Friday, December 23, 2016 #

1,000 Year Countdown?

This was one of the most uncomfortable articles that I read this year:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/11/17/stephen-hawking-just-gave-humanity-a-due-date-for-finding-another-planet/

It's hard to ignore threats to mankind's existence:
  • Environmental changes (e.g. global warming) and subsequent effects (e.g. melting polar ice caps, ocean temperature changes)
  • Ourselves (e.g. ocean pollution in Trash Vortex, air pollution, war)
  • AI evolving into something like Skynet (from the Terminator movies).  Yeah, seemed like fantasy when the movies first came out but with recent technology, it now seems a bit less so.
Suggested solution in article is to look towards space for a new home.  Pursuit of life elsewhere will probably bring many positive discoveries.  Can we really expect to take care of a new home when we could not take care of our previous one?

Modern man has existed for over 200,000 years with civilizations spanning over 6,000 years.  If we have the intelligence to seek out new worlds, shouldn't we also be applying equal (or more) effort toward achieving a sustainable balance on Earth?

1,000 years seems a bit generous when you consider the potential threats. Do we really need to see the math and estimate how growing population and resource consumption will impact our world?  How about seeing the formula for how we should be living a sustainable existence now, preserving resources and ensuring our continued existence here? That knowledge would serve us well at whatever planets we decide to live.


Posted On Friday, December 23, 2016 1:22 AM | Comments (5)

Thursday, September 15, 2016 #

Virtual Clone Drive issue after Windows 10 upgrade

Virtual Clone Drive worked great under Windows 7, allowing me to mount an ISO file as if a real CD.

Then I upgraded to Windows 10 and things seemed to work as before.

I later tried installing Visual Studio 2015 and the installation hung about 75% through.

After a couple of reattempts, I uninstalled the version of Virtual Clone Drive that was carried over from my previous Windows 7.  It was unneeded as Windows 10 supports mounting of ISO files.

When I reattempted the VS2015 installation, it finished to completion.

I see that a newer version of VCD is available and probably fixes the hang that occurred with my prior version.

Posted On Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:02 AM | Comments (1)

Thursday, December 13, 2012 #

Mozilla Rallies Against ITU Governance of the Internet

http://www.androidtablets.net/forum/android-tablet-news/51574-mozilla-rallies-against-itu-governance-internet.html

Posted On Thursday, December 13, 2012 8:07 AM | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 #

Recycling Electronics


A sobering statistic:  Some 35 million computers headed for landfills

Some ideas to help:  The 'green' way to dump electronic junk

Posted On Tuesday, June 24, 2008 3:34 AM | Comments (4)

Thursday, May 1, 2008 #

Programming the Mesh


Interesting webcast with Ori Amiga

Posted On Thursday, May 1, 2008 3:52 AM | Comments (0)

Saturday, March 29, 2008 #

TimedActionFixture for C++


I ported the Java/.NET TimedActionFixture to C++ awhile back.  Here's a brief article on the effort.

Many thanks to Michael Feathers and all who provided the Fitnesse framework for C++.

Sometimes we don't always work with code in Java and .NET

Posted On Saturday, March 29, 2008 12:05 PM | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 #

Philly Java User's Group Meeting 3/25/2008


Nice talk on CI by Andrew Glover of Stelligent Incorporated at tonight's Philly JUG meeting.  Andrew is coauthor of Continuous Integration published by Addison-Wesley.

Thanks to the efforts of Dave Fecak and all who made the event possible.

Posted On Tuesday, March 25, 2008 11:20 PM | Comments (0)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 #

Philly.net Code Camp 2007.2

I was fortunate to be able to attend the Philly.net Code Camp this month.   It was easy to see why attendance sold out!  A nice mix of topics, enthusiastic speakers, and dedicated volunteers:

sharepoint.phillydotnet.org/Lists/Code%20Camp%2020072/calendar.aspx

Many thanks to Bill Wolff and all who made this event possible!

Posted On Wednesday, September 26, 2007 10:18 PM | Comments (0)

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