Date: Monday, 19 Mar 2012 17:18
Just came across this photo I took on a train platform in Japan several years ago. The poor guy has no idea what's about to happen to him.
Date: Monday, 05 Mar 2012 19:44
I've been playing with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview since it was released, and have gotten very familiar with it. While I find Metro to be a pleasure to interact with, I'm convinced that Microsoft is about to make a mistake with Windows 8. In short, I have a feeling that Windows 8 is about to become the new Vista.
Date: Monday, 20 Feb 2012 14:15
Over the weekend, I put together a prototype e-book reader to demonstrate two features that I think would make the digital book reading experience much better. If you've made the leap to digital books, I'd love to get your thoughts on the video.
Date: Friday, 17 Feb 2012 13:57
The picture above is of one of my home workstations where I think I've finally gotten the right keyboard/pointer configuration. Here's what you're looking at...
Date: Thursday, 09 Feb 2012 04:30
Some friends of mine and I are experimenting with what it's like to use a mobile device (in this case, a Galaxy Nexus) as a desktop computer. With the addition of a bluetooth keyboard, multi-touch trackpad, and a monitor, I found that the experience is surprisingly good.
Date: Monday, 16 Jan 2012 04:51
I found the massive Lego Imperial Shuttle on sale several months ago, and finally had the time to put it together this afternoon...
Date: Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 23:30
If you have an old smartphone lying around that's not worth selling, and that nobody wants as a hand-me-down, consider using it as a dedicated sound system.
Scientists Propose Detecting Extraterrestrials Through Light Pollution (as Described in "Containment")
Date: Monday, 07 Nov 2011 23:13
Astronomers Avi Loeb and Edwin Turner recently published a paper proposing a technique for detecting extraterrestrials: use telescopes to look for light pollution from alien cities. I was thinking the same thing when I wrote Containment...
Date: Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 14:40
My newest book/novella, Farmer One, is now available in all formats. If you've read my other work, you'll find that this one is a little different. It's still science fiction, but I took it in a slightly new direction. Here's the synopsis...
Date: Monday, 12 Sep 2011 17:39
Whenever cloud services like EC2 or Google Docs experience downtime, there are always plenty of comments about the dangers of relying on the cloud. While it's true that depending on third parties (both your ISP and the provider of the cloud service itself) for basic computing tasks like document editing can be risky, it's also important to look at and understand the entire equation before evaluating cloud services. Here are some things to consider...
Date: Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 02:06
Containment has sold over 70,000 copies, and recently passed the 300 review mark on Amazon. To celebrate, I'm giving away free copies. I have five audio books (7 CD box set), and five paperbacks. If you want one, here's what to do...
Date: Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 17:58
Ever downloaded an older game through Steam only to have it crash on you on start-up? Here's how to fix it.
Date: Monday, 22 Aug 2011 16:54
AT&T is "streamlining" their text messaging plans effective August 21st -- no doubt in preparation for the iPhone 5. In this case, "streamlining" is a business euphemism for "taking away lower-priced options that too many customers prefer." More specifically, AT&T is getting rid of their $10 per month limited texting plan, and only offering a $20 per month unlimited option. They claim to be doing this because "customers have expressed a clear preference for unlimited plans," however I have a strong suspicion that this has more to do with customers who prefer to pay less. If you want to avoid more anti-competitive price hikes, it's time to look into Google Voice.
Mechanical Keyboard Roundup: Review of the Das Keyboard Model S Professional, Filco Majestouch-2, DSI Modular, Matias Tactile Pro 3, and the Unicomp SpaceSaver M
Date: Monday, 01 Aug 2011 14:19
After sensing something profoundly lacking from the modern typing experience, I decided to delve into the world of mechanical keyboards. As is the case with most fetishes, I discovered that there are entire online communities, cultures, and movements surrounding the magic of the mechanical keyswitch. I could have easily spent many months and several thousands of dollars acquiring, experimenting with, and reviewing all of the mechanical options out there, but with both time and money in short supply, I decided to focus on five specific models: the Das Keyboard Model S Professional, Filco Majestouch-2, DSI Modular, Matias Tactile Pro 3, and the Unicomp SpaceSaver M.
Date: Friday, 08 Jul 2011 16:50
I recently came across a list of the best air-filtering houseplants compiled primarily by NASA while researching the use of plants to clean air and provide oxygen on space stations.
Date: Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 02:34
The first game I decided to play after building a new gaming PC was Fallout: New Vegas. Unfortunately, I installed both Steam and New Vegas before I finished tweaking my video drivers which resulted in some very bizarre purple/pink textures or shaders. As you can see from the picture above, poor Doc Mitchell was the first victim.
Date: Friday, 24 Jun 2011 21:57
After relying primarily on consoles for gaming over the last few years, I decided it was finally time to build a serious gaming rig. I'm still tuning and tweaking, so I can't give a final verdict yet, but so far, I've been very happy with it. Here are the components/specs...
Date: Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:42
Most people will tell you that garter snakes are harmless, which they are, but probably not quite as harmless as you might think.
Date: Friday, 27 May 2011 14:42
I'm very excited to announce that Containment will be an audio book published by Tantor Audio and available exactly one month from today (6/27/2011).
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Date: Thursday, 26 May 2011 12:52
The Microsoft Office updater on Mac recently put me into a zen-like state with the following dialog box:
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