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Leo Laporte explains the need for strong encryption

This is one of the best explanations I’ve heard for keeping our devices strongly encrypted. The video above starts at 29 minutes and 34 seconds in… He continues on the subject for several minutes, at least through 38:26.

You can’t lower your guard without lowering it for everyone.

And that’s the key.

When you reduce security, it’s not just for bad guys, and it’s not just the government that gets access to that. It’s everybody.

Well said, Leo.

Computing, Technology

90’s CGI memories

I’ve been undertaking a project recently to convert old VHS/VHS-C/Digital video tapes to a digital format to store on my home network Synology. It’s nice to have a backup and it’s also nice to be able to pull up any home video just within a few clicks.

Well, I happened to stumble across a video from 1990 titled “The Mind’s Eye.” It’s a collection of late 80’s CGI animation that obviously pales in comparison to the stuff in theaters today, but it certainly showed “what was possible” with technology, even in those early stages of computer animation.

Imagine my surprise (not really) when I discovered that the entire video is available on YouTube. So that’s one less video tape I have to convert…

Among the nuggets in the video is Stanley & Stella in: Breaking the Ice. It was the first computer animated short that I can remember emotionally connecting with. Give it a watch.

If you don’t want to sit through the entire Mind’s Eye video, you can find Stanley and Stella right here. Enjoy!

Featured, Mountaineers, Sports

West Virginia 69, Marshall 34

So, at least one sports team didn’t disappoint me this weekend… The Mountaineers manhandled the visiting Thundering Herd from Marshall by a score of 69-34. Looks like the 70 points put up in the Orange Bowl back in January was no fluke… 🙂

Here’s a little recap, courtesy of WVU SportsBuzz:


Just say ‘No’ to Vertical Videos…

Glove and Boots show us the correct way to shoot videos and provide us with ample reason *not* to shoot videos vertically… And also there’s George Lucas. But beyond him and the threat of even more Star Wars remakes, it just looks wrong.

So, if you, or someone you know has Vertical Video Syndrome, please show them this video. You may save a life. Not really.

Special thanks to Zagg for helping to spread the word.

American Idol, Music

Phillip Phillips: Home

So, it seems like the only thing I post anymore is music videos. LOL. Don’t know why that is lately. It’s not intentional, really, I promise. Though honestly I have spent an awful lot of time listening to Spotify… Maybe that has something to do with it?

Without further ado, here is the video of American Idol winner Phillip Phillips’ song “Home.”

This song has gained a lot of traction thanks to NBC’s Olympics coverage, being featured several times in bumpers for the women’s gymnastics team. I’ve also heard it featured on Sirius XM’s The Pulse recently. This is a song that speaks the month of May to me, since this is Phillip’s “coronation song” that he sang on finale night.

It’s nice to see the song get some airtime!


A hint of promise

I’ll admit it: I’m not the biggest baseball fan in the nation. But, I do enjoy watching the Pirates play when I get the chance, usually on ROOT Sports. This year I did make it to two games in Pittsburgh, however, and it’s a fun atmosphere at PNC Park.

There was a hint of progress in Pittsburgh, at least early on in the season, and it’s difficult to look at an entire season and pinpoint one game that defined it, but I would say the 19-inning loss to Atlanta back in July was the beginning of the end. But it was nice to see the Pirates back on top, even if only for a few days.

In this video, some of the Pirates thank the fans for their support. We look forward to seeing more from them in 2012!