Geekly Update - 26 June 2013

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Google has all your data, fine. So now they're after the stuff in your garage? Is 'petabytes' really secret code for millions of cat videos? And what's the best social network for people who just want to be left alone? 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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Google says: "Make Yours Mine!" Google is working on a Craigslist-like feature called Google Mine, according to rumor. It will let Google+ users offer physical items they own to selected Circles of friends and acquaintances.

The Des Moines Register reveals the problems that police face in solving crimes of SWATting – placing a hoax 911 call that brings the SWAT team down upon an innocent victim’s home.

The CIA’s $600 million cloud computing platform will be built by Amazon, which won the contract recently. The company is looking for computer engineers with top-secret clearances in Herndon, VA, not far from the CIA’s Langley HQ.

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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom wept upon learning of the greatest data massacre in Internet history as Dutch hosting company LeaseWeb wiped petabytes of data from 630 rented servers that had sat idle since Dotcom’s arrest over a year ago. But more than 1,100 U.S. servers still hold Megaupload users’ secrets.

Aftermarket batteries for a discontinued MacBook notebook (not the MacBook Pro line) may catch fire while charging. Best Buy is recalling 5,100 batteries bearing the ATG logo and model numbers “MC-MBOOK13B” or “MC-BOOK13W.”

Finally, a social network for the antisocial. Hell Is Other People maps the locations of your FourSquare friends and shows the best places to be in order to avoid them.

"Google gagged by Govt." Google wants to publish the number of classified demands for user data that it receives from the government, and the number of user accounts targeted by such orders. The same FISA court that issues the gag orders will hear Google’s First Amendment argument.

Instagram now supports 15-second video clips. Filters can be applied to clips before they are uploaded, to increase contrast, add colors, or convert to black-and-white. Still no cure for vertical frames.

Makerbot Industries, the grassroots champion of consumer 3-D printing, merged with industrial printing giant Stratasys. The deal gives Makerbot $403 million in Stratasys stock and continued independent operation.

If you still have a Commdore VIC 20 in your closet, you may enjoy this History of Early Computing Machines. It starts with the abacus and ends with the IBM Model 5150 PC (1981). Two water-powered computers are included.

Batteries as small as grains of sand have been made with 3D printers. Harvard researchers say the microbatteries can power equally tiny medical devices that have been waiting for sufficiently small but powerful batteries.

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bob mccarthy
26 Jun 2013

Oh Pshaw!! Of course I have my Commodore VIC20 tucked away in my closet which I bought at a K-Mart of all places when initially offered for $300 albeit it couldn't really do anything except if you learned BASIC per the Excellent Instruction Manual which surely must have been written by a down to earth 6th grader!!! Alas, I didn't keep the "memory" for one's work which was an actual audio tape recorder using 'everyday' tape!!! On your next trip to Albuquerque for the several mass ascensions of 600+ balloons during the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, be sure to visit the Natural History and Science museum where Paul Allen and Jo Allen Patton have donated a space of historical memorabilia http://startup.nmnaturalhistory.org/
Alas some/many consider ABQ as the birthplace of MicroSoft albeit we overlook Bill's arrest from his 'wild west days' where several other pics can be found here http://tinyurl.com/ph2afet
Salud!


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KatieA
30 Jun 2013

As usual, I always enjoy your "Geekly Updates," and this week's update was no exception. :)

I am still laughing over Scott Garner's "Hell Is Other People" web page.

His comments in his video are pretty ironic, and I found them to be quite funny. :)


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