GeekSpeak for 2013-07-13

Superman's High Speed Sarcasm Decrypts Boom's Backup

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A musing on how NSA might be gathering its web traffic information, new amazing storage density, human powered flight, and a detection to the inspirational Preston Q Boomer.

NPR Story of Glass catching Arrest

We played the audio on this and chatted a bit about Google Glass.

Superman memory crystal: 5D nano-glass to preserve data for million years

The density of this crystal memory is really cool!

GeekBit: Finally! A Human-Powered Helicopter Wins the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

A quixotic Kickstarter-funded project has won the Sikorsky Prize, one of the most elusive goals in aviation, by keeping a human powered helicopter aloft for more than a minute. Aerovelo, an aeronautical engineering startup founded by Canadians Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson, announced this morning that the Federation d’Aviation Intenationale (FAI)—the governing body of international aeronautical prizes—has certified a flight that Reichert piloted on June 13 as having met the qualifications for the $250,000 prize.

Lyle's thoughts on NSA Data Gathering

NSA has been grabbing data, how do they get around https/SSL/TLS?

We chat a bit about how this might be happening, and technical chalenges that must be subjugated.

Listening advice from Anthony

Anthony Sacco, San Jose, CA emailed in in response to GeekSpeak Episode 2013/07/06 in response to questions of home computer listening…

I bought a Barnes and Noble NOOK HD and I discovered TuneIn Radio Pro. TuneIn Radio on the NOOK HD is a great experience. Not only does it stream but it also allows simultaneous recording that I can play back later. It’s easy to find new stations, and it saves them in a favorites collection. It’s very easy to use.
The NOOK HD is a superior e-reader, but it also a very competent tablet in its own right. I have both the 7 inch HD and the 9" HD+ (for the spouse). They are fast, versatile, and cheap. The display is excellent. Right now Barnes and Noble has slashed the price on the NOOK HD ($129) and the HD+ ($149). The TuneIn app is only $4.95 from the NOOK store, and you can use it on all the NOOK you own. The NOOK HD with TuneIn Radio is probably the best way to get internet radio in an inexpensive and convenient way.

BTW, if you want to hear your internet stream on any FM radio in your house, just plug in a low power FM transmitter into the NOOK’s audio jack, choose an unused frequency and you now have you internet radio everywhere you have a real radio in the house. (The brand I use is “SCOSCHE” purchased at Fry’s).

Anthony also recommends Rediscovering Radio Through Apps

Santa Cruz - Event Project Technical Lead

The City of Santa Cruz Economic Development Department is spearheading a countywide effort to simplify the process of posting and sharing event information in Santa Cruz County. This project will utilize existing open source technology to network and aggregate existing data and limit the need for event producers to post duplicate information.

The City seeks a consultant or consultant team to act as technical lead through the process of implementing the Elm City system, including setup, training key partners and development of tools as needed.

Proposal deadline is July 26.

Boom Retires after 56 Years!

Lyle’s Physics and Chemistry Highschool Teacher was inspirational!

Question from Scott, Las Vegas

Scott called to ask about backing up his iTunes in Windows. He had questions about iCloud with iPod touch.

Question from John, Big Sur

John asks about his MacBook Pro’s – western digital external for backup using timemachine. No longer recognized. Help!