August 2014


Here’s what that new USB connector will look like

Smaller than MicroUSB and more powerful. That’s the message from the USB Promoter Group who have finally finalized their Type C connector. It looks to be a little smaller than MicroUSB, or about the size of a Lightning…


Farewell 3net, we hardly knew ye

You know that full-time 3D channel on DIRECTV? Well, you probably weren’t watching it and to be fair neither was anyone else. 3net launched in 2011 to modest fanfare as part of DIRECTV’s 3D stable which…



COMMUNICATIONS PIONEERS: Arthur C. Clarke

Sadly, the name of Arthur C. Clarke has faded into history and most people today have no idea who he is. Audiences of the 1960s knew him as the force behind 2001: A Space Odyssey but here in…




COMMUNICATIONS PIONEERS: Gene Roddenberry

Yeah, the Star Trek guy. An otherwise obscure TV writer and sci-fi author is a communications pioneer? You bet, and here’s why. In 1973, the first cell phone call took place on a public street. (You have to…



Time to clear out that junk box?

You know that you have a box… or a tub, or just a pile, with a bunch of stuff in it that you thought you’d need later. Of course it pays to be prepared, but maybe…



BACK TO BASICS: Frequencies

There are so many different radio transmissions it’s hard to understand why they don’t interfere with each other. The key is that all these different signals each exist at a different frequency. It’s kind of like…