Star Trek: Discovery – points of interest

The Federation-Klingon War of 2256:

  • Never heard of it before Star Trek: First Contact changed everything.
  • Could be considered a minor conflict in retrospect, like the 2372–73 war from DS9.
  • Total Federation casualties after six months of fighting in 2256 are a few thousand shy of the losses suffered in 2367 at Wolf 359.

The Klingons:

  • Klingons, at least those in the House of T’Kuvma, are cannibals. Klingons are also now bald.
  • Entirely new Klingon bird-of-prey design that is armed with both torpedoes and phasers rather than disruptors.
  • Cloaking devices exist, but are extremely limited.
  • The House of Kor has made an appearance but no sign of either the House of Mogh or Duras, yet.
  • The Klingons are apparently winning the war against the Federation despite the lack of cloaking devices, no centralized government or command-in-control, and their habit for ground and melee combat.

The Federation:

  • Force-field technology is widespread. Replicator technology is also available. J.J. Abrams-style bridge.
  • Hand phasers seem to operate like the J.J. Abrams movie phasers.
  • The Shenzhou was a member of the Walker-class, an older exploration cruiser.
  • Starfleet crews abandoned their ships after the Battle at the Binary Stars, rather than self-destructing them.
  • The Europa is a newer, quad-warp nacelle design, undoubtedly related to the Miranda-class.
  • The Discovery and Glenn are members of the brand new Crossfield-class of experimental science vessels designed to develop the quantum spore-based FTL drive.
  • Given the simulated combat drill in 1×04, the Crossfield-class Discovery seems to have weaker shields than the Walker-class Shenzhou as the latter was able to withstand more photon hits.
  • Once again, Starfleet crews are torturing animals for the sake of FTL travel.
  • Still no sign of the Constitution-class.

Problems transferring digital music via iTunes

My sister and a few of my co-workers have mentioned to me about the problems that have had with moving their digital music collections, that are usually played through iTunes, between devices.

I usually give one of two answers:

  1. Don’t use iTunes (I don’t)
  2. Google it (this is probably the solution)

Sometimes, I am also then asked about what I use instead:

  • foobar2000
  • Windows Media Player
  • CDs
  • Audacity
  • WinAmp 2.95
  • RealJukebox 1.0
  • cassette tapes

Project: Daily Driver 2018


  • Rust, Rust, Rust
  • New O2 Sensor

Planned Acquisitions

  • Snow Tires – Pirelli P Zero FR
  • Alloy Rims by Enkei or Konig or OEM
  • Power Stop Z23 Evolution Sport Brakes
  • Speakers – 2- or 3-way
  • Amplifier
  • Stainless Steel Muffler
  • Floor Mats

List of the Best DC Comics Animated Films

The List:

  1. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,
  2. Batman: Year One,
  3. Batman: Assault on Arkham,
  4. Batman: Under the Red Hood,
  5. Justice League: The New Frontier,
  6. Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.

Honourable Mentions:

  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm,
  • Green Lantern: First Flight,
  • Superman/Batman: Public Enemies,
  • Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam,
  • All-Star Superman,
  • Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox,
  • Justice League: Throne of Atlantis,
  • Batman vs. Robin.

TES III: Morrowind Bug Fix: Negative Weight Bug

While replaying my very first Morrowind character, but with all of the latest patches and add-ons, I encountered this beneficial but ultimately immersion-breaking negative weight or negative encumbrance bug. While the Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages (UESP) wiki had no info on the bug, Google found me several archived threads at Tom’s Hardware, including a solution by user “CJ.”

My paraphrasing of CJ’s solution is as follows:


The Seven Wonders of the World

“Panorama with the Abduction of Helen Amidst the Wonders of the Ancient World” by Maerten van Heemskerck (1498–1574)

  1. the Great Pyramid of Giza (Egypt) (2,584 BCE)
  2. the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (Iraq) (>700 BCE)
  3. the Temple of Artemis (Turkey) (>700 BCE)
  4. the Statue of Zeus at Olympia (Greece) (±435 BCE)
  5. the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (Turkey) (>353 BCE)
  6. the Colossus of Rhodes (>282 BCE)
  7. the Lighthouse of Alexandria (>305 BCE)

The Candidates:

  • the Library of Alexandria (Egypt) (>323 BCE)
  • the Imperial Treasury of Persepolis (Iran) (<330 BCE)
  • the Walls of Babylon (Iraq) (>605 BCE)
  • the Temple of Solomon (Israel) (??? BCE)
  • the Trojan Horse (Turkey) (???? BCE)
  • the Garden of the Hesperides (???? BCE)
  • the Augean stables (Greece) (???? BCE)
  • the Labyrinth of Knossos (Greece) (???? BCE)
  • the Walls of Gilgamesh at Uruk (Iraq) (>2,800 BCE)
  • the Tower of Babel (???? BCE)

Abandoned PC Tech: RDRAM

RDRAM: Developed in the mid-1990s by Rambus, RDRAM was faster than the then standard SDRAM technology used across both Apple- and Windows-based PCs. Whereas the fastest SDRAM chips were clock rated at 133 MHz, RDRAM ran at 400 MHz. As RDRAM utilized a double data rate (DDR) bus, its clock speed was effectively 800 MHz. Fortunately for us all, RDRAM lost the war against the slighter newer DDR-SDRAM and was last seen in the Sony PlayStation 3. But why did RDRAM fail?