Be the Local Computer Expert!

 Posted by on 28 August 2009 at 12:01 pm  Funny, Technology
Aug 282009
 

Oh, this one is soooo going to all of my relatives… :^)

[from www.xkcd.com/627/ HT: JasonG]

How A Differential Gear Works

 Posted by on 14 August 2009 at 2:01 pm  Cool, Technology
Aug 142009
 

This superb classic pre-CG video explains how a vehicle’s differential works:

You may wish to start at 1:30.

Safety tip: Don’t do the stunt that starts at 9:00!

Project X

 Posted by on 13 August 2009 at 11:01 pm  Technology
Aug 132009
 

Am I wrong to think that this pain ray bears a disturbing resemblance to Project X in Atlas Shrugged?

The so-called “Active Denial System” works by heating the outer surface of the target’s skin using millimeter waves — short wavelength microwaves. The effect is painful, but generally harmless, and forces the target to get out of the beam. …

[The Silent Guardian] is Active Denial in a box, a 10,000-pound containerized system that can be mounted on a ship, a truck, or a fixed installation. It’s got an effective range of about 250 meters. The beam has a power of around 30 kilowatts.

Unlike “Project X,” this device won’t kill a person. Yet it seems like just the kind of device that some statist government might like to use to control … say … unruly “mobs” of protesters.

Man Vs. Machine

 Posted by on 12 August 2009 at 3:01 pm  Funny, Health Care, Technology
Aug 122009
 

Another round in the eternal struggle of man vs. computer.

Here’s a recent emergency room x-ray from the night shift, with the associated ER history:

I’d say the machines won this round…:

(You can click on the images to see the full-sized versions.)

Upgrade to HD Television

 Posted by on 28 July 2009 at 1:01 pm  Technology
Jul 282009
 

Paul and I have been living in the stone ages: we’ve not yet upgraded to high definition television. We bought a 52″ set back in 2001, when HD was way too expensive. We’ve delayed the upgrade as prices dropped so as to get more value from that purchase. But now, with the upcoming NFL season approaching, I just can’t stand it. We’d like to get another large screen — probably about the same size. Any recommendations for buying? Any features that we definitely must have?

That Newfangled Internet

 Posted by on 17 June 2009 at 2:42 pm  Funny, Technology
Jun 172009
 

This 1994 NBC News story features Tom Brokaw talking to Bill Gates about that newfangled “internet” thing:

Love those “virtual shopping malls”!

Volkswagen "Transparent Factory"

 Posted by on 15 June 2009 at 11:01 pm  Cool, Technology
Jun 152009
 

Volkswagen’s sleek new “transparent factory” in Dresden, Germany is a technological marvel:

Perhaps if American car companies practiced this kind of innovation, they wouldn’t be facing bankruptcy and/or government takeover.

(Via Howard Roerig.)

Time Travel Cheat Sheet

 Posted by on 14 April 2009 at 11:29 am  Funny, Technology
Apr 142009
 

In case you’ve gone back in time:

(Via Gizmodo.)

Programmable Road Sign Messages

 Posted by on 3 February 2009 at 12:01 am  Funny, Technology
Feb 032009
 

At NoodleFood, we completely respect property rights.

Hence, when we learn of links such as this one on how to hack programmable road signs, we stress that this is for information purposes only.

In particular, we do not condone anyone doing anything like this:

(Link via Chris Zeh who noted: “Now that the info is out there, I wonder if this sort of thing will happen more often. I’m just worried if zombies do attack, nobody will pay attention to the warnings ;-) “)

Not Your Father’s Axe

 Posted by on 30 January 2009 at 4:00 pm  Technology
Jan 302009
 

Via Flibby, not your father’s axe:

Cool! I wonder how widespread the device is.

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