About Jonathan Strickland
Jonathan’s interest in technology blossomed when his family purchased their first computer: an Apple IIe. He has remained a technology enthusiast over the years and still gets excited when he encounters a new gadget or computer program. While he is fascinated by the technical aspects of computers and electronics, his main interest focuses on the social impact of technology. Whether he's defending human rights in the digital landscape or examining the mating habits of professional gamers, Jonathan is sure to have a strong opinion -- and he’s not afraid to share it. You can find Jonathan on Twitter at @TechStuffHSW and on Facebook at the official TechStuff page.
Most Recent: Jonathan Strickland Postings
Last year, Chris and I did a TechStuff episode about Facebook’s IPO and the controversy surrounding it. Facebook’s opening stock price during its IPO was $38 per share. In theory, a company’s stock price should reflect the value (and potential value) of that company. You take the number of shares that exist, multiply it by the share price and you’ve got a rough estimate of a company’s value. In Facebook’s case, that value amounted to a whopping $16 billion. But questions about Facebook’s real value began to pop up shortly after the IPO and that’s where we run into trouble.
by Jonathan Strickland | April 29, 2013
Nearly two years ago, I recorded an episode of TechStuff with Chris Pollette about deep sea explorations (you can click this link to listen to it). We talked about the barriers to deep sea exploration and the technology needed to overcome those barriers. We also talked a bit about James Cameron, award-winning filmmaker and a man who is intensely fascinated by the underwater world. Now, Cameron is donating his phenomenal submarine to science.
The folks over at T3 did something really interesting. They took all the rumors swirling around about Google producing a smartwatch. Then they took into consideration the design elements found in Google’s Nexus line of products (smartphones and tablets). From that information, T3 created a mock up of what the watch might look like. They included a basic, compressed version of Google’s Android operating system and the Nexus branding. There’s a video behind the jump.
by Jonathan Strickland | April 8, 2013
If Spielberg and Lucas were to remake Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and set it in present day, our intrepid hero might be attempting to free thousands of computers rather than children from enslavement. According to ZDNet, Internet security firm Kaspersky Labs discovered some malicious code — aka malware — out in the wild that forces computers to mine for bitcoins. So what does that actually mean?
Jason Schreier of Kotaku wrote about it earlier today — Disney has shut down the LucasArts division of LucasFilm. According to an unnamed source, about 150 people lost their jobs this morning as a result. All projects in development, like the gritty bounty hunter game Star Wars 1313, are dead. While the name LucasArts will remain, Disney is concentrating solely on licensing out the LucasArts properties rather than developing games in house.
I typed in the title for this blog post and immediately thought, “That sounds like a roleplaying game for a particular niche audience.” And now I want to play it. But the reason I wrote that title is because Amazon.com has announced in a press release that it is extending its AutoRip service to purchases of eligible vinyl records. Audiophiles rejoice!
In the previous parts of this series, I talked about picking the right tablet for your needs, connecting it to the various systems in your home and how to extend its functionality with apps. In this post, I’m looking at the various accessories you can look into to make your tablet even more useful.
In part one of this series, I talked about what you should consider before buying a tablet. Part two was all about connecting your tablet to various networks and systems. Now it’s time to talk about what really makes a tablet special.
In part one of this series, I talked about the questions you should ask yourself before you buy a tablet. I left one question out — purely by accident — but it’s a doozy. Do you want to be able to connect to the Internet with your tablet no matter where you are? If so, you’ll need a tablet with a receiver that lets you connect to cell towers. That also means you’ll probably need to sign a contract with a cell service provider to get access to the network.
Just a few years ago, tablet computers were something only early adopters and professionals in the medical industry owned. But innovation in the design and marketing of tablets has led to an explosion in the consumer marketplace. There are plenty of options to choose from, with different sizes, styles and features to meet the needs and budgets of just about anyone.
Recent Postings by Category
- Thank You and Best Wishes to Marshall Brain
- Contest – Design a $300 house and win $25,000
- How the Philtrum works – the place under your nose where your face comes together
The Coolest Stuff on the Planet
- Why can a 5 foot 8 inch man dunk a basketball on a 10 foot rim while some people of taller stature can’t?
- What happens to our sun once it runs out of fuel?
- How do we know the age of the universe?
Stuff Mom Never Told You
Stuff to Blow Your Mind
- Blow Your Mind: Slay Your Paper Tigers
- Space Religion: Cao Dai and the 72 Inhabited Exoplanets
- Blow the Mind: Objects of Love
Stuff You Should Know
- “In The Neighborhood” by Jon Stewart Mosman
- “Thanatos” by Christopher Vincola
- “Frame Story” by Adam Pracht
The Stuff of Genius
- Show Notes: Heart-stopping Last Laps of Racing
- Never say Never: Jaguar XJ220 Spotted in the Wild!
- What’s your pick for the 2013 Indianapolis 500 pace car?
- PopStuff Show Notes: Episode 152: Final Episodes
- PopStuff Show Notes: Episode 151: Mailbag!
- PopStuff Show Notes: Episode 150: Barbie!
Stuff They Don't Want You To Know
Stuff to Change the World
- Who will own the Arctic?
- Obesity: The New Global Crisis
- Bill Gates Makes For A Pretty Decent Cartoon
Stuff You Missed in History Class
- Missed in History: The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
- Missed in History: The Disappearance of Judge Crater
- Missed in History: Maurice Duplessis