Interesting Math Thoughts

I was researching mathematical differentiation and calculus over the weekend, and I came across a couple of interesting sites associated with common mathematical concepts: Infinity – the strange properties of this unwriteable ‘number’. Calculating the Value of Pi – a formula, with

Are Software Vendors Trustworthy?

In an interesting article in the Sterling-Hoffman newsletter, Olin Thompson indicates that US corporations have changed their methods in buying software technology: “Buyers are skeptical of technology investments.  Buyers remember late 90’s and early 2000’s when they heard a roar

Technology, Marketplaces, & Wealth

I’ve been looking for a decent treatise for my sons, which explains the interrelationships of technology, marketplaces, and wealth.  I recently found a book by Andy Kessler called, “How We Got Here”, that does an admirable job providing a pragmatic

MythBusters & Robots

For those of you that enjoy MythBusters on cable television, there is an article in Robot magazine, which describes their recent experience using Radio Shack’s new VEX Robotics Design System… this looks like a step-up for those of us that have

US Navy Phasing Out the F-14

The airplane made famous in the Tom Cruise movie “Top Gun“, is nearing retirement.  The US Navy is phasing out the F-14 Tomcat (see photo below) by the end of 2006 in favor of the F-18 multi-role fighter.

New DVD Formats

When DVD burners opened up to the consumer market a few years ago, I spent a considerable amount of time comparing the +R, –R, RW, formats.  I finally purchased my first Sony DVD burner when it was the first that

Replacement Hand ala Luke Skywalker

A recent issue of Popular Science describes some of the landmark progress with artificial limbs.  Researchers in Italy have prototyped the first brain-controlled prosthetic hand (see photo below).  The “Cyberhand” is intended to make patients feel as if they have

Department of Perpetual Hype

A recent issue of CIO magazine had an interesting article about the perpetual hyping of video conferencing.  It highlights approximately fifteen quotes from various pundits over the last 20 years.  An excerpt of some of the prognostications: Sep. 1987 [PC