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All of the stuff that makes computers work, how they work, and what we know that makes it all possible.

Six Fresh Ways to Think About Retirement Savings

Trent Hamm has a good summary in his Six Fresh Ways to Think About Retirement Savings at the Simple Dollar. From the social security network to retirement fund withdrawal rules of thumb and from basic subsistence levels to choosing a location for cost of living reasons, he provides a good over-view of issues that many don’t […]

Gnome approaches majority (legal age to vote and drink!)

Alan Day ponders The Gnome Way and that gains a special interest as Canonical is folding up Unity and its dreams of integration of the user interface across all platforms. Day notes that the Gnome project has been able to maintain its core identity, expressed in fundamental principles, for 20 years. When I first got […]

Nostalgia: 40 years on in a new era of the Take Home Computer

40 years ago: the take home computer. 30 years ago: it gets a full fledged operating system. 20 years ago: an audio codec for take home computer hardware is standardized. 10 years ago: the smart phone. 1977. 1987. 1997. 2007. 2017?? The August 3 birthday brings back memories. Harry McCracken notes the 40th anniversary and […]

Python. Astronomy. Science. FOSS. Learning. Change.

A talk at Pycon 2017 on YouTube about Why Astronomers Love Python And Why You Should Too covers a lot of ground about how research is changing. Jake Vanderplas doesn’t get into technical detail but rather explains how the Python ecosystem and idiom fits into astronomical research. He starts with this New Yorker cartoon   One of […]

Bitcoin and blockchain

3Blue1Brown has one of the better explanations: Ever wonder how Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) actually work? (YouTube). One pundit even referred to this technology as “triple entry accounting” and hailed it as one of the greatest innovations evva’ !! Start with a public ledger where people can note transactions between themselves. This can be tallied to […]

Feynman Path Integral Perspectives

YouTube can get eerie at times. Tonight it came up with Feynman’s Infinite Quantum Paths | Space Time and Math vs Physics – Numberphile. Both get into Feynman’s insight into quantum mechanics but one is from the viewpoint of a physicist and the other from the viewpoint of a mathematician. Of course, there are a […]

‘Old’ People v Tech

Linus got himself in a bit of hot water at YouTube with Old People are the WORST at Technology – Then vs. Now Ep3. Yes, he’s poking fun at stereotypes. The likes to dislikes runs at 25k to 4k so there are are a lot who don’t see the point. The fact is that a real […]

Soldering tutorials

Hackaday says the key to soldering is to pace yourself. “When writing my last article, I came upon something I thought had been lost to the seven seas of YouTube: the old-school “Basic Soldering Lesson” series from Pace Worldwide.” Speaking of which, we’ve seen many things designed to educate, but one size certainly does not […]

Nostalgia – a learning motivation?

Retro Radio: W8CDX Takes Field Day Back to its Roots – “Some younger radio amateurs may not realize that ARRL Field Day has been a staple operating event for more than 80 years.” “We had a lot of fun putting up another 1930s-style station for Field Day 2017,” said Eric Tichansky, NO3M, the trustee of […]

Dave Jones hosts Shahriar Shahramian and the discussion is something else.

It’s a geekfest. Shahriar Shahramian from The Signal Path met up with Dave Jones of EEVblog and discussion is well worth some time. It’s broken up into three videos each with their own focus. 1. Youtube & Bell Labs 2. Science, Debunking & Education 3. about the millimeter wave electronics and 5th generation RF These two […]