Entries by David G (Chuzpah) (32)


Information Surfing (before I had a computer)

Years before the internet became the information powerhouse and at the dawn of the computer revolution I was surfing hundreds of papers of information via a microfiche reader. For those too young to remember microfiche, it stored information on film strips. Usually one daily edition of the Los Angles times could fit on one microfiche roll. The Sunday paper required two rolls. The microfiche reader was a big and bulky device that magnified the film strips onto a much larger screen. The screen was approximately a little larger than the size of a large magazine such as LIFE or small newspaper (about 3/4 of the size of the LA Times unfolded paper in length). The aspect ratio was about the same as a newspaper, some of the microfiche readers I have seen are wider than this!

Although I was only thirteen at the time the librarian at Cal-State Northridge (CSUN) allowed me to use the library. She stated that I respected the microfiche more than any college student she had seen. I would carefully rewind and put the microfiche back into their small boxes. The reader advanced the microfiche with big dials or levers. If properly maintained the microfiche film also has a long shelf life. The librarian explained that some film strips were at least 40 to 50 years old and had a potential of a much longer lifespan.

I found the technology fascinating at the time. It was cool because I could read newspapers dating from the 1920s and magazines from the 30s and 40s. I would look up stories of interest ranging from World War II all the way up to current events. I was particularly interested in crime stories in the Los Angeles area such as the Manson murders. Nothing was omitted from the microfiche, all ads were in there, etc. Since I was a movie buff I would advanced to the Calendar section of the LA Times for different time periods to look at the movie ads, etc. Even though I was primarily doing this for fun I always learned something new.

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Skydrive update makes iPhone/iPad App usable....Finally! 

When Microsoft first released Skydrive for iPhone I was excited, I would be finally be able to access my documents via my iPhone and iPad. However, it did not work out that well for me, felling discouraged I stopped using the App. Today I downloaded an update for the Skydrive App and to my surprise it works great. I'm able to download my Skydrive documents and use them in Quickoffice or PDFReader Pro. I find this to be a suitable alternative to MobileMe and iCloud. However, uploading documents is not so good, for some reason it defaults to my photo library. This is a minor inconvenience since I wanted to only use the App to grab documents off my Skydrive anyway.

Let me know what your thoughts are as well.


Master's degree update

As some of you already know I've been working on my Master's degree in Digital Forensic Science my spare time (which I seem to have very little of these days). In less than a week I will have completed another class and now I'm 1/3 the way tp my degree :-P

I wonder why I keep torcuring myself, I guess I'm a glutten for punishment! I will post more Digital Forensics Articles soon.


Alienware M17x R3 Firmware Update

Alienware has released a firmware upgrade that is supposed to fix the SATA III SSD problem that I have described in my previous posts. I’m in the process of testing release A09 of the firmware right now and will post my results here when I’m finished with testing.



MCM: Exchange 2010 Study

There is a lot more information about the Exchange 2010 MCM than there was a year ago. On the offical Microsoft Exchange 2010 MCM site under the "White papers and online references" section there is a ton of material for becoming a master. Many of these resources I use every day in my job such as the Exchange Server 2010 Documentation and the http://www.MSExchangeTeam.Com website. Studying the RFCs related to messaging is another learning tool. Over winter break I plan to study as much as possible and absorb the material and find better ways of incorporating my knowledge into my day to day job.

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