"CNET Live: November 15, 2007"
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CNET Live: November 15, 2007
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>> Coming up on CNET Live, the secret pain of John C.
Dvorak. He's really here.
>> Plus I'm in love with the new Zooms, stay tuned to
find out why.
>> And a high-tech cure for stinky shoes. All that and
more coming up on CNET Live.
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>> Welcome to CNET Live, I'm Molly Wood and you are not
>> I am not Tom Merit.
>> You are also not Brian Cooley.
>> Not Cooley.
>> We are continuing the rotating cast of CNET Live
hosts today. Tom Merit is unfortunately out,
super-sick, and Brian Cooley is either in the back room
having lunch or on vacation or actually covering the LA
auto show. So Donald Bell, our senior editor for
digital music and MP3s was kind enough to fill in today.
>> It's a pleasure to be here.
>> Thanks for coming. Absolutely. We will be taking
your calls, as per usual -- and of course when you call
>> You'll be talking to Cheryl.
>> Where is Cheryl? Is she back there?
>> There's Cheryl.
>> Hello. You really will be talking to Cheryl. There
she is. But before we get to your calls it's time for
things we crave.
>> Things we crave.
>> The things we crave come to us thanks to fellow
editors at cnet.com, of which Donald Bell is in fact
one. He did not, however, post about the very important
electric foot stink busters.
>> Otherwise known as the eco-shoes dryer. This is what
I am craving today because --
>> Well, for my husband, ah ha, yes. The eco-shoes
dryer is apparently little portable dryers. They go
inside your shoes. They cost 27 each -- $27 each --
which I think is a little much.
>> Someone buy just one?
>> I don't -- well, maybe you have just one stinky
foot. [ Laughter ]
>> Yeah, this is surprising. I was expecting this to be
like a little tiny, like a dryer, like, machine, that
you shoved them into. Not so much.
>> Well, of course it comes to us from Japan, worth
noting, because they do not mess around when it comes to
>> I bet this is like, radiation, in the foot here.
Actually using nuclear power to radiate your stink.
>> See, come on, I think it's just a dryer. Because you
know the root of all stink is moisture.
>> That's good to know. I'm going drop that at my next
>> The eco-shoes dryer. We think it's been $55 a pair.
Try it out if you've got some foot problems.
>> All right, well I've got my crave item, if we can
switch over, is the 3 D x-ray version of a jet fighter
helmet. This is a new fighter helmet that is scary as
>> Look at the green eyes.
>> I know, it's -- if you -- [Inaudible] in a dark
alley with this helmet I would seriously just run away
crying. But it's pretty cool. It basically enables jet
fighters to be able to look past the cockpit floor and
be able to see 360 degrees around them so that they
basically -- the cockpit itself is no barrier for them
to be able to see where they're flying.
>> So it's like a virtual head's up display? Like it
short of shows -- gathers information from around the
jet and then projects it on to there?
>> Projects it on so they can see it. Yeah. And I'm
hoping this is going trickle down into car technology.
I want to be able to see underneath my car while I'm
>> See, now that sounds like an accident waiting to
happen. Actually, multiple accidents, because everyone
driving by would be looking at you -- as you are
driving right off the road because you're busy looking
at thumbtacks that are under there. Or something.
>> It would be cool.
>> I don't know. I don't know if I'm buying this. All
right. Let's get to your calls here on CNET Live,
because the lines are full. Let's start with Andrew,
who I think has a call about the OL PC. Andrew, are you
>> I am here.
>> Hello, what's your question?
>> I wanted to know if you either have a recommendation
-- I was going ask Tom if you had a recommendation for
a killer app for like the LINUX on the [Inaudible] PC.
Because he's not here I was wondering if you knew how to
possibly put Windows on, like, a 4 gig SD card and then
maybe put that into the OL PC.
>> Oh, I see. So you're wanting to run -- so you're
saying just because our resident LINUX hippy isn't here
today -- can't ask [Inaudible] --
>> Yeah, more or less.
