An update on the Surface Pro 8

It’s working fine, but I realized something just a few moments ago. It has no annoying LEDs. There is one diffuse white LED on the charger that does not blink or breathe. It stays solid. Is this the ultimate bedside PC? Big downside… if you want to use the keyboard you must use the kickstand … (Read more)

New Gadget: Surface Pro 8

Back in the late 90s and early 2000s, there were all sorts of fun exciting gadgets. However, with the advent of the smartphone, in particular the BlackBerry and later the iPhone, there was a bit of consolidation. MP3 player? Is phone. Trail GPS? Is phone. Car nav? Is phone. Camera? Is phone. Phone? Eh, well, … (Read more)

Minor frustrations

Pain & Suffering

Surveying the damage on the bot after the event. At first, I thought the weapon was warped as it definitely wobbles when spun. It is not warped. It is perfectly flat. Seems that maybe I ruined some bearings or the pulley is even more ruined than initially thought. I left most of the tools in … (Read more)

Quick update

This past weekend I competed at the InnerSpace Brewing Tap Room Tapout #9. This was my first combat robotics event. I did alright. Through some weirdness, robotcombatevents.com has me ranked higher than Shreddit Bro, so I guess I did better than expected. One win, two losses. I met my personal goals. Others thought the fights … (Read more)

You must take the most efficient route

A random route somewhere in Nebraska, I think. Not an example of anything.

You get this nice scenic route planned out. It took a few hours, but it’s perfect. Somehow, it’s actually 15 minutes faster than Google’s most efficient route. You send it to your phone and start the trip. But Google Maps knows the more efficient route. You need to use that one. You must take the … (Read more)

What if…

What if, in the name of security, we forced systems to be connected to the public internet and added a fragile dependency to an online service? I bet people would pay $3/user/month or more for the privilege.

Wordle 403

Wordle 403 4/6* ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛🟨⬛⬛⬛⬛🟩🟨🟩⬛🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

USPS delivers early

I know everyone gives @usps grief, and I certainly want to know the why when something takes a week and half to travel a couple of hours away, but rarely do we say anything when something goes right. I had a package that came Parcel Select. It was scheduled to be delivered Friday, assuming everything … (Read more)

One of many reasons to stay off social media

A big shout out to the stupidly wealthy out there that have the common decency to keep their private matters private. Also, a big shout out to the normal folk out there that do the same. This stupid world we live in… minor interpersonal drama is now international news. Just stop it.

Top 10 Data Solutions

There are many solutions for data out there. It is difficult to sort through the available choices. Our editors have compiled a list of the top ten data solutions on the market today. 10. An Egg It’s hard to believe it, but eggs contain DNA and it takes over 100 kilobytes to store all the … (Read more)