What is Beyond Technology?

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


Spatchcock Turkey

There are many reasons to use the Spatchcock method when cooking a turkey. Cuts the cooking time in half. Crispy skin all over. Dark meat and white meat cooks at the same rate, no more dry breasts. It only takes up one rack in the oven. Easier to rinse and season. Works better for outdoor…

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Bluetooth Beacons Benefit Burglars

One new twist on cyber crime has popped up using Bluetooth. It’s not sophisticated, it’s just an enhanced form of smash-and-grab. Your laptop, tablet, and cell phone probably has Bluetooth. You might use it to connect to your car for phone calls or audio sharing. Left in your car, those devices may continue broadcasting while…

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RFID Blocking is Snake Oil

When shopping for tech gifts, the security conscious (or just paranoid) shopper will discover a wide array of RFID blocking devices available for sale. Save your money. What is RFID? Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a wireless communication method. It’s used for inventory tracking, passports, identification cards and credit cards. A huge industry has popped…

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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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