Archive for the ‘Sci / Tech’ Category

How to Opt-Out of online advertising tracking

Monday, January 20th, 2014

How to Opt-Out of online advertising tracking: Ever notice that all it takes is one search on or, god forbid, one visit to a product or service web site and for the next few weeks everywhere you go on the web you are peppered with ads for Prune Juice or Chevy ...

Another high power, low cost SBC: Beagle Bone Black

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

  I just received a Beagle Bone Black, which is being used for prototype development for an open-hardware, open-software M2M project we are sponsoring. Following are some photos of the board and a group shot with a few of its peers in the market, along with the basic specs of each board.                   Group ...

Raspberry Pi vs APC, Round One

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The Intro:  After nine months of anticipation, a Raspberry Pi arrived yesterday. It arrived on the same day and in the same UPS truck as a Via Technologies APC. Both had been eagerly awaited by the market in general and me. I have specific ideas about where things are headed with computing ...

Apple’s Steve Jobs on Stealing Great Ideas

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

  Here's Steve Jobs talking about stealing other people's inventions:   Excerpt: "We ... have always been shameless about stealing great ideas."   Steve Jobs and Apple stole the mouse and graphical user interface (GUI) from Xerox PARC and marketed them as the little-known Lisa and the well-known Macintosh. Bill Gates and Microsoft stole the mouse ...

The Trackpoint Story

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Most of us use computers and other technological devices every day. Most of us never give a passing thought to where that technology came from, who thought of it, who developed it, who engineered it and who brought it to the market. Sometimes, you come across those stories and they close a ...

This Year’s Annual SXSWi Survival Guide

Monday, March 5th, 2012

It's that time again. For all the SXSW rookies or those who can't clearly remember what they experienced at last year's Geek Bacchanalia, here's this year's guide to SXSW Interactive survival and success: When you’re here, always call it “south by.” If people don’t know what you’re talking about, they are not ...

The Answer is 124

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

  The question is: If you start with a laptop that has Windows Vista, that is, Windows Vista that has never, ever been updated since the day it was brand-spankin' new, how many updates does it take to get it current?   The moral of the story is: There is no free lunch. ...

One More Shot

Monday, July 11th, 2011

On Saturday, 2 July, 2011 Steph decided to surprise me with a trip to witness the final space shuttle launch. On Tuesday, 5 July, she told me about the trip by way of a hand-made book.   Read the rest of the story of the book and our trip to see ...

How Computers Make Us More Productive

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

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Doug’s Tip Makes Engadget – the D620 Story

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Steph was on TV on Wednesday and I get a mention on Engadget on Friday. Quite a week for us. (click on any photo for larger size)