Author: Brian Nelson

  • Creator of C Programming Language, Dennis Ritchie, Dies at 70

    Creator of C Programming Language, Dennis Ritchie, Dies at 70

    If I were a revolutionary in the tech industry, I’d be a little worried. Just a few days after the death of Steve Jobs, the tech community has lost another game-changing leader on October 12 — Dennis Ritchie. While considerably less famous than Jobs, Ritchie was the father of the C programming language, which he […]

  • Digg Newsrooms Lured Me Back, and I Like It.

    Digg Newsrooms Lured Me Back, and I Like It.

    In the past couple years, Digg.com has taken its licks. After experiencing incredible growth soon after being founded by Kevin Rose in 2004, the site hit a high point in 2007 and Digg began to roll out changes that led to a series of user complaints which culminated in 2010 soon after the release of […]

  • Louis C.K. Invokes the Power of the Bootlegger on Twitter

    Louis C.K. Invokes the Power of the Bootlegger on Twitter

    Louis C.K. knows how to treat people; particularly, people who illegally record and (probably) intend to share his shows online. After a recent show in Ashville, NC, Louis posted this to Twitter: Naturally, most bootleggers wouldn’t respond to such a request fearing repercussions. Louis tried to dispel any distrust by quickly following with this: It didn’t […]

  • Three Websites That Will Keep You Stylin’ on the Cheap

    Three Websites That Will Keep You Stylin’ on the Cheap

    So, you’re a geek. That doesn’t mean you have to look like a basement dwelling, hacky-sack kicking, WoW playing, code jockey. You’re an interesting individual and a smooth operator (possibly) — your style and accessories should reflect that. Unfortunately, being vain and indulging in your appearance has one obvious downside. It’s expensive. Lucky for us […]

  • Five Free Android Apps to Improve Your Health & Fitness

    Five Free Android Apps to Improve Your Health & Fitness

    Most of us could stand to lose a few pounds, but a sustainable lifestyle change isn’t always easy. A missed day at the gym can give way to a cheeseburger, and before you know it you’re back on the couch two weeks deep into a black hole of inactivity and junk food. These things happen, […]

  • Google Wallet: Changing the Way You Pay for Things… If You Can Keep Your Phone Charged

    Google Wallet: Changing the Way You Pay for Things… If You Can Keep Your Phone Charged

    I’m pretty jazzed about Google Wallet. For those that have never heard of it, Google Wallet is an app being rolled out by the Big G, beginning with the Sprint Network, that intends to change the way we pay for things by storing your credit cards on your smart phone. It makes use of a […]

  • Why I’ll Never Use the Kindle Fire Tablet for Reading

    Why I’ll Never Use the Kindle Fire Tablet for Reading

    I love my Kindle. I was hesitant to get one at first because I tricked myself into thinking that there was something to the “real book experience” that I couldn’t get from a Kindle. I was wrong — I tried the Kindle, became enamored by the size, portability, and battery life, and now I have […]

  • How I Circumvented Network Authentication (And Got Caught in the Process)

    How I Circumvented Network Authentication (And Got Caught in the Process)

    While I’ve never personally worked in the IT field, I have a number of friends who have, and I can appreciate their efforts to keep a network secure and functioning well. Sometimes, though, the cost of network security can be pretty annoying. The university where I work is home to a top-notch group of IT […]

  • How to make your favorite Nintendo characters with Perler beads

    If you’re reading this article, it’s safe to assume that you’re either my editor, or a geek/nerd/dork or something in between. Whatever your case, you’re probably like me in that you spend a lot of time on your computer, playing video games, waxing philosophically over the merits of Linux vs. Windows, etc. Sometimes it’s nice […]

  • Chrome OS: Even your mom will like it

    Last week after work, I came home to find a package slip from UPS stuck to my door.  This was a bit odd because I wasn’t expecting any deliveries. Always one to take advantage of a misdelivered box of goodies, I headed to the UPS shipping center to check things out. The serviceman came out […]