>> I appreciate that, actually. I'm very grateful for
>> You're totally right.
>> So you're not necessarily wanting to replace the
LINUX operating system with XP, you're just wanting to
run it remotely?
>> Maybe like dual boot.
>> Oh, maybe dual boot. Dual boot is going to be tough.
I know that -- I mean, just primarily because of power.
It seems like if you compare the minimum specs, the
minimum requirements of XP to the specs of the OL PC
you're cutting it pretty close.
>> Yeah. It's not going to be too fast, though, to run
>> Yeah. It's going to be pretty slow to run it. I
mean, you certainly I think could dual boot, right?
Because you can find partitioning software for a LINUX
[Inaudible] and then you could go that way. But you
might be interested to know that Microsoft is actually
not wanting to be shut out of that important developing
market of children -- underprivileged children -- is
working on porting Windows XP over to the OL PC. So
they're actually working on creating a Windows version
specifically for the OL PC.
>> Get those underprivileged children frustrated with
Windows XP, just like the rest of us.
>> That's right. You want to make sure that a
generation does not grow up only knowing LINUX.
>> Without shaking their fists into the air cursing Bill
>> I think the dual -- I think definitely the dual boot
is an option. Let us know if you get it working.
Thanks Andrew. All right. You can call us just like
Andrew did at 800 -- 888-900-C-N-E-T.
>> You got it.
>> [Inaudible] with a phone number, and it's not the
same one. 888-900-C-N-E-T -- that's 2638. Coming up,
though, we'll have me and John C. Dvorak.
>> But first I just spent the last week playing around
with the new Microsoft Zooms. And I'm pretty impressed.
Here's a first look at the new high capacity 80-gigabyte
Zoom. [ Music ]
>> Hey, I'm Donald Bell, senior editor for digital audio
and MP3. And today we're taking a first look at the new
Microsoft Zoom. This is an 80-gigabyte high-capacity
Zoom that they've just come out with 6789 comes only in
black -- at least for the movement -- and sells for
around $249. Now the big improvements over the new Zoom
over last year's Zoom is that the new one is thinner,
has a wider screen, it's got a 3.2 inch screen now, and
has a different control method, navigation panel on
this, instead of just clicking up and down left and
right, you can actually scroll by touching the touch
pad. Other little things, the back is now aluminum.
The operating system has been completely overhauled.
There are still some things from last year's operating
system, like the twist interface, things we liked about
last year's operating system. But it looks a lot
different. The main menu screen is really big,
beautiful, you can customize the background photo. And
on the main menu screen you now have a button for
podcasts, and that's a big deal. Up until now there
have never been any really good competitors to the iPod
as far as tight integration for audio and video
podcasts. The new Zoom does it very well. You can
digest podcasts in small doses and resume playback where
you last left off. You can even unsubscribe from
podcasts directly from your player, and when you sync up
your player again it will know that you wanted to
unsubscribe from that podcast. That's a pretty cool
feature. So video looks really great on this. The
built-in Wi-Fi antenna on the Zoom still doesn't
support, like, online Web browsing, things that the iPod
Touch or the iPhone would do. But it is pretty cool.
The Wi-Fi antenna on the latest version of the Zoom will
let you do wireless syncing with your home library. You
can setup your Zoom so that when you get home you can
dock it, and it will know to look for your wireless home
network and sync any podcast content, new downloads,
sync it to your Zoom over the Wi-Fi network, and you
don't have to connect this directly to your computer.
So overall, we really liked the new 80-gigabyte Zoom.
We know the Zoom name has been kicked around a lot, but
this one really refines the ideas that were pretty good
about the first one and makes them excellent. I am
Donald Bell, and that was the first look at the
80-gigabyte Microsoft Zoom.
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>> All right, he's been cranky, cantankerous, even
irascible. We're here with John C. Dvorak today, and
what I want to know is aren't you really just hurting
them before they hurt you?
