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Archive for March 2008

Episode 18 – Selling Linux – Part 2

This week, we will continue our discussion with a provider who specializes in Linux based solutions and learn about the challenges of selling Linux, the current state of hardware support for Linux based platforms and the how we can best learn to use Linux ourselves in order to provide open source products and services to our customers. Part 2 of a 3 part series.

TechPodcasts Promo Tag :10
Intro 1:17
Billboard :53

News and Comment segment 5:06
The OpenOffice.org Community announced the release of OpenOffice.org 2.4 yesterday. According to a press release, OpenOffice.org 2.4 is the eleventh and latest release of the 2.x series initially launched in the fall of 2005 and offers some major improvements over previous releases including a few new features and bug repairs to existing components.

PC World published a list of what they consider world’s best free stuff on the web. The article, called 101 Fantastic Freebies, lists 101 online services and software downloads such as BitDefender Online Scanner, Winamp and Microsoft Office Live Workspace. A subscription to PC World is also free to professionals who qualify. if you would like a free subscription to PC World, Mac World and other publications simply go the www.theforcefield.net and click on the menu item labeled Free Publications on the right side bar.

The Force Field is conducting a Trivia Contest during the month of March. If you are a regular listener of The Force Field podcast, you now have the chance to take your knowledge of the show and win prizes! All you have to do is listen to the podcast, log into The Force Field web site at theforcefield.net, click on The Force Field Podcast Trivia Contest link on the right sidebar and answer the ten trivia questions. If you answer all ten questions correctly you will be entered into a drawing to win a 1GB USB flash drive or an Nvidia partnerForce T-shirt! Enter The Force Field podcast Trivia Contest today and win! Contest ends March 31, 2008.

According to a recent study, 70% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 prefer to work for employers who allow them to commute via the web. The study was conducted by Citrix Online, the provider of the popular web based service called GoToMeeting. Try GotoMeeting free for 30 days! For this special offer, visit www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts.

Microsoft confirmed reports that Windows 7 is scheduled for release in 2010. After the long awaited release of Windows Vista, Microsoft said they planned to schedule a new release every three years. A build of the next version, code named Windows 7, is already in the hands of federal regulators for their review in accordance with the terms of a settlement reached in 2002 with the US Department of Justice in their anti-trust case against Microsoft.

Commercial Break :53
Geekazine Podcast Promo :30

The Mike Tech Show Podcast promo :23

Intro to Interview 1:43
In our last episode we were introduced to Linux as a viable alternative to selling and supporting Windows. We talked with Todd Hughes, a provider who sells and supports only open source solutions and learned how he started his business.

This week we’re going to continue our discussion with Todd and learn more about the business of selling Linux. We will learn about some of the difficult selling points of Linux, the best way to get into the sales and support of Linux based platforms and find out where he thinks Linux and open source marketplace is heading in the next few years as we continue our discussion in part 2 of our three part series on – Selling Linux.

Todd Hughes Interview 16:55

Wrap up and Close :46

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Episode 17 – Selling Linux – Part 1

This week, we will talk with a provider who specializes in Linux and Linux based solutions and find out how we can provide open source solutions to our customers as well. Part 1 of a 3 part series.

TechPodcasts Promo Tag :10
Intro 1:17
Billboard 4:26

News and Comment segment 4:57
Intel Corp. announced that it plans to release a six core processor before the end of 2008. The Force Field is conducting a Trivia Contest during the month of March.

If you are a regular listener of The Force Field podcast, you now have the chance to take your knowledge of the show and win prizes! All you have to do is listen to the podcast, log into The Force Field web site at theforcefield.net, click on The Force Field Podcast Trivia Contest link on the right sidebar and answer the ten trivia questions. If you answer all ten questions correctly you will be entered into a drawing to win a 1GB USB flash drive or an Nvidia partnerForce T-shirt! Enter The Force Field podcast Trivia Contest today and win! Contest ends March 31, 2008.

The idea for the Force Field Trivia Contest came from Genoagirl, one of the Administrators of TheForceField.Net. We needed to meet with the other administrators to plan the details of the contest, and a physical meeting was out of the question. So we used GoToMeeting. Try GotoMeeting free for 30 days! For this special offer, visit www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts.

Microsoft notified users of its popular Excel spreadsheet program that a patch released Tuesday causes the application to return erroneous results in calculations. The patch was for Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-014, a vulnerability in Excel that allows remote code execution. The patch was listed as critical and effects Microsoft Office Excel 2000, XP, 2003 and 2007 as well as Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008 for Mac. The bug causes certain calculations performed in Microsoft Excel to return a value of – zero.

Commercial Break :53
Geekazine Podcast Promo :30

The Mike Tech Show Podcast promo :23

Intro to Interview 2:16
Most IT Solution Providers are used to selling and supporting hardware and software in a Microsoft Windows environment and many hold Microsoft certifications or are experienced Windows users themselves. For the vast majority of these professionals, it is a Windows world and those who want to be profitable in the IT industry must know and support Microsoft Windows and other Windows based solutions.

For some of them it is all they know and is considered their only option, but there are a few service providers who carve their niche in the industry by specializing in alternative solutions.

One of those Providers is Todd Hughes. Todd is a Linux guru and writes articles and tutorials on Linux related topics at The Force Field.net. His most recent article is called Selling Open Source. The article touches on selling open source applications to your customers as effective alternatives to commercial programs.

This week we’re going to talk to Todd and find out how he began selling Linux, where the market for Linux is now and how we can sell open source solutions to our customers at great profit in part 1 of our three part series on Selling Linux.

Todd Hughes Interview 12:47

Wrap up and Close :46

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