Tag Archives: technology

Mars. Europa. Rosetta.

(featured image, Seasonal Streaks, Mars HiRISE, NASA/JPL/U.Arizona via Astronomy Picture of the Day) Sometimes it really does feel like we’re living in the future. As a kid, growing up, I remember reading Astronomy magazine back in the late 70s and early 80s. The eggheads at NASA and the JPL (mad hearts!) had our future all mapped-out for us. Mars… Read More »

Headphone Jacked

Right now, my twitter stream is full of people enthusing about the new Apple iPhone. Some are excited about the new camera. Others are lamenting the loss of the headphone jack. Come on @apple, be honest. Headphone jacks are just a standard you couldn’t control. — Dave Mason (@dcm) September 7, 2016 I’m finding it difficult to get… Read More »

Beneath the Red Planet

There was a question on r/askscience this week wondering whether you could tunnel deep enough under the surface of Mars to find the sweet spot that would allow a human to live without a protective suit. They’d still need some sort of breathing equipment, obviously, but pressure and heat could, in theory, reach a comfortable level for humans. I… Read More »

Storage

I’ve been thinking about storage capacity lately. I had a couple of IO errors on my aging Synology NAS drive that caused a minor panic at the thought of losing all of my redundancy and archived media. At 6TB of RAID5 backing up all our photos, ripped DVDs and iTunes libraries, it’s a daunting prospect to imagine replacing… Read More »

Sub-surface broadcast

Hi. I thought I’d come up to periscope depth to drop a few words about what I’ve been up to. WordPress is a tricky vehicle to publish with and it usually devolves into extended configuration and Linux spelunking but I think I’m through the worst of it. If I can just ignore that blinking terminal window… Anyway, I’ve… Read More »

UAV Preflight Checklist

This morning I came across this list for new pilots in my feeds and thought it’d be useful to share my own pre-flight checklist. Before any flight, I always run through a quick checklist to make sure I’m not breaking any rules and that my quadcopter’s in good working shape. It’s short, takes a few minutes and potentially… Read More »

The Incredible Resolution of the Olympus OM-D E-M1

And by “resolution”, I mean, I am making the resolution to take more pictures with this camera in 2015. See what I just did? I like cameras. Cameras have always had a special place in my heart. Designed to be held in your hand, a good camera feels like it belongs there. As an imaging instrument, they capture… Read More »

IRIS

(This post is not really Mozilla-related, so if you’re not interested in open source flight-controllers and software, you can stop reading here. There are some parallels though and I draw a connection later on, so I did decide to push this to planet.mozilla.org.) A few weeks ago, a friend said, “hey, 3D Robotics has a sale on two… Read More »

#io13

I sat in on three sessions at Google IO 2013 yesterday. Memory Lane with Chrome Devtools and GMail was the first. The presenters showed off their Heap Tracking Profiler and Memory Tracking tool in the Timeline and explained how to use them to track down a leaky DOM node. It was a practical application of how to use… Read More »