>> Yeah, that's the way -- good offense beats a good
defense. Or good defense -- I don't know, one of the
two. It depends on the super bowl game what defense you
>> Okay. He also knows football, it turns. And
actually, interesting factoid about John C. Dvorak, you
are on CNET TV for a while. I think we even have a
>> Oh God.
>> A look back.
>> There I am. Had a bit of a haircut, that's for sure.
>> You look good, though. Look at the suit. Good
times. See now, I'm going say you look almost exactly
>> Well, except for this hair -- this hair is -- I've
got to get a new haircut. So the funny -- I was
watching one of those old clips. Some of the stuff I
would do on that show I would -- one time I was
watching myself after the show I would watch and say, I
don't even remember doing this. But I think gene says
to me how do you tell a good wine when the wine waiter
brings it over? He says you grab the cork, you bite it
off, you chew it up, and if the wine's no good you spit
it in the wine waiter's face. And I'm watching myself
say this, and it was quite funny by the way because I
just ripped it off.
>> So you thought, was I drunk when I said that, or what
>> I was as sober as a judge. I don't know how I do
these things. But anyway --
>> So John, you are host of the cranky geeks podcast and
weekly live show.
>> Right? You also have dvorak.org/blog where your
opinions can be found. And then your columns appear in
>> Well, I've also got another -- I've got the tech 5
podshow.com show, which is a daily 5-minute news review
where I ranted about this thing yesterday too.
>> So that's a pod show. And I do some work -- I work
with them and then I'm at marketwatch.com. I have a
weekly column. And then bcmagazine.com. You can find
my columns [Inaudible] on the magazine. And then I'm
scattered around some other things.
>> So you're, like, not that busy.
>> I could find -- I need to clean my office. Let's
>> Well, all right, it would be a waste of time to have
you here and not get you on a rant. So I understand you
want to talk a little bit about some poor unfortunate
Microsoft exec who made the mistake of speaking in
>> Yeah, it's a blunder. There's a story that's in CNET
news -- cnetnews.com, and it was probably run yesterday
or the day before -- Tuesday, okay, November 13. You
can look it up. Tom Esperner is the writer. Anyway,
there's a -- the story is written apparently -- I
guess this came out of the England. But there was a
meeting in Britain and these two -- just read you a
little bit of it. Demonstration took place Monday at an
event called Get Safe Online a joint initiative of the
UK government and industry. Anyway, they brought these
two guys on from this series organized crime agency,
which if it actually does exist -- they showed how you
can break into an unsecured wireless network as though
no one has ever done this.
>> There was no anti virus, no fire wall, no anti spy
wear. These two guys who wouldn't say who they are --
these two guys Mick and Andy.
>> Is that even a break in, or is that just like opening
the door and walking in.
>> All you have to do is -- they claimed that they used
these secret tools that they couldn't say what the tools
were, but you can do it with just the basic Vista by
clicking on View Available Wireless Networks, find one
that's unsecure and click on it, you're on.
>> But anyway, they made it like, oh it was a big deal.
And then they go on about how amazing it was using some
other tools, and then typing in a bunch of IP addresses
they could figure out the IP address of the computer
that they had cracked.
>> And I'm thinking all you do is go to Google and type
in what's my IP address, because you're going to be on
that network, and it tells you.
>> See, that's actually a good tip, because I always
just use the command line thing. But I didn't know you
could just use Google.
>> Oh, just use Google. There's about 40 sites that
[Inaudible] tell you what your IP address. Click on any
one, that's your IP address. So these guys are making
-- and they won't say the software is, this mysterious
software. Now wasn't bad enough that these two bone
heads are trying to bamboozle these idiots, that there's
a Microsoft executive there who claims that he was
shocked and dismayed by this whole thing. He had no
idea you can do this.
>> So the worst part is that the idiots were in fact
>> Ah --
>> So it was the Microsoft executive said I'm horrified
by this obvious security breech?
