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Meet Thermite, the extreme robot firefighter that can go where no man has gone before

// November 1st, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology

Constructed by Howe and Howe Technologies, the Thermite RS1-T2 automated firefighting machine is designed to go into situations and blazes that firefighters could not normally enter – chemical plants, nuclear reactors, munitions plants, and other dangerous places that firefighters would draw straws for. Originally designed to neutralize IEDs in war zones, Thermite was redesigned as […]

The hidden Deep Web (Undernet) easy HOWTO – road to enlightenment or highway to hell?

// October 31st, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology

Most hardcore geeks have been there and a few hardy souls visit it regularly. Known variously as the Deep Web, Deepnet, Invisible Web, Hidden Web, and Undernet, it is claimed to be several orders of magnitude larger than the surface web – if you can find the buried, hidden content that lies deep within. But […]

Unique home built inside an abandoned nuclear missile silo in Abilene, Texas gives owner some piece and quiet

// October 31st, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology

The lonely entrance to his home

Wired Magazine ran a cool piece on a guy, Bruce Townsley, that bought an abandoned missile silo and built a home in it. He purchased the 2,2000 square foot Atlas F silo in 1997 at a price of $99,000. It’s located in Abilene, Texas and from above, looks like an empty lot with a flag […]

There’s a thief in the building – ideas Apple has “stolen” from other companies throughout the years

// October 31st, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology

Apple often gets credit for its ingenuity. Others argue that marketing has driven its success. Beast Master recently published an infographic documenting the history of several Apple “innovations” – you may be surprised to learn that most of Apple’s “ideas” originated outside the company. Here are some quick bulleted facts regarding those origins.

Near collision between KC-135 and AWACS airplanes during refuel attempt forces sudden zero-G descent to avert disaster [VIDEO]

// October 26th, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology

In the video below, a NATO AWACS aircraft is setting up for a mid-air refuel attempt. He does not line up properly and falls outside the limits of the boom. The AWACS detected the limit, and automatically triggered release of the boom before refueling could begin. All is good so far but wait… The AWACS […]

Nifty list of critical IP addresses for an “end of the world” type situation – just in case…

// October 25th, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology

CodeBangers posts a nifty little list of resolved IP addresses just in case we run into a “end of the world” situation. Codebanger’s intent was to retain access to these critical websites if the SOPA Act caused a disruption in Internet service. Not so sure we buy the “end of the world’ scenario but still, […]

Google opens doors to data center and shows outside world how Google magic is created [PHOTO MONTAGE]

// October 18th, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology

Blue pipes carry cold water, red pipes carry hot water

Google recently opened the doors to their Lenoir, North Carolina data center, one of eight data centers Google currently has in operation (four more are under construction), providing a handful of journalists a glimpse of how the Google magic is created. Reporters were allowed to witness servers seemingly stretching to eternity and cooling systems so […]

Akamai’s Real-time web monitor uses 105,000 servers to identify regions with greatest attack traffic

// October 12th, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology

Akamai, who operate one of the world’s largest distributed-computing platforms, monitors global Internet conditions around the clock. With this real-time data they identify the global regions with the greatest attack traffic, cities with the slowest Web connections (latency), and geographic areas with the most Web traffic (traffic density). It does this with a network of […]

10 minute video explains how Tor works behind the scenes to provide anonymity

// October 11th, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology

Compute Cycle brings us a “deep dive” into Tor and how it works to provide anonymity in a new 10-minute video (see below). In addition, EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has a neat interactive graphic on their website that lets you visualize what data is visible to eavesdroppers when Tor and/or https is involved. Dive in […]

YouPorn serves a staggering 100GB of data – per second! This is how they do it.

// October 8th, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology

Porn sites are often technology leaders. They have to be. It is believed that porn is the most widely viewed content on the Internet. Just how much traffic do they serve? YouPorn, who serves free pornographic videos and is the second largest porn site on the Internet, hosts over 100TB of porn. At peak times, […]

Interesting look at retro (and pre-retro) calculators and calculating machines of yesteryear

// October 5th, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology

Mueller calculating machine

The first known aid to calculations was the Abacus, used by Sumerians and Egyptians earlier than 2,000 BC (with the possible exception of the Antikythera mechanism). By 1642, the mechanical calculator was invented by Blaise Pascal. By 1902, we had a pushbutton calculator in the form of the Dalton Adding Machine. Here is a pictorial […]

Urbee: the World’s first 3D printed car

// October 3rd, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology

Urbee 3D printed carA working prototype of a hybrid-electric two-seater car called Urbee, is the world’s first 3D printed car. Urbee, (Urban Electric with Ethanol as backup) was created to be practical, efficient, inexpensive, easy to repair, safe to drive, and built from technology that exists today. Instead of being prototyped by hand, the company […]

Walking Robot made entirely of paper

// September 27th, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology

This is pretty friggin amazing. This robot, created by a guy from Japan, is made entirely of paper and a few sticks. The body, gears, and framework are made of paper, glued together for stability, and uses rubber bands for power. It features articulating ankles and piston-like legs that allow the robot to walk.

Idea: Homemade PVC bow

// September 24th, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology

Simple project – a homemade bow made from PVC pipe appeared on Instructables. The bow was constructed using 4 foot of schedule 40 PVC pipe. In order to bend the pipe, it was heated over a stove to soften and then shaped.

Why does it take so long to get an Android upgrade?

// September 23rd, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology

Google releases a new version of Android and maybe, just maybe, several months later your phone will finally receive the upgrade. Sometimes it takes a year or longer and sometimes your phone never gets upgraded at all. The upgrade process involves several entities – Google of course, the hardware manufacturer of your phone, and your […]

The end of Apple as know it or how (the) Cook burnt down the castle Jobs built

// September 17th, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology

Tim Cook had one job to do and he botched it – and it’s going to change the way we view Apple products. Geeks know that Android devices offer superior technology, but that’s not why Apple fanboys buy Apple products. Steve Jobs got it. Tim Cook doesn’t.