Ars Technica has an incredibly detailed (and long - 25 screens) article all about the latest version of Mac OS X. There's lots of interesting information in here for everybody, from system programmers to power users, to Mac afficionados, to people who just like to admire and criticize industrial design.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
I'm sure you've heard about the above news already. For more information on this, TechCrunch wrote a great article all about CurrentC, how it works and why it even exists.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
In Googling for the definitions, I found that it is very hard to find definitions for most of these. As a service to my readers, here are all the line items from my contract, and the best explanation I've found so far for them. Some come from Verizon or from user-forum discussions I ran across. Some are based on my own intuition and understanding of wireless technology.
Corrections are welcome and will help to make the list more complete. I don't promise that it's all correct, but I hope people with specific knowledge will be able to help me improve it and make it correct.
Updated on June 4, 2015, based on reader comments. Thanks much!
Monday, October 20, 2014
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
I have never installed Digital Editions, but you can be certain I won't ever install it in the future.
Please click through to the article. There are some followup posts. Adobe claims you agreed to all this when you clicked on the license agreement that everybody knows you didn't read. They also claim they are only phoning home about documents opened in Digital Editions, even though it's been demonstrated that such a claim is a lie.
Monday, October 06, 2014
Ever notice how the most expensive hotels charge the most for internet access?
For those who don't know, the Marrott Gaylord chain of hotels is incredibly expensive. A "cheap" room is several hundred dollars per night. And then they have the gall to charge an additional $250-1000 for internet access? And then deliberately jamming anybody who dares to try and access the internet through their own means? I'm surprised they didn't decide to jam the entire cell phone spectrum and tell people to use their room phones at $10/minute.
It's sleazy scumbag policies like this which convinced me (many many years ago) to avoid all those expensive "prestigious" hotels. When I travel, I stay at cheap places like Holiday Inn, where my room rate is 75% less expensive and where they include internet access and breakfast at no extra charge.
These self-described luxury hotels can keep their designer soaps pillow-chocolate. It's not worth paying hundreds of dollars extra per night and losing amenities that I consider critical when traveling (internet and breakfast.) Maybe they'll learn someday, but I doubt it. They're happy catering to business travelers who will just bill everything to the company without even thinking about the cost.
Friday, October 03, 2014
The above graphic is the result of running Comcast's speed test. (I'm paying for 25/5 service - which is what I'm getting.) Now that I've got my router straightened out, it's pretty nice. Interesting how IPv6 is about 2.7Mbps slower than IPv4.
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Click through to the full article to see one insanely complicated approach to subtraction that kids are forced to memorize.
And this is a great example of why education should not be controlled by faceless Washington bureaucrats. Our schools are being forced to teach according to academic theories and experiments, without regard to whether or not the children will actually learn anything.
I'm very glad that Virginia (for the moment anyway) is not one of the 43 states participating in this brain-dead Common Core curriculum. But I'm sure Washington will find some way to force their will on us. They just need to shred another few pages of the Constitution before they decide we have no rights whatsoever.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
I will never experience this first hand. Something about not having a spare $19,000 lying around, or if I do, I'd rather do something other than buy a round-trip plane ticket with it. But wow! That is the most luxurious plane ride ever. First class is just so pedestrian in comparison!