4 Clever Ethernet Cable Hacks

Not only does this video by Tinkernut show us some hacks, but it also teaches us about the fundamental structure and components of an ethernet cable.


The reason behind the Healthcare.gov debacle

How did the website intended to ensure a smooth enrollment in health insurance end up not working? The answer may lie in the inefficient state of the government’s IT system. An excellent piece by The Verge.

Best of Cyber Monday

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Did you miss Black Friday? Fret no more, Cyber Monday is here!

Here are some of the sweetest deals I found online. No guarantees on the pricing, so get ’em while they last!

1. Headphones – Audio Technica ATH-M50s

Photo: Amazon.com

Built for studio monitoring, but amazing sound for casual listening as well. Great audio, great portability, and you have a few different colors to choose from.These headphones retail for $200, but usually cost about $160. Right now, they’re $104 on Amazon. Nearly 50% off.

2. Monitor – Gateway 23″ 1080p display (FHX2303L)

Photo: Ebay.com

Ebay has a 23″ 1080p monitor with DVI/VGA output and 60Hz refresh rate for $79.99. That’s 46% off the original price of $149.99.

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The Math Trick Behind MP3s, JPEGs, and Homer Simpson’s Face

The Math Trick Behind MP3s, JPEGs, and Homer Simpson’s Face

An excellent explanation of the Fournier Transform by Aatish Bhatiya.

Nine years ago, I was sitting in a college math physics course and my professor spelt out an idea that kind of blew my mind. I think it isn’t a stretch to say that this is one of the most widely applicable mathematical discoveries, with applications ranging from optics to quantum physics, radio astronomy, MP3 and JPEG compression, X-ray crystallography, voice recognition, and PET or MRI scans. This mathematical tool—named the Fourier transform, after 18th-century French physicist and mathematician Joseph Fourier—was even used by James Watson and Francis Crick to decode the double helix structure of DNA from the X-ray patterns produced by Rosalind Franklin. 

It’s fascinating to see the technology implemented in so many things.