Is AI our enemy? Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov answers that question through Deep Thinking. It's a fascinating record of how chess machine programming has evolved over decades, from a concept by Alan Turing to IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer that finally defeated the grandmaster. Millenials should take notice. They
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The GalliumOS desktop on a 1366x768 screen Chromebooks come pre-installed with Google's proprietary operating system. It's a perfectly good one, so long as you stick to web browsing. And partly thanks to its limited software, it's very secure. Google manages all that for you automatically. A while back, I experimented
I've been running Tomato for several years on an Asus WL-520GU router. Tomato is a firmware replacement with similar features to DD-WRT, but simpler to configure. I recently upgraded to an Asus RT-N10P router. It wasn't the WL-520GU's limitation to wireless G speeds that was bothering me. It was the
Hard-to-guess passwords are important to securing your network from intrusion. But think about it from the perspective of someone (or their robot app) trying to break in. They need to also pick the right user name and point of entry, and have enough opportunity and patience to repetitively guess until
MythTV is great for capturing MPEG2 broadcast streams with a TV tuner card. However, its built-in software transcoder leaves a lot to be desired. The format (NuppelVideo, or .nuv) uses an older MPEG4 codec that's inferior to the latest ones. Here's how to produce better and smaller conversions in Ubuntu,
The GRUB2 boot loader can seem confusing at first. Instead of one configuration file, there are several. You run one command update-grub to update the configuration file, another command (grub-install) to write the configuration to the Master Boot Record (MBR) on your hard drive. On the plus side, GRUB2 can
James Surowiecki's The Wisdom of Crowds, published in 2004, has been influential in financial markets and corporate transformations. It also has plenty of ideas relevant to social networking's future. The book's leading concept is that that collective intelligence -- aggregating diverse opinions -- can out-perform judgments made by alleged experts
I've been reading The Long Tail, the 2006 blockbuster extolling the unlimited consumer choice made possible by the internet. The book was written by Chris Anderson, editor of Wired magazine. Its title is now part of the marketing lexicon, and aptly captures the author's thesis: there's a lot of money
There's not much work to installing and using a typical hardware router. Just plug it in, attach cables from your non-wireless computers, and it will automatically connect them to the internet without any special configuration. That's because the out-of-the-box router/firewall acts as both a DHCP server and DNS relay.
David Allen's Getting Things Done struck a chord with compulsive organizers as well as people struggling to bring order to their lives. The book was written at a time when Day Planners, paper and index cards were still common business tools. However, its principles haven't become obsolete. Just google "
VirtualBox has gained a following as an alternative to VMware. Although the binaries are proprietary, they're free for non-commercial use. VirtualBox has some compelling features for desktop users: Automated installer that runs under Windows, Linux, and OSX. For Linux users, there are official versions for Ubuntu, Debian, openSUSE, Fedora, Red