Weekly Round-Up - March 16

Sorry for the lack of other posts recently, but it's time at least for another weekly round-up, where I present some articles of interest from the past few days for your amusement, edification - or even irritation.

DHL to deploy drones and robots to speed up deliveries

Changing your DNS server: how and why

Lyft is testing a subscription service

New Windows 10 test build includes new way to push "Edge" browser

Graphene could charge your phone in 7 seconds

Coca Cola, US State Dept use blockchain to combat forced labor
Speak Klingon like a warrior with Duolingo

SmartThings ADT home security kit review


Computing Back In the Dark Ages (Well, The 1990's)

If you are anywhere near my age, you will likely have at least some memories of seeing or using a Windows or Apple computer for the first time. I can specifically recall being particularly impressed by an early black & white Mac - which seemed light years ahead of it's contemporary PC brethren.

Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer of Microsoft
For those of you who never enjoyed (or suffered through) the early days back in the 1990's,  here are a couple of sites that provide emulations of both Windows 95 (the first Windows with a "Start" button) and an early Apple Mac. 

These little nostalgia nuggets run in your browser, nothing to install or set up. Truthfully, there is not really much to actually do, since these early operating systems were pretty sparse - but this was what it was like in the beginning.

Windows 95 - (which was actually a huge hit at the time) :
Note that the Windows 95 emulation is a bit "crash-y", but it will give you the idea.

If for some reason you can't get the above to work, here is a look at the "new" Windows 95 from 1995 - 

And here is Mac OS System 1.1 from TEN YEARS earlier -


Governments Also Check "Have I Been Pwned?"

The website Have I Been Pwned? was designed to let us mere mortals find out if one of our email accounts has possibly been compromised, showing up on a list somewhere in the dark corners of cyberspace. 

Apparently, some government bodies are also using this resource. Rather that be surprised, we should probably be glad that they are making the effort to try and get  a handle on the state of their email accounts - which ultimately is good news for us taxpayers.

Legend has it that the term "pwned" was originally a mis-spelling of "owned" (meaning defeated, humiliated, etc) in a videogame. The typical usage these days is to denote when an online site or account (email, etc) has been hacked or otherwise compromised.

The site's FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page is here: