Technology

Category archives for Technology

Those zany researchers at MIT are up to their usual shenanigans. They have come up with a device, which they call “our device,” that sees through walls. Here is a video of how it works, complete with background music to make you feel perfectly comfortable with it: Here’s their web site. Here is a LARGE…

Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

Samsung Galaxy S4 Looking at just the specs, the Samsung Galaxy S4 looks like a good phone. That’s why we got one! But there are a few things you need to know that may impact your decision. These problems lead me to not recommend this phone. First, the Android Lollipop version that Samsung produces is…

Just a quick note in case you had iDraw on your iMac and it iDisappeared. What happened is this. You updated iDraw (or it was updated automatically) and when that happened it turned into “Autodesk Graphic,” probably known on your computer as just ‘Graphic.” That is all, you may now return to your graphing and…

This is a question everyone is asking. For any mac OS upgrade, the first thing you have to ask yourself is this: Did Apple create a system update that requires me to buy a new computer? They do that every now and then. If so, then you have to decide if you want to buy…

The FS608R Digital Camera Binoculars FHD 1080P from Gear Best is a low-end binocular with a built in camera that takes up to 2592 x 1944 (defaults to 2,048 x 1,536, and can go lower) pixel photos or avi movies (no sound). Really good binoculars cost hundreds of dollars, but there is a range of…

shopt

shopt Tomorrow I will shop. Yesterday I shopt. No,not really. The term “shopt” is a Linux Bash thing. If you don’t care about bash, stop reading now. If you find the command line interesting or useful and don’t know about shopt, this is your lucky day. Look at the word for a moment and try…

Problems with the Apple Magic Mouse I had been using the stock Apple Magic Mouse on an iMac. The right click often didn’t work properly. Also, selecting and dragging files in Finder, or the Finder replacement I use (PathFinder) often failed. I figured the former was related to the mouse but assumed the latter was…

Android Lollipop is the new Android OS, and it is a good one. If you want to get a new Android phone, you will probably be happier choosing a one with Lollipop already installed. This is not to say that phones with the older Android OS, KitKat, won’t or can’t be upgraded to Lollipop. Nor…

Ubuntu Linux 15.04 will be released in April. There is not a lot new for the average desktop user in the new release, as far as I can tell. One good “change” is a feature called “locally integrated menus.” This is where the menus are, by default, where they are supposed to be, instead of,…

The Queen of Code

From FiveThirtyEight: You probably don’t know the name Grace Hopper, but you should. As a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, Hopper worked on the first computer, the Harvard Mark 1. And she headed the team that created the first compiler, which led to the creation of COBOL, a programming language that by the year…