Wi-Fi Hot Tomato

Shopping for a router?
I suggest you start your quest at an unlikely place. It’s called Advanced Tomato and it’s the home of a wonderful open source firmware for routers. There are a number of open source firmware options available– DD-WRT, is probably the best known. Tomato is another, and Advanced Tomato is a sleek interface that improves the look and feel beyond OEM standards. Continue reading

Watching the World Go By

Explore your world as never before.

Planet, the global imaging company that recently acquired Google’s Terra Bella satellite imaging business, is introducing a new tool called Planet Explorer Beta that allows its users to view how its image captures of Earth from space change over time. It’s available to the public without a login, which means petty(sic) much anyone can check…

via TechCrunch – Planet’s new Explorer Beta lets anyone time travel through geospatial images

Megs per Atom?

It’s a question we might soon be asking.

The fundamental components of computers are becoming small enough that they are pressing against the boundaries of the familiar world of Newtonian physics. And nowhere is the scale and precision of operation on better display than in hard disk drives, where a trillion bits may fit in a square inch. But IBM has outdone them…

via Storing data in a single atom proved possible by IBM researchers — TechCrunch

Chromebooks Go Pro

Samsung goes upscale with Google’s entry-level computers.

In recent years we’ve seen the Chromebook grow from sideline oddity to the second best selling computer in America. In an age where phones and tablets are packed with more computing power than the Apollo missions, the conventional desktop and laptop computer markets are lagging. The only computers to clock rising sales lately?

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Amazon Goes Big: Kindle Oasis

Amazon attempts to reimagine their venerable e-reader.

The upcoming Kindle Oasis begins shipping April 27th with a retail price of $289.99. If that sounds expensive for a 6″ tablet that only displays e-books… well, you’re right. Amazon hopes you’ll find the new Oasis to be the perfect companion for their Kindle Unlimited plan.

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