Category: Technology

Oct 14 2017

The Graphene Theme 2.0 Killed My Website!

Seems like every few months I have something happen with this site that makes me have to either nuke a feature, or go into some kind of emergency “find an old version and throw it on the server” moment. Previously, an update to my podcast management software of choice wound up no longer working with …

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Oct 11 2017

The Computer Chronicles – Printers (1983)

Have you ever seen the movie “Office Space”? If you have, then you will certainly remember a certain antagonist in the film that wasn’t a human – it was a machine. In this case, the office Printer. They are funny things, really, the typical printer – it seems since their inception, people have had a …

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Oct 06 2017

Memories Of AIM

In the event you’ve somehow missed it the AOL Instant Messenger service, commonly known as AIM, will shut down at the end of 2017, after being operational for 20 years. https://aimemories.tumblr.com/ https://help.aol.com/articles/aim-discontinued While Facebook Messenger is considered the primary messaging system in the world today, there are many many options available – Skype, ICQ, Discord, …

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Oct 05 2017

What Happens When You Steal A Hacker’s Computer – Defcon 18

Here’s something we haven’t done in quite a while – a DEFCON video! In this case, one from Defcon 18, which took place back in 2010. In case you don’t know, DEFCON is a typical convention / conference type event held in Las Vegas, but with one key thing – it’s a hackers event! Oh …

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Oct 04 2017

60 Years Ago, The World Entered The Space Age – Sputnik 1

60 years ago today, on October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the worlds first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, using a slightly converted intercontinental Ballistic Missile. This action shocked the United States – an enemy nation, the “backwards and primitive” Soviet Union, they had launched something into orbit before us? This, of course, couldn’t stand. …

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Sep 30 2017

Re: The Downsizing Of The SpaceX “BFR”

While I plan on eventually addressing the entiretiy of the points made by Elon Musk at the International Astronautical Congress this past Friday, I did want to, at current, focus on one thing that has really gotten under my skin; the fact that SpaceX has, as I’ve heard others say, down-scaled and in some ways …

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Sep 28 2017

Let’s Look At The Comments On A SpaceX Facebook Post

In keeping with my desire to be “that guy” addressing the cult like nature of SpaceX fans, I thought today would be a good day to look at comments on a SpaceX post on Facebook today regarding (as of the time of this writing) an update Elon Musk will provide regarding the Interplanetary Transport System; …

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Sep 26 2017

So, I’m Using Windows XP Again… – Part 2

Read part 1 of the article here! Windows was calling me, but I couldn’t use Windows 7, or 10, on this netbook. There was just no way, as much as I would want to. Windows XP, however, the operating system the machine was made for, that would work fine. The problem is, as I mentioned …

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Sep 26 2017

So, I’m Using Windows XP Again… – Part 1

I know what you’re thinking when you read the title – WHY? It’s 2017, XP hasn’t been supported for years, and it’s reached a point where most software just doesn’t work for it anymore. Why would you at all use it again? One simple reason – my old netbook, an ASUS eeePC 1000. I got …

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Sep 22 2017

OSIRIS-REx Passes By Earth For A Gravity Assist To The Asteroid Bennu

Today, September 22nd, 2017, the OSIRIS-REx mission passed by the planet Earth, just a little over a year since its launch, for a gravity assisted trajectory change to send it on its way to its target, the asteroid Bennu. Gravity assists are used often in missions as a method of fuel conservation. Traveling around the …

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