Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pressing the elevator close button won't stop the BP oil spill

- Five dead auto-brands and why they died:

- Why do we still have power cords?  Yeah, why?

- The BP oil spill put into perspective, compared to other oil spills:

- Seven myths about grilling a steak:

- Everything you ever wanted to know about elevators.  Did you know that the close button on elevators doesn't work?  It's a placebo button.  I always suspected as much.  Seems like when people press the close button, the door closes, but not immediately:

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Give up your seat on the bus and make Alex Trebek happy

- Have you ever asked a woman if she was pregnant, only to find out in abject horror that she was not pregnant?  I almost did this once.  It's a nightmare social scenario.  The easy solution is to simply avoid asking all women if they are pregnant.  However, what if you are on a bus, sitting in a seat, and a woman who may be pregnant is standing in front of you?  Many cities have laws requiring you to give up your seat to a pregnant woman.  Here are some tips to avoid making such a faux pas:

- The differences between PC viruses, malware, spyware, worms, and other types of malicious software:

- Facebook games drop in popularity:

- Google versus Apple.  Five years ago this fight was Microsoft versus Apple.  Sign of the times:

- Like movies, video games have suffered in quality over the past ten years.  Here's the main reason why:

- Lovely maps showing where Americans are moving to, and where Americans are moving from:

- IBM supercomputer to participate in the game-show Jeopardy:

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Hack a Gene Wilder movie on Netflix

- Do you use Netflix?  Take a look at how Netflix sees the future of its movie delivery system over the next twenty years:

- Timeline history of hacking:

- The top photo is Shanghai in 1990.  The bottom photo is Shanghai in 2010.  Incredible change in just twenty years:

- Last night while watching The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Smarter Brother (an awful movie) I noticed that Gene Wilder has completely fallen off the map.  Wilder is 77 years old, and apparently in very good condition.  Wilder hasn't done a movie since 1999:

- Dr. Demento will end his famous radio show after forty years.  I never listened to Dr. Demento, but I remember friends and relatives talking about his show:

- Last week I implored you to get a gmail account if you don't already have one.  Well, you may also want a hotmail account.  Microsoft has released a website version Office 2010.  Microsoft gives you 25 gigabytes of storage space and Office 2010 online, all for free.  All you need is a hotmail account (which naturally is free.)  A few years ago Google released their free office productivity suite, Google Docs.  I am curious to try both of them and see which one is more useful:

- How to tell a premium cigar from a bad cigar:

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Drinking a yotta-liter of scotch in space may save your life!

- The terms computer scientists use to measure bytes in a device.  Your computer has either megabytes or gigabytes worth of memory, and probably has gigabytes or terabytes worth of hard-drive space:

Kilobyte = 1 thousand bytes.
Megabyte = 1 million bytes.  
Gigabyte = 1 billion bytes.  
Terabyte = 1 trillion bytes.
1 Petabyte = 1,000 Terabytes
1 Exabyte = 1,000 Petabytes
1 Zettabyte = 1,000 Exabytes
1 Yottabyte = 1,000 Zettabytes (a 1 followed by 24 zeros -- 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000)

The following link gives you a better idea of how insanely large a yottabyte is:

- What your email address says about your computer skills.  I own the email domain of ???@greymarch.com, but I don't use it because it doesn't integrate with my smartphone or my computer as well as my gmail account.  I also have a yahoo email address I give to anyone I think might try to spam me.  If you don't have a gmail account, you really are wasting your life away.  It's easily the best free email client.

- The first record of someone drinking scotch:

- What would happen if you became exposed to the vacuum of space?  It's uber-dangerous, but don't believe the movies: