Episode 263 - Show Notes

Episode 263

Tuesday Jun 26, 2012 (01:21:28)


This week, Microsoft redefines your life, we've got big gusts of wind and it's Tuesday... Hmmm...


Scott Ertz


Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLuGHiTz Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the DDR community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bar Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and judging engineering notebooks at competitions. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors.

Nicholas DiMeo


With over ten years of audio engineering experience, Nick's addition to PLuGHiTz Corporation is best served when he is behind the mixing board every Sunday night to produce the audio side of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Piltch Point and PLuGHiTz Live Night Cap. While mixing live every week, his previous radio show hosting experience gives him the ability to co-host as well, giving each show a unique flare with his slightly off-center, yet still realistic take on all things tech. An integral part of the show, you can find Nick always enveloped in coming up with new (and sometimes crazy) ideas and content for the show and you can always expect the most direct opinion on the stories that he feels need to be shared with the world. During the few hours where Nick isn't sleeping or working on ways to improve the company, he spends his free time going to hockey and football games and playing the latest titles on Xbox 360. Email him for his gamertag and add him today for a fun escape from the normal monotony and annoyance that the Xbox LIVE gaming community can sometimes be!

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Vizio Brings Sexy Back with New Line of Computers, All While Still Packing a Punch

We thought Vizio might have been a little crazy when they said at CES that they were going to start making PCs this year. I am pleased to announce I am a bit surprised in seeing their new lineup has a lot of power under the respective hoods and are made pretty well. Here's a bonus: your eyes aren't fooling you either, as the images you're looking at are not Macs. They're Vizio PCs, and they're pretty damn sexy.

YouTube Cracks Down on Data Scrapers

YouTube has gone on a new crackdown kick, going after a German website that converts YouTube videos to MP3. This site is a very effective way for people to steal music in high quality, without having to be watched by RIAA on a torrent site. Both Google, who owns YouTube, and the content owners, are concerned about this easy pirating process, which is significantly harder to trace than those using torrents. Combine all of that with a recent NPR blog post by an intern who claims to be part of a generation that doesn't believe they should pay for music.


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Windows Phone: Redefined

Microsoft had a very big week. Between redefining Microsoft Surface and a major Windows Phone event, they are showing the new way they do business, and it is a positive change indeed. Windows Phone 8, officially announced Wednesday morning, is a massive improvement on the Windows Phone concept. In addition to some significant interface enhancements, they also changed the technology powering the OS. Unlike WinPho7, WinPho8 is powered by the same core technologies that power Windows 8. This means a wider range of hardware support, more development choices and, of course, performance enhancements.

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Will Xbox 360 Be Banned in the United States?

Several months ago, Microsoft filed suit against Motorola over Android-related patent infringement. Motorola, of course, counter-sued, claiming patent infringement on the Xbox 360. That suit was a little surprising, considering the companies tend to stick to like-minded infringement cases. Microsoft didn't think too much about it and let the courts get involved. Sadly for Microsoft, they have lost 4 of the 5 claims.

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The Internet is Not Always Mean

The Internet can be a wickedly mean place. For once, however, we have a story where real life was mean and the Internet came through to resolve the issue. Here's the situation: you might have seen the YouTube video entitled "Making The Bus Monitor Cry." In this video, a group of 12- and 13-year-old boys harass a 68-year-old bus monitor to the point where she cries. Obviously this was a terrible thing to do to anyone, let alone a senior citizen.

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