A new ruling recently passed by the Library of Congress now covers technologies and electronics of many, MANY types, ranging from consumer electronics to farming equipment and online education platforms and 3D printings. This new ruling essentially provides exemptions to the — dismal and frustrating, if you’re a techie — Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which was INTENDED to prevent copyright policy, but was too broad and overreached too a point where it allowed questionable restrictions on repairing/updating/modding your own electronics to online content takedowns.
Now, back in the days of my youth, when it came to personal computer technology, Windows 95 was the end-all, be-all. At the age of 9, I was dumbfounded that the smoothness, organized, and crisp structure of the operating system. It was everything different from the Windows 3.1 I was used to using at school and BOY OH BOY was it great for gaming (back in my early days of PC gaming). Well now, for all of those who’ve missed out on experiencing this legendary operating system, you can try out this close approximation of Windows 95 as an app on Apple’s MacOS, Microsoft’s Windows 10, and Linux. Continue reading “You Can Now Enjoy The Wonders of ‘Windows 95’ as an App on Your Modern Computer!”
While Studio Ghibli had actually built a real-life version of the house from My Neighbor Totoro in Aichi Prefecture, you weren’t allowed to spend the night in it. It turns out ANOTHER replica existed in Nagasaki Prefecture that patrons could spend the night for $45 USD (or 5,000 yen) a night. That doesn’t seem to be the case now, as this replica of Satsuki and Mei’s house is now managed by a local nursery school. Continue reading “The Real-Life “My Neighbor Totoro” House People Used to be Able to Sleep In…”
BRUH! WHERE WAS THIS WHEN I WAS A KID! I had to use my hands like it was a baby’s toy! Anyway, this was done for a pretty good cause, though. A group of hackers at Hackerloop wanted to level the Nerf-fighting playing field for Nicholas Huchet, an individual who didn’t have a full arm, by building him a custom Nerf blaster prosthetic with the ability to automatically fire a projectile by simply contracting his forearm muscles. According to the Medium post, Hackerloop’s Valentin Squirelo chronicled the build in great detail, which included the use of custom 3D-printed parts, Arduino-based electronics, some electromyography sensors that could detect muscle movements, and — of course — a couple of hard-to-find Nerf Swarmfire blasters (hint: the blasters’ round design was VERY optimal for the build). Continue reading “Some Hackers Built a Prosthetic Nerf Blaster That Fires by Flexing Your Arms!”
Since its debut onto the tabletop gaming scene in 2008, Pandemic has been one of the biggest board games in the world, which is fitting when it’s about saving the world from aggressive worldwide diseases. Now that the game is about to celebrate the big 1-0, it’s getting a special edition re-release in a big-ol’ metal box chock-filled with brand new cards and miniature figures. This special … Continue reading It Looks Like ‘Pandemic’ is Getting a Pretty Awesome 10th Anniversary Edition…
When one door closes, another one opens. After the bankruptcy and closure of the popular and long-lasting toy retail store Toys ‘R’ Us this past month, it meant that the brand’s long-time mascot and spokes-animal, Geoffrey the Giraffe, was forced to step away from is lifelong gig. Thankfully, Geoffrey isn’t taking his newly-open schedule lying down, as he’s recently picked up a new pastime and career in the squared-circle down in the Sunshine State. Continue reading “Geoffrey, the Toys ‘R’ Us Giraffe, Entered A Royal Rumble, Fought A Vampire & Amazon Prime…”
For their upcoming June 11, 2018 issue, TIME magazine created a very spectacular, expertly-coordinated exhibition by using 958 illuminated quadcopters (or “drones,” which is what the cool kids are calling them) hovering along the evening sky and framed resemble TIME’s traditional cover layout. Enjoy the above “so THAT’S how they did that” video that showcases the process, as well as the full write-up and photos … Continue reading So, HOW Did TIME Magazine Create Their New Cover with 958 Quadcopters?