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A True Super Hero

I would like to take a moment and just salute my beautiful and talented co-host and friend Amy Elk.

This photo was made way before the murder of Amy’s sister Nique, so no one can say that this was drawn in light of the horror that has recently happened. In reality, who REALLY COULD argue it! To go through the amount of pain that this woman has gone through, and to step up to the plate and meet with news crew after news crew, reporter after reporter, answer question after ever pain stricken question.. who could argue that this is someone that truly deserves the title of a super hero in her own right.

A super hero that bares the weight of her grief stricken family on her shoulders… but, truly a super hero! You can donate in honor of her sister Nique by going to the following link.

This picture was made by the very talented Len Peralta

http://bit.ly/remembranceofniq​ue

Amy Elk on Twitter

 

Thank you so much everyone!

Chris Pope

Producer to The Tech Jives Network

 

Donations in memory of Amy Elk’s sister Nique Leili to the”National Coalition Against Domestic Violence”

UPDATED(7/21/11):

Dear Tech Jives Listeners, Fans, and Friends of Amy Elk.

As many of you know by now, Amy’s sister Nique was murdered. Saturday July 16th, 2011 the body of Nique was found not too far from where she lived here in Georgia.

I originally put this together to order flowers for Nique’s funeral cermony. Amy and her family have asked me to make the donation to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  I think is a great idea and will be more than happy to honor it.

The donation will be made in Nique’s name and I’ll be putting together something to give to Amy and her family that will contain the names of the people who have donated as well as the comments you all have made.

If you would like to donate a little money via PayPal, we would greatly appreciate it. Please feel free to leave a comment for Amy and her family when submitting your donation.

If you prefer to send a check instead of PayPal, please send it to the following address.

P.O. Box 999

Powder Springs, Ga. 30127

Make the check out to Chris Pope and write the name “Nique” on the memo line. Also please email me to confirm you’ve sent it so I can document that it is on the way. Chris @ TechJives. Net

Thanks in advance!

Chris Pope

Producer of The Tech Jives Network

 

Donations in memory of Amy Elk’s sister Nique Leili to the “National Coalition Against Domestic Violence”

UPDATED(7/21/11):

Dear Tech Jives Listeners, Fans, and Friends of Amy Elk.

As many of you know by now, Amy’s sister Nique was murdered. Saturday July 16th, 2011 the body of Nique was found not too far from where she lived here in Georgia.

I originally put this together to order flowers for Nique’s funeral cermony. Amy and her family have asked me to make the donation to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  I think is a great idea and will be more than happy to honor it.

The donation will be made in Nique’s name and I’ll be putting together something to give to Amy and her family that will contain the names of the people who have donated as well as the comments you all have made.

If you would like to donate a little money via PayPal, we would greatly appreciate it. Please feel free to leave a comment for Amy and her family when submitting your donation.

If you prefer to send a check instead of PayPal, please send it to the following address.

P.O. Box 999

Powder Springs, Ga. 30127

Make the check out to Chris Pope and write the name “Nique” on the memo line. Also please email me to confirm you’ve sent it so I can document that it is on the way. Chris @ TechJives. Net

Thanks in advance!

Chris Pope

Producer of The Tech Jives Network

 

Some interviews with Chris Pope

Voice Acting Related Interviews:

Billy West –  The Ren & Stimpy Show, Doug, and Futurama. West also voiced Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Popeye during later renditions of the respective characters. http://bit.ly/VH2EEM
Rob Paulsen – Emmy and Annie award winner best known as Pinky from Pinky and the Brain, Yakko from Animaniacs and more – http://bit.ly/gVZJpk
Bob Bergen – Porky Pig, amongst other voice – http://bit.ly/hyLE4Y
Tara Strong – Best known as Timmy Turner from the hit cartoon “Fairly Odd Parents” – http://bit.ly/kC1uhG
Gary Owens – One of the original voice of “Space Ghost”. Host of the show “Laugh-in” – http://bit.ly/ZdRIXQ
Steve Downes – Voice of the Master Chief(Main Character) in the Halo game series. – http://bit.ly/TNh3TV
Dave Fennoy – Announcer on Hulu, Lee Everett from Walking Dead game series, Gabriel Tosh from StarCraft 2 – http://bit.ly/davefennoy
Jen Taylor – Best known as Cortana from the Halo games and princess peach on the Mario series of games – http://bit.ly/dRsiFG
Robert Clotworthy – Voice/Film best known as Jim Raynor from StarCraft and Narrater for the History Channels Ancient Aliens – http://bit.ly/ggKHSp
Ellen McKlain – Best known as GLaDOS from Vailves Portal 1 and Portal 2 – http://bit.ly/i5EH5z
Athena Karkanis – Voice actress from Diablo 3, Star Wars The Old Republic, Rainbox Six: Vegas, and more. – http://bit.ly/athenakarkanis
David Larence XVII – Best known as phone voice for AOL, amongst other things – http://bit.ly/e8kgoA
Neil Kaplan – Best known as one of the voices of Optimus Prime, DIGMON characters and Tychus Finley from Starcraft 2 – http://bit.ly/hssRVs
John Patrick Lowrie – Known for voicing “Sniper” on Team Fortress 2 as well as the voice of Sherlock Holmes – http://bit.ly/ih83KL
Michael Benyaer – Voice actor from Assassins Creed: Revelations, Reboot: The New Adventures of Johnny Quest, and XCOM: Enemy Unknown – http://bit.ly/michaelbenyaer
James Harper – Voice/Film Actor best known as Arcturus Mengsk in Starcraft – http://bit.ly/gsZsDU
Cas Anvar – Voice of Altair from Assassins Creed: Revelations, Lt. Dalton from Halo 4 – http://bit.ly/casanvar
Lynn Andrews III – Voice of Piston from Borderlands 2 – http://bit.ly/lynnandrews
Lisa Biggs – Best known for voicing childrens commercial and video games – http://bit.ly/peNfbe
Kat Cressida – Best known as the female voice of ESPN and Dee Dee from Dexters Lab – http://bit.ly/eHiUIV
Brian Troxell – Character Voices/Comercial Voice – http://bit.ly/rdTawE
Jeffrey Umberger – Voice Agent – http://bit.ly/cOv5hA
Lliam O’ Brien – Known for video game voices such as World of Warcraft – and commercial voice work. http://bit.ly/qVuQED
Scott Fletcher – Known for radio and podcast voice work. http://bit.ly/cW85iW
TJ Jones – Comercial Voice actor and host of the Rose Bowl – http://bit.ly/pXI8x6

On Screen Acting/Producing/Directing Interviews:
Athena Karkanis – SAW4 & 6, Survival of the Dead , Wild Kratts, and more. – http://bit.ly/athenakarkanis
Cas Anvar – 24, Lost, Transformers Revenge of the Fallen – http://bit.ly/casanvar
Michael Benyaer – Transformers, MacGyver, 21 Jump Street and more! – http://bit.ly/michaelbenyaer
Finn Jones – Best known as “Lorus Tyrell knight of Flowers” from HBOs “Game of Thrones” – http://bit.ly/r4V61Y
Kristian Nairn – Best known as “Hodor” from HBOs “Game of Thrones” – http://bit.ly/n0a7Rx
Sean Becker – Emmy Award winning director – http://bit.ly/cskyx0
Jeff Lewis – Best known from Glee and as “Vork” on the #1 web series, “The Guild” – http://bit.ly/9sXdc2
Megan Lee Joy – Model and actress best known from Glee – http://bit.ly/eDmfLQ
Vince Caso – Best known as “Bladezz” on the #1 web series, “The Guild” – http://bit.ly/drOFIX
Kim Evey – Producer of the #1 web series, “the Guild” – http://bit.ly/e2K0V2
Robin Thorsen – Best known as “Clara” on the #1 web series, “The Guild” – http://bit.ly/aMXALB
Amy Okuda – Best known as “Tink” on the #1 web series, “The Guild” – http://bit.ly/nIEKvH
Brett Sheridan – Best known as “My Wiggley” on the #1 web series, “The Guild” – http://bit.ly/mZrOxW
Teal Sherer – Known from the HBO movie “Warm Springs” and as “Venom” from “The Guild” – http://bit.ly/hdpcem
J. Teddy Garces – Known the TV show iCarly and as “Bruiser” from “The Guild” – http://bit.ly/gU4XJT
Jessica Mills – Known from the web series “Awkward Embraces” – http://bit.ly/egAMSY
Rob Paulsen – Spaceballs MacGyver – http://bit.ly/gVZJpk
Robert Clotworthy – Spaceballs, Green Lantern and more – http://bit.ly/ggKHSp

Interview with Jet Set Games, the makers of “Highborn” and “Who’s Buying?” on Tuesday Oct. 12, 2010

The Apptastic iGame Review will be interviewing Jet Set Games on Tuesday Oct. 12, 2010! Jet Set Games are the makers of some very popular titles dominating the Apple App store right now!