>> See if I can find -- yeah, something like that if I
could find it.
>> That's not good.
>> You hear -- well, I'm not even going say his name.
But he's the head of platform strategy for Microsoft UK
was surprised by the incident. The demonstration we saw
was both enlightening and frightening to witness the
seeming ease of the attack on the Windows computer, said
-- his name -- but the computer was new, not patched
-- like that would make a difference -- unbelievable.
>> Well, this article should be more critical, I'm sorry
about blocking your camera there.
>> No, that's okay.
>> Just do a lot of -- [ Multiple voices speaking ]
>> And we'll talk to him next week about his article.
And then you're also in the new this week, are Face
Book's new social ads legal?
>> You know, I have to --
>> This is an interesting story.
>> Now this story -- now this is another one of your
stories, but I like this one so I am going balance this
one a little bit.
>> But this article that ran again in the blog by
Caroline McCarthy [assumed spelling] in November 15 --
and you know what, we've talked about this on cranky
geeks, and I talked about this here and there. I never
thought about this one part of the social, you know,
these ads -- you're going buy something you recommend
and I'm going get my name on it. Oh, John Dvorak bought
this. I forget about this element, which is the fact
that there's a celebrity law involved. Anybody who's
partially known at all, you can't just use their name
without their permission and paying them.
>> Well, it's not even just celebrities, right? There
was that New York law professor who said that it was
anybody. You can't use someone's likeness and or
endorsement without their permission, whether they're
famous or not.
>> Right, right.
>> Yeah. And so they're trying to figure out if it's
legal or not. And I think the law right now it's a
privacy law in New York. And so the question is whether
that law is going to apply across the board.
>> The lawyer in here or one of them said that it looks
like most of the states have similar laws. There's
enough that -- because Face Book can't differentiate
where that page is going anyway. So they're going to be
violation some place or other. So this is not going to
>> Yeah. It sounds like -- which is too bad, because
it's a pretty interesting ad platform. It seems like a
pretty good way to leverage -- you know, I'm not saying
I'm going buy all the things my friends are going to buy
-- but it was clever.
>> It was clever. Yeah. It was a clever way to
[Inaudible] -- [ Multiple voices speaking ]
>> Yeah. Well, they -- they're going to fight it a
little bit, but it will be kaput.
>> So this is just a -- a brief look at what you can
expect from cranky geeks and the other publications you
work on. Also, some recent predicts from you. The
Google phone, no good. Vista, death watch.
>> Vista death watch?
>> Well I put --
>> You switching to Mac now for good?
>> No, I still use mostly Windows machines. But I have
to say the new version of the Mac operating system with
all the cute little niceties, some of those are actually
extremely useful. The one I, you know, you discover
them kind of, as you go along. You use the newest
platform of Mac?
>> I haven't tried it out yet.
>> You use Leopard, right?
>> They only send us one machine. I've many -- [
Multiple voices speaking ]
>> When you open up a folder they have little pictures,
little icons, so like, it says a doc file, a little icon
of a doc file, but it's not actually the icon of a doc
file. It's actually the icon shrunk of your first page
of that file, is a little bitty version of your
document. So you can visually see -- and like, it has
an HTML file, it will have the front page of the web
site. So the computer has -- what they've done here
which I think is being overlooked a little bit, is the
computer has decided that it can't do all the work for
you. You are a good pattern recognition machine, much
better than a computer is. So let's throw these icons,
accurate icons, up so I can now scan -- because I say,
all these documents, I can't remember what I named this
thing, was it one, two, three, four -- but I can
actually see the little doc file. It's an icon, it's
>> Not just pretty, it turns out. All right, coming up
next, download of the week, insider secret. Thanks
>> Claus Umlaut, umpire at the '85 U.S. Open
>> Wait, there's a chance that ball did hit the line.
You're not evil.
>> Are you handling disputes with a simple phone call?
