Tech

Add an ‘F’ to that Drone?

131109-N-SB233-218 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 9, 2013) The experimental X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) is secured by support staff in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is the third carrier to test the tailless, unmanned autonomous aircraft's ability to integrate with the carrier environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman John M. Drew/Released)

Navy’s UCLASS Could Be Air to Air Fighter [US Navy director of air warfare Rear Adm. Mike] Manazir Manazir contemplated the possibility that that the UCLASS, which is primarily being designed for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike roles, could be used as a flying missile magazine which could supplement the firepower of […]

Flag Day

I’ve got a friend whose birthday is June 14th. Every June 14th I wish him a happy Flag Day. Anyway, a reader pointed out that while Google had no special “Doodle” logo for Flag Day today, Bing had this: I’ve noted the difference between Google and Bing on various patriotic-sort holidays and anniversaries before, so […]

Eject Kindle from Windows 7

If you’ve got a Kindle and are having trouble when you get the USB Drive Mode If you want to read or shop on your Kindle while continuing to charge over USB, please keep the USB cable attached, but eject your Kindle from your computer. because ejecting doesn’t clear the message and let you keep […]

Garmin 405CX

Whoa. Just noticed that today’s Deal of the Day at Amazon is for the Garmin Forerunner 405CX GPS watch with heart rate strap for only $149. Some of you may be aware that Murdoc is a runner, and one of the biggest things he’s done to improve his training is to use a GPS. I […]

An Atlas Passes

Kevin D. Williamson on how Steve Jobs and others like him have turned huge brick-sized monsters into iPhones: Once you figure out why your cell phone gets better and cheaper every year but your public schools get more expensive and less effective, you can apply that model to answer a great many questions about public […]

How To Blog

Murdoc has been asked several times over the past couple of weeks how he started his site(s), how he grew them into something that people paid to advertise on, and how he used them to get paid gigs writing for other sites and print magazines. But rather than bore everyone about how topics like the […]

Bandwidth

Netflix publishes the results of a test of ISP speeds: I think this is a great idea on their part. Murdoc currently has AT&T DSL and sees that his performance is middle-of-the-road.

Gorgon Stare

I thought I’d posted a bit about this before, but I don’t see anything. With Air Force’s new drone, ‘we can see everything’ This winter, the Air Force is set to deploy to Afghanistan what it says is a revolutionary airborne surveillance system called Gorgon Stare, which will be able to transmit live video images […]

Plus they play Blu-Rays

1,760 PlayStation 3s form new supercomputer Putting 1,760 Sony PlayStation 3s in one room might make for the most awesome “Call of Duty: Black Ops” game ever. And, as Air Force researchers have discovered, they can also create the Defense Department’s largest interactive supercomputer. The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, […]

Bing Honors Pearl Harbor Day

Today on Microsoft’s Bing search engine home page: As usual on Bing, there are several hotspots on the image that give tidbits of info when you mouse over them. For instance, Murdoc didn’t know that 37 pairs of brothers were assigned to the USS Arizona.