Come join Amy Elk, Chris Pope, and Justin Laura as we welcome Jet Set on our show! These guys have also graciously agreed to give away some promo codes while on the show with us! Rade Stojsavljevic and Joseph Hewitt will be hanging with the Apptastic crew for the interview.

Rade Stojsavljevic
Co-founder & President

Joseph Hewitt
Creative Director

You fans of awesome mobile games out there might known them as the makes of one of the be turn based games on the market, “Highborn

Highborn is a casual, turn-based strategy game, perfect for gaming on the go, or for anyone looking for an intelligent, tactical experience without the frenetic play of a traditional real-time strategy game.

Another really fun game published by Jet Set is a game called “Whos Buying?

Who’s Buying™ features three multiplayer games of skill and chance that determine who coughs up the cash to pay for your swingin’ lifestyle.

With a style and soundtrack straight from the South Pacific, Who’s Buying may even inspire a round of Mai Tais or Piña Coladas.


Chris Pope is back in business, but what happened?

Okay, so first off, I’d like to thank everyone who has been in contact with me and been concerned about me. Thanks so much for the emails I got from fans as to my whereabouts and I apologize for any of those that I didn’t reply to…

The truth is, I’ve been virtually out of commission for around 3 weeks. Not to get to wordy with all this, but for those that don’t know me personally, I have a sleeping disorder that is pretty severe. It is a type of disorder that causes me to be EXTREMELY tired and withdrawn from everything and everyone including family. I’ve had issues with staying awake while driving before, even to a point of falling asleep and running into the back of someone before. All my life I’ve struggled with it at different times but always just figured it was normal to be sleepy all the time. My wife and I finally had me checked out 2 years ago in which they put me on a medication that doesn’t cure the problem but basically allows me to function and not be tired all the time.

About 3 weeks ago I went on a business trip and got real sick and my sleeping cycle got skewed, but on top of that, the medication I’ve been taking for about 2 years appears to not be working anymore. We assume that my body is getting used to it…

To make a long story short, I got a second doctors oppionion and he has me on something else that should replace my old medication. It has taken a few days for me to get used to it, but I’m FINALLY starting to feel better! 🙂

I apologize to everyone for not podcasting or twittering or facebooking or all the other things I normally do. I’ve also had to apologize to my job and family as this has of course taken its tole on them as well. But I am extremely happy to say that I’m back and ready to get moving again! So be on the lookout, Tech Jives and CED Solutions is about to start rolling out all kinds of new content! 🙂

Thanks again for everyone whos contacted me!

Chris Pope

Apple says it has patch for remote attack on iPhone, iPad

Apple is quietly wrestling with a security conundrum. How the company handles it could dictate the pace at which cybercriminals accelerate attacks on iPhones and iPads. Apple is hustling to issue a patch for a milestone security flaw that makes it possible to remotely hack —or jailbreak — iOS, the operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch.

The patch is completed, Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said in an interview. But Kerris said on Friday that she was not able to give a time frame for its public release. Jailbreaking refers to hacking iOS to download Web apps not approved by Apple. This used to be difficult. This spring, a website came along called JailbreakMe.com that made it trivial to jailbreak your own iPhone or iPad. Last week, a technique for remote jailbreaking appeared on the site. It’s now possible to access the operating system of an iPhone or iPad owned by someone else.

An attacker would get “fairly complete control of affected devices,” says Michael Price, an operations manager for McAfee Labs. No such attacks are known to have happened yet, he says. For the moment, the most visible concern for Apple has been pranksters going into Apple and Best Buy retail stores and jailbreaking display models, according to tech blog Engadget. Yet, the security and privacy issues are serious.

Security experts expect the pattern that has come to dominate the PC world to begin to permeate smartphones. Bad guys continually flush out new security flaws in PCs, then tap into them to launch malicious attacks. Good guys, meanwhile, scramble to patch and block.

