Category Archives: advanced technologies

THE $108 CAR KEY


Bought a used 2010 Honda CR-V recently. New ones came with two master keys and a valet key, but in this case, the valet key had gone missing. Thought we ought to have a third key in reserve, just in … Continue reading

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MACHINES TELLING YOU WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO WORK…


Bloomberg news reports that some hi-tech companies have begun to develop multimedia programs to assess a person’s suitability for a particular job, or jobs.  Presumably, these programs will be much better than human recruiters, who rely on first impressions, useless … Continue reading

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WHEN IS CANCER NOT CANCER?


When the federal government says so. Paul Hsieh, at Forbes, writes about the Feds’ desire to redefine the word ‘cancer’ to exclude certain conditions that have hitherto been called cancers.  As, for instance, cancerous but slow-growing lesions.  The word ‘cancer’ … Continue reading

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VOYAGER 1, 36 YEARS LATER


Voyager 1, which was launched in 1977, has officially left the solar system. This brave little NASA craft was designed to explore Jupiter and Saturn, which it did in November 1980.  But it continued to function for another thirty-plus years, … Continue reading

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THE VENERABLE VELOCIPEDE


Velocipede: the old/new word for a bicycle.  The old is illustrated here, the new here. Pretty cool!  Hope it makes it to market.

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ANOTHER VICTORY FOR HUMANITY


In South Africa, they are now delivering beer by helicopter drones. Imagine: you’re at the OppiKoppi music festival, and you’re thirsty.  You dial a number to place your order, some unseen benefactor loads a beer onto an octorotor, it flies … Continue reading

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CENSORING THE INTERNET: SYRIA SHOWS THE WAY


This week, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is holding a meeting in Dubai to discuss “what to do about the Internet.” (h/t The Weekly Standard)  There are many proposals in the ITU’s agenda, which runs to over 200 pages, and … Continue reading

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PACED BICYCLE RACES


For some reason, I paused at this picture while looking through my pics of last year’s visit to Prague (and, inevitably, my childhood mecca, the National Technical Museum). This is a pace motorcycle exhibited in that Museum. Motor vehicles have … Continue reading

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DIDN’T BUILD IT THEMSELVES?


Fascinating saga of the Sears kit homes, here at the Financial Times.  They were shipped to their purchasers flatpacked in railroad cars, and the new owners built them, ahem, themselves.  From 1908 until 1940, Sears had sold between 70,000 and … Continue reading

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WORD WOES


Have been transitioning from Microsoft Word 2000 to Word 2010. My conclusions at this point: Word 2000 is much easier to use – fewer keystrokes than Word 2010 to accomplish the same thing. Word 2000 is sophisticated enough for my … Continue reading

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