A family member passes

My beloved laptop Mjolnir (the name of Thor's hammer) has moved on to greener hotspots.  Please join me in a moment of silence in remembrance of this extraordinarily hard-working, loving and forgiving Dell Latitude C840, which gave me  4 wonderful years.  I'll never forget you, Mjolnir.  Like your storied namesake, you flew true, smote my foes, and always returned to my gloved hand, burning hot...well...until you started flashing a blood-chilling "cannot find optical … [Read more...]

Essential downloads for kewl bloggers

Aggregate your news/bogs with RSSAre you reading blogs by typing in each site's URL and perusing the site to look for updates?  If so, you should hang your head in shame over the time you're wasting.  You should using news aggregator to show you all new headlines/postings in a single place.  That way you have a single page that you can scan to see if your favorite websites (assuming they've set up RSS feeds) have new content for you to come read.  It's a huge time saver.I use … [Read more...]

Jews, Muslims, black magic & pornography

One of the less obvious advantages of maintaining a blog or any other website is getting to psychoanalyze your visitors (albeit anonymously). In the Information Technology business, this is know as  "web traffic analysis" or "search engine optimization" (the two areas are slightly different, but related).  While web servers cannot tell who its visitors are--they don't know visitors' identities or email addresses--they do log generic information about … [Read more...]

Reality vs. Fiction in online gaming

Just now, I came across a Wikipedia article MMORGS (massively multi-player online role-playing games) that really blew me away.  [As usual, I'm amazed at how useful Wikipedia is.  Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that people contribute to and maintain anonymously and without being paid.] Aside from the occasional shoot-em up game with my friend and sometimes unnervingly intense gamer Arman [*], I rarely play computer games.  It's been quite a while since I played any computer … [Read more...]

Unproven dogmas: Technological innovation and the benefits of free markets

An article in the New Scientist reports on physicist Jonathan Huebner's rather counterintuitive claim that the rate of technological innovation today is actually quite slow compared to the past--he thinks we experiencing the least innovation, measured in technological breakthroughs per billion people, since the 17th century--and that we may be approaching a "dark age" of technological innovation. As a non-scientist, I am certainly in no position to judge his claim (which will no doubt … [Read more...]