Sunday, January 12, 2014

A Young Man Trying to Make Something out of Detroit Tells His Story

If you're not hearing jokes about Detroit every now and then, you might be living in a cave or not watching TV. What's not funny is what is happening to a once thriving city and its people. I'm sensitive to Detroit's plight. Although I don't live in the city, the economic and social issues of a city caught in a downward spiral has an impact the entire metro Detroit area. It's nice to see a positive story every now and then. It's especially nice to see someone using their hands to try and make something out of what many people think is nothing.

After college, as my friends left Michigan for better opportunities, I was determined to help fix this broken, chaotic city by building my own home in the middle of it. I was 23 years old. 


I wanted something nobody wanted, something that was impossible. The city is filled with these structures, houses whose yellowy eyes seem to follow you. It would be only one house out of thousands, but I wanted to prove it could be done, prove that this American vision of torment could be built back into a home. I also decided I would do it the old-fashioned way, without grants or loans or the foundation money pouring into the city. I would work for everything that went into the house, because not everyone has access to those resources. I also wanted to prove to myself and my family I was a man. While they were building things, I had been writing poems.

Excerpted from... Why I Bought A House In Detroit For $500

Monday, January 6, 2014

How to Disable IPv6 in Windows Server 2012

The world is running out of Internet addresses. IPv6 is the answer to that problem, but in some cases and implementations it can cause problems of its own. There's no reason to disable IPv6 if it's not causing a problem. If it is, it can be disabled with an easy registry hack.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Turning Pardoned... Better Late Than Never

It's about time!

London (AFP) - Britain on Tuesday granted a posthumous pardon to Alan Turing, the World War II code-breaking hero who committed suicide after he was convicted of the then crime of homosexuality.
Turing is often hailed as a father of modern computing and he played a pivotal role in breaking Germany's "Enigma" code, an effort that some historians say brought an early end to World War II. 
He died in 1954 after eating an apple laced with cyanide, two years after he was sentenced to chemical castration for the "gross indecency" of homosexuality. A coroner ruled that Turing committed suicide, though this has since been questioned.

via Yahoo News:

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Heathkit is Hosting an AMA on Reddit

Heathkit, the former legendary electronics kit company, is holding a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Saturday, December 21st.
Later this week there will be a special "Ask Me Anything" event on where a member of Heathkit's Board of Directors will be available for an hour to chat live and answer questions about our progress and plans.
On Friday 20-Dec-2013 at 8pm EST / 5pm PST (which is Saturday 21-Dec 0100 UTC), please join us at
When the event starts, a link to it will appear at the top of that page.
There was a survey earlier this year that hinted at a re-birth of the kit company. It will be interesting to see what the new owners of the brand have to say.

Monday, November 18, 2013

How to Change Internet Explorer ESC (Enhanced Security Configuration) in Server 2012

Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (ESC) is an annoying but important feature. Browsing the Internet from a server is typically not a good idea. Best practice is to use a client machine instead of subjecting the server to the possible security risk that the Internet represents. The next best thing is to block all Internet traffic on the server and explicitly allow trusted sites through ESC.

Best practices and next best practices are great, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Turning off ESC is not recommended, but if you have to disable it, here's how.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Real Watch Guy Compares a Real Watch to the Samsung Galaxy Gear

I've had my reservations about smartwatches. It took wearing the Pebble smartwatch on a daily basis for a while before I was convinced. Even though I'm one of the converted, I know that these devices are going to be a hard sell to people who wear "real" watches.

A real watch guy has chimed in, and there's an excellent post over on Crown & Caliber where Hamilton Powell compares the Galaxy Gear to a watch that I can only describe as a work of art. The outcome isn't all that unexpected, but Hamilton has an interesting point of view and a beautiful Breguet watch to make the Galaxy Gear look ridiculous... which is always fun.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Google and NASA and Quantum Computing

Back in May Google announced the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab. It's a joint venture between Google and NASA to make a D-Wave Systems quantum computer available to researchers and, " how quantum computing might advance machine learning."

They recently released a short documentary on the project. It's doesn't dive into the subject too much, but it's an otherwise interesting little film.