” where I explained what exists, what sets them apart, and what a new user might want to look at …

Call for Help taping today

This morning I drove into Toronto to tape a couple of episodes of Call for Help (speaking of which, there's a surprise at the end of the blog entry for all you WFTL-LUG members). As usual, I had a lot of fun there with Leo, Amber, Sean, Mikey, and the rest of the gang. It's a good crowd that likes tech and it shows. I even got to meet Mr. Excel. But I digress . . . you probably want to know about the shows themselves. The first show I did was about Konqueror. I wanted to cover all the …

Marcel live on the Linux Link Tech Show tonight

Tonight is the the 100th Linux Link Tech Show and as such, they've asked me and a few others to come on the show and help them celebrate. Some of you might have caught me the last time I was on the show (http://tllts.info/dl.php?episode=68) — if you haven't, there are links on the page to download that particular show and listen to it. You can catch the show live at the following address.http://tllts.info/ There are a few live stream links there so you can listen with XMMS or some other thing. The show starts at 8:30 but if you miss …

Marcel’s Linux App of the Month : jPodder

The podcast addicted among you (or the merely curious) should take a moment to read the latest "Marcel's Linux App of the Month" on UnixReview.com. It covers a great little application that lets you easily search for and subscribe to podcasts, allows for automatic scheduled downloads, and even helps you create your own podcasts if you so desire. It's called jPodder and you can get the full story at yon friendly URL. If you know of something else I should be looking at or you would like to comment on this story, feel free.

Marcel on the Linux User Show

About two weeks ago, I was interviewed by Jon Watson, producer of the Linux User Show podcast. We talked about my new book, the second edition of "Moving to Linux : Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!", Linux, and occasionally even other operating systems [ insert appropriate smiley here ]. Jon was a great host. The show was a lot of fun though occasionally quite silly. Check it out at this friendly URL. I'll provide direct links to the audio version of the podcasts but you might want to visit and read Jon's page. As it turns out, he …

Linux server market grows 36% in Canada; Windows 27%

Quick entry that makes me think of a blog entry of mine from a little while ago. It falls into the good news for Linux though I’m sure it could be made to sound bad with a little work [ insert appropriate smiley here ]. Anyhow, according to a tiny little ZDNet blog entry, RedNova News has a story that IDC Canada reported that the Linux server market in Canada grew more than 36% in the 2003-2004 period. In comparison, the Windows server market grew some 27%. Wow! Talk about your complex trackbacks. Sounds a lot like “I know somebody …

Anti-BitTorrent news spawns an avalanche of criticism

How’s that for a headline? As I sit here writing a column about BitTorrent, it seems somehow appropriate to note how much BitTorrent has been in the news lately — most of that news has been bad. Now, John Dvorak thinks he’s got it figured out and the smell seems to be coming out of Redmond. Microsoft, after all, has come up with a better P2P file sharing product, or at least, they plan on coming up with one some day, something called Avalanche. It seems that some security expert has claimed that BitTorrent is distributing spyware (say it isn’t …

Star Trek fan films

Yes, you guessed it, yet another blog posting that has nothing to do with Linux. One of my regular must visit Websites is a difficult one to explain. In fact, the best way to understand Memepool is to visit Memepool.com. You can discover all sorts of cool — and often very strange — things there. What I discovered recently, was a collection of Star Trek fan films, some of them pretty darn good. Now, I was already familiar with Star Trek New Voyages, a lovingly crafted continuation of the original series voyages with Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and all the gang. …