9 Volt Batteries Can Burn Down Your House

kctv5-24594124_BG1‘With the holiday season starting this week in the US, decorations and lights will increasingly festoon peoples’ homes and 9 volt batteries will probably be in use more than during other parts of the year.

‘When I saw this clip, warning of a danger I’d never known of before, I thought it might save the home or the life of at least on person on this list.

‘Conversely, I was delighted at discovering a lightweight, highly-portable and a literally, “surefire” way to start a campfire, without having to slop around with petroleum-derived accelerants…’

How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap
‘Eccentric billionaires are tough to impress, so their minions must always think big when handed vague assignments. Ross Perot’s staffers did just that in 2006, when their boss declared that he wanted to decorate his Plano, Texas, headquarters with relics from computing history. Aware that a few measly Apple I’s and Altair 880’s wouldn’t be enough to satisfy a former presidential candidate, Perot’s people decided to acquire a more singular prize: a big chunk of ENIAC, the “Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer.” The ENIAC was a 27-ton, 1,800-square-foot bundle of vacuum tubes and diodes that was arguably the world’s first true computer. The hardware that Perot’s team diligently unearthed and lovingly refurbished is now accessible to the general public for the first time, back at the same Army base where it almost rotted into oblivion…’

Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives
Google+ was the last successful network to join Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
‘In reality, the road to a usable open source social networking technology is paved with the wreckage of good intentions.

‘Remember Diaspora? In 2010, it raised $200,641 on Kickstarter to take on Facebook with “an open source personal web server to share all your stuff online.” Two years later, they essentially gave up, leaving their code to the open source community to carry forward.

‘If you’re not overwhelmed yet and haven’t despondently clicked back over to check your Facebook account, someone at Wikipedia has compiled this questionably helpful comparison of software and protocols for distributed social networking. I apologize if I left out or misunderstood your awesome project but honestly folks, it’s really hard for people to figure out what your technology is doing and whether it’s worth investigating.

‘For this series, I’m going to introduce you to six of these technologies:

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