Now, cybercriminals are rapidly adapting PC hacking techniques to all smartphone platforms, including Symbian, Google Android, Windows Mobile, RIM BlackBerry and Apple iOS.

“It’s a brand new game with new rules,” says Dror Shalev, chief technology officer of DroidSecurity, which supplies protection for Google Android phones. “We’re seeing rapid growth in threats as a side effect of the mobile Web app revolution.”

IPhones, in particular, have become a pop culture icon in the U.S., and now the iPad has grabbed the spotlight. “The more popular these devices become, the more likely they are to get the attention of attackers,” says Joshua Talbot, intelligence manager at Symantec Security Response.

Apple’s problem is singular. The company has made a big deal about hiding technical details of iOS, allowing only approved Web apps to tie in. This tight control initially made it easier to keep iOS secure. But now Apple may have to share iOS coding with anti-virus firms, says Sorin Mustaca, development manager for anti-virus firm Avira.

Read more here…

Tech Jives is proudly sponsored by the worlds leader in IT certification training, CED Solutions!

Microsoft Launches PC v. Mac Website And Talks Some Serious Smack

By Alex Wilhelm Follow Alex Wilhelm on twitter on August 9th, 2010

It may be long overdue, but Microsoft is finally coming out swinging against the rise of OS X. Apple has long played the underdog against the giant, writing Microsoft off as stodgy, technologically backward, and problematic. Microsoft let them do it, focusing more on promoting their efforts than denigrating Apple’s products.

This stance confused some, why didn’t they bite back? It was on a long past episode of Diggnation that Alex Albrecht summed it up, saying in short that Microsoft didn’t even want to acknowledge Apple as a competitor. Doing that would give Cupertino market credibility. Now it seems that enough is enough, and Microsoft is finally fighting back.

Redmond has launched a website to discuss Mac versus PC that deals some serious blows to Apple, whether or not they are valid is up to you. Roughly broken into large sections, Microsoft says this

Having Fun: Macs Might Spoil Your Fun

Simplicity: Macs Can Take Time To Learn

Working Hard: Macs Dont Work As Well At Work Or At School

Sharing: Macs Don’t Like To Share

Compatibility: Macs Might Not Like Your PC Stuff

Choice: Macs Don’t Let You Choose

Read further here…

Tech Jives is proudly sponsored by CED Solutions!

Game designer legend Al Lowe creator of Leisure Suit Larry and many other hit games will be LIVE on Tech Barbarians TONIGHT 6pm PST / 9pm EST!

Come join Chris Pope and Mark Eoff this Saturday LIVE for what is sure to be an exciting episode of Tech Barbarians!

When? 9PM(Eastern Time) / 6PM (Pacific Time)

Where? http://watch.techjives.net

Prizes? OH HECK YES!!

1. $25 Best Buy Gift Certificate courtesy of the world leading computer certification training company CED Solutions

2. Multiple autographed 5.25 inch original Leisure Suit Larry 5 floppy disks!

3. A signed Sierra On-Line game manual

4. Possibly even more to be announced signed items! (Keep an eye on Chris Pope’s Twitter feed to find out more about prizes!)

Check out this recent interview with Al!

“In-Depth: Al Lowe Talks Early-Days Adventure Genre Challenges In New Book”

Winner of the lifetime Achievement Apple Moofie Awards!

Want to know more about Al Lowe?

“I was born a poor black child in Gumbo, Missouri…” –that’s how Al Lowe usually opens his résumé. And although it is not true (say what?), it’s an excellent introduction for a man whose passion is humour. “The world’s oldest computer games designer” (Lowe on Lowe) not only spent well over a decade writing funny games, he might well have introduced humour to computer games at all — with the creation of Leisure Suit Larry.

Not that Al Lowe wouldn’t have tried to practise an honest profession. He worked as High School Music Teacher for 15 years. During that time, he got his hands on an Apple II, taught himself to program, and figured that it was time for a career change. So a very talented (and yet unspoiled) Al Lowe spent his nights on creating his first programs — educational software for children. When the publisher Sierra bought the rights to these titles in 1982, it took the man as well.

