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[H] Enthusiast Archives: May 2015Archive Listing

Sunday May 31, 2015

Woman Leaves Rare Apple 1 for Recycling

One of the few remaining original Steve Wozniak hand built Apple 1 computers was dropped off at a Silicon Valley recycling center back in April in a box of computer parts. The box of parts was a part of a garage cleanout, but luckily the recycler spotted the Apple 1 for what it was and eventually put it up for auction. The computer brought in a cool $200K. The drop off person’s identity is still unknown, but a check for half of the auction’s proceeds is still waiting to be claimed. Thanks to Forum Administrator Crosshairs for the linkage. cool

"We thought it was fake. It was real," CleanBayArea Vice president Victor Gichun told NBC news. He said he remembers what the donor looked like and all she had to do is show up.


US Failed in Attacking North Korea's Nukes with a Computer Virus

If you remember the article we posted several months ago concerning the US Government’s attempt to recruit talented super hackers, the reasoning behind the recruitment drive to compete against other world class information techs is becoming all too clear.

But U.S. agents could not access the core machines that ran Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program, said another source, a former high-ranking intelligence official who was briefed on the program.


Uh-oh! Bill Nye's Solar Spacecraft Needs a Reboot

Ruh-roh Science Guy, your LightSail Project needs a reboot….literally. The initial test flight of The Planetary Society’s LightSail Project has gone silent due to an internal software glitch. There have been numerous attempts to reboot the on-board computer, but all have failed.


Boeing’s EMP Weapon Knocks Out Power from the Sky

Science fiction, meet reality.The Boeing Corporation has successfully tested their new electromagnetic pulse weapon named Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project, or CHAMP for short. The EMP pulse weapon is capable of pinpointing targets and disabling all electronics with an undetected stealth flyby.


Oculus VR’s New Tech Is the Best Thing to Happen to Virtual Reality

This week, Oculus purchased a company that could change the face of Virtual Reality for the company and be the most important acquisition Oculus could have made. Surreal Vision is a company that specializes in not just virtual reality, but recreates physical items for the VR landscape, a perfect match for Oculus.

We’re developing breakthrough techniques to capture, interpret, manage, analyze, and finally re-project in real-time a model of reality back to the user in a way that feels real, creating a new, mixed reality that brings together the virtual and real worlds.


The Woz Will Be the Next Wax Statue at Madame Tussauds

Steve Wozniak will be the newest inductee to join his contemporaries on display at the San Francisco franchise of Madame Tussauds’ Wax Museum. The Woz won out in voting from the American public over 10 other tech luminaries.

"I am incredibly excited to be inducted into the Madame Tussauds family. I remember visiting the London Museum as a kid, and how cool it was to see Mark Knopfler’s figure in wax," says Wozniak. "I can’t wait to see my figure next to Jobs – it’ll be just like old times."


Microsoft Selects Dolby Audio for Windows 10

Windows Media Player is dead, long live Dolby Audio. The new Windows 10 may not have carried over Media Center and that may be a bad thing for some, but for others, it gives the opportunity to experience the sound of Dolby Audio through Microsoft Edge.

Dolby Audio (supporting Dolby Digital Plus) will be available in x86 Windows 10 PCs and tablets for playback of movies, TV shows, and videos with crisp, clear dialogue and greater detail of sounds.


The Patriot Act May Be Dead Forever

Today is the deadline for the Senate vote on renewing the Patriot Act. If not renewed by Midnight tonight, the Patriot Act in its entirety will pass into history, likely never to be resurrected because of its controversial nature of information gathering on private citizens.

There were members who voted for the USA Freedom Act who would feel differently about reinstating those provisions once they’ve lapsed.


Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Named Most Influential Tech Exec

Juniper Research has named Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, as the most influential tech executive. The honor comes from the introduction of the revolutionary Windows 10 and the Windows as a Service approach to delivering the initial OS and subsequent upgrades.

Juniper says the rankings are based on its "assessment of key criteria including vision, innovation and personal capital."


IRS Cut Its Cyber Security Staff by 11% Over Four Years

Unless you have been under a rock all week, you should have heard that the IRS was hacked and 100K accounts were breached. At a time when account hacking is at an all-time high, the IRS has steadily been cutting back on its in-house cyber security division and diverting funds to out-sourced contractors.

In 2011, the IRS employed 410 people in its cyber security organization, but by 2014 the headcount had fallen by 11 percent to 363 people.


Microsoft Is Updating the Xbox One Controller with Headset Port

A sharp-eyed user over at NeoGAF has spotted a new addition to the Xbox One wireless controller on the Xbox One Support site. If you didn’t know what you were looking for, you would miss it entirely. The addition is listed simply as "Expansion Port,

used to connect other accessories, such as an Xbox One Chat Headset".

This more or less confirms that Microsoft plans to release a revised version of the controller in the coming weeks - and with the E3 gaming conference fast approaching, it seems like a safe bet that the company will make an announcement in its keynote at the event on June 15.


These Minecraft Numbers Will Blow Your Mind

Microsoft’s investment of $2.5 Billion dollars in Minecraft last September is looking better for the company with each passing month. Check out the staggering statistics of Minecraft and check out the video for more amazing stats. cool