Thoughts on Death of a Salesman

Friday, October 25 2013
Death of a Salesman

Before walking into the doors of the auditorium on Thursday night, I knew absolutely nothing about Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. The only thing I knew was that is is considered "An American Classic", and that it probably had something to do with a salesman dying (I was correct in my assumption). I will admit that I generally don't like theater, but I was determined to have an open mind while watching the show. The director was sitting in the row behind me, so I figured I had a pretty good seat. As the lights dimmed, I eagerly awaited what would later become an incredibly enthralling adventure. ...Read More

How To Secure Your Emails on Mac OS X

Wednesday, September 11 2013
Secure Email

Recent documents released by whistle-blower Edward Snowden have revealed that the National Security Agency has a massive domestic spying program that intercepts and reads the contents of millions of American's phone calls, emails, text messages, and internet activity. This guide to sending secure emails makes it impossible for the NSA or anyone else to read the content of your emails. This is one of the few ways in which you can ensure complete privacy while communicating online. This guide is intended for people that have computers running OS X and have at least an intermediate to advanced level of computer literacy but do not know the basics of cryptography. ...Read More

Word Fall

Thursday, July 11 2013
Word Fall Main MenuWord Fall Gameplay

Word Fall is a relaxing letter game with a simple objective. Letters fall from the clouds, and you use the letters to spell as many words as you can to improve your score. The game is available on Windows, Mac OS X 10.8, and Linux. iPhone and Android versions will come at a later date. The game is open source under the GPLv3, so for all of you developers and FOSS software lovers, download the source and play around with it. If you have any questions, or need help email ...Read More

NSA Surveillance

Wednesday, July 03 2013
NSA Spying Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP

As most of you already know, it has been revealed that the NSA is spying on not only American citizens, but Germans, and the rest of Europe. They are also the cause of whole host of other controversies that are appalling, and incredibly unjust. There is an Op-Ed New York Times article titled The Criminal N.S.A that describes my sentiments well, and I highly recommend reading it. ...Read More

The Economics of a New Space Race

Monday, February 25 2013
Space Launch

On May 25, 1961, president John. F. Kennedy began a space race to the moon that would forever change the future of America. At that time, during the height of the cold war, America was falling behind in education, especially in math and science. Many people feared that the country would be outspent and outproduced by the Soviets. In an attempt to prevent America from falling behind, J.F.K took a gamble. He believed that landing a man on the moon would drive innovation, bolster the economy, and put America back on top. His gamble worked. Soon after landing a man on the moon, America quickly became an economic superpower. ...Read More

The American Dream

Saturday, December 01 2012
American Flag

I was feeling patriotic today, and decided to write a little editorial on the American dream. Let me know if you agree or disagree. It's a little sensationalized, but like I said, I was feeling super patriotic. ...Read More

My Thoughts On Markdown

Monday, August 27 2012

I recently found out about Markdown (I know I'm really late to the game) but it looks like a very interesting concept. As a programmer, I am a huge fan of plain text doucuments. I believe that everything that can be in plain text should be in plain text. Markdown seems like the perfect middle ground between having almost no control over formatting in a strictly plain text docunent, and having to muck up the document with HTML. With Markdown, I am able to easily format HTML, while still being able to keep the simple look and feel of a plain text document. ...Read More

Facebook Trades Publicly

Friday, May 18 2012

Facebook began trading publicly today. After a lackluster trading day, their stocks closed at $38.23, just above their $38 IPO. Facebook is valued at $104 billion, which many investors have stated is quite high, and Facebook's stock is expensive for its revenue when compared to Apple and Google. Facebook is here for the long haul, and has officially earned its place among the other internet giants. Now, the real question is; Will Facebook be able to fill its $104 billion shoes, or will investors, still scorned by the dot-com bubble, stay away from the company? ...Read More

Steam For Linux Is Really Happening

Wednesday, April 25 2012
Steam on Linux

In a post on Mopiz nearly two years ago, I speculated about the release of a Linux client for steam, and today, that client will finally become a reality. Phoronix just came out with a detailed report outlining their trip to Valve headquarters and the subsequent Linux steam client that they saw there. The image above is Left for Dead 2 running natively on an Ubuntu 11.10 installation. ...Read More

Google Drive Launched

Tuesday, April 24 2012
Google Drive

The long awaited Dropbox competitor, Google Drive, was launched today. The service is a cloud based storage service that allows users to sync all of their documents, pictures, and spreadsheets with Google so that they can be accessed from almost any computer. Google Drive touts 5 GB of storage for free with pricing plans starting at $2.49 per month for 25 GB of storage, 100 GB for $4.99 per month all the way up to 1 TB of storage for $50 per month. ...Read More