Archive for April, 2012

Open Source Licensing Choices

InfoWorld has an interesting story on GPL’s decline (might be a strong word) in favor of some more permissive licenses, notably Apache, MIT, and BSD. I think this part hits the main deciding factor: Originally associated with variants of Unix, these “permissive” licenses took their names from the universities at Berkeley and Massachusetts: the BSD […]

“The Bunkers”

A French military bunker from WWI and WWII was discovered by urban explorers. The preservation of some of the vehicles is amazing. So very cool. Hopefully this gets preserved and protected against vandalism and theft. [Via: Gizmodo]

Mining In Outer Space

Planetary Resources is a freakishly futuristic company with the intent to mine in outer space. I’m pretty sure after several mergers and acquisitions it eventually is renamed Union Aerospace Corporation (UAC) sometime shortly before 2145. Are we really getting this close to being so futuristic?

Shuttle Enterprise Arrives In NYC

I got to walk down to the Hudson this morning and watch Shuttle Enterprise arrive in NYC. It was an amazing site to behold. It was cold, and the pier was pretty busy, but I think everyone had a great time regardless.

Steve Jobs Wanted To Play Willy Wonka

MacRumors is reporting that the new book Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success mentions Steve Jobs was looking to do a Willy Wonka like promotion for the sale of the 1 millionth iMac. I find this so hard to believe, but I so want it to be true. Apple in many ways is […]

SSD Price Wars

There’s now talk of an SSD price war brewing. This is great as the price for SSD’s are still pretty high. Unfortunately they still have a way to drop. Especially in recent years people have tons of video and photos, more than they can upload due to asymmetrical broadband. Most people only have one computer, […]

Oldest Working Satellites

How old is the oldest working satellite? US’s Vanguard 1 is still in orbit 50+ years later, but it’s long since stopped working. Still pretty impressive considering most orbits decay over time and they meet a fiery death. The most definitive list of old satellites I could find is this: Satellite Year of Launch Type […]

Speed Up Terminal.app Loading

Terminal.app slow to load? Create a .hushlogin file in your home directory: touch ~/.hushlogin Wish I had known that earlier. One of my machines had this, so at one point I must have known about this and forgot. For those who spend a lot of time in terminal, myself included, this is awesome.

Time Lapse Of A 12 Year Old

This pretty amazing if you think about it. Frans Hofmeester took video of his daughter Lotte every week for 12 years of her life and made a time lapse. Most time lapses are of photos, this is of video. Generally when it’s made of video, it’s pretty terrible. This however is an exception. “They grow […]

1984 Macintosh Ad

Looking back at the 1984 Macintosh “Introduction” ads, it’s almost hard to believe they are by Apple when you consider how complicated the layout is and how wordy they are. Especially when you realize Steve Jobs was in charge back then. It even mentions the polyphonic sound generator and RS232 and RS422 ports. These days […]