Steel Plow

My family used to love Govenors for their Nacho’s, it was a go to favorite that always our need for bar food. Governors was a landmark in Moline for some time. I would describe their Nacho’s as stacked tall and yummy. Last September after Governors closed Steel Plow has totally renovated the site and has done this site proud. They have updated everything  the building, and the menu is without compare. The new management is downright visionary. You have to see it to believe it, I tried to capture our last visit through some photos.


Retro Computing, Technology

70’s Computer running nuclear plants

On March 28th, 1970 Digital Equipment Corporation announced the PDP-11 one of if not the most successful computers in history. These computers were part of a second wave of computers that were a smaller version of the Mainframe called a minicomputer and are still operating today. A PDP-11 powers a robotic installation at GE Nuclear Plants and will run these systems until 2050. GE is finding it progressively more difficult to find both parts and technical people to support them. They are now resorting to purchasing used parts on eBay. The original PDP-11 expanded to its maximum memory held 248K of memory, a full 26K less than the amount of storage used in the photo of its front panel.



Why Antivirus is like a green traffic light

    This morning while I was driving to work just as I was about to go through a greenlight I looked to my left and saw a white Kia that sped right through its red light. We have all likely experienced showing up at work and wondering how we got there. Sometimes the brain just disengages. I was reminded of a phrase my driver education teacher told me, a green light is not an indication that it is safe to enter an intersection, it’s just an invitation for you to enter the intersection, the rest is up to you.


Cryptography, Technology

The power of powers

If you take a penny and put it into a jar, and double what you put in the jar every day, at the end of a month you would have more than $5 Million dollars. When numbers grow rapidly, we call this property exponential growth. It is hard to wrap your head around numbers of this type, but here I provide a point of reference for large numbers.


Deal with it, Education

Inspiration Needed

I am really working hard on some work/life balance. It is hard to work full time, work on my education attending online classes, try and be a good family member and also try and spend some time each year to help kids develop, spread some maker joy and help put on a conference. Spotting activities online that we can use at future events would go a long way to help me out.


People, Technology

March 5 – Homebrew Computer Club

Who could have known that meeting a of 32 people in a bay area garage on a rainy night in 1975 could spark a revolution that would eventually affect your every life. On March 5th, 1975 a group of hobbyist’s  met in the Garage of Gordon French an engineer and did just that.


Deal with it, Education

Khan Academy Furthering your education

When I started down the path of going to college, online education was just developing. I speak to people almost daily about education, and I hear so often from people that they would like to learn more or seek more education. Today educational opportunities surround us, and one of the best places to learn today at no charge is Khan Academy(more…)

Television, Web

Big Bangs Failure to Launch and Now Defunct Search Engines

I was watching The Big Bang Theory the other night, Season 10 – episode 16 titled “Failure to Launch” and in that episode Sheldon discloses his three favorite now defunct search engines; MSN Search, AltaVista and Ask Jeeves. (more…)


Street Performer Plays Glass Video by Eric Andresen - Stockholm Sweden 2009

Video from my first trip to Sweden where I had the pleasure to see a street performer playing glasses on the street. This is something that you see a lot of in Europe. Certainly more in Europe than you do in the USA unless you are in New York.