You Could Easily Swallow This 32-GB MicroSD Card

electron microscope photo of cross-section of 32GB microSD card

Two — no, three — things in life are sure: Death, taxes, and the fact that storage manufacturers will continue to cram ever-more ridiculous quantities of memory into tinier packages.

SanDisk announced a new 32-GB microSDHC card on Monday, effectively doubling the maximum storage capacity of the tiny, less-than-dime-sized memory chips found in many modern smartphones.… Read the rest

You Could Easily Swallow This 32-GB MicroSD Card

How OK Go’s Amazing Rube Goldberg Machine Was Built | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

In music, timing is everything. When you’re dancing with an enormous machine, it’s even more important to get the timing correct, down to the microsecond.

For its latest video, released on YouTube Monday night, pop band OK Go recruited a gang of very talented engineers to build a huge, elaborate Rube Goldberg machine whose action perfectly meshes with the band’s song, “This Too Shall Pass,” from the band’s new album, Of the Blue Color of the Sky.

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How OK Go’s Amazing Rube Goldberg Machine Was Built | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Feb. 25, 1837: Davenport Electric Motor Gets Plugged In | This Day In Tech | Wired.com

1837: The U.S. Patent Office approves Thomas Davenport’s application for a patent on an “Improvement in Propelling Machinery by Magnetism and Electro-Magnetism.” We’d call it an electric motor.

Davenport was a Vermont blacksmith and an amateur tinkerer, not a trained scientist or engineer.… Read the rest

Feb. 25, 1837: Davenport Electric Motor Gets Plugged In | This Day In Tech | Wired.com

Scribd Pushes Content to Smartphones, E-Readers | Epicenter | Wired.com

While magazine, newspaper and book publishers wrestle with the logistics and technical details of publishing to the Apple iPad, Scribd has an alternative: a “send-to-device” feature that lets people send documents to their e-readers or smartphones for reading on the go.… Read the rest

Scribd Pushes Content to Smartphones, E-Readers | Epicenter | Wired.com

Lightweight Boots Shore Your Feet Up, Never Weigh Them Down

Lightweight Boots Shore Your Feet Up, Never Weigh Them Down

Review: Kayland Zephyr Hiking Boots

Hikers usually have to choose between boots that are lightweight and boots that are protective and supportive. Kayland’s Zephyrs override that dilemma with a polyurethane exoskeleton that gives the boots leatherlike rigidity, while keeping them lightweight (about 2.5 pounds for the pair) and relatively breathable.… Read the rest

Lightweight Boots Shore Your Feet Up, Never Weigh Them Down

In the Future, One CF Card Will Hold 200 Years’ Worth of Porn | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

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Someday, you’ll be able to fit as much data in a small, square CompactFlash card as AT&T carries on its entire network in a week.

In theory at least, version 5 of the CompactFlash standard will allow CF cards to hold 188 petabytes of data.… Read the rest

In the Future, One CF Card Will Hold 200 Years’ Worth of Porn | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Stormy Weather Cannot Defeat Re-Engineered Umbrella

 Stormy Weather Cannot Defeat Re-Engineered Umbrella

Review: Blunt Umbrella

On a recent stormy San Francisco day, pedestrians all around me struggled as the wind made their bodega-bought umbrellas leap like impatient leashed puppies, or worse yet, flip inside-out like starfish stomachs. But not me. My umbrella kept its rounded shape in the nastiest of rainy gusts, its architectural integrity as unbroken as the dome of St.… Read the rest

Stormy Weather Cannot Defeat Re-Engineered Umbrella

Sun CEO Departs in Geek Style, With a Haiku

Photo of Jonathan Schwartz by Webmink/Flickr.com

Sun’s erstwhile CEO Jonathan Schwartz announced his retirement Wednesday night in a uniquely geeky way: With a haiku posted to Twitter.

Financial crisis
Stalled too many customers
CEO no more

Schwartz’s decision to announce his departure in the form of a short, Japanese lyric was, perhaps, a veiled jab at Sun’s new boss, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, a noted Japanophile who has spent years building a $200 million house, in the wealthy Silicon Valley suburb of Woodside, that’s said to be a replica of a 16th-century Japanese emperor’s castle.… Read the rest

Sun CEO Departs in Geek Style, With a Haiku

Sprint Leapfrogs Verizon With Fast 4G Hot-Spot Device | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Sprint Overdrive photo by Dylan Tweney/Wired.comVerizon’s MiFi was one of our favorite products of 2009: It takes a 3G wireless data signal and turns it into a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Now Sprint has one-upped Verizon with the Overdrive, which takes a 4G signal and turns it into a Wi-Fi hot spot.… Read the rest

Sprint Leapfrogs Verizon With Fast 4G Hot-Spot Device | Gadget Lab | Wired.com