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I am Richard L Lawrence, Millionaire. I own a mansion and a yacht. Plus a few computers, ham radios and comic books. I also have my own podcasts. I am very geek and I do the 6a-10a show on Sundays.
Radar Image of 2005 YU55
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Tech Thursday – Asteroid 2005 YU55 To Pass Earth Inside Moon’s Orbit

It's not often we get an extraterritorial visitor here on the good old Earth. But according to NASA, on November 8th, Asteroid 2005 YU55 will make a pass inside the Moon's orbit, and scientists are not wasting the opportunity to study it up close as it "whooshes" by us.

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A waterfall I built in Minecraft
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Tech Tuesday – The Underground Gaming Hit Minecraft

I like playing games, but I am fussy and finicky about the money I spend on games. I have to have already played it in some form or another, or it needs to appeal to me visually, or have a lot of word of mouth. And if there are videos of it on YouTube showing it off, then I can really check it out and get into it, if I like it. Minecraft is one of those games that hooked me.

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Happy Pumpkin is Happy!
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Tech Thursday – New York Has Facebook App to Locate Sex Offenders

I'm a Dad, and want my kid to be safe this Halloween. I don't know a parent who doesn't. To help keep kids safe, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice is helping with an application they created for Facebook to help you find Sex Offenders, so you can stay away from their homes.

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Amiga 500 system
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Tech Tuesday – Retro Computing Comeback?

The first computer I ever owned was a Commodore 64. It ran at about 2 MHz and had 64K, that's kilobytes, not megabytes, to run your games and programs. I thought it was was the coolest thing going. Till the Amiga come along. Commodore's next step in computers. And for a while, Amiga was right up there with Mac and PCs. But then Commodore went belly up and Amiga faded from sight, but didn't totally die. It just, hibernated.

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BlackBerry CEO Addresses Company's DevCon Gathering
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Tech Thursday – Research in Motion Reveals New Blackberry OS

Still recovering from a crash of it's messaging servers I talked about last week, Blackberry owner Research in Motion, has revealed some details of it's new operating system for it's Playbook tablet and future Blackberry smart phones, that they say bridges the gap between Blackberry OS, at it's developers conference. But is it enough to help them over come their drop in sales and lost of market share?

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Apple iPhone Becomes Available Through Verizon Wireless
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Tech Tuesday – Verizon to Sell Your Online Information to Advertisers

If you're a Verizon customer, you may have noticed or maybe not, the change in Verizon's privacy policy for using their service. They have been sending out emails, but it is possible that you thought it was just another ad. Well, it's not. Verizon will be selling your Web browsing history, cell phone location and app usage, for third-party marketing purposes. The bright side is, you can opt-out!

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Blackberry Service Outages Spreads To The US
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Tech Thursday – Blackberry Crashes while iPhone 4S Flies

If you have a Blackberry smart phone, then you may be one of the many experiencing an outage of Blackberry's messaging service. This outage started 3 days ago in Europe, and has now reached North America. This outage affects tens of millions worldwide, especially in the Middle East where Blackberry is very popular.

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Steve Jobs Introduces iCloud Storage System At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference
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Apple iOS 5 Available Tomorrow. The Battle Will Soon Begin – Tech Tuesday

The big day for many iOS device users is tomorrow. iOS 5 is scheduled to be released and iCloud will then be available for people to using. iCloud will be Apple's bigger jump into Cloud based computing. It was announced a few weeks after Amazon announced it's Cloud based service. And with Microsoft also going Cloud, it's going to be a 3 way fight. Who will win?

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Americans Mourn Passing Of Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs
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Steve Jobs: His Legacy – Tech Thursday

I have been trying to write this story for hours now. It’s not hard to talk about someone like Steve Jobs and recite facts about him. Yes, he pioneered how we consume digital content and how we buy our digital music as well as how we use computers and much more. And while it could be considered corny by some for me to say this, he touched lives all over the world. Just look at Twitter and Facebook. One of those lives he touched, is mine.

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A general view of the Apple store on Regent Street on August 25, 2011 in London, England.
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Tech Tuesday – Let’s Talk iPhone Rumors

I'm releasing this a little early this morning as at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, Apple will be starting it's "Let's Talk iPhone" media event. What they will announce is all still rumor and speculation, as Apple has released no information on it other than there is going to be a press event about iPhones. So we'll just go over some of the rumors of what it could be.

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Amazon Introduces New Tablet At News Conference In New York
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Tech Thursday – FIRE! Kindle Fire That Is…

Imagine it as an old west town, with tumble weeds blowing across a deserted street in the middle of town. Two figures stand in the middle, about 50 feet apart. On one side is the Apple iPad, sheriff of the town, on the other side, the new upstart Amazon's Kindle Fire. There's gonna be a shoot out!

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Tech Thursday – Ride A Lightcycle From TRON

One of the most iconic things seen in the TRON movies is the Lightcycle. I remember seeing that in the original as a kid and thinking, I want one of those! Then the sequel came out with a new design that is even more cooler then the original. And now, you have a chance to ride a real Lightcycle.

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