Archive for November, 2012

Facebook Going HTTPS

Apparently HTTPS is going to be standard for all Facebook users: As announced last year, we are moving to HTTPS for all users. This week, we’re starting to roll out HTTPS for all North America users and will be soon rolling out to the rest of the world. Great move, I’m glad they are finally […]

Verizon’s Broad Street Facility After Sandy

The Verge has an interesting article, video and photo essay on the repair efforts at Verizon’s Broad Street facility after Hurricane Sandy. It’s amazing to see the mess of copper. Sadly, even before Hurricane Sandy this was hardly awesome infrastructure, it’s generations old copper. The upside is it’s now being modernized, the downside is that […]

The Big Bang Theory Call Me Maybe Flash Mob

The Big Bang Theory did a surprise flash mob. Some more video, apparently taken by someone in the audience can be found here. The real gem of the whole thing is in the background: Sheldon never breaks out of character. Dr. Sheldon Cooper FTW indeed. Disclosure: I’m a CBS employee. This blog however is not […]

Goodfellas All Over Again At JFK In iPad Theft

Reading about this theft of iPads from a cargo hanger at JFK. Just like everyone else my mind went immediately to the iconic movie Goodfellas. Who knew this sort of thing would still be an issue in 2012 at JFK?

Tesla Coil Performers

This is a really cool performance, and uses a Tesla Coil. It’s a great performance to put on at night.

Landing A Shuttle

I was reading Austin Mayer’s blog post on shuttle orbiter re-entry when this piece struck me: After de-orbit burn, the shuttle heads for the atmosphere at 400,000 feet, 17,000 miles per hour, and 5,300 miles away from Edwards. (Yes, you are landing in the Mojave desert and you are starting your landing approach West of […]

Shumway

From Mozilla Research: Shumway is an experimental web-native runtime implementation of the SWF file format. It is developed as a free and open source project sponsored by Mozilla Research… I’m pretty amazed by this one. In 2009 JS was emulating the NES. In 2012 it’s running SWF. That’s really impressive if you think about it. JavaScript […]

US Army Is Interested In 3D Printers

From BBC: By putting 3D printers behind the front line it hopes to be able to produce spares more cheaply and quickly than it can get them from manufacturers. The army embarked on the project to produce its own printer as commercial devices were too expensive. Early versions of the printer cost $695 (£436) compared […]

DuckDuckGo Profiled In Washington Post

Washington Post has an interesting piece on DuckDuckGo. It’s a pretty interesting approach to taking on a giant. In many ways it reminds me of how Mozilla took on Microsoft in the browser wars.

Why Letterboxed iPhone 5 Drive Me Nuts

For those who haven’t upgraded to the iPhone 5, allow me to illustrate why apps on the iPhone 5 that haven’t been updated are frustrating.