Appearing on Friday's Community Chest rather than Monday's, Dominik Lukeš is telling Thordis Fridrickson about the top 25 stories in technology that made an impact in 2007. The discussion is punctuated by tech-related songs.

1. Web 2.0 sparks another bubble 2. Facebook's rise to power: APIs, Beacon, questions about people ruining careers by posting too much for prospective employers to find 3. Social networking - Google and Open Social 4. Mobile phone news: iPhone - HTC Touch/Vox/Kaiser - Android 5. Radiohead, Madona and the recording industry 6. DRM-free music - iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Amiestreet, 7. Jammy Thomas v. RIIA 8. Online video continues to grow amid lawsuits and US writers' strike - YouTube, Joost, iTunes 9. BBC iPlayer (also in Podcasting news - BBC Launches Archers, Newsquiz) 10. Net neutrality: Broadband providers throttle bandwidth and internet slowdown predicted? 11. Google buys Doubleclick and privacy is dead 12. Lost personal data: TK Maxx, UK Government, US institutions 13. Outages: Skype, Windows Genuine Advantage, Virgin Broadband, San Francisco office building, Rackspace 14. Vista, Leopard, Ubuntu - Failure, Questionable, Making strides 15. Cheap laptops: OLPC & Eee PC 16. Office 2007 introduces new approach to wordprocessing but is challenged by online services (ZoHo, Google Office) and OpenOffice 17. AMD lags behind Intel whose Core 2 reigns supreme 18. Amazon Kindle 19. Halo 3 - Guitar Hero, Rock Band 20. Wii vs. Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 21. HD TVs cheap but without proper content 22. Format War - BlueRay and HD DVD 23. Botnets - Estonia gets attacked, Spam - PDFs in Emails 24. 47% of people have Googled themselves 25. Word of the Year Woot

The songs played were:

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Tim referees a debate between Dominik and Clare Packer of VisitNorwich.com on the respective merits of online and offline shopping before Christmas.

Last TechTalk of the year will happen on Friday, 28 December from 10am-12pm and will consist of a tech news round up of 2007 accompanied by music on tech topics.

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Dominik shares tech gift ideas with Tim. Here's the Top 5 list:

  1. EEE PC: ultra portable and ultra cheap laptop from Asus
  2. Digital photo frame
  3. MP3 player filled with tracks or including a subscription to a music service like eMusic or Amiestreet
  4. Domain and a website (GoDaddy or 1&1)
  5. Printed photo gift - T-Shirt, Calendar, Mug, Key ring, Fridge magnet (Snapfish, Photobox, Tesco Photo, Jessops, and many others)

Don't forget to check out some free software, too:

  1. Firefox
  2. Free AVG
  3. Picassa
  4. Irfan View
  5. Open Office
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This week Dominik brings Tim and Ross the good news of the Amazon Kindle. Then he recommends installing Firefox to replace Internet Explorer and take advantage of tabs and the amazing keyboard shortcuts.

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This week Dominik explains Tim why he should not buy the iPhone and why he should donate to the OLPC initiative through LaptopGiving.org. Next up they talk about how to make sure your new computer is safe.

Step 1. Uninstall all 'crapware' - use PC Decrappifier. Step 2. Install a free antivirus such as AVG. Step 3. Go to your Security Center Control Panel and make sure your windows updates are set to automatic. Firewall and antispyware should be enabled on new computers by default. That and smart behavior should produce enough security while online.

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Dominik tells Ross and Tim about buying a new computer. What to look for and what to ignore. The big announcement about Google's Open Social platform also gets a mention. In the process, Ross and Tim find out more than they ever wanted to know about what an API is.

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This week, Ross debates Dominik and Tim on the merits of two social networking platforms My Space and Facebook. But first Dominik forces them to listen to some news about the new release of MacOS 10.5 (Leopard) and Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon). MacOS costs money but Ubuntu is free for anyone to try out. They even ship free live CDs so that you can try Linux on your computer without installing it.

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Hackers

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This week substituting for Tim MacWilliam, Dominik tells Stash Kirkbride everything about hackers. Most importantly:

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This week, Ross, Tim and Dominik were joined in the studio by Future Radio's production manager Dan Nyman to talk about the differences between Mac and PC.

Here are some Mac vs. PC links:

Later on Dominik and Tim talked about some more news such as The Archers being available as a podcast now, Radiohead releasing their latest CD online and George Harrison's catalog being available on the music download services.

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This week Ross is visiting Slovakia and Tim and Dominik discuss High Definition TVs and video players. First some news:

  • Amazon starts an MP3 download service
  • Woman in US loses  court case with RIAA for sharing music

What we discussed about HD TV:

  • What is HD? Resolution of monitor 720 or 1080 vertical pixels
  • Why buy or not buy an HD TV? Not enough HD video sources! Sky HD and some cable.
  • Differences between plasma and LCD?
  • Why not buy Blueray or HD DVD yet? We shouldn't encourage the format wars!
  • For regular DVDs on an HD TV you need an upscaling or upconverting DVD player.
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