Archive for October, 2015

Space Junk Will Crash To Earth Nov.13

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Gizmodo reported –

A rogue chunk of debris that orbited Earth far beyond the Moon is making a homecoming on November 13th, astronomers have concluded. WT1190F is one to two meters in length and probably hollow, but beyond that, we have no idea WTF the aptly-named piece of space garbage is.

Continue reading HERE.

 

New Mac Announced [video]

Winners Of The 2015 Urban Photography Competition

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MyModernMet posted –

The 2015 CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year Competition recently released their selection of winning and honourably mentioned images that celebrate the diversity of urban life. With 21,000 stunning entries from over 113 different countries, the annual competition, in its 9th year of development, highlights the richness and variability of life in cities all around the world.

Continue reading HERE.

 

The Wisdom of Pessimism [video]

Windows 10 Free Upgrade — Yes or No?

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Should I upgrade to Windows 10? For most people the answer is yes. If you are currently running Windows 7 or 8.1, you undoubtedly know that Microsoft is offering a free upgrade to the newest version of Windows – Windows 10.

—  My Experience – I have been using Windows 10 for the past month on my main PC, and have experienced very few issues. I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 on a new self-built PC. The upgrade was practically perfect, with only the video driver needing to be re-installed; everything else worked flawlessly. With the correct video driver installed, my new PC hummed along for 3 weeks … and then, Microsoft began issuing updates. One of these updates failed, and daily attempts to re-install also failed. A week of Googling did not find a solution. The Windows 10 subreddit finally provided a cure and all is well once more.

—  The Good – It’s difficult to find any features that make Windows 10 a must-have. The most important thing is that Microsoft did not mess up anything too badly and they rolled back most of the Windows 8 changes that users hated. The Start menu is back and most of the ‘Metro’ touch interface has been hidden. A Windows 7 user will not feel completely lost on Windows 10.

—  The Bad – As with every new version of Windows, Microsoft moved around and hid numerous features and controls. They did an especially good job hiding the Control Panel. It cannot be found in any of its old locations, but it is easily accessed with ‘Windows key + X’ keyboard shortcut. The Start Menu may be back, but it isn’t the Windows 7 type menu. I didn’t like the tiles on the menu, nor the inability to customize the menu, so I installed Classic Shell. It brings back the classic Start Menu, with tons of adjustments, and it’s free.

Who should not upgrade – Anyone running Windows Media Center should avoid Windows 10. Windows Media Center has been removed from Windows 10 and is no longer supported.

—  —  —  —  The Bottom Line  —  —  —  —

Windows 10 is the future, so resistance is futile. However, you may want to wait. The free upgrade is being offered until July of 2016, and a major update to Windows 10 is scheduled for November 2015, so waiting a couple months may be prudent. Much has been written about privacy issues with Windows 10, but I feel these concerns are overblown. Some default privacy setting may be less than ideal, but they can be changed. I think most users will be happy with Windows 10. If not, you can revert to your previous version of Windows anytime in the first 30 days.

Read more FreeFile Reviews at DanKostecki.com

Baby Aye-Aye [video]

13 Fascinating Little Facts About Liechtenstein

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Mental_floss posted several (sort of) interesting facts about the Liechtenstein, the country also known as “The False Teeth Manufacturer To The World”.

Check out all you need to know about Liechtenstein HERE.

 

Carbonated Fruit [video]

New Artificial Heart Is More Like The Real Thing

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Engadget reports –

Artificial hearts only kinda-sorta behave like the real thing. They pump blood, sure, but they’re typically solid blocks of machinery that are out of place in a squishy human body. Cornell University thinks it can do better, though: its scientists have developed an artificial foam heart that imitates both the functions and shape of its fleshy counterpart. The key is a new polymer that can be poured into specific shapes, and has pores that let it pump fluids. It’s not only soft and stretchable, but more efficient — you don’t need much energy to get liquids moving.

Continue reading and watch a video HERE.

 

If McDonald’s Advertised Like Apple [video]

Biscuit From The Titanic To Be Auctioned Next Week

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The Guardian reports –

What could be the world’s most valuable biscuit, which survived the sinking of the Titanic more than a century ago, is to be sold at auction. The Spillers and Bakers pilot biscuit – a type of cracker made from flour and water – survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 in which about 1,500 people died. It was part of a survival kit stored within one of the ill-fated ocean liner’s lifeboats and was kept as a souvenir. The biscuit will go under the hammer at Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneers in Devizes, Wiltshire, on 24 October and is estimated to fetch between £8,000 and £10,000.

Continue reading HERE.

 

Need Something New To Worry About? Here Is The Timeline Of The Far Future

The Timeline Of The Far Future contains events that scientists believe  may occur sometime in the far future. Projections start in the year 10,663 and continue until the END. On the bright side, the END is much farther away than you may think.

Check out The Timeline Of The Far Future HERE.


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