Memorial Day Weekend - Not Just The Start of Summer

In 1868, three years after the Civil War ended, the head of a Union soldiers veteran organization, Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, established the first Decoration Day, which was to serve as a commemoration of the sacrifices of those who died in battle. 

This year, at the sesquicentennial of this event - officially known as Memorial Day since 1967 - we still continue to recognize American service men and women for their ultimate commitment to our country.

While Veteran's Day celebrates all service veterans, both living and dead, Memorial Day is truly a reminder of those who made the final sacrifice in order to try to maintain the freedom and well-being of the rest of us.

In the midst of the festivities, please take a moment to honor those who served and died on our behalf.

Weekly Round-Up for May 25

I missed last week's round-up, as we had our grandson visiting - family first, and all that.

So this week's edition contains a few extra entries to balance thing out a little - thanks for your understanding!

Why are there so many Bitcoin variants?

Amazon Alexa justifies years of surveillance paranoia

Mac OS X is now as old as the classic Mac OS

How big are Gigabytes, Terabytes and Petabytes?

Browse Life magazine archive online for free

CRISPR gene editing could help feed the future

5 animals famous for their intelligence

Ashton Kutcher stuns Ellen with $4 million Ripple donation

Ron Howard confirms discussions about Willow sequel


So, What About 5G?

5G is the much-ballyhooed latest stage in mobile network technology, and is still under development. We should see actual products - and the 5G networks to use them on - in the next couple of years.

If we look back, the first generation of bulky cellular telephones worked on 1G. Then came 2G (2nd generation, if you like), which allowed texting - then 3G which effectively allowed our smartphones to be viable portable computers.

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When Does Support End For Windows 7 ?

Now that Windows 10 is the "flagship" product,  when will Microsoft support end for Windows 7? 

Actually, it already did! Back at the beginning of 2015, Microsoft dropped "mainstream support" for Windows 7, meaning they stopped providing free telephone support and non-security patches for the operating system.

"Extended support" will end in January 2020 - not *that* far away. That means no more security updates; at that point Windows 7 effectively becomes Windows XP - an orphaned operating system, becoming less viable with each passing month.

What to do?