I like Tom’s toothpaste, but like so many other products, the parameters that make the product what it is seem to change every six months. In a previous story, I showed how Tom’s had simplified their design from Serif fonts and difficult-to-produce imagery to mostly sans-serif, less wording and less graphics on the front of the tube. But now they’ve gone to plastic tubing instead of metal tubing – which I preferred – and they’ve gone from 6.0 ounces to a 5.5 ounces per tube. Continue reading “Tom’s Toothpaste – Take two, they’re small…”
MG Siegler writes on TechCrunch.com comparing Google News with other tech news venues. He suggests that algorithms alone are not enough to make decisions about what actually is news and what is stale. His comment about re-bloggers getting purposed before the original story shows just how stale the information really is. But I have to go a couple steps further than Siegler. The most important thing to remember about the ‘sci/tech’ section of google news is that it’s supposed to encompass science and tech. Grouping them together in one section is akin to smaller book stores grouping science-fiction and horror together. They really are separate entities with a blurry overlap. Continue reading “Improving Google News – Can it i-happen?”
You’re surfing along on the web, researching images of algae… That should be safe as milk, right? Yes, so long as you know when you’re being scammed. This video shows an example of how easy it can be to get herded into doing something you don’t want to do. Is your computer really telling you there is a virus, or is it just a scheming website owner trying to hack in to your computer? Find out in the video below.
I got an Arduino UNO for Christmas. Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform. It can be used to create anything from a simple web server to a hand-held game. With a few additional inexpensive electronic components, you can create a working prototype of a machine that actually does something useful or fun. Continue reading “Arduino Brain Machine”
There’s Boston – a creamy white potato-based chowder, and Manhattan – a red tomato-based chowder. Now, there’s a new alternative: Bajan Clam Chowder. Instead of potatoes, we’re using the more flavorful Boniato root – a tropical member of the sweet potato family that tastes like roasted chestnuts. We’re also using other tropical flavors that might make some of us think about vacationing in Barbados for the winter. Continue reading “Bajan Clam Chowder”