Archives for June 9, 2014

How to Make Small Talk with Strangers: My 21-Day Happiness Experiment

One of the more unexpected changes I discovered upon becoming a parent is how much more you end up talking with strangers. This is in part because strangers are more likely to approach you when you have a youngster with you, and in part because kids are great icebreakers. My 3-year-old son, Mason, has zero […]

Hundreds of Cities Are Wired With Fiber—But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unused

The reasons vary by city, but in many cases, the reason you can’t get gigabit internet speeds—without the threat of that service being provided by a company that wants to discriminate against certain types of traffic—is because of the giant telecom businesses that want to kill net neutrality in the first place. Wilson, North Carolina, […]

Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide | June 7 – July 2, 2014

Here we go again; time for another edition of Mercury Retrograde! Why all the hype? Things tend to go a little wonky when Mercury shifts direction. The train is late. The car breaks down. The computer starts acting funny. Delays are all the rage. What does Mercury represent in astrology? In astrology, Mercury is the […]

How to drive through all 48 of the contiguous United States in 113 hours

Stephen Von Worley at Data Pointed mapped out the most efficient drive that would take a person through every state in the lower 48 and D.C. The route begins in South Berwick, Maine and ends 6,872 miles later in Taft, Montana. via How to drive through all 48 of the contiguous United States in 113 […]

Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7

Not to scare anyone, but this is something to be aware of: Microsoft has left Windows 7 exposed by only applying patches to its newest operating systems. Researchers found the gaps after they scanned 900 Windows libraries and uncovered a variety of security functions that were updated in Windows 8 but not in 7. They […]