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24 11 2010
Thanksgivingus Dinnerimus

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That’s not the first and probably won’t be the last Thanksgiving reference you hit on the web in the next few days*.  It does sit in a sliver-sized union on the ‘Thanksgiving’ and ‘UNIX’ Holiday/Computer Reference Venn diagram I made.  Speaking of references, this week’s show ‘BROWSER WARS‘ is ripe for them.  For your sake, I am saving those all for the SHOW PAGE because Tom Gutnick is on the show this week talking BROWSER WARS on Sunday, November 28 at 5pm EST | 3pm MST.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in radio land and on the other side of the intertubes! See the previous sentence, this one, the blog post title and below titles that did not make the cut as examples how single exclamation points are where it’s at! Two is bit much and three is just trying too hard.

*Other blog post titles that did not make the cut:

  • This Week on IMI’s TurkeyTalk
  • A show you will gobble up!
  • Hey there, Pilgrim!
  • Listen up, Turkeys!
  • This week’s show is aMAIZEn!

DM us on Twitter @imitechtalk to let us know what you really think.

Lastly, if you are going to be in Brooklyn on Dec 11 or 12, Punching a Panda really relieves the stress.  If you made it this far, here are some articles to get you moving on your way now…





Tis the season – to be Mary

19 11 2010
January 3, 1863 cover of Harper's Weekly, one ...

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Mary!? That’s my name!

There are many classic holiday stories that mean different things to different people. Over the next weeks, we will have time to reflect on those cherished stories and traditions with friends and family.  First up on the list is Thanksgiving

Along with Thanksgiving comes the holiday shopping season and Black Friday, so we have Keith Shaw on this week to talk about NetworkWorld’s gift guide, 2010 Cool Yule Tools.

For a link to the full guide and to find out what Tom and Keith will be covering, check out the SHOW PAGE.

Don’t forget that Santa is watching and that we will be on at 1pm EST this weekend on 1100 KFNX.





Pinkies up! Time for Social Media Manners with the Swami

21 10 2010
Mulberry Street NYC ca.1900. edit of Image:Mul...

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While we are still putting together our coverage from this year’s Interop in New York City that is just wrapping up, Tom will be on Sunday with Shashi Bellamkonda, Social Media Swami.  Shashi was at BlogWorld this week and is going to educate us on social media and customer service etiquette.  Find out more on the SHOW PAGE.

Our RSS readers are going overtime this week.  Apple’s announcements, New York City made a big announcement about its relationship with Microsoft along with plenty of new product hype with companies looking to take any holiday dollars people are looking to spend.  Speaking of, we are trying to get our hands on some gadgets to review and bring to you.  If you have any products you think we should give a spin before you do, let us know by emailing techtalk@imi-us.com or sending us a DM on Twitter @imitechtalk.

Here are some stories to keep you busy.  This post’s picture is circa 1900 Mulberry Street from Wikipedia.





November 29 – GovTech 2009

29 11 2009

This week’s show [DOWNLOAD/LISTEN] is one of two upcoming ‘TechTalk on the Road’ shows. This week, Tom joins the GovTech 2009 event at the Brooklyn Marriott. Find out more about GovTech at www.govtech.com

We started 2009 with our coverage from the 2008 event. Once again, we’re glad Sal joined us as well as Craig Hannah from EMC and Henry Jackson from the Office of Emergency Management.

The show will air Sunday at 5 pm EST | 3 MST & be ready for download or delivery to your inbox by Monday.

Our second ‘TechTalk on the Road’ with our coverage from the floor at the INTEROP NYC show. We are thinking about making it available online before it airs on KFNX. What do you think?





October 4- Gary Arlen and Telecommunications

1 10 2009

Gary Arlen stops by this week to tell us about “Telecommunications in Today’s World”.  Gary is the President of Arlen Communications Inc.For 20 years, Gary has accurately analyzed the emergence of new media and technologies, forecasting the evolution of customer-controlled video and data services.  Gary has published future-looking periodicals and consults for clients seeking strategic and business guidance in these fields.  His clients range from the National Football League, Sony Online Entertainment and Microsoft to GTECH, Into Networks, NBC Interactive, Intel plus media, entertainment, telecommunications and marketing firms and several interesting technology start-ups.


