Weekly Update: 2019-07-21 to 2019-07-27

Reminder: You Are Not What You Do


Fujifilm’s first surveillance camera can read a license plate from 1km away

Why is 80 characters the 'standard' limit for code width?

Spoiler: punch cards.

56k Modem Sound

This really was a beautiful sound back in the day.

'Doom' Celebrates 25th Anniversary By Re-Releasing Three Classic Games

I can remember playing Doom for the first time at my friend Jim R’s house in middle school. Absolutely mind blowing at the time. It was a completely new experience, a video game that was that intense.

Alibaba crafts world’s 'fastest' 'open-source' RISC-V processor yet: 16 cores, 64-bit, 2.5GHz, 12nm, out-of-order exec

It’s Official: US Government Approves T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Maybe we will finally have a real third alternative to AT&T and Verizon.

Wind Is Outpacing Coal As a Power Source In Texas For the First Time

CNN reports: Wind has generated 22% of the state’s electrical needs this year. It just edged out coal, which provided 21% of the Lone Star State’s power, according to the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas, which manages electrical flow on about 90% of the Texan grid. Sixteen years ago, in 2003, wind made up just 0.8% of the state’s power, and coal satisfied 40% of electrical needs, the council documents show.


UPS Is Launching a Drone Delivery Service In the US

The future sure feels like it is finally getting here.

Hackers Stole 7.5TB of Secret Data From Russia’s Intelligence Agency

They were working on a project to try and de-anonymize Tor users (but I assume everyone is).

MicroLED Displays Could Show Up In Products As Soon As 2020

This is a really interesting new display technology.

The driving force behind microLED displays remains a combination of brightness and efficiency that LCD and OLED technology can’t come close to. One demo of a smartwatch-size display by Silicon Valley — based Glo shines at 4,000 nits (candelas per square meter) while consuming less than 1 watt. An equivalent LCD display would burn out in seconds trying to meet half that brightness.

Tokyo reveals 2020 Olympic medals made from recycled gadgets

Fascinating, albeit brief, article about the creation of North Korea’s cellular network.

Excel Workbook and Worksheet Protections Easily Removed

Remove protection w/o the password, apparently never intended to be a real security mechanism, just avoid unintended changes.

  1. Unzip the .xlsx or .xlsm file so that its contents may be modified in the following steps. Excel workbook files are actually ZIP files with a different file name extension.

  2. Remove the <workbookProtection …​ /> XML tag from the xl\workbook.xml file.

  3. Remove the <sheetProtection …​ /> XML tag from any .xml file in the xl\worksheets\ directory.

  4. Zip the modified Excel workbook file contents, using the .xlsx or .xlsm filename extension for the resulting ZIP file.