Sunday, August 26, 2012

NASA's pioneering astronauts: Where are they now?

As space exploration has become more common and the number of astronauts has risen past 300, many names have faded into the background. But some will forever be associated with the golden age of space exploration.


Nikola Tesla gets some of the recognition he deserves

The thing about Nikola Tesla is that those who know enough about him to care at all tend to care very, very much. Thanks to that devotion, and attempts to publicize the plight of Tesla’s Long Island laboratory, Wardenclyffe, real progress toward saving the site is finally being made.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Windows 8 Tells Microsoft About Everything You Install, Not Very Securely

I've been very impressed by how fast, well-designed, functional and capable this latest iteration of Windows is. However, my tinkering around from a security/privacy perspective has left me concerned.


Apple v. Samsung verdict is in: $1 billion loss for Samsung

A jury of seven men and two women has just read the Apple v. Samsung verdict to a packed courtroom—and it was all bad news for Samsung. The Korean electronics giant has been found to infringe all of Apple's utility patents and all but one of the four design patents asserted, and was ordered to pay $1.05 billion in damages to Apple.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

US To Drive 3,000 Wi-Fi Linked Vehicles In Massive Crash Avoidance Trial

The US Department of Transportation said it will run a massive road test of cars, trucks and buses linked together via WiFi equipment in what the agency says will be the largest test of automated crash avoidance technology to date.


Windows 8 Gets Personal Use License For Homebuilt PCs

Microsoft has never really acknowledged or supported those among us who choose to build their own PCs. Windows licensing is usually offered in three forms: full retail product license, retail upgrade license, and OEM license. If you want to build your own machine at the moment, Microsoft expects you to buy a full retail copy of Windows, and states clearly that using the OEM licensed version is prohibited by individuals. The price difference made the OEM version the one to get, though.
With Windows 8 that all changes


Saturday, August 18, 2012

My 1st rage comic

Anticipating the Free PC: Microsoft as a Services Company

 AT&T in its prime was a services company: You got the telephones for free and paid a monthly fee for services that covered the cost of the hardware. Because the hardware was a cost center, it didn’t change very often and was designed to last for decades. Outside of cable companies, this was a very different world back then but the trend pendulum swings and it is starting to swing back to services. And while we are calling it “the cloud” this time and it is far more than just phones, the result could be that hardware is free and we are back to a monthly charge for access.