Author: David Beckemeyer

I don’t blog all day, or spend all my spare time reading other blogs to see if they’re talking about my blog. I’m a propellerhead, not a professional full-time blogger. I’m admittedly outside the loop. Therefore, this blog may appeal to others who are equally un-hip. Or not.

Fiber map presents security threat

Sean Gorman is getting heat from officials about his PhD thesis paper that maps out fiber-optic networks: “…when they presented [the findings] at a forum of chief information officers of the country’s largest financial services companies — clicking on a…

Toaster PC

Okay this is pretty cool, and certainly a nice bit of handi-work, but ultimately this whole affair should fit under the kitchen cabinet with a swing down screen (like those small kitchen TVs), and make no noise.

Foam chunk caused Columbia disaster

Calling the new evidence the “smoking gun”, investigators say they are now certain that pieces of insulating foam that hit Columbia’s wing caused the accident. They fired chunks of foam insulation at shuttle wing parts producing “catastrophic damage” that would…

HeckleBot

I’ve offered to help Joi Ito put together a device to be used to send real-time feedback, such as via IRC, to a speaker at a conference using an LED display, like those that display sports scores in a bar.…

Blogs are like California

As a native of Northern California, my decision in 1995 to move to LA was significant. In the three years I lived there, I gained respect and appreciation for both LA and my own Northern California. Among other things, I…

Gartner reports discuss alternatives to Microsoft

This is not that new, but I hadn’t seen it before. Via Living Without Microsoft Gartner now has a series of reports available that look at <a href=”http://www4.gartner.com/pages/story.php.id.8723.s.8.jsp”>alternatives to Microsoft</a>. They claim this research was started in response to “significant…

The Danville Parade

Ok, it’s getting ridiculous. My little town is full of people who are full of themselves. There are <a href=”http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/6233860.htm”>chair wars</a> now over the best seating for the 4th of July parade. The parade is a big deal here, but…

Bush’s Legs

Chicken drumsticks are known as ‘Bush legs’ in Russia, after former US President George Bush Senior, because of a food aid package that introduced them to Russians in large volumes in the early 1990’s. It turns out this is the…

BBC Program

We saw this program advertised on TV when we were in London. What The World Thinks of America It was broadcast in the UK on BBC Two 17 June 2003, but you can watch it now at the above BBC…