1987: Jobs explains mouse to Playboy

1987: Jobs explains mouse to Playboy

Spotted this one on Reddit’s section devoted to the “mildly interesting:” In a 1987 interview with Playboy -- which we read back then for the articles, if you recall -- Steve Jobs was asked what’s up with this mouse contraption.

12/17/14

BMW to take the valet out of valet parking

BMW to take the valet out of valet parking

This may be a godsend for those who are reluctant to hand their keys over to a parking valet, in others words, everyone. Or maybe it will make that leap of faith seem trivial by comparison.

12/16/14

When management meddles with passwords

When management meddles with passwords

There’s a password discussion ongoing today in the section of Reddit populated by system administrators and it was prompted by the lament of one whose business-side management wants everyone to email it their passwords.

12/12/14

Not shocked by Lenovo power cable recall

Not shocked by Lenovo power cable recall

So I’m sitting at my kitchen table this morning scanning news items on my Lenovo ThinkPad, which is plugged into my kitchen wall via a Lenovo power cable, when I read this headline: “Lenovo recalls power cables over fire risk.”

12/11/14

Guidance counselor in need of one takes to Facebook and threatens to ‘shoot’ protesters

A Pennsylvania high school guidance counselor has chosen one of the worst ways imaginable to show her students the dangers of using social media while under the influence of anger.

12/09/14

Amazon crowd pokes fun at $40,000 TV

They don’t seem to appreciate the fact that it’s been marked down from $45,000. Or that this is nowhere near the most expensive television available via Amazon.

12/08/14

Wozniak calls Apple garage origin ‘a myth’

Wozniak calls Apple garage origin ‘a myth’

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has done this kind of thing before, debunking – or at least degrading -- a slice of Apple lore.This time it's about that garage.

12/05/14

17% of adult Internet users couldn’t pick Bill Gates out of a lineup

17% of adult Internet users couldn’t pick Bill Gates out of a lineup

Nearly 1 in 5 adult Internet users were unable to identify Bill Gates as the man pictured above, despite the multiple-choice format, according to a “Web IQ” quiz of 1,006 people conducted by PewResearch.

12/04/14

Imagine traveling in an airliner without access to any of your personal electronic devices

Imagine traveling in an airliner without access to any of your personal electronic devices

The reason you’re being asked to imagine the horror of air travel with no electronics is that counterterrorism officials here and abroad are reportedly considering just such a restriction in response to heightened concerns about bombs...

12/02/14

Groupware hug: Lotus Notes turning 25

Groupware hug: Lotus Notes turning 25

Sunday marks the passing of 25 years since the initial release of Lotus Notes. In marking the 15th anniversary 10 years ago, I spoke with Ray Ozzie about the earliest days of Notes and subsequent acquisition of Lotus by IBM. Here is a...

12/01/14

Convert your car into a 2-ton video game console: What could go wrong?

Convert your car into a 2-ton video game console: What could go wrong?

Allow me to introduce the Baen Cube, which while merely a Kickstarter gleam at the moment, promises to ultimately “enhance your driving experience, letting you play games with your car.” That's with not in.

11/25/14

Google launching 20 Internet balloons per day

Google launching 20 Internet balloons per day

Google is now launching 20 of its Project Loon Internet balloons every day and, according to the company, they’re remaining aloft 10 times longer than they were last year, with 100 days now normal and 130 days being the record.

11/21/14

Google Internet balloon drops in on farmer

Google Internet balloon drops in on farmer

Buyers of the earthly explanation for whatever fell from the sky in Roswell, N.M. back in 1947 are likely to appreciate the reaction of a South African farmer who recently came across what he assumed to be a crashed weather balloon.

11/20/14

Google software writes photo captions (sigh)

Google software writes photo captions (sigh)

Google wrote the caption on the picture above this post. Normally, I get paid to perform that function, at least on this blog. Maybe this isn't such great technology (he writes jokingly).

11/18/14

Encrypt everything, urges Internet Architecture Board

Encrypt everything, urges Internet Architecture Board

The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) has issued a sweeping directive “for protocol designers, developers, and operators to make encryption the norm for Internet traffic ,” even while acknowledging that such an approach will create...

11/17/14

Google DoubleClick down, leaving sites ad-free

Google DoubleClick down, leaving sites ad-free

Many Internet news sites are involuntarily ad-free at this moment because of a problem being experienced by Google DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP).

11/12/14

Company to demonstrate ‘Active Shooter Detection System’ in Massachusetts school

Company to demonstrate ‘Active Shooter Detection System’ in Massachusetts school

DARPA-inspired technology that promises to detect gunshots in a school, alert authorities and help first responders locate the shooter will be demonstrated this afternoon for civilian officials and members of law enforcement gathered...

11/11/14

When Outlook drag-and-drop stops working ...

When Outlook drag-and-drop stops working ...

So the drag-and-drop functionality in Microsoft Outlook flat-out stopped working for me this morning, presumably because it's Monday. I’ve never had this problem before, so I didn’t know how to fix it.

11/10/14

‘It was exactly like a death’ … (Gulp)

‘It was exactly like a death’ … (Gulp)

Oddly enough, this line from a blog post made me laugh out loud just now: “It was exactly like a death; like someone I knew and loved was in excellent health one day and stone dead the next.” Well, not exactly.

11/07/14

Undisclosed use of cameras roils Harvard

Undisclosed use of cameras roils Harvard

Harvard University is coming under fire from some quarters for having conducted class-attendance research that involved the use of video cameras in 10 lecture halls holding some 2,000 students.

11/06/14

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