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Podcast: Deep Learning

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We’re joined this week by special guest Scott Gardner, who leads a small chip company which is trying to deliver a vision computing processor. Scott has some expertise in convolutional neural networks and deep learning, two areas which mesh with… Continue Reading

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Podcast: PAX and its Meaning

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Eric and David go to PAX, the gamer culture con hosted in Seattle the first weekend in September. They come back brimming with stories of cool games, cool gear, and cool experiences. While gaming remains the main focus, hardware vendors… Continue Reading

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A Gaming PC for Emily

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My younger daughter surprised me when she asked for a desktop PC prior to heading off to graduate school. She had been using an HP Omen, which included reasonably decent graphics (mobile GeForce GTX 960) as well as a quad-core… Continue Reading

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Podcast: The Future of Retail

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Online shopping has forced us to rethink what retail shopping means. In particular, walking into a store to buy tech gear seems antiquated. Retail offers limited choice, higher prices, and often poor customer service. Do retail stores, particularly for hard… Continue Reading

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Podcast: The Things that Shaped Us

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I’ve often been asked how I became me. That is, how did I get into tech, how did I happen to write about it, and what were the nerd influences in my life. This happened particularly often when I wrote… Continue Reading

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The Home Networking Show

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Eric, David and I talk about home networking. Or I should say, David and I talk about home networking while Eric decides to build a mini-enterprise network in his house. We discuss gear, wired, WiFi, routers, switches, power line networking,… Continue Reading

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Kubo and the Tugged Heartstrings

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My Japanese mother married my Caucasion father in the early 1950s. Back then, she bought into the idea of immigrant assimilation so completely, she never bothered speaking her native language around her sons. I grew up as an English-language speaker,… Continue Reading

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The Insanely Fast Nikon D500 Autofocus

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I’ve used a variety of digital SLRs over the years in a seemingly endless quest to capture my daughters in action. Whether indoor sports (volleyball), nighttime marching band, or winter guard inside dimly lit gyms, I believed I fought for… Continue Reading