How do you picture a computer built in 1968? Probably not like the one Engelbart built at that time. His On-Line System had a lot of what we take for granted today. It inspired Xerox PARC that lead to the graphical user interface, also taken for granted. It’s all history and you can watch it here.
ArsTechnica: Watching “The Mother of All Demos”
Douglas Engelbart Institute
Wikipedia: The Mother of All Demos | On-Line System | ARC | Douglas Engelbart
Dell says customer security and privacy is a top concern after shipping laptops with vulnerable HTTPS root certificates. Test your Dell here.
EFF: Superfish 2.o: Now Dell is breaking HTTPS
Computerworld: Dell security error widens as researchers dig deeper
ExtremeTech: Dell apologizes for Superfish-like scandal
Dell: Information on the eDellRoot certificate
Wikipedia: Root Certificate | Superfish
Like Steve Wozniak, George Takei, Stephen Hawking and many others Elon Musk is doing a guest appearance on the Big Bang Theory tv show. I’m not watching tv a lot but this show is something I wouldn’t want to miss.
IMDb: The Big Bang Theory
Wikipedia: The Big Bang Theory | Elon Musk
With help from MIT and Northeastern University NASA’s Valkyrie robot will be improved. It was beaten at the DARPA Robotics Challenge earlier this year. Robots will be essential when we’re going to Mars.
Computer World: NASA needs robotic upgrades for work on Mars
NASA: Two robots to University groups for R&D upgrades
Ars Technica: Team KAIST wins the DARPA Robotics Challenge 2015
IEEE Spectrum: Automaton (blog)
Wikipedia: DARPA Robotics Challenge
The scale of our Solar System is difficult to describe in a way that make sense. This infographic from Space.com does a good job. Credit: Karl Tate / Space.com
Another way to visualize the great distances of our Solar System is to run NASA’s Eyes on your computer.
Credit: Karl Tate / Space.com