Thunderbolting Your Video Card


When I wrote about The Golden Age of x86 Gaming, I implied that, in the future, it might be an interesting, albeit expensive, idea to upgrade your video card via an external Thunderbolt 3 enclosure. I'm here to report that the future is now. Yes, that's right, I paid $500

Password Rules Are Bullshit


Of the many, many, many bad things about passwords, you know what the worst is? Password rules. If we don't solve the password problem for users in my lifetime I am gonna haunt you from beyond the grave as a ghost pic.twitter.com/Tf9EnwgoZv— Jeff Atwood

I'm Loyal to Nothing Except the Dream


There is much I take for granted in my life, and the normal functioning of American government is one of those things. In my 46 years, I've lived under nine different presidents. The first I remember is Carter. I've voted in every presidential election since 1992, but I do not

An Inferno on the Head of a Pin


Today's processors contain billions of heat-generating transistors in an ever shrinking space. The power budget might go from: 1000 watts on a specialized server 100 watts on desktops 30 watts on laptops 5 watts on tablets 1 or 2 watts on a phone 100 milliwatts on an embedded system That's

Let's Encrypt Everything


I'll admit I was late to the HTTPS party. But post Snowden, and particularly after the result of the last election here in the US, it's clear that everything on the web should be encrypted by default. Why? You have an unalienable right to privacy, both in the real world

Your Digital Pinball Machine


I've had something of an obsession with digital pinball for years now. That recently culminated in me buying a Virtuapin Mini. OK, yes, it's an extravagance. There's no question. But in my defense, it is a minor extravagance relative to a real pinball machine. The mini is much smaller than

Can Software Make You Less Racist?


I don't think we computer geeks appreciate how profoundly the rise of the smartphone, and Facebook, has changed the Internet audience. It's something that really only happened in the last five years, as smartphones and data plans dropped radically in price and became accessible – and addictive –...

The Raspberry Pi Has Revolutionized Emulation


Every geek goes through a phase where they discover emulation. It's practically a rite of passage. I think I spent most of my childhood – and a large part of my life as a young adult – desperately wishing I was in a video game arcade. When I finally obtained my driver's

Computer says NO to HTML5 document outline


What a brilliant idea! For the longest time HTML5 specified, and advised developers, that it no longer mattered what the number (1 to 6) was in a heading element (when used in conjunction with sectioning elements). What mattered was the nesting level of the H1-h6 in sectioning elements, just like...

The Golden Age of x86 Gaming


I've been happy with my 2016 HTPC, but the situation has changed, largely because of something I mentioned in passing back in November: The Xbox One and PS4 are effectively plain old PCs, built on: Intel Atom class (aka slow) AMD 8-core x86 CPU 8 GB RAM AMD Radeon 77xx

Your Own Personal WiFi Storage


Our kids have reached the age – at ages 4, 4, and 7 respectively – that taking longer trips with them is now possible without everyone losing what's left of their sanity in the process. But we still have the same problem on multiple hour trips, whether it's in a car, or

They Have To Be Monsters


Since I started working on Discourse, I spend a lot of time thinking about how software can encourage and nudge people to be more empathetic online. That's why it's troubling to read articles like this one: My brother’s 32nd birthday is today. It’s an especially emotional day for

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