Happy birthday Nolan Bushnell!
A switzerland-based graphic designer posted on Flickr an impressive set of photos of homemade Lego Millennium Falcon.
Not just the ordinary Lego Millennium Falcon set (1,500+ pieces), but a whopping 7,500+ bricks spaceship that even Han Solo would love!
Marshal Banana, the designer and maker’s nickname, posted several nice photos that show how complex the model is – and huge too, 82 cm x 54 cm x 18 cm and weighing in at around 10Kg!
Internal pictures are not available but the cockpit has 4 seats, as expected, and pilot/co-pilot are seen from outside right in place.
The Force is strong in this Lego model!
Posted in Flickr, Fun, Lego, Star Wars
Tagged Flickr, Lego, maker, Millennium Falcon, models, photo, Star Wars, Toys
Best wishes to everybody!
Posted in 2016
Tagged 2016, best wishes
A couple of hardended Raspberry Pi will be launched this evening and will reach the ISS!
This is some awesome news for all RPi users and fan and a great achievement for Eben Upton and all his folks.
Follow the event here, on NASA TV live stream; launch time is 22:45 GMT from Cape Canaveral (USA).
More links and info available here:
– and, of course, astro-pi.org
And follow the Twitter account:
Well, I know it’s quite unfair but yet it’s still amazing.
Just imagine all the stuff running within our smartphone (the kind of stuff we all take for granted, now).
A book, Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think has an interesting point of view about this.
Just check this table:
Guess what? A 5MP digital camera in 1986 retailed for $3,000 (today’s value, this figure almost doubles…).
A 1982 GPS system went for some $119,000 ($280,000 in 2011’$).
There you go: grand total gets over $900.000…
As I said before, it’s quite unfair (and some may question about the method) but it’s amazing all the same!
Posted in App world, Electronics, Hardware, Internet, Mobile phone, Tech industry, Technology
Tagged App, App world, apps, GPS, Infographics, Smartphone, tech, Technology, vintage technology
A simple text editor – always available at your fingertips?
It’s inside your browser!
It’s just a matter of writing in the location/URL textbox of your browser the following text and start typing:
data:text/html, <html contenteditable>
You’ll get a very simple text editor within your browser so that taking a quick note will never be an issue any more (for me, at last!).
Tested under Firefox (PC/Mac), Chrome (PC/Mac), Safari (Mac)
20 years have gone since this internal memo, aimed at Microsoft Executives, in which Bill Gates himself talked about the “Internet Tidal Wave” and provided a strategic point of view for a MS-dominated ‘Net; the memo surfaced during the prolonged Justice Department antitrust action against Microsoft from 1998 to 2001 and is publicly available by clicking here.
It’s so well-written and contains so much forecasting that it’s awesome to read – even 20 years later.
Gates writes about current (1995) state of the PC world, CD-ROM dominance, MSN (and its impossibile-competition against the web…), why every PC will be connected in the future.
He talks about competition in the servers arena (Windows NT vs. Unix servers), about NetPCs (which went to nowhereLand…) and Netscape (a “newborn” competitor in the browser arena).
I think this is a truly awesome piece of history, besided whatever happened later, that we all should read and think about – at least for the next 20 years 😉
[Update: a fully readable web page with the transcript of the memo is available here]
Posted in Computer History, Computing history, Digital life, Digital media, html, Internet, Microsoft
Tagged Bill Gates, computer history, documents, history, Internet, Microsoft, MSN, retrocomputing