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TJI Guest: Michael Benyaer on Tech Jives Interviews With Chris Pope

Join Chris Pope as he interviews Michael Benyaer on this audio podcast!

Who is Michael Benyaer?

Michael Benyaer is a Canadian/American actor, cartoon and video game voice actor and is probably best known for his roles as Hadji Singh in season one of The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest and Bob in the Canadian CGI series ReBoot, seasons 1, 2 and 4. On playing Hadji, Benyaer stated, “[he] is one of the few roles for an ethnic actor that is not a bad guy. I mean, how many East Indian heroes have been on television? Hadji is for the sensitive kids out there. He is the outsider in all of us.” A Star Wars fan, Benyaer relished the opportunity to work with Mark Hamill for the episode, In the Realm of the Condor. Among other roles, Benyaer also voiced Lieutenant Draza in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Hikaru Gosunkugi and Kengyu in Ranma 1/2. He has also guest starred several times on Robot Chicken.


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Brian Dunaway is guest appearing on LIVE Saturday!

Brian Dunaway is set to record LIVE with Chris and Mark on Saturday October 2nd

  • When? 10/2/10 at 8:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM PST
  • Where? On our LIVE stream
  • Contests? YES! We’ll be giving away at minimum a $25 Best Buy gift certificate courtesy of CED Solutions
  • Chat Room? YES! Come join in the LIVE Stream and chat with Chris, Mark and Brian during the recording!

Who is Brian Dunaway?

by: Chris Pope Well you can always go to his website at and click “About” which as you know on websites is normally where you can find loads of information about the person or entity that the website is about.. BUT NOT AT HIS WEBSITE!! You will learn everything you ever wanted to know about Brian so long as you only ever wanted to know the following.. “Yes, I’m that Brian Dunaway.” But thats what is so great about Brian Dunaway! In typing to people through Twitter, Facebook, Gaming, Email, Txting and even all the way back to my BBSing days(aged myself a bit there).. I’ve typed the overly used acronym “lol”, but few times do I actually “laugh out loud” in real life.. but I did when I saw the words “Yes, I’m that Brian Dunaway.” on his website the first time.

The life of Brian! well.. not exactly..

I learned about Brian probably over a year or so ago, and in that year(or so.. ago) I’ve had loads of  “lol” moments in reading his comics, his tweets on Twitter as well as listening to him on different podcasts. I was supposed to go to Dragoncon this year and meet up with Brian along with  Brian Ibbot, Veronica Belmont, Tom Merritt, Nicole Spag/Randysmolly(Kim)/Stephanie from Ladies of Leet and some others when I had gotten crazy sick and wasn’t able to make it. Our very own Amy Elk from Tech Jives was able to make it out and pretty much just reinforced my thoughts of Brian in person by saying he’s super friendly and hilarious.. oh and he’s scared of heights to, either that or revolving restaurants that just happen to be at the top of a massive building(gave my wife her engagement ring in that very restaurant, not sure why that’s relevant.. moving on!) Brian has a very warm and friendly not too thick(like myself on occasions) southern accent that in listening to it makes you feel comfortable with the sorta “omg what’s he gonna say next” kinda humor and twang. His jokes in both his comics and podcasts are the kind that make you think, but once you catch on, get ready for a good belly laugh! Just this very night I was looking at one of Brian’s “Guy in a bush” comics  while my wife was telling me a story and even though I was listening to her my eyes couldn’t help but scan the text on the comic and I couldn’t hold back laughter and of course, if  she’d had a fryin pan.. well.. anyway..

Michael who? we should wanna be like Brian!

I am by no means someone that gets all goo goo eyed at celebrities or looks at myself on a lower level than anyone else in this world as I view the world and the people in it as equals and think of it as we’re all in this together and we all leave the same way no matter who we are. I’ve been fortunate in life to have met and spoken to some pretty awesome celebrity/non-celebrity types simply by being myself, not losing my cool and having the guts to ask.. Don’t get me wrong I love talking with and communicating with interesting people that do and experience things that interest me. Brian is extraordinary in multiple ways in that instead of  sitting around and waiting on life to freely hand him things, he’s taken multiple initiatives to make things happen in his life. One by starting a web comic, two by being involved in multiple podcasts, three by involving himself in social media websites, and most importantly, four by putting his family first and doing the things that needs to be done in order to be a good father and husband to his family. In listening and reading stuff Brian is involved in, when he speaks about his family you’ll find that although often humorous and sometimes sarcastic, you can tell that it’s family first, everything else second with him. Those qualities are the things that I value in people more than celebrity status or political standing. A good example of what I’m talking about can be found on the 9/22/10 episode of the “20 Questions Podcast” by I really enjoy by the way 🙂 Brian talks about how you have to sometimes take on work you don’t want to do in order to take care of your family and move forward in hopes of doing things that you do want to do in life. Of course as I type all of that, I can’t do any of it justice as you really just gotta jump in and listen and view Brian Dunaway for who he is in order to realize what makes him such an awesome person in general.

A comic yes.. but a techie one!

Another interesting thing about Brian is his ability to throw together a blog/website/wordpress faster than you can say Nerdtacular 2011. Oh and not just throw it together.. it actually works! Brian has also recently unknowingly(at first) started a cult known as “nerdbus” people or persons or somethings… you can learn about this very good example of the things I’ve been saying about him HERE

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Kate from “She Geek Show” will be on Tech Barbarians tonight around 10:45pm EST / 7:45pm PST LIVE!

