Unitasking: An Argument for My nook

I use a Barnes & Noble nook as my primary reading “device” (in quotes because it’s almost completely replaced physical books as well), and have been since the beginning of this year. I’ve found it to be very easy on the eyes with its E Ink screen, sufficient in terms of features and capabilities (although […]

On Oil Spills and the Risks of Modern Civilization

I think there’s some truth to the argument made in this US News & World Report article. Basically, so it goes, Americans (and, probably, all of Western civilization) are too far removed from the dirty stuff to understand just what it takes to fix the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. To that I’d […]

20,000mAh for $148? Impossible

I’d love to believe that this thing would actually work as advertised and provide a full day’s power to a notebook and charge via the sun in eight hours (three when plugged into an outlet). But for $148? Hard to believe… Gizmodo has the scoop. This thing deserves some investigation… Here’s the source if you’re […]

Want to Quit Facebook, but Not Really?

Lifehacker has a fascinating article outlining a relatively complex method for dramatically reducing the amount of “private” information revealed by Facebook, without actually quitting the service. Is it overkill? Probably. I figure, there’s really no such thing as "privacy” any longer, unless one completely stops using the Internet and cell phones and other forms of […]

The Best Gadgets for Late-Night Reading

I’ve noticed that the e-ink readers I’ve owned (a Sony Reader from a few years back, and now a Barnes and Nobles nook) just felt better when reading for long periods of time than my other gadgets. I own a Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC, for example, that has a very nice and sharp LED-backlit […]

Technology In Defense of… What, Exactly?

The US remains fully capable of developing and fielding some awesome technology. Boeing’s recent Phantom Ray stealth unmanned vehicle is a case in point, and demonstrates why it would be foolish for any nation or agency to make war against us. Of course, that assumes that we’re willing to defend ourselves, which we’ve not shown […]

Pandora on the Palm Pre

I’m a huge Pandora fan, and so I’m really looking forward to Pandora on the Palm Pre:

2008’s Best Science

Wired’s 2008 Top 10 Scientific Breakthroughs are pretty impressive indeed. Scientists had plenty of reasons to celebrate in 2008. The Large Hadron Collider fired up for the first time, a temple of science opened its doors, several companies promised cheap genome sequencing and President-elect Obama hired a fantastic team of science advisers. After decades of […]

Moon Watch

Maybe I’ll get one of these for the holidays:               Very cool…

Congress to FCC: Spend Taxpayer Dollars to Make IT Marketing Budgets Redundant

To further demonstrate their profound ignorance about the workings of the market: The United States Senate has unanimously passed a bill that requires the Federal Communications Commission to explore what “advanced blocking technologies” are available to parents to help filter out “indecent or objectionable programming.” The “Child Safe Viewing Act” (S. 602) was sponsored by […]