You can now pick up a ‘drone’ at your 7-11 along with your cup of coffee and a doughnut.
The 7-11 convenience store at the corner of Dale Boulevard and Hoadly Road, Dale City, Virginia, now offers three kinds of drones for less than $99.
Despite the advertisement that these are professional grade drones, these drones are really just advanced toys with limited use — you get seven minutes of flight time on a good set of batteries. However, the drones look well built and durable and you can pick up the F-22 quadcopter drone for just $59.
Seven minutes of flight time — that’s a lot more than I once got with my rubberband balsawood airplanes!
BTW – No doughnuts were actually eaten during my visit to this 7-11 … just in case you are talking to my wife.
One of my geeky weekend projects has been to download and to install the ‘preview’ version of Microsoft Windows 10.
Windows 10 will not be for sale until mid-2015 but for the bleeding edge of tech types you can download an early test version now in exchange for feeding back your experience to Microsoft. Warning: You have to agree that installing Windows 10 is at your own risk and that things may not go well.
Privacy Concerns — you should probably not install this on your primary machine. This preview version of Windows 10 logs EVERY touch of your keyboard so that any bugs and errors can be tracked down and fixed by Microsoft.
It installed fine on an older laptop (designed for Windows 7, Toshiba Satellite E203 with 2GB RAM). Everything seems to work. It installed on top of my old Windows 7 without the need to reformat my hard drive — so all of my apps and software are still there for use.
>> Sometimes I get random error messages … and yet my software continues to function as normal. I just close the error message window and move on.
Biggest benefit of Win 10 so far: Your desktop works like Windows 7 but your system can benefit from all of the apps of Windows 8. The START button is back, and comes with a menu of your Win 8 apps. There is no need to switch between your desktop and Metro to use your apps. Apps are also resizeable (they were not in in Windows 8).