Get an F-22 Quadcopter Drone at your local 7-11

Bill Golden sez:

You can now pick up a ‘drone’ at your 7-11 along with your cup of coffee and a doughnut.

F-22 Drone RPV

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!

Rubberband Glider Airplane
Get your rubberband gliders at Rainbow Resource

BTW – No doughnuts were actually eaten during my visit to this 7-11 … just in case you are talking to my wife.

Bill G.

Windows 10 Preview – My Weekend Project

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.

GOOD NEWS

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).

Windows 10 Start Menu

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You can download Windows 10 hereMicrosoft.com

Installation is not as straightforward as a regular download … so you will need these instructions to make it happen: TechTimes.com

TECH / Who needs a camera when you can add a highpowered lens to your phone?!

Smartphone Attachable Lens-Style Camera | Learn More

You can buy a nice digital camera for under $200, or less. You could however spend $249 and add a highpower lens to your cellphone.

Sony phone camera attachment

This sounds a bit silly until you consider that the first choice of many folks with cameras is to use their cellphone/smartphone to take photos.

Sony’s Smartphone Attachable Lens-Style Camera is kinda cool because it uses your big smartphone screen as your photo viewer and it uses your phone’s ability to connect so that you can share your photos and video in realtime.

Hope for Medical Breakthroughs via Video Gaming!

There is great hope for a number of scientific and medical breakthroughs via a skill learned from many hours on Sony Playstation, Microsoft XBox, and such: collaborative exploration, information sharing and collaborative attack, aka problem solving.

GE’s Focus Forward website highlights advances in technology. It recently highlighted an amazing advance using a game called ‘Fold It‘:

    Biologists spent ten years trying to map the structure of the elusive Mason Pfizer Monkey Virus, a problem that could unlock the cure for AIDS. The Contenders solved it in three weeks. Using the online puzzle game Fold It, scientists are enlisting video gamers to solve real- world problems.

Many thanks go to my friend Connie Moser for sharing this video with me. Collaboration does not require a game, just friends with a mutual interest … who know about games and such.