You a card member?
>> So miss Jones, what seems to be the problem?
>> The holidays are coming, and I'm having my annual
meltdown over shopping.
>> Ah yes, the nightmare before Christmas,
>> Actually, we're Druids.
>> Gifting anxiety does not discriminate.
>> My family, my friends, they all love gadgets, but
it's just so hard to keep up, and I'm afraid -- I'll
make the wrong choice, and then they'll think I'm a
>> I'm sure is just has to do with some traumatic
gifting event in your childhood.
>> Nonsense, your condition is perfectly understandable,
and the solution is simple.
>> It is?
>> It is. Just tune in to CNET's 10-hour holiday help
>> It is?
>> It is. Just tune into CNET's 10-hour holiday help
desk marathon. Our staff of experts will take your
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>> Welcome back to CNET Live where we are taking your
calls live at 888-900-CNET, 2638. I'm joined by Donald
Bell, our MP3 and digital audio editor at cnet.com.
We're going to get to your calls in just a minute, but
first it's the download of the week.
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>> The download of the week comes to us from our friends
at download.com. Today that download is Mirro [assumed
spelling] -- [Inaudible] there we go, Mirro, which is
the newest incarnation of the Democracy Player. Maybe
you remember the Democracy Player which is sort of a
great way to collect and gather -- give you feeds of
all kinds of online video. They had a view major media
partners. It was mainly for gathering together video
podcasts and things like that. They have rereleased out
of beta --
>> I know. I remember hearing about this when it was
still in beta and was a little bit buggy. But having
played around with Mirro a little bit at home, it is
really well done. It's got a beautiful kind of full
screen mode so that you can watch -- you can create
your own channels, so if you like your technology, kind
of video podcasts all in one place.
>> I think we have a little video demo we can watch
>> Yeah, you can browse through it, put it in full
screen mode. And it's a great option for people who
like taking their media experience on a laptop, or if
they have a media center hooked up to their television
>> So not even just necessarily for people who want to
watch on your laptop. You said it's great -- it
actually does some streaming? Oh, I have noises coming
out. So, one thing to know about it is it's not a Holo
[assumed spelling] or juice type experience. It doesn't
have a ton of kind of network television capabilities --
>> No --
>> Built in or --
>> No, it's biggest claim to fame is that it's bringing
all the great free stuff that's out there on the
Internet and organizing it all into one place.
>> Right. And you know, there's a lot of stuff.
>> There's a lot of stuff out there.
>> Turns out, on the Internet, to watch, right? Like us
right here. All right. That is our download of the
week, and now it is time to get to your calls on
888-900-CNET -- C-N-E-T. Who do we have on the line.
All right, it looks like William is on the line with a
question about converting video for the iPhone. William
>> Thanks for coming on. What's your question.
>> Is there any way to convert video [Inaudible] on my
computer to iPhone format for free?
>> For free? Seems to be the rub.
>> The first thing I would try to do is to drag it into
iTunes. ITunes has a built in conversion process. It's
kind of slow, but if your movie pops up into iTunes and
plays in iTunes you should be able to convert it for the
iPhone within the application. There's some other ways
you can go. There is a free converter open source
called Media Coder that I found on line that's available
at Source Forge [assumed spelling]. I know that's a
pretty good one, I've used before in testing --
converting videos from different formats for testing MP3
players here at CNET, I've used that before.
>> And it looks like on download.com there's a free iPod
video converter, which possibly will also work for the
iPhone. It's specifically meant for iPod, but I would
think that the video formats are the same -- or
>> Basically, what you're trying to do is get the video
into the MP4 video format.
>> Which by the way is the format that all CNET TV video
downloads are in.
>> How convenient.
>> We're already converted for you. But this is quite
the cottage industry. I was surprised, there are
already a bunch of programs that have popped up
primarily for converting DVD video to iPhone, and those
are all, you know, 45, 50 bucks.
