Retro-Review of Used Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Sourced from eBay

I’ve wanted an IBM ThinkPad since I first saw my boss’ at Netlink in the fall of 1998. But, while I’ve been invested in PCs over the years tangentially, I reserved Macs as my primary desktop or laptop computing platform, which combined with the premium price on IBM and then Lenovo ThinkPads kept me inContinue reading “Retro-Review of Used Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Sourced from eBay”

PC Computing, August 1994

The August 1994 issue of PC Computing was my go-to source for customizing my 486/DX2 66MHz system back in high school. I wanted to relive some of those tricks in my emulated DOS environments today, so I began hunting around for a copy to refresh my memory. After having no luck with nearby collections onContinue reading “PC Computing, August 1994”

Desktop Computer Build Description (i7-7700 and Radeon RX-550 4GB GDDR5) with Benchmarks

Over the past two weeks, I built a new desktop computer to replace my i5-based Intel NUC, because I wanted more CPU horsepower and a dedicated graphics card. The NUC6i5SYH has a soldered i5-6260U CPU. This part has only two CPU cores, which support two threads each for a total of four threads. With this new build,Continue reading “Desktop Computer Build Description (i7-7700 and Radeon RX-550 4GB GDDR5) with Benchmarks”

Intel NUC 6I5SYH Hardware Review, BIOS Update, and Fedora 25 Installation Guide

Before Thanksgiving 2016, I purchased an Intel NUC 6I5SYH ($319.99 on sale at Microcenter, late-November 2016) to serve as my new home desktop computer. This review/guide is based on my initial setup of the 6I5SYH. The Intel NUC 6I5SYH is a small form factor (SFF) bare-bones personal computer from Intel’s “Next Unit of Computing” line. The 6I5SYH includesContinue reading “Intel NUC 6I5SYH Hardware Review, BIOS Update, and Fedora 25 Installation Guide”

Before Cyberpunk: Science Fiction and Early Personal Computing (for the 13th City Tech Poster Session)

For the New York City College of Technology, CUNY’s 13th Annual Research Poster Session, I created the poster embedded above to illustrate my current research on pre-cyberpunk science fiction (SF) about computing and personal computing. The poster discusses my focus and provides a timeline with SF about computing matched with key technological innovations that madeContinue reading “Before Cyberpunk: Science Fiction and Early Personal Computing (for the 13th City Tech Poster Session)”

KSU Writing Classroom Improvements

Thank the maker–my first class students had unimpeded wireless access in SFH, and our peer review exercise went off largely without a hitch. I’m very happy that I was able to use that computer classroom without any technological hiccups. My second class is busy working on their peer reviews now, and they are all busilyContinue reading “KSU Writing Classroom Improvements”

KSU Information Services, Please Increase the Wireless IP Pool

Today, I finally learned that another issue may have been contributing to my computer woes in SFH 213. Apparently, the IP address pool for wireless network connections at KSU has run out of addresses, but a greater allocation of IP addresses for use on the wireless network should be in place by Monday. As inContinue reading “KSU Information Services, Please Increase the Wireless IP Pool”

Pitfalls of the Computer Classroom, Again

I had another unfortunate encounter with the computer classroom in SFH, but I think I stumbled on the solution. The students who couldn’t login to the wireless network hadn’t yet updated their passwords with Flashword. Apparently, this needs to be done before they can login to other services on campus besides Flashline, Vista, or campusContinue reading “Pitfalls of the Computer Classroom, Again”

Robert Jackson on The Future of the Book and the Future of Academic Libraries

On October 28, Robert H. Jackson visited Kent State to give a talk in the Read Special Collections Classroom on the 10th floor of the Library on “The Future of the Book and the Future of Academic Libraries.”  Mr. Jackson is a lawyer by trade, and a recognized collector of books and tribal art. Mr. Jackson arguesContinue reading “Robert Jackson on The Future of the Book and the Future of Academic Libraries”