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Buckyball Neodymium Fidget Magnets Don’t Last Forever

Apart from the furor over the dangers of allowing small magnets into the hands of children, there’s a less-known issue with these intriguing fidget toys for grown-ups — they spontaneously self-destruct.

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Windows 10 SSSD Floppy Disk Installation Notes

I was looking at this today:

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Aluminium High-Voltage Power Transmission

Here’s a compendium of factoids on power transmission, with a little directly on skin effect (which may not be the only salient aspect). I believe that skin effect per se is due to AC. Since not all long lines are … Continue reading

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Win10 Start Button: What’s an Application Launcher For?

The Windows 10 Start Menu is still buggy and barely functions for its intended purpose: finding, organizing, and launching programs. The bugs I’m dealing with (through a couple of updates since the public release of Win10) are pretty basic:

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Windows 10 – The end of Microsoft?

I promised myself I would not attempt to review Win10 in any manner at all, so here’s a short rant on the surprisingly incomplete, poorly thought-out, much touted “new Start menu.” What I cannot understand is how this iteration of … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal #17

If we open up the ear canals on the inside of the brainpan (removing the brain, of course), then the whole head can become a Helmholtz resonator and absorb from the collective cacophony at least the resonant frequency of the … Continue reading

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Miracle Space Heaters, Dangerous Cooking

I have spent many an amusing lunch explaining over and over why the “four cellphones and a kernel of popcorn” video is bogus. It’s hard to understand how anyone could think seriously about that video without suddenly slapping his forehead … Continue reading

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Warning #3015

WARNING Studies confirm existence of dangerous infra-red electromagnetic radiation emanating from living warm-blooded creatures. Keep at least three feet away from living warm-blooded creatures. NOTE: This includes humans. Do your part. Keep your distance. This is not a joke. The … Continue reading

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Warning #3013

WARNING The combustion of logs, branches, and kindling in open fireplaces or enclosed cast-iron stoves generates dangerous infra-red electromagnetic radiation. The same is true of barbecue devices, or open pits containing glowing coals, whether charcoal or actual coal. This is not … Continue reading

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Our Floppy Disc Heritage

Reminiscing recently on my wife Mary’s experiences running our first company, Datascan (aka Text Sciences Corporation) in southern California. We provided a media conversion service — moving documents from brand X word processors to brand Y. In those days before personal … Continue reading

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