>> If you're wanting to do that, not that it's legal --
>> Questionable legality in that. There's also a great
product called Handbreak that's also open source. And
>> Okay. Hope that answered your question William.
Let's move on here. We've got a question from Van from
North Carolina. Wanting to know should you upgrade an
iBook or buy a new Mac book. Are you there Van?
>> Hey guys, how are you doing?
>> Good, how are you doing?
>> Pretty good.
>> Thanks for calling in, what's your question, did I
summarize correctly there?
>> Yeah. I have an iBook, and believe it or not I just
bought it off eBay, and of course Apple released
Leopard. Kind of -- [Inaudible] -- but I was
wondering whether I should upgrade it, you know, and get
maybe another hard drive and some more RAM, and then
upgrade to [Inaudible] and Leopard. Or just go ahead
and try to sell it again on eBay and then get a Mac
book. A refurbished Mac book at the Apple store.
>> Is this a G3 or a G4 iBook?
>> It's a G4 12-inch. I don't know if that helps.
>> Yeah, actually the little bit that I know about this.
Josh Wiminson [assumed spelling] from Webware has gotten
Leopard to run on his G 4 iBook. It's slow. It doesn't
do all the fancy video, you know, transitions that it
would be able to do on a Mac book. But I believe it's
possible. I think he's been able to get it up and
>> And that's kind of -- I think the tone there should
maybe guide you a little bit. If you --
>> It's possible.
>> You can get it up and running. That doesn't
necessarily mean it's going to work really well for you.
One thing that is suggested if you are considering
upgrading, Life Hacker [assumed spelling] has a really
good article on this that we can post in the blog for
you, blog.cnet.com -- cnettv.com. They really recommend
a clean install if you're going to do it. Kind of
similar to what you would consider in the Windows world.
Maybe don't just upgrade over top of Tiger. You might
want to consider a clean install. But I have heard a
lot about problems with Leopard, with upgrades. And so
it -- Macs, they're one of those machine -- they've
got a really good resale value, and it doesn't kind of
matter, even, if it's running Tiger. It might be worth
considering -- look around for some completed options,
you know, or auctions, see if you can get a good price
for it and maybe consider a new one. Hope that helps
you out, Van. Let's take one more call here. We have
got a question from Mark in Canada on the difference
between HDTV and wide screen computer monitors. Are you
>> Yes, I am. How are you doing?
>> Hi, good thanks. What are you wondering?
>> Well, I'm trying to build a computer to use as a
media box, just -- and I'm going put an HD tuner in it.
But I have an opportunity to get a 22-inch wide screen
monitor, just a computer monitor to use as a display.
And I'm wondering am I going to lose any quality between
using an LCD computer monitor versus an HDTV.
>> Good question. What operating system are you going
to put on there?
>> It's going to have just XP with --
>> Yeah, XP with the media center.
>> Okay, so XP is the good news, because it sounds like
there are big problems with Vista being able to output
certain kinds of HD video. The short answer is that it
depends on the monitor. Do you know which one you have?
>> It's a -- it's not the best kind. I think it's a
>> 22-inch LCD with the DVI.
>> Yeah, I mean, because there are kind of differences
in the monitors I would say that an off-brand one is a
little sketchier. But it also just depends on the Mac's
resolution on the monitor. Do you know what that is?
>> I don't know what it is, offhand. No.
>> The little bit I know about this too is what you're
paying for with HDTV televisions is the quality of the
tubes, the actual lighting system, the backlighting on
it. So kind of an off market LCD monitor is not going
to give you the best color or presentation for video,
even if it does have the resolution.
>> Yeah, definitely. I think -- I think, you know, if
you're talking about HD, then LCD TV is the way to go.
And you know that those [Inaudible] TVs are nice and
cheap, and that might be the way to go. All right.
