The Wandering Geek

By Wesley | A lifelong geek's eclectic selection of topics wandering from alpha to omega!

Hybrid Mobile Apps are Overtaking Native

I typically encounter two types of hybrid app dissenters: those that haven’t tried the approach yet or those that did several years ago. Regardless …

JavaScript

Happy Birthday, Third Doctor Jon Pertwee!

Jon Pertwee is the Third Doctor (via BBC)<p>Happy birthday, Jon Pertwee!<p>Born John Devon Roland Pertwee (he dropped the “h” from his first name in the …

TV Series

It's a Good Time to Listen to Young Lincoln

A 28-year-old future president saw respect for law as the cure for divisive passions.<p>Independence Day arrives this year during a period of intense political polarization, anger and distrust, potentially jeopardizing the ideals for which the American Revolution was fought.<p>That’s a problem, but it …

Abraham Lincoln

NASA looked to gecko feet for its latest space innovation

By studying what makes geckos’ feet sticky, NASA scientists have created a device that will adhere to almost anything.<p>The “gecko gripper” uses minuscule silicon wedges to latch onto a wide range of slippery surfaces, like solar panels and plastics. The grippers can work with heavy objects, easily …

NASA

Best Swift Books In 2017

First of all, what is Swift?<p><b>Swift</b> is a general-purpose, multi-paradigm, compiled programming language developed by Apple Inc. for iOS, macOS, …

Programming

Review: Satechi Type-C Pro Hub, the hub Apple should have made

When Apple unveiled the 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, I wasn’t so sure I was ready to go all-in on USB-C. I’m not against using dongles, but the idea of having to carry multiple around was not appealing.<p>After spending a week with the Satechi Type-C Pro Hub, it has quickly become a staple …

Gear & Gadgets

Pink planes and painted cows: The weird side of World War II

Weird War Two<p>Bizarre footnotes to the global conflict<p>These images are drawn from Weird War Two, a new book from the Imperial War Museums that explores the stranger side of the Second World War.<p>From the squad of apes Churchill deployed to Gibraltar based on a superstition, to the Nazi plot to kill …

Military History

A Beginner’s Guide to Back-End Development

If you’re not a developer or engineer, concepts like front-end vs. back-end development can be challenging to wrap your head around. Pile on all of …

Programming

How Artificial Intelligence will impact professional writing

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Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft is using AI to give Office spell-check on steroids and much more

Microsoft is announcing a whole slew of updates throughout Office, using the cloud and artificial intelligence to help you work more efficiently across Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.<p><b>Word</b><br>Word is getting two big updates. The first makes both researching and citing sources a lot easier from within …

Microsoft

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Algorithms

Write your best with Grammarly.

Your writing,<br>at its best.Grammarly makes sure everything you type<br>is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free.<p>Get GrammarlyIt’s free<p>Grammarly quickly …

Grammar

A Sensor That Could Soon Make Homes Scary-Smart

If you want to set up a connected home, you’ve got two options. You can buy a bunch of smart gadgets that may or may not communicate with other smart …

Machine Learning

Science Says 1 Minute of This Kind of Exercise May Equal 45 Minutes of Jogging

It's time to step up your workout.<p>The short- and long-term benefits of exercise are absurdly well-documented. Exercise lowers your cholesterol, boosts your mood, decreases your stress, and increases your flexibility (plus about a zillion other good things).<p>In an increasingly packed daily schedule, …

Exercise

Sober Schools

Tiny house with private ‘bedroom’ offers minimalist chic

Bright and clean<p>Built by Canadian company Minimaliste Houses, this sleek tiny house on wheels in Québec is perfect for, well, minimalists. Named “Sakura” and first seen on Tiny House Swoon, the design is on the larger side of tiny homes and comes with a rooftop terrace.<p>Inside, everything is …

Houses

Across the USA by Train for Just $213

Turns out, you don’t need a car to see America.<p>By popular demand, I’ve decided to start a travel planning service specialized in train travel. I’ll …

Trains

How One Soldier Used Beer to Fight Off 6,000 Enemy Troops

Private William Speakman fought off waves of Chinese soldiers using rocks and beer bottles during the Korean War.<p>Everyone knows beer can save the day when you're watching the game or staging a cookout. But it can also save the day on the battlefield. Consider the case of Private William Speakman, …

War

How I Git

<i>As usual, this post initially appeared here</i><p>I'll bet you use git (or Subversion or something, but I know git so that's what I'm writing about). This …

T.E. Lawrence and the Desert Bromance That Sold America on a War

Two guys have fun together blowing up trains and help to shape a new Middle East. A century later, nobody seems any wiser.<p>It was bromance at first sight. The young American journalist was alone, walking along Christian Street in the Old City of Jerusalem. A group of Arabs approached, “their faces, …

A full moon, lunar eclipse and comet all in one evening? It happens tonight.

Turn this evening into a cosmic experience — a full moon, lunar eclipse and the chance to see a pale green comet as it streaks by Earth. Oh, and beg for clear skies.<p>This month’s so-called “Snow Moon” will pass through Earth’s outer shadow just after sunset, turning its face varying shades of grey. …

Astronomy

Test Your Awareness : Whodunnit?

Cycling

This is the battery case every serious iPhone photographer needs

Chances are, if you're serious about iPhone photography, you know all about Moment and its high-quality miniature lenses that attach to the camera.<p>Three years after its original Kickstarter success, the company's returning to the crowdfunding site to launch three new products: a slim battery case …

Gear & Gadgets

Ubiquiti in the Lab

It’s one of those “first world problems” where you have either not enough wireless coverage at home, or you’re getting too much interference from the …

Wi-Fi

The Mathematician Who Will Make You Fall in Love With Numbers

Math conferences don’t usually feature standing ovations, but Francis Su received one last month in Atlanta. Su, a mathematician at Harvey Mudd …

Core Skills To Master For Front-End Developers

Job postings vary in what they look for in a front-end developer. Some companies want applicants knowing things like Ruby, Git, design tools, video …

Web Development

Three years of extreme cruelty, cholera and hard labour: One PoW recalls building the Death Railway

When Allied forces surrendered Singapore 75 years ago, 80,000 troops became Japanese prisoners of war. For Tony Lucas, thus begun an ordeal that almost broke his body, but could not bow his spirit.<p>It is difficult to envisage Tony Lucas as an arsonist – either now, at home in Suffolk, aged 98, his …

Military History

The Most Common Terminal Commands Worth Knowing for the Raspberry Pi

While the Raspberry Pi’s operating system is Linux, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should go out and memorize every Linux command. The Pi is a …

The Gear You Need to Make Your iPad Your Only Computer

There are two types of people in the world: Those who just know they could never get away with using an iPad as their only computer, and everyone …

Tablets