GeekSpeak for 2011-02-12

Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred

Our guest, David Erik Nelson, joins us to talk about more maker-revolution stuff. His new book [Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred" by David Erik Nelson, Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids|http://oreilly.com/catalog/9781593272593/] is a wonderful romp about making stuff. Chat with a Hands-On-Geeks.

Confession App: Roman Catholic Church Sanctions New iPhone App

“It seems as though the Catholic Church really really wants us to go to confession, so much so that apparently it has sanctioned a new iPhone app aimed at bringing some of the wandering sheep back into the fold.”

House Proposes Deep Cuts to Science Programs

“Make no mistake, these cuts are not low-hanging fruit. These cuts are real and will impact every District across the country."

Khan Academy Education Videos Arrive via BitTorrent

“BitTorrent, Inc. announced this morning that they have launched a partnership with the Khan Academy to distribute open education videos. They launched with more than 2,000 videos, covering high school and college level curriculum, across science, math, history, finance and test prep. All of the videos are free to download and open licensed with Creative Commons.”

Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate

Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate in 40 languages. You can download version 9.0.8080.16412 now for: Windows Vista 32-bit and Windows Server 2008 32-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit and Windows Server 2008 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit, and Windows 7 64-bit and Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit.

Cursing at Computers

Recent survey results by security vendor Avira state that 39 percent of 14,284 persons surveyed in December admitted to having “cursed or yelled at the computer out loud.”

Be sure to read the correction at the bottom of this article.

Windows XP AutoRun for USB is Finally Getting Disabled

Microsoft has finally decided to push out a Windows update that should stop attempts to exploit AutoRun with a USB stick.

AutoRun is a feature of the Windows operating system that fires up any program once a USB or CD/DVD is inserted into a computer.


! David Erik Nelson

David Erik Nelson is a freelance writer and former high school teacher. His fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded. He is a contributor to the “Ask the Giant Squid” advice column at Poor Mojo’s Almanac(k), a weekly online literary journal.

[A Stick, Some Wire, A Can, and Some Wax: The $10 Electric Guitar|http://www.davideriknelson.com/sbsb/2011/02/free_online_event_a_stick_some.html] is a wonderful hour long audio tour of how to make the Electric Guitar – also in his book.