That's our last call. I hope not for the show, but for
this moment. I hope that helped you out. We now have
an e-mail question, actually. Robin Sacramento [assumed
spelling] writes into CNET Live at cnet.com. I've been
thinking of getting an Xbox 360 because of the media
extender options, but all of the games like Zelda and
Mario that I love are on the Wii. Can you help a
brother out? Can I hack a Wii to be a media extender?
Well, the answer is yes, and also no. As you will find
out in today's insider secret.
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>> The Nintendo Wii is great for Wii sports, but doesn't
sport any of the streaming media features of Xbox 360.
Want to stream photos, movies, and videos straight from
your desktop to your Wii? Then we've got you covered.
I'm Randal Bay [assumed spelling] for cnet.com, and
today we'll show you how to turn your Wii into a media
>> Getting your media from the desktop to the living
room is a lot easier than you think. We're going to use
Orb streaming software and the Wii's Web browser to get
video and media right off your PC and on your TV.
First, open up your Web browser and head to
mycast.orb.com and download the orb streaming software.
Run the installer and you'll be prompted to create an
account. Click Next and you're off to the races. While
the software is installing [Inaudible] will make sure
that your PC is fast enough to handle realtime media
streaming. The installer will ask you a few questions
about your home network configuration. After that, the
installer will finish and prompt you to log on to
mycastdotorb.com for the first time. Orb will
automatically add your My Videos, your My Pictures, and
My Music folders to your library. But if you've got
media in other places you'll need to add them manually.
Head down to the bottom-right corner and look for the
orb icon in your system tray. Right-click on it, select
Configuration, and then you'll see a tab where you can
specify where your TV shows are saved, and the media tab
where you can add more folders to your library. After
you add a folder you should be able to go back to
mycast.orb.com and see the files show up in your
library. You've only got one more thing to do to make
sure our media center PC is ready to play nicely with
our Wii. Head to the Settings page in the corner of the
My Calf Site [assumed spelling]. Now, under the general
list from the drop down menu you'll see an entry for
streaming formats. Make sure you set this to Flash so
that all your videos will be able to play in any Web
browser, including your Wii. Let's head on to your Wii
and start watching some videos on our PC. We've already
setup our Wii to work with our Wi-Fi network. So now
we'll just log on to Orb from the Wii. We'll go
mycast.orb.com, enter in our user name and password, and
viola, a streamlined interface to access your media.
Now in order for you to use the Internet channel you'll
have to go to the Wii shop channel and pony up 500 extra
Wii points if you haven't already done it. The process
is pretty simple from start to finish, but there's one
issue that seems to be creeping up on forums everywhere,
and that's fire walls. If you're using a fire wall
you've got make sure to unblock the ports that Orb needs
to get through your fire wall. Also remember that I
solution works for more than just your Wii. You can use
Orb to play shift to other devices like laptops, PDAs,
or cell phones or any other devices with integrated
media player or Flash. Now if you're using a Mac or a
LINUX box as your media server there are other options
too, like Wii media center for Mac or Miss TV for LINUX
that let's you get your stream on if you're not afraid
of a little Google searching. You should be off and
running now with your wonderful right Wii. I'm going to
get back to watching some TV shows I've been waiting
for. I'm Randal Bay for cnet.com. See you later.
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>> We'll be back with your calls in just a minute, but
first it's time for best of the Web. Best of the Web is
brought to you my our friends at webware.com. Today,
the best of the Web -- it's all about finding you a
little bit of love -- in a hurry.
>> In one minute or less.
>> In one minute or less at woome.com. Or as I like to
call it, woooo-me. Because when you look at it in the
URL bar it looks really funny. So the deal is they have
these sessions, right, like little sessions for speed
dating via web cam. And you pop into your session if
you miss it, somebody else can jump in there and dupe
your potential future mate. And then you woo them. You
just woo them.
>> So it's a round-robin of wooing.
>> Yeah, it's just that simple.
>> I like that it's the one minute, like, you know, hold
on that. It can't get nasty after only one minute.
