Robotic Motorhead, or some things are just right.

There is nothing I can add to this.

 

Absolute OpenBSD 2nd Edition Pre-order!

I first ran into Michael Lucas’ writing through his Big Scary Daemons articles. They were clear, concise, and had a lively sense of humor! When he started to write books, I knew I would have to get a copy of AbsoluteBSD. I still have it, in fact! I pre-ordered it and, due a congenital lack of ability to be patient, spent weeks irritable whilst waiting to get a shipping confirmation from NoStarch Press. It had some minor delays in printing, but finally it did arrive and there was much rejoicing!

Did it transport me to new dimensions of being? Did it make me capable of peering across the landscape from a transcendent height? No, but better still! It was as enjoyable to read as I had hoped. And, I submit, THAT is an achievement for tech writing. Fun, interesting, and instructive? I don’t think you can beat that very easily! There are many who write turgid passages for tech books that barely keep one awake, let alone engaged with the subject. There are few that I have seen that are as interesting, and no one I have pre-ordered as often.

I haven’t been able to follow the BSD world as closely as I would have preferred these past years, so I didn’t catch Lucas’ announcement about pre-orders for AbsoluteOpenBSD when it came out. On the other hand it made for a great surprise and something to which I am again looking forward to reading!

Pictures of single molecules

The BBC has this article. Remember when electron microscopy was impressive? It seems so long ago, now!

Neil Portman, Technology and Society

 

Just a quick link on something I’ve been pondering.

 

Thorium power car?

Okay, I don’t care that this isn’t going to happen anytime soon, if at all. Or that there’s a lot of issues associated with it. It’s a *thorium powered car*. …. With lasers. It’s the coolest thing I’ve seen all day long! Another link, in case more information is needed. Lasers? Thorium? Like Heinlein kind of thorium coolness? I’m in! (okay, I’m not completely sold on the issues of safety, but hey, right now it’s fiction and I’m indulging the memory of how cool it was to read Rocketship Galileo for the first time.)

Sight – A video about a possible future

There are plenty of reasons to hate online gaming, not the least of which is the formidable amount of time it consumes, but there’s much to be said for making play out of the rest of our lives. This short video explores some aspects of how such a life might look, given a few more years. Hopefully, it’s not anything like how this video ends!

Good article on security

I tend to live on my smartphone, so…things that can completely disrupt that? Those are things I need to avoid! This had some disheartening news, however, forewarned is forearmed. In that spirit, hopefully by sharing it out there, someone else will be better off, too.

 Here’s Wired’s article on Amazon and Apple’s accounts.

Radiolab app

It’s not always the easiest living primarily on a smart phone. But I find limiting myself has really forced me to get better apps. Radiolab has a really great little app available. It’s a little different, sort of like the show, but has some useful features and interaction. I’d recommend it.

Google doing it right

What immediately grabbed my interest was the option to pay 300 dollars and be done with it. I’d borrow the money if I didn’t have it just to get on that deal!! A one time install fee and regular cable speeds? If I wasn’t so jealous I would be completely tantalized!
Go Google!

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