Transcend 64GB microSDXC Memory Card Premium 400x TS64GUSDU1 B&H. 1999 called. They don't want their disk storage technology back. Ouch. Below are a couple of photos. One is a tiny fingernail sized piece of plastic which contains 64 Gigabytes of data. It costs $18.99. The other is a 1999 3 1/2 inch floppy disk, so named because the storage medium is a thin piece of plastic housed in a hard plastic case with a metal sleeve that opens and closes when inserted into a slot on an early computer. If you don't remember these, you are way too young to come play with me. These were actually really small in their day, since their precursors were 8 inches in diameter, or, later, 5 1/4 inches in diameter. In fact, the 3 1/2 inch floppy held a whopping 1.4 megabytes of data. My math is fuzzy; but, approximately 1,000 of these would be required to equal one Gigabyte. So, figure it would take around 60 to 64,000 floppies to equal this little Micro SD. If you don't find that amazing, you are still too young to come play with me.
I have been playing with the new Chromebit computer, which is a tiny marvel, and which runs on Chrome OS. However, a full sized keyboard seemed overkill, and the idea is to have a full computer you could carry in a shirt pocket. Any place, like a hotel room, with a TV or monitor with an HDMI input makes this a real carry around little computer. This Chinese hand sized wireless keyboard is perfect. It has a full tiny keyboard with a trackpad, and connects to the Chromebit with a USB 2.4 Ghz dongle. Here are photos of the Chromebit, keyboard and monitor running Chrome OS. Very cool.
Challenger Disaster (Standard 4:3) : NASA : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive. Thirty years ago today, 7 brave souls climbed into the Space Shuttle Challenger for the 25th Shuttle launch, with high hopes, and during a time when such launches were still a very big deal. I was a young lawyer with a brand new Satellite dish tuned to the NASA feed, and a VCR that was recording for hours. I still remember the chilling words of the NASA announcer: "Obviously we have a major malfunction". Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith Resnik. May they rest in peace.
CES 2016 Las Vegas - January 6-9 - CNET. With the magic of the Internet, you don't have to travel to Las Vegas to find out what is new and current in consumer tech. While I am in New Orleans, the show goes on, and you can follow at CNet's excellent CES page. The trend towards mobile tech is clear, and the trend towards computing functions in everything (the Internet of Things) is clear. The ForceBand permits control of objects with a wave of the hand, and you can expect more products to follow that trend. I will, in between walks in the French Quarter, try to keep you up to date on what is happening. But, the best way to find out is to go to the CNet link. Enjoy.
ADT Home Security - Current Offers. We live in a dangerous world. However, technology and the Internet of Things can be used to help keep us safe. My ADT security system connects cameras to the Internet so that I can monitor my home and office from a web connected phone or tablet or computer anywhere in the world. I can set the alarm remotely, or disconnect it remotely. If the system is breached, I get an alarm and video of the intruder on my phone. Similarly, I now have Ring connected doorbells at home and office that permit me to view and speak to anyone at my front doors. For a small yearly amount, anyone coming within a preset zone in front of the home or office is recorded. Can these systems be hacked? Of course. Any computer system can be hacked. However, in most cases, viewing the Amazon delivery guy is not high on the hacker's priority list. And, ADT and Ring and other security device manufacturers have a "bet the company" interest in preventing unauthorized use of their systems. Let's just say that the tradeoffs are acceptable to me, in exchange for the personal security improvements. Several years ago, when a burglar entered my office, the security video was used to help convict him. Have you taken steps to improve your physical security?
Most cancer cases due to lifestyle choices, not 'bad luck,' study suggests | Fox News. This headline is highly misleading. First, the study it refers to is just one opinion. In fact, as the article points out (burying the lead), a study in the magazine Science, found just the opposite. Furthermore, how is radiation and exposure to toxic chemicals a "lifestyle choice"? In fact, it is impossible to live in an industrialized society and know what carcinogens we are exposed to. What a load of baloney. Anybody who claims they can correlate many cancers with lifestyle choices is wrong. Certainly, some cancers can be traced to life choices, like cigarette smoking. However, the science is far from conclusive in either direction. Blaming the patient for a disease is exactly the wrong way to look at the problem.
Living Will.One of the most important estate planning documents is the advanced health care directive. You can choose, while you are able, who you want to make medical decisions if you can't, and you can choose whether extraordinary measures will be taken to prolong your life in the event of terminal illness. In conjunction with a Will, this document, along with a Durable Power of Attorney, give you the power to choose the person or persons you trust to make serious decisions about your money and your life in the event of disability. Do it. Do it now. Read the story of Scott Weidner and his younger brother if you need a push.
Your broadband service is about to be tax-free forever - CNET. Who among us hasn't blanched at the add on taxes on our phone bills, both landline and wireless? Every local and State government sees these bills as a revenue enhancement device. The Internet, however, has been tax free since 1998, and every so often, the moratorium on taxes for Internet access has had to be renewed. No more. Today and Monday, Congress is expected to make Internet access tax free permanently. The bill is expected to be signed, and this essential service shall forever remain free of local and State government taxation. Huzzah.