Tech Barbarians would like to welcome Kate from the She Geek Show to join us LIVE tonight! Check out more information on Kate by going to her website or her youtube channel at

To listen LIVE when the show starts, go to

We will be giving away a $25 best buy gift certification courtesy of CED Solutions!

Internet Explorer 9 beta to arrive in September

Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner revealed today at the company’s annual financial analyst meeting that the first beta of the Internet Explorer 9 Web browser is planned for release in September. This is a little later than expected; leaked documents that emerged last month pointed at an August release date for the beta.

Some apparently authentic screenshots of Internet Explorer 9 have leaked, though perhaps surprisingly, they show few changes from the current version. Microsoft has shipped three platform previews to show off the Internet Explorer 9 engine, but these previews used a simple, bare-bones interface; the company wanted to wait before revealing Internet Explorer 9’s look and feel. If the new browser really is just a minor evolution of the old browser’s interface, that decision seems a little peculiar.

Read more here…

Street Slide by Microsoft takes online street view to a whole new level!

iPhone 4 taken photo of the Titanic Museum in Gatlinburg, TN 7/27/10(Un-Touched Up/No Flash)

Untouched up photo taken of the Titanic Museum in Gatlinburg, TN 7/27/10

by: Chris Pope

White iPhone 4 release postponed until later this year.

By: Chris Pope of /

Sad day for the people looking to get the new white iPhone 4. Apple just announced that the white iPhone 4s were more difficult to manufacture than originally expected. There has not been a definite date on when the white iPhone 4s will be released. If I had to take a guess I’d imagine this could go all the way up to holiday season.

The previous quarter earnings are already in and whats done is done.  Apple being that they are already getting heat from everyone involving the iPhone antenna issues I’d imagine has decided to take their time and make sure everything is just perfect for when they finally do release them.

Here’s the original statement released by Apple this morning:

White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected, and as a result they will not be available until later this year. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.

IP addresses in short supply, 234.3 million version 4 IPs left

The Internet is going to run out of IP addresses in one year. That is what John Curran, President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers, and Vint Cerf, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist, are saying.

The 32-bit IPv4 system currently in use is limited to just over 4 billion unique addresses. With the explosion of mobile devices, internet aware products, and 4G integrated technologies the IPv4 system has a mere 234.37 million addresses left for allocation.

Read more here…

10 Fun Microsoft Facts You Might Not Know

Despite ever-increasing Mac sales, Microsoft’s still has an undisputed dominance over the computer industry.

With such a vast presence, much has already been written about Microsoft: Its history, its products, even its former CEO Bill Gates. For those itching to know even more, we’ve dug up 10 snippets of info that you might not have heard before.

What experimental musician created the WindowsWindows start-up sound? How do they celebrate anniversaries? Does Microsoft have a “pest” problem? Have a read of our Microsoft-themed facts, stats and trivia and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


Tech Barbarians is planning to have guest host Amy Elk on LIVE! Tonight(Friday) 9pm EST / 6pm PST

Tech Barbarians Topic:

“Using Technology and Social Media to further your goals”

About Amy Elk:

Amy Elk is a professional voice actress, and software developer from Atlanta, GA. She has two small children, and a full time job, and still finds time to audition AND produce a podcast, which makes us wonder if she has a TARDIS hidden in her closet. Yes, she is, in fact, a geek as well.

Amy’s Voice Over training includes classes at the Alliance Theatre, instructed by industry veteran, Paul Armbruster, and yourAct studios in Atlanta, GA. Under the expert instruction of Della Cole, a seasoned voice actress with over 30 years experience as both an actress and an agent, Amy grew as an actress and a voice over talent. She continues to sharpen her skills and is constantly working hard to provide the best possible voiceovers in the business. She is now proudly represented by People Store, and works both in local studios and out of her home studio.

Her work can be heard on several different podcasts in the form of bumpers and long form narrations. Check out AppSlappy, Podcastle, and Radio Free Burrito, to hear bumpers and narrations by Amy, as well as Amy’s own podcast, Drawer Full of Dreams, to hear her daily musings on her journey as a Voice Actress, a working mom, and a geek.

Follow Amy on twitter at, or check out her website at

Other random, arguably interesting facts about me:

  • I have 2 kids, ages 5(boy) and 3(girl).
  • By day, I work in software. I’m a .NET and SQL developer for a large point of sale manufacturer, which basically means I write software for cash registers.
  • I have been a big geek ever since I saw Star Wars as a kid.
  • Before I had kids, I played lots of D&D, and card games like Magic, although I was much better at role playing than strategy…thus now I’m an actor!
  • I love Sci-Fi and fantasy.
  • I have a somewhat freakish knowledge of The Muppets. I’ve always been a big Muppet fan, and I amaze even my puppeteer friends (oh, yes did I mention that I have puppeteer friends?) with my obscure Muppet trivia knowledge. J
  • My husband thinks that I have an unnatural addiction to my iPhone because he sees me playing with it wherever we go. In reality, I’m just checking in on Foursquare, or tweeting.
  • When I’m not acting, or playing with my kids, cycling is what feeds my soul. I hop on a bike at the gym and suddenly feel I can do anything.
  • My favorite shoes are my blue Converse sneakers.