Category Archives: Hardware

A Walk Through Computer History at the Living Computers Museum + labs

Today, I took a stroll down technology memory lane and visited the Living Computers Museum + labs in Seattle, WA.  This museum houses working computers from the 1960’s through today.  By “working”, I really mean that they are powered up and you … Continue reading

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NFC: Near Field Communication – A Primer

NFC or Near Field Communication is a technology where small amounts of data can be transferred from one NFC-enabled device to another. In many ways, NFC is similar to RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) which has been in use for many … Continue reading

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WPS Security Vulnerability: Ease of Use -> Less Secure

Several weeks ago, a security researcher by the name of Stefan Viehbock identified a pretty serious vulnerability in the WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) protocol that is supported by most consumer-grade wireless routers produced over the last several years. Although I … Continue reading

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White Spaces: What Is It and Why Do I Care?

On December 22, 2011, the FCC announced approval of the first television white spaces database and device.  This announcement will have an impact on you in the future. An additional relevant FCC announcement can be found here. In layman’s terms, … Continue reading

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Kindle Fire: Unboxing and First Impressions

As indicated in an earlier post, I pre-ordered a Kindle Fire.  It arrived safely today.  Here are a few photos of the unboxing process.  I was amused by the packaging which made it look as though it was packed specifically … Continue reading

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Kindle Fire: Interesting, But Not An iPad Killer

Yesterday, Amazon announced the Kindle Fire.  It is a 7″ (1024 x 600 resolution) Android-based tablet PC with multi-touch capabilities, 8 GB of storage and Wi-Fi, weighing in at 14.6 ounces.  The price of the device is $199 and it … Continue reading

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The Secrets To Apple’s Success

I had a discussion with some friends yesterday about how the departure of Steve Jobs will impact Apple.  Among the things we talked about were the reasons that Apple has been so successful. Here is a quick summary of those … Continue reading

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HP Touchpad Tablet Fire Sale: Is It A Ploy To Gain Market Share?

A few days ago, HP made some remarkable announcements regarding the structuring of it’s business and the future of webOS.  Since this announcement, the price of the 16 GB TouchPad tablet is down to $99 at most retailers while the … Continue reading

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Mac Upgrade Warning: Lion No Longer Supports PowerPC Applications

Itching to upgrade to Apple’s latest OS:  OS X Lion (10.7)?  You may want to do a bit of investigation first.  Some older applications that require Rosetta, will not work after your upgrade. Rosetta is a piece of software developed … Continue reading

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A Note To Parents: Invest In The Future of Your Children

Throughout my high school years in the early 1980s, I had always been interested in computers. I was just amazed at what they could do. My high school offered a single course at the time called “Computer Math”. This course … Continue reading

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