Gordon And Mike's ICT Podcast
Perspectives on Technology and Education from Gordon F. Snyder, Jr. & Mike Qaissaunee

On Sunday (4/25/10) Mike Q shared his initial impressions after some hands-on time with an iPad. Mike does a great job describing the device along with some of his favorite applications for the device. Here’s some of the questions he answers:

  • So Mike you broke down and got an iPad - which one did you get?
  • Why only 16 gig?
  • So how long have you had it?
  • So give us some of your impressions. How is the battery life?
  • What about the screen?
  • What about the keyboard?
  • How much is the case?
  • Did you get any other peripherals? Can you connect it to a projector for presentations?
  • Have you been to the app store? What are some of your favorites so far?
  • What do iPhone apps look like on the iPad?
  • OK, how about some apps? Let's start with the iWork suite.
  • So what's your assessment of these apps?
  • What about Keynote?
  • Have you moved your Kindle content over? And, speaking of the Kindle I know you have a first generation one how do they compare as a reader?
  • What about some quick hits on some apps that you've found interesting ? 
  • Does it have a GPS radio? Have you tried out any of the location based applications?
  • What about some quick hits on some apps that you've found interesting ?
  • Whats up with Israel banning iPads?

Mike also provided a few screen shots from the device:

  • Here's a screen shot of a dictionary lookup created on the iPad.


  • Here's an OmniGraffle example created on the iPad.



  • Here's a Penultimate example created by Mike on the iPad.



Note: After we recorded the podcast, the Israeli Government lifted the ban on the WiFi iPad.

Direct download: iPad_Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:11pm EST

On Tuesday, we did our second network security podcast with Sam Bowne, Professor of Computer Networking and Information Technology from City College of San Francisco. We had a nice discussion with Sam sharing his thoughts on security and providing us with a snapshot of some of the latest and greatest developments in the field of network security.

Here’s some of the questions we asked Sam:

In our last conversation you mentioned that you got a BS and PhD without ever graduating high school. A number of listeners were amazed that you were able to do this and wanted more details – for example did you get a GED? Did you take the SATs?

Mike sent over an article on password cracking – did you see anything interesting in that article?

It’s been over a month since we last spoke. You had mentioned the PWN 2 OWN contest and were also planning to attend some training. Could you tell us the outcome of the contest and anything interesting you learned in your training?

Any interesting news in network security exploits or defenses in the last month?

Sam discusses a number of things in the podcast including:

  • Lifehacker password-guessing
  • Web of Trust Firefox (and Chrome)Extension
  • NoScript Firefox Extension
  • IPv4 Address Exhaustion
  • Wikileaks

Sam's class content, email and lots of other great stuff can be found at http://samsclass.info/ Check him out - one of the best!




Direct download: Network_Security_4_20_10_.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:45pm EST

Femtocells are just starting to be deployed in a broad range of applications with major network operators announcing rollouts in the USA, Europe and Asia.  They are basically small cellular base stations that people can put in their homes or businesses. They connect using a broadband connection (DSL, Cable, Fiber, etc) in the home or business. ABI Research forecasts that the total femtocell market in 2010 will reach 2.3 million units, and will exceed 45 million within five years. In this podcast we take a look at this emerging communications technology.

Here's some of the questions we discuss and answer:

  1. What are femtocells?
  2. How many phones can they support?
  3. Are products currently available?
  4. Let’s pick one and dig a little deeper on the device features. How about AT&T since it is the newest offering.
  5. So, you need to have a broadband connection on the site in place?
  6. Why is there a GPS radio in a Femtocell device?
  7. What about Femtocell Quality of Service or QoS?
  8. Are the Sprint and Verizon products 3G like AT&T’s?
  9. What about pricing?
  10. Is there a monthly fee?
  11. So, we had talked about the problem Mark was having with lack of cellular signal in his home and office. Would one of these in his home and another in his business solve his problem?


Direct download: Femtocell_Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:05pm EST