You’ve probably heard by now about Vanity Fair publishing an excerpt from Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen’s autobiography, which doesn’t give the most flattering portrayal of Bill Gates, his former business partner. I’ve heard most of these stories before, though I’m trying to figure out where. What surprises me is the people who are acting like [...]
And in yet another question brought to you by a Google search…. Can you set an HP slimline computer on its side? Yes. How anticlimactic of me.
For a while in the 1970s and 1980s, Lionel used DC power in its least expensive O27 train sets. They stopped this practice a good 25 years ago, but there are still plenty of those sets kicking around. Here’s how to figure out what you have, and track down a suitable replacement. AC and DC [...]
Update: This entry was based on preliminary information that turned out to be incorrect. Please see the following update. One of the last knocks on SSD performance is that they don’t perform well with full-drive encryption. But on Sandforce 1200- and 2200-based drives, and the next-generation Intel 320 drives introduced today, that’s not an issue [...]
I grew up on the Commodore 128. We got one for Christmas 1985 (an upgrade from a Commodore 64). It was a bit of a quirky machine, but I liked it. On the retro computing forums, it might be the most controversial thing Commodore ever did. Which says something, seeing as some computer historians have [...]
The new population center of the United States is a town I’m sure you’ve never heard of before, though I have. It’s Plato, Mo., a town 22 winding miles southwest of Fort Leonard Wood. The population is 109, up from 74 in 2000. As you approach Plato from the east on Missouri 32, you pass [...]
Another question from the Great Google: Is it OK to paint an AC adapter? I wouldn’t. For a couple of reasons.
I have a job. That’s a good thing, because for about three hours today, that was in doubt. It was nothing personal. My whole office was out of work for that three hours. It turned out to be an administrative error. I’m not quite sure how an administrative error leads to an entire office being [...]
And although Firefox 4 isn’t officially released until tomorrow, copies have leaked out via FTP staging servers. I grabbed a copy from betanews to do my upgrade early. I’ve played with pre-release versions, so no real surprises. It’s quick. The look changed quite a bit, but you can easily configure it to look like older [...]
I suspect AT&T is going to be allowed to swallow up T-Mobile, but there’s nothing good about this. T-Mobile survived solely on customer service and low prices. Let me tell you a story about T-Mobile.