Jan 31 2018

The Computer Chronicles – Simulator Software (1983)

Ah, simulation software. Flight simulators, driving simulators, space simulators… you think of it, someone has probably coded a simulator for it. Hell, there’s even a joke name for a genre of game today called “walking simulator” where most of what you do is simply, well, walk. Computer simulations hold an interest to gamers in that …

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Jan 31 2018

Bits And Bytes – Program 10: Computer Music

The computers of the 80’s are somewhat well known for the unique sounds they produced. While CD quality audio and digital sound samples are the order of the day now, and have been for several decades, in the early days of computers sounds, and thus, music, were produced via internal hardware that directly generated tones …

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Jan 31 2018

Thirty Three

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What’s that? It’s January 31st? Well, looks like I’ve survived another trip around the Solar System, as some would say. Awesome. I did have some crazy long post I wanted to make regarding this, but I couldn’t word it correctly. Something about it all just didn’t feel right as a way to celebrate. What I …

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Jan 30 2018

The Amazing Success Of The Rocket Lab “Electron” Launch Vehicle

In a bit of rocketry news that I’m long overdue for writing about, back on January 21st, 2018, the New Zealand company Rocket Lab had the first successful launch of their Electron rocket – a booster designed to launch very small payloads into Earth orbit. Not only does this mark New Zealand’s entry into orbital …

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Jan 29 2018

Spin Street Has Closed And Why That Doesn’t Surprise Me In The Least

I mentioned early last November that Spin Street, a well known local music and video store here in Memphis, was closing. That event finally happened on the 25th of January – right at the end of the financial year. On that day, Spin Street closed its doors after 2 months of some quite intense liquidation …

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Jan 29 2018

No, Pluto Is *Not* A Planet Again

I really can’t believe this is still having to be addressed, but here we go, again. A post is making the rounds on Facebook saying “Pluto has been reclassified as a planet!” This is, of course, an outright lie, and the article cited as a source for it is absolutely idiotic when actually read. Here …

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Jan 28 2018

The Challenger Explosion Wasn’t Actually An Explosion

Today marks 32 years since the Challenger Disaster. On January 28th, 1986, The Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed 73 seconds into it’s 10th mission due to one of its solid rocket boosters having a failed o-ring in a joint between 2 sections of the tubing, causing a burn thorough which over a minute of flight …

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Jan 27 2018

Apollo 1 – The Year After The Fire

January 27th, 1968 marked one year since the fire at Launch Complex 34 that killed the crew of Apollo 1: Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee. One year without a manned American space flight. One year of major change to our space program. One year of relative uncertainty. 1968 would, as fate would have …

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Jan 25 2018

February 2018 Xbox Live Games With Gold

Microsoft just put out the February 2018 Xbox Live Games With Gold list and, as always, it’s got some good, and some bad to it. Let’s take a look. Opening up on Xbox One, we have Shadow Warrior and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India. Shadow Warrior… Another first person shooter? Well, this one has swords and …

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Jan 24 2018

The Good That Will Come From The YouTube Partner Program Changes

Okay, I’ve spent a good bit of time tearing down the YouTube Partner Program changes. I’m not going to lie, I was rather upset by them initially myself – I still think the principle of creating these kinds of limits to people earning any money via Adsense, SuperChat, or any other built into YouTube feature …

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