Assorted Articles and Other Things

Fitness Gadgets: The Good, The Bad and The Wacky

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We all hear about the fitness gadgets that promise to give you six-pack abs and help you to drop 30 pounds in 30 days. These miracle exercise and weight loss gadgets are often times gimmicky… here are some of the good, the bad and the downright wacky fitness gadgets.

How Stuff Works: GPS Receivers


GPS is amazing technology. It’s also amazingly creepy technology. It’s a weird thing, having a satellite somewhere in space following your every move, allowing you to pinpoint your exact position on the globe within a few feet. It’s strange being…

An Unofficial History of The Unboxing


Gadget pron, gadget porn, unboxing, unpacking, uncrate, it’s been called many things, but it’s The Unboxing. Why is it that we love to unbox our gadgets, what is it that excites us so much about unboxing a new gadget or…

How Stuff Works: A Computer CPU


You’ve got a brain, right? Sure you do! And so does your computer. But instead of a soft, squishy blob of neurons and axons and synapses, your computer has a small square chip about the size of a Triscuit cracker…

10 Internet Memes That Can Still Make You Laugh


Do you still laugh at Keyboard Cat, Kanye’s Interruption and Chuck Norris facts? You’re not alone… the reason memes become popular to begin with is they’re humorous and addictive. These 10 memes can still tickle the funny bone.

Upgrading to Windows 7


If you’ve paid any attention to what’s going on in a couple days then you’ll know that the new operating system from Microsoft is set to launch, October 22nd to be more specific. It’s called Windows 7, while I’m not…

How Stuff Works: LCD TVs


Half the people I encounter don’t know what LCD stands for, and even less really know what’s going on inside that rectangle they spend hours peering at every day. With the rise of HDTV, Blu-Ray, hi-def gaming and the digital…

How Stuff Works: Computer Graphics Cards


You know the words you’re reading right now? You’re seeing them thanks to your computer’s graphics card. The game you just played? Yeah, that was the graphics card too, big guy. Without your computer’s graphics card, your monitor is as…

How Stuff Works – Cell Phone Towers


There is an object near you right now that is extremely technical. Maybe it’s in your pocket, or in a holster on your belt. Perhaps sitting on your desk, or in your purse. It could even be in your hand,…

Linux, Linux, Linux, so what’s the big deal?


Microsoft is starting to ramp up a massive offensive against Linux, your IT people either love or hate it, you’ll occasionally see someone with a penguin T-shirt that says “Linux”, and every so often, you’ll see computers being sold with…