What is Beyond Technology?

It’s a newsletter about technology and more, published by Finster BT.

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Mendets

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I share my birthday with Veteran’s Day, just like approximately 1/365th of the world. Naturally, the flood of wartime stories in the press around my birthday makes me ponder what life was like for earlier generations. I’d like to share an artifact I found in my grandmother’s garage. She was born…

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Pardo’s Push

After a few minutes, Pardo’s left engine caught fire. “We had to shut it down,” he said. “We’d go back in and try it on one engine. It didn’t work as well. The vertical speed, about the best we could do, was 2,000 feet a minute. We backed up and restarted the engine, hoping it wasn’t going to blow up. We went back in again, but within 30 to 45 seconds, it caught fire, and we shut it down again. We went about the last 10 minutes on one engine.”

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Boxy But Good Technology

Crazy People is a 1990 comedy starring Dudley Moore as an advertising executive who experiences a nervous breakdown. He designs a series of “truthful” advertisements, including this classic: “Buy Volvos. They’re Boxy But They’re Good.” In my career, I’ve found many “Boxy But Good” technologies are better than shiny ones.

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Drunk on Pizza

The curious case of Auto Brewery Syndrome. A 46-year-old North Carolina man spent years with unexplained bouts of depression, unexplained aggression, and feeling drunk after eating. He suffered a head injury from a drunken fall. He was arrested for driving while intoxicated on the way to work one morning and his blood-alcohol level was more…

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Risky Business (Card)

I came across this business card today while digging through a drawer full of sticky notes and rubber bands. I thought I’d take a photo and share this artifact of computer history. For those of you who didn’t follow the drama around computer hacking in the 1990s, Kevin Mitnick is well known in the IT…

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Battery Saving Tips

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are popular in cell phones, laptops, cameras, tools, electric cars, bicycles, and even backup the power grid. You might be holding one right now. With so many in use, it’s good to know a few easy tips that can extend their life. Armed with this information, you can get more life from…

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