>> Yeah. Exactly --
>> You know, next.
>> You've got one minute to get in, get out, do your
wooing, go on home. Yeah, it's kind of interesting.
And they say -- I don't know about this -- they say
that there are all kinds of topics. For example, you
could try to find yourself a baby sitter or a car pool
partner. It's not just about wooing.
>> Can you go from finding a baby sitter to finding,
like, you know, your next mate within the snap of a --
>> Maybe you're just trying to find out how much they
really like children.
>> I don't know. I don't think that those two should be
brought together in the same site is my thing.
>> Yeah, I don't know. It's a little interesting. All
right. We've got time for just one or two more calls,
so let's get those going. Our first call here is Jacob
in Brooklyn, New York, with a question about streaming
media. Are you there Jacob?
>> Yeah, hey.
>> Hey, how's it going?
>> Okay. First I'd just like to say that I don't really
have a problem with the rotating hosts. Fine by me. I
>> Great. Thanks.
>> You just had a video about extending your media using
the Wii. I was wondering though, what's recommended. I
don't have any game console yet, I don't have any media
extender. I have a Vista laptop. It's a premium, so I
have the media center. So what do you recommend I use;
what should I buy?
>> Well, so if you've got media center, you're halfway
there already, right? It sounds like you would probably
just need a -- the actual media extender -- media
center extender, and so you can go with the Xbox,
obviously. Which is kind of not going have a price cut
for this holiday season, unfortunately. They already
announced. But still, you know, it's a pretty good
value if you're using it for media in addition to
gaming, because you can do all the TV and movie
downloads. So you can stream the media not only from
your computer, but also get some new media, and that's
-- you know, in terms of hardware that's going to be
guaranteed to work the best with media center, I think
that's probably going to be your best bet.
>> Okay. Hope that helps you out.
>> Thanks a lot.
>> All right. I think we have time for one more quick
call. We have Evan on the line. Evan, you have a
question about Logitech speakers, are you there?
>> How's it going, what's your question?
>> I'm wondering -- I bought a pair of -- a set of Z
5500 Logitech speakers, and the sub woofer makes this --
a slight humming noise. I was wondering how to get rid
>> Yeah, a slight humming noise. If I was hearing a
humming noise coming out of a speaker I would think two
things. Either that you've got a problem having the
speakers pow being grounded. Is it only the sub?
>> Well, it's got -- the sub woofer has a -- what is
it called? The thing that supplies power to everything.
>> Yeah. Do you know if that's plugged into, like, a
three-prong outlet in your home, or is that coming off a
USB or what's driving the speakers, power wise.
>> Just a normal outlet.
>> Normal outlet.
>> Normal outlet. I think your problem might be having
the actual power outlet grounded. So that will usually
take away that 60 hertz hum noise. Either that or you
got a defective speaker.
>> Yeah. If it's something you can take into a repair
shop, it's probably worth checking out -- [ Multiple
voices speaking ]
>> The only quick fix I can think about that is usually
you can find those little two-prong to three-prong
adapters for your wall outlet that will help ground that
connection, so that will help take away the hum.
>> All right, hope that helps you, give that a try Evan.
Sounds like a pretty decent selection to me. Okay, so
next week, as you know, is Thanksgiving, next Thursday
is Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States. That
means there will be no CNET Live show.
>> However, we will be making it up to you in spades on
Friday November 23 with the holiday help desk. For
example, we will be taking your calls all day long, live
from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Time, and we're also
giving away Wii bundles worth $600. So it's not just --
>> I need that.
>> I -- see, Donald is a Wii virgin.
>> I am a Wii virgin.
>> Can you believe that? So if you didn't get your
question answered today, and we had a lot of calls and
it was awesome -- make sure you call us on that Friday,
Black Friday. November 23, for the holiday help desk.
See you then.
>> I'll be there.
>> Donald will be there.
>> Give me your [Inaudible] questions.
>> Bye everyone.
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