The Nerd in the Balloon Jacket

Long before Microsoft existed, the fields and woods around Redmond, Washington consisted of dark forests, creeks, and the occasional swamp. I know because I spent a number of weekends during high school with my then best friend, Ward Durham, trekking through those woods and swamps in an attempt to find tiny wooden markers using only…

Podcast: The Inevitable March of Tech

[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/4152515/height/360/width/480/theme/standard/autoplay/no/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/forward/” height=”360″ width=”480″] It began with a Tweet from Leslie Carhart about buying Windows 2.0. In that tweet, she included an image of a receipt ca. 1988: Back in 1988, a 40MB hard drive costs a cool $699. Today, you can buy a 2TB SSD for $699 — 50,000x the capacity, and vastly better…

A Weekend of Boardgames

My daughter and I escaped to Dundracon 40 this past holiday weekend for several days of pure board game bliss. Dundracon 40 happens to be the longest-running tabletop gaming con on the west coast; it even sports its own Wikipedia entry. Despite its age, Dundracon remains a small, local convention. The con currently holds sway…

The Bicycles In My Life: Giant OCR1

As a kid, and into young adulthood, I rode a variety of bicycles. I rode the ridiculous Stingray around the back roads of Lawton Oklahoma. As a teenager, I loved a Windsor bicycle made from Reynolds steel. I put a ton of miles on that bike in various parts of Washington state. I pretty much…

Co-op Done Right: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is not a great game. The story is impenetrable nonsense, for one. The game does add some neat science fiction elements (killer robots! cyborg augmentation!), but the game plays pretty much like other current generation military shooters. What the game gets just about perfectly, however, is co-op. Our Friday…

What It Takes To Build An App

[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/4137110/height/360/width/480/theme/standard/autoplay/no/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/forward/” height=”360″ width=”480″] Users often think of the mobile app programmer as being one or two people in their homes, writing code for a few weeks, then releasing their content on the world. Moden mobile apps requires a team of people, as with any software project. Today’s guest is Joan Wood, VP of Product…

Building The Itty-Bitty Gaming PC

As I noted in yesterday’s post, building a tiny PC is all about the order of parts installation. Choose the wrong build order, and you end up taking it all apart and starting over again. First installing the power supply, motherboard, memory, and CPU turned out to be a no-brainer. Adding the graphics card, SSD, and…

The Itty Bitty Gaming PC

I’ve attempted to build small form factor gaming PCs over the years — anyone remember the tiny boxes Shuttle sold, complete with proprietary motherboards and power supplies? Those never lasted long, mostly because the anemic PSUs would eventually fail trying to deliver power to high end CPUs and graphics cards. Today, we’ve got a plethora…