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End of an Era

Tue, 16 Feb 2010 00:30:04 +0000

In the 1970′s I remember the first cable box sitting on top of our TV in San Francisco and I’ve basically had cable almost everywhere I’ve lived since then — call it 35 years of cable TV. Almost four years ago I asked Do we watch TV anymore? Analyzing our TV viewing at that time [...]

New Media PC for the living room

Mon, 28 Dec 2009 18:20:22 +0000

We needed a media PC to drive a 46″ display in our living room. I saw an article in the May 2009 Maximum PC and basically followed their recipe when I built this system in August. The system has been solid and very quiet. It draws 55-65 watts up and running and the box cost [...]

How to delete GPT Protective Partition

Fri, 11 Dec 2009 00:55:56 +0000

I loaned a portable USB 1 TB drive to someone recently and they accidentally horked it up pretty well. They attempted some fix up on it but when I mounted it on my system it did not appear in the list of disks under My Computer but it was listed as a device off the [...]

Reduced to reblogging: a short Internet history

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 14:43:45 +0000

I loved this post by Cameron Chapman at the Six Revisions blog. I’m reblogging ’cause I’m busy but I’ll have my media PC build and description up soon.

Windows Command Line stuff

Fri, 10 Jul 2009 15:45:24 +0000

Creating scripts to automate administrative or programming build tasks is GOOD. It centralizes details and reduces errors. I find I need to re-learn DOS (and *nix) command line stuff every few years and then I completely forget how to do it and have to learn again. Resources that I find useful: The Windows Command Line [...]

The Wumpus lives

Thu, 11 Jun 2009 03:34:58 +0000

This is a great PHP version of the classic Hunt the Wumpus game of the 1970′s. This will make a great programming-class homework problem.

Teaching programming – part 2: how I tried it

Wed, 10 Jun 2009 18:02:57 +0000

So I’m teaching a kid to program. “A kid” to me meaning anyone born after 1980 – ’cause I’m old. Here are the choices I made. Start with C++ If you want to be a professional programmer for the rest of your days, you should be an expert in C++. It’s all there: pointers, Object [...]

A gas-powered blender: good thing we have the technology

Wed, 10 Jun 2009 17:43:47 +0000

I am stunned by the weird things people think they need like a blender that is powered by a 43 cc gas engine with handlebars like a motorcycle. Amazon shows at least 3-4 different models and colors to choose from.

Teaching programming – part 1: how I learned

Thu, 14 May 2009 21:34:12 +0000

A young person asked me recently: “Could you teach me how to write programs?” Could I ever! I don’t know. Could I?? I’m old. I’m not so sure I’m a good example. The generations of my programming learning: 1. 1970′s — Poking around using BASIC on pre-PC microcomputers. 2. 1980′s — Writing a fair bit [...]

New PC for my computer lab

Wed, 13 May 2009 21:56:56 +0000

I needed an extra PC for a video editing class I was going to teach. I wanted it to be beefy enough but not too expensive. I started with a PC Gamer “medium” game system recommendations and tweaked it a bit. Oh: it had to be quiet! I ordered everything from Amazon and the prices [...]