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Technology

On Arcologies

SimCity 2000

Ok, so it's been far, far too long since I posted anything -- and yet I continue to pay for hosting, so it's time I wrote something again. There's an article about an architect planning on building a building based upon the shaped of a dragonfly wing here. From the article, the building would feature urban farming:

My 8 Pound Keyboard & Me

That's Mah Babeh!

As I mentioned earlier, I've become ensnared in a shadowy underworld of keyboard enthusiasts in the last, oh, month or so. And here is where it has led me -- to a keyboard I remembered from my teenage years. What you see here is an IBM Model M keyboard. They are prized by collectors for their durability and their distinctive 'clicky' sounding keys. I'm a history buff, a computer geek and a writer -- and the Model M sits at the intersection of those interests.

Follow the jump for a guided tour of the rabbit hole.

WE WERE HACKED!

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111!!122!!

Well folks, we may have been hacked.

I received an email from the hosting company letting me know that access to the site had been suspended due to red flags being thrown up that indicated we may have been hacked. So, I was given a list of things to fix, I fixed them (deleted them, actually) and we're back up.

The site is now completely updated codewise, all modules up to date, etc.

So we should be firing on all cylinders.

Shatner Thanksgiving PSA

This Thanksgiving you will have your choice of turkey deep fryer public service announcements. I hope this year you will choose William Shatner's Hallmark Series Thanksgiving Turkey Deep Fryer PSA.

I bid you peace. (steeples fingers and bites lower lip pensively)

 Shatner: "Make sure your dingle-dangle is clean before using." Some observations after the jump.

Space Shuttle Program Ends with a Thud

Early this morning, NASA saw fit to end the 30 year Space Shuttle program by landing Atlantis before sunrise at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was as if they cared not have the American people watch the landing live, since they landed while most everyone was still asleep.

So much more could have been made of this event. Instead, it was as if they went quietly into the night. Quiet so magnified by the lack of a ready replacement vehicle. Short sighted, yes, but when they cancelled the Shuttle program, the necessary 2-3 year lead time needed for parts, supplies and training meant shutting down the supply line well in advance of the final flight of Atlantis. Subsequent to this, the Obama administration saw fit to cancel the Constellation program, which was set to replace the Shuttle. By the time this latter cancellation was made, it was too late to restart the shuttle supply chain - even if reinstated, the Shuttle program would have faced a flight gap.

Krog Recommends: LastPass

I'm not the kind of person who gets all gooey over technology or the newest bit of software. But there is a bit of software out there that I would recommend. If I adopt it, chances are, it's worthwhile because as tech-saavy as people tend to think I am, I remain shockingly analog even in regards to my online work.

If you're like me and you use the internet with any great frequency, then I highly recommend that you give LastPass a try. We all treat the need for strong passwords as something akin to eating brocolli, but this neat little bit of software makes it easy and simple.

Follow the jump for details and my run-down on the benefits.

Deaf Baby's Cochlear Implant Turned On

Isn't that wonderful?

EpicWin iPhone App

Finally there's an iPhone app that actually makes me (slightly) consider buying an iPhone. It passed, quickly, but so far this is the coolest 'app' I've ever heard about. EpicWin turns your ordinary, hum-drum, perfectly mundane to-do list into an epic RPG game.

Want to gain XP, level up, earn yourself some treasure? Then get the car washed, do your laundry and get that passport application notarized, Mr. Hero. Then you'll grab awesome loot like a caffe macchiato, or a 100-calorie snack pack, you badass you!

I still won't buy an iPhone, however. It's too 'hipster' for me. I'm kickin' it old school with a pen and paper, yo.

Real-Life 'Vault-Tec' Shelters Available!

Vault Boy

The Fallout series of video games are known for mixing apocalyptic visions of the future with a dash of humor. In all of the games in the series the player assumes the identity of the 'vault dweller' -- an ordinary person who survived a nuclear holocaust by growing up in an underground shelter. In the games the vaults were created by a company called 'Vault-Tec' and their chirpy advertisements can be found littered throughout the Fallout games.

Now there's really a company that does what 'Vault-Tec' did in the games!

Macs Not Safer

Linux vs PC vs Mac

Marc Maiffret, a leading hacker and computer security expert has recently been quoted as saying that PCs are actually safer from viruses and other security attacks than Macs -- sending Mac users scurrying to buy latte, strap on some Birkenstocks and just generally go on being gigantic useless hippies.

The interview can be found over at CNET, and here's the quote:

And you think Apple is taking it seriously too now?
Maiffret: Oh yeah. It's even a little scarier with them because they try to market themselves as more secure than the PC, that you don't have to worry about viruses, etc. Anytime there's been a hacking contest, within a few hours someone's found a new Apple vulnerability. If they were taking it seriously, they wouldn't claim to be more secure than Microsoft because they are very much not. And the Apple community is pretty ignorant to the risks that are out there as it relates to Apple. The reason we don't see more attacks out there compared to Microsoft is because their market share isn't near what Microsoft's is.

Are they on par as far as code?
Maiffret: I think Microsoft does a better job with their code auditing than folks like Apple do. We've only seen a scratching of the surface as far as Apple vulnerabilities because nobody cares to find them. There's nothing inherent with Apple themselves and their development. The only reason Apple gets little increase in security is because they're running on top of a Unix-based operating system and they can take advantage of some of the things that have been done for them.

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