Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Arthur C. Clarke Predicts the Internet & PC

In1974 Arthur C. Clarke told the ABC that every household in 2001 will have a computer and be connected all over the world. Courtesy of Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Reset Gadgets Back to Factory Default

Have you ever had the need to reset a device back to its original factory default?  If you do a search for the device in your favorite search engine you will probably find these instructions.

Warning: Following the instructions on this site will erase all your data on the device and revert it back to its original configuration when you first bought it.
There's a site called that is trying to be a one stop shop for this information.  Before resetting your device, backup your data (if you still can).  To reset it, just search the site for the product, then follow the instructions.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Camera Drones: Losing More Personal Privacy?

The military has been using surveillance camera drones for years, now the police and the average citizen has access to this technology.   Like any technology how it will be exploited for good or bad, only time can tell how it will be used or abused.

Watch the video like the one below to see what awesome things can be done with this technology, but you might also see the potential for how the technology can be abused.  For example, it gives anyone access to view in to places they might not of had access to before.

I am not a legal expert in any way, but as I understand the law about privacy, every person has a reasonable expectation of privacy unless they are in a public place (more information).

Monday, April 09, 2012

Meet John Collins, "The Paper Airplane Guy"

Will and Norm meet The Paper Airplane Guy to learn about the craft of designing and folding amazing paper airplanes.  John Collins creates paper airplanes for a living, and recently designed a plane that broke the world record for longest flight. Learn more about folding paper airplanes at John's website.

Largest Rube Goldberg Machine: Purdue team set new world record (2012)

From YouTube: "WEST LAFYETTE, Ind., USA--The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers team smashed its own world record for largest Rube Goldberg machine with a 300-step behemoth that flawlessly accomplished the simple task of blowing up and popping a balloon - setting the new world record for the Largest functional Rube Goldberg machine, according to World Records Academy"

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Myshkin Ingawale: A blood test without bleeding

Anemia is a major -- and completely preventable -- cause of deaths in childbirth in many places around the world, but the standard test is invasive and slow. In this witty and inspiring talk, TED Fellow Myshkin Ingawale describes how (after 32 tries) he and his team created a simple, portable, low-cost device that can test for anemia without breaking the skin.

Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod

Comic author Rob Reid unveils Copyright Math (TM), a remarkable new field of study based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists.

Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly ... and cooperate

In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams -- for construction, surveying disasters and far more.

T. Boone Pickens: Let's transform energy -- with natural gas

The US consumes 25% of the world's oil -- but as energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens points out onstage, the country has no energy policy to prepare for the inevitable. Is alternative energy our bridge to an oil-free future? After losing $150 million investing in wind energy, Pickens suggests it isn't, not yet. What might get us there? Natural gas. After the talk, watch for a lively Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson.

Harmless Computer Practical Jokes (Updated)

I wrote the original blog post a few years back, and it turned out to be one of the most popular posts on this blog. I have updated and expanded the original text, you can read the updated version of the article here.