It will be a show that you will not want to miss.  

The show will air THIS Sunday at 6 pm EDT/ 3 pm MST on KFNX 1100 in the Phoenix area and can also be streamed at this same time on this link.

Also, get ready for lots of product reviews for the holiday seasons to see what hot products are in for 2009 and what is to come for 2010.

Monday, our Week In Review post will be up for all of the stories that are featured in this weeks show.

Thanks for the support!




Aerolatte – Used and Reviewed

13 07 2009

Photo from aerolatte.comWe got our hands on an Aerolatte after seeing it in the Wired $879 Office product review. The short version is we liked it so much, we bought another one from Amazon.

For our review, Aerolatte sent us their top of the line ‘professional’ stainless steel model. It has a bigger motor, but we could not tell the difference between its functionality over the ‘regular’ model. But it is stainless steel – ipso facto it is fancier. It has the same form factor as the other version but is a little heavier and comes with a stand so you can proudly display your air infusing milk mangler to all who come through your kitchen. If stainless and stands do not fit your decor, there have gray, white, black and a spotted black and white one.

Who are we to say it how it works? We are glad we asked. Our primary reviewer of the Aerolatte worked at a coffee shop for a while and used the big machines. His verdict – “the Aerolatte does just as good a job, if not better at frothing milk. The best part is no steam, so no water in the milk – you microwave the milk, then froth. 2% milk froths like whole milk with it.”

As coffee snobs having foregone drip makers for the Aeropress (does not work well as Frisbee), we are always in search of a better brew – and we found it. We say put your beans through the Aeropress and the Aerolatte through your milk to make a $4 cup of coffee without putting on pants (note: both still work if you are wearing pants, but not without two ‘AA’ batteries which are included). When you finish – pick up your cup, extend your pinky and tell the six people that follow you on Twitter how fancy you are.

In closing – Thumbs up! Frothy milky mustaches all around! Next time you class up the kitchen with fancy coffee, do it right…or any other concoction you find or create.

We were going to link to a story about the FCC requiring us to tell you Aerolatte sent us one of these at no cost, but we fell asleep looking at their website.

Originally Posted: 7/2/2009
Posted Again in Entirety: 7/13/09





TechTalk Product Review – Otterbox Rocks

23 12 2008

The OtterBox 7030 laptop case is described on OtterBox’s site as Waterproof, dustproof, drop-proof, dirtproof protection. High impact Polypropylene construction for maximum strength. Shock-absorbing Elastomer corner bumpers. This case includes a shoulder strap, and a removable file folder accessory for files, pens, business cards and more.

We simply call it one mean motor-scooter. Not only is it lockable, it also has …wait for it…automatic pressure equalization in case it is submerged in water. The OtterBox is rated ‘MIL-STD 810F’ and IP67. Those equate to approximately 30 minutes in one meter of water. We did not test this feature. We have to take their word on it until we get a bigger budget.

It comes with customizable bumpers to ensure a snug fit for your laptop. We should note is it will not fit all laptops. Please check the site to make sure yours will fit. There is no give. It do or it don’t.

There is not much more to say about this case. It is simple. It is tough. It is a must have for mobile workers in extreme conditions – sandhogs, we are talking to you. Weighing in a just under seven pounds for the case only, it is not the lightest in the market. But, we are also pretty sure the doors at Fort Knox are not light either. Overall, the protection you get for the extra weight is well worth it if protection is a priority for your laptop.

We also tried out Otterbox’s iPhone case. The case retails for around $50. Considering it is water resistant and tough as nails, you can look at that as a $50 insurance policy for your device. It is also the best looking case we have seen for those that clip the phone to the belt. It has all of the same characteristics of the laptop case. They have PDA cases for iPhone, Treos, iPods, iPaqs and more on the way. We are not saying this is the toughest case on the face of the earth, but we are saying you should let us know if you find one that is tougher.

You can find all of these at http://www.otterbox.com and most likely in the offices of MI6. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next. Whatever it is, we are not worried about breaking it or whatever it encases.