Category: Hardware

  • Restoring Sound After Eject

    Mental note for the next time I take my laptop to a meeting. Undocking the laptop will gray out the headphone. This makes sense because the headphones are plugged into the dock jack. Putting it back in the dock will not restore it. You will need to go into Sounds > Playback. Enable the Headphone option. […]

  • Keyboard Layouts

    Currently annoyed that every keyboard I am using has the Insert key in a different place. See, as a shell jockey, my work mostly consists of connecting to a server via command line and inputting commands. Shift+Insert is the paste command within these shells. I am very much used to the standard keyboard layout where there […]

  • Bad Guesses

    Usually the best way to guess which technology product will be successful is to bet against the one I like. Betamax, Apple, Linux, Picasa. So it surprises me Barnes & Noble are giving up on the Nook since I went Kindle. I’m not usually in this position. Then again, I was on the brink of going […]

  • Easy

    Work gave me a new computer. An internal group does the initial setup and hand it off to me to do the rest. This has been the easiest setup I have had ever. (It would be easier on a Mac.) At my previous job, I would get CDs with the operating system and other software […]

  • Quarter the 2006 Price in 5 Years

    I love it when I run across a prediction about the time of the deadline. Jakob Nielsen made one on November 20, 2006 that computers will be 1/4th their current price of $379 in five years. Five years later is November 20, 2011. That is today! In areas like North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia’s advanced countries, […]

  • TED Talk: We Are All Cyborgs

    Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on “external brains” (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.

  • Uselessness of Showing Up Early

    Came into work early. I was paged just as I was waking up, so I thought it would be easier to deal with the issue first thing from my desk as to deal with it then restart getting ready for going into the office. I didn’t plan on getting greeted with a message I’ve never […]

  • Selected Quotes About Computers & Software – The Core Memory

    Ran across Selected Quotes About Computers & Software at a site called The Core Memory. I have the teeshirt for this first one. The rest are for inpiration. There are 10 types of people. Those that understand binary and those that do not. — Ray Roton Old programmers never die… They just decompile. — Peter […]

  • Ada Lovelace Day

    Today is Ada Lovelace Day to celebrate women in technology and science. I’ve read women need role models more than men. If true, then movements like this to promote those who are doing great work in fields like technology are good. First a little about Ada. Ada [Lovelace[ called herself  “an Analyst (& Metaphysician),” and the […]

  • Racist Camera?

    This is actually kind of amusing. Dark skinned Desi and light skinned Wanda demonstrate the HP’s MediaSmart webcam tracking software can track her but not him. HP says: We are working with our partners to learn more. The technology we use is built on standard algorithms that measure the difference in intensity of contrast between […]