Nathan Alter lives in Albuquerque with his wife and kids. He currently develops in C#/.NET, but is learning all the time and has enjoyed computers since programming in Basic on an Atari 400 as a teenager. He started blogging in 1999.
It’s a crazy art/sci fi mystery house in Santa Fe. Some parts of it were very Santa Fe…overall, it was very interesting to go through…like seeing hundreds of quirky pieces of art and electronics put together with an overarching story. My only recommendation is that if possible, don’t go on a weekend. It was so crowded that we could barely move in many spots and could barely hear some very quiet audio cues in the story. Here is a dramatic reenactment.
There are so many food mysteries out there, but here are a couple for today.
Do you like beef? So you’d probably like hot beef tea? That’s the idea behind Britain’s Bovril anyway. You drink it during winter soccer games.
And you’ll find this one in Filipino bakeries. “Look! We’ve made a delicious sweet and buttery muffin! What could we top it with? Cinnamon? Cocoa powder? Honey? I know! GRATED CHEESE!” What? Next thing you know, they’ll be putting hot dog slices in their spaghetti. (They do.)
If you’re into Google products, as a sort of digital will, you can set up Google Inactive Account Manager in case of your demise. After a set number of months of inactivity, it will give access to someone of your choosing.
Microsoft just announced the free Visual Studio Dev Essentials program:
Things that caught my eye:
• Pluralsight training video site (6-month subscription)—(Available through December 31, 2015 or while supplies last)
• Azure credit ($25/month for 12 months—coming soon)
After running for a little while with Windows 10 on our PCs at home, the most annoying problem is Windows 10’s insomnia. It loves to wake up. I run powercfg -lastwake or powercfg -waketimers to see what’s waking it up and it’s almost always Microsoft’s Update Orchestrator Reboot. Try to disable wake timers on that scheduled task and Microsoft will just re-enable it. It even wakes my wife’s laptop while it’s closed, which can’t be good as far as thermal issues. I see other people out there are having the problem too. Hopefully Microsoft fixes this issue at some point so you don’t find your PC awake every single morning?
I’ve had several SD card adapters that have been sitting on a shelf for some time. Turns out the metal pins on SD cards get pretty corroded just sitting out in the open. If they came with a case, keep them in there.