Bill Golden sez:
You can now pick up a ‘drone’ at your 7-11 along with your cup of coffee and a doughnut.
The 7-11 convenience store at the corner of Dale Boulevard and Hoadly Road, Dale City, Virginia, now offers three kinds of drones for less than $99.
Despite the advertisement that these are professional grade drones, these drones are really just advanced toys with limited use — you get seven minutes of flight time on a good set of batteries. However, the drones look well built and durable and you can pick up the F-22 quadcopter drone for just $59.
Seven minutes of flight time — that’s a lot more than I once got with my rubberband balsawood airplanes!
BTW – No doughnuts were actually eaten during my visit to this 7-11 … just in case you are talking to my wife.
One of my geeky weekend projects has been to download and to install the ‘preview’ version of Microsoft Windows 10.
Windows 10 will not be for sale until mid-2015 but for the bleeding edge of tech types you can download an early test version now in exchange for feeding back your experience to Microsoft. Warning: You have to agree that installing Windows 10 is at your own risk and that things may not go well.
Privacy Concerns — you should probably not install this on your primary machine. This preview version of Windows 10 logs EVERY touch of your keyboard so that any bugs and errors can be tracked down and fixed by Microsoft.
It installed fine on an older laptop (designed for Windows 7, Toshiba Satellite E203 with 2GB RAM). Everything seems to work. It installed on top of my old Windows 7 without the need to reformat my hard drive — so all of my apps and software are still there for use.
>> Sometimes I get random error messages … and yet my software continues to function as normal. I just close the error message window and move on.
Biggest benefit of Win 10 so far: Your desktop works like Windows 7 but your system can benefit from all of the apps of Windows 8. The START button is back, and comes with a menu of your Win 8 apps. There is no need to switch between your desktop and Metro to use your apps. Apps are also resizeable (they were not in in Windows 8).
You can download Windows 10 here: Microsoft.com
Installation is not as straightforward as a regular download … so you will need these instructions to make it happen: TechTimes.com
Last night I dreamed that I was a defense contractor working as a new member of an analytic team.
I needed to find a way to learn more quickly about my target. The contract was for the Marines. So I put on an old military uniform and went to the Marines and volunteered to work half days for free.
The only uniform that I could find was Army BDUs and had PFC (E3) stripes sewn on … things were going well until they started doing all kinds of exercises and running. They said that if I wanted to hang with them then I had to participate. That’s when I woke up from the dream. I’m 58 and a retired Warrant … I’m not running even in my dreams.
I blame it all on the spicy chicken sandwich that I had for dinner … and the Robert Heinlein Starship Trooper book that I am reading … and my past life as an analyst … and present life as a recruiter thereof … or something like that.
Am thankful for all the things that I’ve been challenged with. Have seen several 3, 5 and 7 day challenges going round. Thank you for including me. Am not good at schedules (best intent!) so let me combine all the challenges together: I am thankful for just about everything in my life. Things happen. I survive and thrive. Bad leads to good … somehow. It is what you make it. When in doubt: grab a clipboard, put on a smile, act like you own the world and you will … at least where you are standing. Life happens. I love a challenge. Bring it on.
Many thanks to Connie Moser for sharing the video above with me. Connie is my ‘Lil Sis’ … some family you are born with and some you get to choose!
Since 2011 I believe the cosmos have sent me several repeat messages: You think that you have time but here is a reminder to do something better and perhaps different with your time. Your warranty has expired. Not renewable.