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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.
Mars Rover Curiosity
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Tech Tuesday – The Next Mars Rover has a Destination

The next Mars rover, named Curiosity, which isn't exactly the best name in my opinion but it does fit, is scheduled for a late launch this year and should reach the surface of Mars by August 2012. It has a large robot arm, a "frickin'" laser and is about the size of a small car. And it's all powered by 4.8 kgs of Plutonium-238. Wired Magazine has photos of the rover being assembled.

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Tech Thursday – So Long Star Wars Galaxies, May The Force Be With You

For eight years, if anyone wanted to role play a character from the Star Wars universe, you were either consigned to do it in costume at one of the Comic Cons through out the U.S. and Europe, or play the MMORPG, Star Wars Galaxies. Soon, at least for a short while, you'll only be able to do it in costume.

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The nD Indie Gaming Platform
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Tech Tuesday – nD Indie Game Platform. Watch out Nintendo!

I'm a Nintendo fan. I love a lot of their games and I have a Wii and a Nintendo DS.  I owned a Gamecube and plan on upgrading to a WiiU when personal economics allow. But every now and then something really inspiring comes along to shake my loyalty to a well proven company or platform. This indie game platform, is starting to do that now.

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Amateur Radio Field Day in East Greenbush, NY
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Field Day Fun in East Greenbush

This weekend was a big day if you were an Amateur Radio operator in the U.S. or Canada. It was Field Day, when Amateurs, better known as Ham Radio operators, setup stations without using commercial power and try to make as many contacts as possible. It's held the fourth full weekend in June. While it could be considered a contest, it's actually a way for hams to test their response should an emergency happen.

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CeBIT 2011
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Tech Thursday – Google Moving Into Cloud Game Consoles Now?

An anonymous tipster has told of a Google job listing for a Product Manager for Games at the Mountain View, California search giant. The ad says it's a rare opportunity to grow a new business. Does this mean Google is planning on going big time with games?

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Dutch Euro Coins Readied for Distribution
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Tech Tuesday – QR Coded Money

We've all seen bar codes, right? Those black lines on the back of something at the store that tells the register the price of a product. And if you have gotten packages from FedEx or UPS, you have also seen these different kind of black and white "bar codes" that are more like abstract pictures, called QR codes. Well the Dutch government is putting them on coins now.

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World's Best Dad, Hands Down!
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My Father’s Day – WINNING!

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there. I hope you enjoyed your day today as much as I enjoyed mine. I didn't do anything super spectacular, or have to drive miles away to enjoy my day. I just stayed home for the most part, spent time with Kim, my fiance' and my oldest daughter Terry Ellen, and ate an awesome dinner and got a really sweet t-shirt.

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Dow Drops Back Below 12,000 On Greek Default Fears
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Tech Thursday – Pandora Radio Goes Public

Yesterday, one of the Internet's most popular websites, went public on the stock market and joined many other tech and dot coms with a very big net value associated with it. Pandora Radio watched it's stock trade at around $20 at it's height during the day, making it worth $3 Billion dollars.

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BIG Rich's Ham Radio
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Tech Tuesday – Ham Radio is The Original Wireless Technology

Many people know Wi-Fi as a wireless technology that interconnects computers, handheld and mobile devices together on a home network or to the internet at large. But before all that, there was a wireless technology that existed and still does to this day. It's radio. You use it every day yourself. You listen to us! 103.5 MHz and 103.9 MHz FM, or Frequency Modulation. Today I'll tell you about another aspect of radio. Amateur Radio, better known as Ham Radio.

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Facebook's Influence In Consumer Consumption Of News Growing
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Facebook in Another Privacy Gaffe; Here We Go Again – Tech Thursday

Facebook seems to be, once again, wading into another privacy issue with it's users. According to security firm Sophos, Facebook has turned on their new facial recognition technology, that they announced last year,  on some users accounts, without letting those users opt-in.

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Steve Jobs Introduces iCloud Storage System At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference
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Tech Tuesday – Apple Announces iCloud

Yesterday was the start of Apple's World Wide Developer Conference, where software developers for the Mac converge on San Fransisco, to discuss their projects with Apple engineers to get help as well as tweak software for the Mac and iOS platforms. It is also usually a day when Apple announces something new, and sure enough, they did.

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Daily Life In Pyongyang
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Tech Thursday – In Communist North Korea, Linux Runs You

I wanted to get away from the hacking stories for a bit and when I saw this, I was kind of flabbergasted to discover that North Korea is not only building and developing netbooks for business and education for use in their country, but they also have their own version of Linux to run the netbooks with. It's called Red Star.

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