You’ve Got a Virus!

  How to remove stubborn PC viruses This article was prompted by my experience the past two days with disinfecting one of my customer’s computers. He had managed to pick up the Trojan:Win64/Sirefef.Y infection, which typically produces this dialog box: It also prevents the Windows Security Center from running, shuts off the Windows Firewall, and […]

“This message will self-destruct in 10 seconds…”

In the TV series Mission Impossible, the team leader, one Mr. Phelps, received his instructions on a cassette tape that destroyed itself after one listening (mighty inconvenient if a jet happened to roar overhead just as the tape was telling Phelps who his team was supposed to take down, but I guess the meetings were […]

NASA: Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter Photographs Apollo Landing Sites

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has returned its first imagery of the Apollo moon landing sites. The pictures show the Apollo missions’ lunar module descent stages sitting on the moon’s surface, as long shadows from a low sun angle make the modules’ locations evident. Please take a look at the amazing images in the […]

SciFact: Advances in Data Storage for Personal Computers

In the beginning was the paper tape, and it was horrible. Tape punches were noisy, tape readers were slow (about 10 characters per second, or 100 bits per second), paper tape was fragile and prone to disintegrate even without being abused. And yet it was vastly better than toggling a program in on the front […]