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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Preparing for NaNoWriMo

by Ken Newquist / October 21, 2007

November is coming. And that means so is National Novel Writing Month. In years past, I've watched and read as my friends fought their way through it, some succeeding, some failing, all glorious in the pursuit. I've sat, thought, considered and ultimately come up with one excuse or another not to do it. There's always next year, I told myself, I don't have time for it now.

Now it's next year. And I'm going to do this.

The Open Office Experiment

by Ken Newquist / October 20, 2007

Open Office is a free, open-source alternative to Microsoft Office. Based on Sun's Star Office, Open Office has been around for a number of years, and has proved fairly popular with the geeks, particularly those who dislike being beholden to Microsoft, Apple or any other proprietary software developer. It's the predominant office productivity suite on Linux, and comes bundled with distributions like Ubuntu.

Submerge yourself in the artistic warfare of BioShock

by Ken Newquist / October 18, 2007

Roger Ebert has famously said that video games may have the potential to be beautiful, well crafted, and technically competent … but they are not art. In a later column, he asked what video game made to date could possibly stand up against the greatest movies ever made?

Netheads for 10/6/07

by Ken Newquist / October 6, 2007

Babies Vs. Chimps: Who's Smarter?

Good news everyone -- your kid really is smarter than a chimp!

Reports: Disney to test toys

And this is how capitalism works. Companies have been doing testing prior to this, but it appears not to have been standardized. In addition to Disney, Hasbro and Mattel

American life expectancy longer than ever

Quick -- grab a cigar and celebrate! And remember this the next time you hear people stressing out over the "obesity epidemic" (you know, the one that isn't killing all those people).

Will Super Smart Artificial Intelligences Keep Humans Around As Pets?

I sure hope so. 'Cause my dog's got it pretty good...

The Atomic Age Resurgent

Linksys, Open NAT, and Halo 3

by Ken Newquist / October 3, 2007

I've had an Xbox for going on four years, and a 360 for one and a half. I've spent many a happy hour playing online, both over Verizon DSL and RCN Cable, on the 360 ... at least until Halo 3 arrived.

For some reason, Halo 3 refused to play nice like the rest of my game; it would let me get into two or three multiplayer games and then suddenly lose its mind and drop the network connection.

Essential Free Software for a new Mac

by Ken Newquist / October 1, 2007

My new MacBook Pro arrived Friday, and the first thing I did (after basking in the beauty that is a new Mac) was to start loading my “must have” applications on it it. Of these, the Quicksilver fast app launcher is probably the single most important tool I have -- using it has become as instinctive as breathing, and it’s disconcerting for me to work on a Mac that doesn’t have it installed.

Geek Tree Preview for 2007

by Ken Newquist / September 26, 2007

Hallmark's released their Winter 2007 ornaments, so it's time to warp ahead to the future of this year's Geek Tree. I have my eye on three new ornaments, two spawned by Star Trek and and Joss Whedon's Firefly.

First up is the three-warp nacelled Enterperise 1701-D from the episode of "All Good Things", the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation:

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