New Technology for Hard Drives

For those of you not aware, we are starting to see a subtle change in the core technology for computer hard drives.  For the last 20 years, mass storage for computers has been based on the spinning magnetic disk.  The

Carnage & Culture

I just finished reading the book from Victor Davis Hanson entitled, “Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power”. The basic premise of his story is that Western civilization has prevailed in numerous battles over the past

Big 30K lb Bomb

The US Defense Threat Reduction Agency has stepped out of its usual verification, detection, destruction programs to fund a project called the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). This 30,000 pound weapon could well become the biggest conventional bomb ever used.  The

Models for Artificial Intelligence

An interesting discussion on the Hierarchical Temporal Model… “If you look at the history of big obstacles in understanding our world, there’s usually an intuitive assumption underlying them that’s wrong. In the case of the Solar System it was intuitively

The Ultimate Model Railroad

Similar to many kids, I  used to love toying with HO and Lionel model trains…  Well, this site shows the worlds largest railway model. Over 450 railway cars, more than 7,000 trailers, 50,000 trees, 3,000 figures, and plenty of bridges

US Soldier – Standard Gear

It’s interesting how the standard equipment that a soldier carries has changed over the years.  When we visited the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans in 2005, there was an exhibit that showed all of the gear issued to the army

Top 10 Lessons for Software Developers

Developer Andres Taylor shares his experience in software development with this gem: “Top ten things ten years of professional software development has taught me.” There are some decent insights on this list, and if you’re a developer you should take

Engineering Phrases… and Their Real Meanings

Some Commonly Used Engineering Phrases.. and their real meanings: Statement: “A major technological breakthrough.” Real Meaning: It works OK, but looks very hi-tech.  Statement: “Preliminary Operational Tests were inconclusive.” Real Meaning: The darn thing blew up when we threw the

A-10 Firepower

We happen to be doing some work on the A-10 for the US Air Force.  I thought that Kon and Bob would enjoy seeing the “warthog” in action… [youtube]L9HlfjM4WOo[/youtube] 3 min 30 sec