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Microsoft Word

As I sat down at the computer this morning, I realized that Microsoft Word is 30 years old. Yeah, I notice that kind of crap. The first version, called Multi-Tool Word, came out in 1983. It was built for the IBM and AT&T line of UNIX microcomputers, but a few months later, was made available… Read more »

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From China With Love

Last month the longest high-speed train in the world began operation. Traveling at 180 mph, the current 1400 mile route will now take 8 hours rather than 20. * Do you know where it’s located? It’s in China. China’s economy runs on the rail, and the government there does everything it can to constantly improve… Read more »

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Crystal Clear

I recently watched Star Trek IV, the one with the whales, and was snickering when Scotty built a whale tank out of transparent aluminum. It was stronger than steel, completely sheer, and had to hold a ton of material, much like a Victoria’s Secret push-up bra. But it’s just Science Fiction right? Nope. It’s available… Read more »

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The Perils of Time Travel

Yesterday, I received several comments on my recent blog where I posted some old photographs of the Back to the Future sets. One of the comments was how cool would it have been if Marty and Doc had travelled back to the time of Robin Hood. Ok. Let’s give it a try.   Draft 1… Read more »

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Man versus Machine

As an IT person, the one rhetorical question I hear all the time is “I wonder what Einstein could have done with a modern computer?” Most people think a computer is superior to a human brain. They cite such mundane facts as “the computer always beats the human in chess”, or “Watson (an IBM computer)… Read more »

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MAC versus PC

Yesterday, my hairstylist (ok, the dog groomer who does my hair) asked me if I was a PC or a MAC. I told her I was definitely a PC. In fact, I wondered to myself if there really is a computer “type”. Turns out there is. MAC people tend to be left-brain, while PC people… Read more »

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As Time Goes By

So you’ve decided to visit the grandchildren. They won’t be born for 50 years, but you’ve borrowed a DeLorean from the scientist next door, and you’re armed with enough Plutonium to get you to 2062 and back, with enough leftover to make your own low-grade, dirty bomb. But is travelling to the future even possible?… Read more »