Why haven’t space suits changed much in 45 years?

Space suitsWhen we watch sci-fi shows, we see these uber-fancy futuristic space suits.

Yet when we look at the actual real space suits in use by astronauts today, we see the same big puffy white suits that look unchanged since the Apollo missions in the late 60’s and early 70’s!

What gives? How come we don’t have fancy space suits yet?

It turns out that there are pretty good reasons. Space suits need to do specific things to protect astronauts…

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Windows 7 is going bye-bye – Upgrade to Windows 10!

RIP Windows 7If you’re still using Windows 7, I’ve got bad news for you: On January 14, 2020, extended support for Windows 7 will end.

That means Windows 7 will no longer get any updates or security patches. In other words, it’s officially a “dead” version of Windows.

And that means it’s time to upgrade to Windows 10!

Now, you might be thinking, “Oh no! I’ll have to pay for it!”

Not to worry! You can still upgrade for free.

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Is Wi-Fi 6 really that much better?

How good is Wi-Fi 6?There’s a new flavor of Wi-Fi in town: Wi-Fi 6!

In case you’re confused, I’m talking about IEEE 802.11ax, the successor to 802.11ac (which is now called Wi-Fi 5).

Are you confused yet?

While I’m not a terribly big fan of wireless stuff, Wi-Fi 6 does include several improvements that increase capacity and speed for more connected users.

The question is: does Wi-Fi 6 go far enough, or is wired still better?

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Help! My USB stick is read-only in Ubuntu Server

Ubuntu Server USB WritableIf you use Ubuntu Desktop, using a USB stick is a piece of cake. You just plug it in, read/write files, and yank it out again.

But what about Ubuntu Server?

Try the same thing, and you end up with a USB stick that can only be accessed by root. Well, that’s probably not what you want!

There are several ways to solve this problem, but by far the easiest – believe it or not – is to add a touch of Windows…

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No more WiFi, Part 2: Home Powerline Networking and MoCA

Powerline Networking and MoCA adapters for home networkingSo you’ve read all the studies about our Wireless Wonderland, and you’d like to go wired.

You’ve also watched my first video, No More WiFi: How to wire your home for internet.

You’re not big on drilling holes and running cables everywhere, so you decide to use powerline ethernet or ethernet over coax.

Before you go that route, there are a few things you should know about these two home networking solutions.

Not only are they generally more expensive than ethernet cabling, but they’re also usually not as fast or reliable…

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The Biggest threat to Privacy: Browser Fingerprints

A lot of people these days are talking about protecting their online privacy.

We have hearings going on, threats of breaking up Facebook and other Big Tech companies, data leaks, and so on.

Many people are going so far as to boycott Google (which is easier said than done).

But so far, no one – except Mozilla – is talking about the biggest threat to online privacy: Browser Fingerprints.

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Fast USB 3 sticks that won’t break the bank

USB 3.1 Stick ComparisonAh, the USB stick. They’re supposed to be handy for transferring files between computers.

Unfortunately, most of the time they end being painfully slow. If you’re frequently waiting several minutes for that large file to copy to your USB stick, then you’re using the wrong one!

After a recent debacle with 2 different USB 3 sticks, I set out to find the best USB 3.1 sticks that won’t set you back an arm and a leg.

Not only did I discover a new Speed Champion, but I also found a VERY cheap and large model that’s still quite zippy…

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Nokia 2720 Flip + Why KaiOS dumbphones are truly smart

Nokia 2720 Flip 4GThis one’s a double header!

First, I quickly review the new Nokia 2720 Flip 4G dumbphone.

Then, I talk a bit more about exactly why dumbphones that run KaiOS are really NOT smartphones.

Did I mention that the 2720’s HUGE buttons are an absolute joy to use?

Or that it’s the first phone (of any kind) that I’ve had in years that actually fits in my pocket?

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