Jul 31

Why is it always the wifi card that dies first?

I’ve had a multitude of different computers since the birth of wifi technology, and every single one of them has experienced the same faith - death of the wifi card. This has happened before anything else has gone (the screen, the hard drive, the keyboard has always outlasted the wifi card). Regardless of maker, pc or mac, IBM, Dell or Apple - the wifi card always dies first. I have a heap of old hardware saved that is usable in every other respect, except for wifi functionality. Sometimes I buy an external USB (or equivalent) wifi add-on to prolong the life of a machine. But after some time I always give up and just shop for a new machine. Each and every mac, just like my current 2008 17-inch MacBook Pro, has lost it’s wifi abilities (yes I know it’s time to upgrade). But here comes the question: why is that? Is there some secret code hidden inside each widi chip rendering them useless after X amount of time? Are all wifi cards derivatives of one single maker, say Cisco or Huawei? There are no movable parts on a wifi chip (like in a hard drive) - are they overheating causing silicon to melt and start leaking? I’ve talked about this with many other laptop owners, and very often they share the same experience. Time for some class-action investigation and suing? Whaddayasay? Have any idea why this is so, and is your experience the same?

May 25

Venter’s Newest Synthetic Bacteria Has Secret Messages Coded in its DNA -


Want to crack the code? The new synthetic bacteria has watermarks (WM1) encoded inside its DNA.

Researchers at the J Craig Venter Institute recently unveiled their first…

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Mar 20

Does Our DNA Carry the Memories of Our Ancestors? [Memory Forever] -

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It seems like something out of a movie (and hey, it is), but there’s some scientific evidence that we actually carry the memories of our ancestors with us in our genetic code….

Mar 18

Scientists drag quantum mechanics into the visible realm -

All sorts of counterintuitive behavior happens with regularity in the quantum realm, but very little of that bleeds over into the world of classical mechanics that the human senses…

High-Speed Camera Scans Books in Seconds - A Tokyo lab demonstrates a book-scanning system that only needs someone to hold the book underneath its camera and flip rapidly through the pages.

Op-Ed: Why the Internet Should Win the Nobel Peace Prize -


This year, a Chinese dissident and a Russian human rights advocate — recent nominees for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize — are joined by an unlikely, nonhuman contender: the internet.

Editorial: Six Really Good Reasons to Buy an iPad - Right Away -

There are plenty of articles floating around that advise one to wait on the iPad, not buy one sight unseen, or not buy one at all - especially of you already have a Mac and an iPhone. I believe…