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Comment by Jon on Really, a $9 Computer? (May 22, 2015 08:58 PM)
Thanks for the info Bob. I'll check out possible applications in my neck of the woods. It may be very useful for those at the lowest end of the stick....
Comment by Joe M on Really, a $9 Computer? (May 22, 2015 08:10 PM)
I was considering a raspberry pi as a video player to play video files from my home NAS, but didn't want to spend the money. This might just fit the ...
Comment by Mac 'n' Cheese on Really, a $9 Computer? (May 22, 2015 06:37 PM)
Love it! It reminds me of the "cat's whisker" AM radios we built as kids, using some wire, an empty toilet paper roll, and a pair of earphones. Shucks...
Comment by Walter T on Really, a $9 Computer? (May 22, 2015 04:40 PM)
I looked into this project, and was all set to support it, but then I found out that mailing this $9 credit-card sized computer to Canada would add $2...
Comment by Mark Roy on Really, a $9 Computer? (May 22, 2015 04:36 PM)
I entered the world of computing programming a Sinclair ZX80. Surprising it has taken nearly 40 years to get to this .. but glad it's here!...
Comment by Jim Cauthen on Hacking Airplanes: Fact or Fiction? (May 22, 2015 02:57 PM)
In any emergency the pilot has the option to push the big red button on the yoke. It disconnects the autopilot so the pilot can control the airplane ...
Comment by David Guillaume on Hacking Airplanes: Fact or Fiction? (May 22, 2015 10:15 AM)
Impossible is a word that has little meaning these days it just takes a little longer to overcome whatever the problem may be at the time. David Guil...
Comment by Dave on Where is Your Antivirus Made? (May 22, 2015 02:29 AM)
Sophos - English / UK. ...
Comment by bob price on Hacking Airplanes: Fact or Fiction? (May 22, 2015 01:25 AM)
I'm not saying hacking an airplane is impossible. In the long run, almost everything becomes possible. But as a technician on 707's, 727's, 747's, L-1...
Comment by Fred King on Hacking Airplanes: Fact or Fiction? (May 22, 2015 12:32 AM)
I agree with Al Rebennack, and they would never do it publicly. Patrick some systems don't come on until the plane is in-flight - try working on plan...

Really, a $9 Computer?

If you’re in the market for the cheapest PC you can buy, head on over to Kickstarter and plunk down just $9.00 for one of the first C.H.I.P. computers from the Next Thing Co. How much computer can you get for nine bucks? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 22, 2015 | Category: Hardware


Hacking Airplanes: Fact or Fiction?

Is it really possible to seize control of a flying airliner from your coach class seat? Did a security researcher stretch the truth when he told the FBI he did so, or did the FBI exaggerate in its search warrant application? This week’s FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) is more tangled than usual. Read on to unravel it, maybe...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 21, 2015 | Category: Networking


Geekly Update - 20 May 2015

Are robots making tossed salad, just to distract you while they open your gym locker? When is three-day shipping better than two-day shipping? And which ingredient in Parmesan Chicken have you been pronouncing wrong? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 20, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


A Secret Radio Inside Your Phone?

Remember the good old days when cell phones included FM radio receivers? Well, most modern mobile phones still do, but you can’t use them. Why is this handy feature, which can provide free music even when you can’t get cellular signal, disabled and hidden? Read on to learn the reason...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 19, 2015 | Category: Mobile


Compare Prescription Prices Online

Retail prices for the same prescription can vary significantly from one pharmacy to another; there may even be big differences between stores of the same brand. It can pay big dividends to shop around, but shopping prescription prices is pretty difficult. Until now...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 18, 2015 | Category: Finance


Does Your Wallet Need a Tinfoil Hat?

Recently, a friend forwarded to me a Houston TV station’s story about “electronic pickpocketing.” In it, reporters say they watched a security expert steal credit card numbers from 39 victims in less than 15 minutes, simply by walking past them. But is this a real problem? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 15, 2015 | Category: Security


What is Tesla Powerwall?

Elon Musk thinks you’ll get a charge out of his latest product: the Tesla Powerwall, a wall-mounted battery that stores up to 10 kiloWatt-hours of electricity. Musk calls it “the missing piece” in the puzzle of how to wean ourselves off dependency on fossil fuels and power grids. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 14, 2015 | Category: Cool-Stuff


Geekly Update - 13 May 2015

Why were Thomas Edison's talking dolls pulled off the market after just two weeks? Is it legal to rob a bank if you ask politely for the money? And why are automated teller machines roaming the streets of Warsaw? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 13, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


Automated Shopping Refunds?

A free online service promises to scour the Web for price drops on items you've already purchased, and automate the process of getting refunds for you. It sounds like easy money, but is there a catch? (Hint: Yes.) Read on to learn about Paribus...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 12, 2015 | Category: Finance


Microsoft Edge: New Browser on the Block

The new browser that will replace Internet Explorer in Windows 10 has been called “Project Spartan” during its earliest development phase. But now it has an official name – “Edge.” At Microsoft’s Build 2015 developer conference, held during the first week of May, the company unveiled Edge completely. Here's what you can expect in the newest web browser...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 11, 2015 | Category: Browsers


What's in The PhAT Report?

The most recent Phishing Activity Trends Report (or as I prefer to call it, “The PhAT Report”) contains some accepted wisdom and some startling surprises. It may influence your choice of security software and the focus of your security awareness. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 08, 2015 | Category: Security


Prepaid Phone Plans for 2015

The prepaid phone market has changed a lot in the past few years. Prepaid plans used to be all about talk-minutes and text messages; today, data is the central selling point. Emphasis has switched from pay-as-you-go to monthly or even daily plans. But one thing hasn’t changed: carriers still don’t know the meaning of “unlimited.” Read on for details of the various plans available now...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 07, 2015 | Category: Mobile


Geekly Update - 06 May 2015

Which antivirus maker just got caught cheating on a performance test? Is your Internet service provider limiting your 'unlimited' Internet service? And what kind of pizza should you order if you've been kidnapped? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 06, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


Are You Sharing Your Wifi?

Over the past few years, cable companies have built a network of several million WiFi hotspots open to the public. If you get your Internet access from one of these cable companies, you can use this nationwide WiFi network for free. However, you may unknowingly be providing one of those hotspots, also for free. Is it fair, safe, and legal? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 05, 2015 | Category: Wireless


Install Google Password Alert?

Google suffered an embarrassing moment just a day after it released a free browser extension intended to protect users against phishing attacks. Google fixed the mistake quickly, but the fix is also vulnerable to being bypassed. Should you install the Google Password Alert tool anyway? I say yes...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 04, 2015 | Category: Security




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