Lowe was employed as to his qualifications, and humour was not yet considered one of them. Instead, Lowe continued to work on edutainment titles. When Sierra acquired a license to some Disney characters, he helped create programs like “Winnie Pooh in the Hundred-Acre Woods,” “Mickey’s Space Adventure” and “Donald Duck’s Playground.” Being something of a jack-of-all-trades, he filled in various positions on various projects: lead programmer (King’s Quest III and IV, Police Quest I), composer (King’s Quest II, Space Quest II), even interface designer on Sierra’s very own database program “HomeWord Filer.” He is also one of the fathers of The Sierra Network (1991). By 1984, Lowe got the chance to write, design and program his own graphic adventure game, “The Black Cauldron.”Target audience: still kids. But that was to change in 1987.

In 1987, Al Lowe gave birth to the most notorious, single-minded game character there is: Larry Laffer. A born loser constantly on the look-out for women, Larry instantly conquered the hearts (and certain other organs) of gamers everywhere. Besides being daringly explicit for its time, “Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards” was also full of humour. These two major innovations–being the first adult graphic adventure and the first comedy game–made LSL 1 a classic and (probably more important for Al) a best-seller. See the trivia section of the game entry for an extensive quote on the development of Leisure Suit Larry.

After that, Al Lowe spent most of his years continuing the saga of Larry Laffer. He created five additional games for a total of six, ending with episode seven. Puzzled? Check out the trivia section for Leisure Suit Larry 5 to unravel the mystery of the missing adventure. Between episodes, he managed to design the western comedy“Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist” (1993) and the parents-plus-children fantasy adventure, “Torin’s Passage” (1995). By 1999, plans were made to send Larry Laffer into his eighth game. Puzzled again? “Larry’s Casino,” a hybrid of Larry’s humour and Hoyle’s games, came out in 1998. But “Leisure Suit Larry 8: Lust in Space” was not meant to be.

As the 90s were nearing their end, so were traditional “flat” adventure games. If there was to be a Leisure Suit Larry 8, it had thus to be in 3D. Games like “Grim Fandango” had already taken the first step into the new dimension. Al Lowe was ready to go, too; however, Sierra was not. The company had just suffered through a year of bad sales. As the costs for each project were growing in the millions, the meagre earnings were far from sufficient to cover the expenses — even for the titles already in production. Without the necessary money, the decision to fund a Larry 8 was delayed several times. Finally, the debts grew too high. The costs had to be cut — severely. In February 1999, Sierra not only closed its Yosemite Studios, it laid off Al Lowe. After 16 years of working for one company, Lowe was ready for retirement.

Al Lowe is since enjoying his private life. Completely unlike his creation, the ever-searching Larry Laffer, Lowe is a family man; he’s living in Seattle with his wife Margaret and his two children, Brian and Megan. He is known to be an excellent saxophonist; he regularly plays in several Seattle jazz bands. For a sample of his skill, listen to the title theme of Leisure Suit Larry 7 (see also Larry 1 trivia on the origin of the song). Lowe is also known to be an enthusiastic golf player. In his free time (i.e. most of the day), he tends to his own website, www.allowe.com, which you should definitely pay a visit if you’re interested in the history of Leisure Suit Larry. Lowe also tries to make the world a happier place by managing the mailing list CyberJoke 3000™. That he’s qualified for this job should be proven by the following excerpt from an interview with “The Armchair Empire,” which I just can’t help to quote:

Q: If you knew you had ten minutes to live, how would you use the time?

A: Borrowing money.

Q: How would you want your obituary to read?

A: “That guy owed everybody!”

Colleen Kelly will be on Tech Barbarians Tonight!

Colleen Kelly the TWiT tv chick behind a ton of the magic that happens at TWiT tv will be on Tech Barbarians with Chris Pope and Mark Eoff Tonight (4/3/10) at 9:00PM eastern time LIVE!

WHEN: 4/3/10 9:00pm EST / 6:00pm PST

WHERE: On Tech Barbarians of course! CHAT ROOM HERE

Come hang out in the chat room with us and meet one of the techiest women on the planet!

Once you’ve talked to Colleen or seen her in action, you’ll agree with that fact!

Want to know more about who Colleen is? Well here ya go!

Colleen TWiT Wiki Page

Colleen on Revision3 Part 1

Colleen on Revision3 Part 2

Celebrity Twitter Fight Club