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1903, 2015

Jetpack Crash

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Did you lose your favorite website in the past 24 hours?

Years ago, web developers scoffed at WordPress. It was just a silly little tool to build simple little websites… That was then, this is now and WordPress has continue to grow, develop, and even become a preferred platform of search engine giant Google. Developers now look at WordPress as a useful tool, something that often gives them a head start in development as there are endless development possibilities and Search Engine Optimization built right in, with some premium themes giving an optimization edge that can put even the novice ahead of their competition with little effort.

One of the greatest things about WordPress can also (occasionally) be its downfall; it is like a giant development pool where everyone is welcome to come jump in and develop pieces they are good at which can interact with other pieces.  For example, you may choose a theme that looks good to you but depending on what functionality you desire, there are seemingly endless plugins which have been developed to work with most themes. There are plugins which help remove SPAM comments, plugins which help with eCommerce, plugins which enable to you place a variety of interactive objects on your site without have to have a professional developer on retainer.

I would be surprised if Jetpack isn’t the most popular plugin as you would practically be a fool to try to run a WordPress site and not utilize all the tools in Jetpack.  It has been described as the “Swiss Army Knife of Plugins” and I couldn’t possibly think of a more accurate description. It gives you site stats, makes sharing posts across social media a breeze and dozens of other […]

1303, 2015

Magnetospheric Multiscale Launch by NASA

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From NASA’s official Facebook page:

One hour, 47 minutes after launch, all four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) observatories have separated from the Centaur upper stage and are flying on their own in an initial orbit of 363 miles by 43,598 miles.

MMS will study magnetic reconnection, a fundamental process that occurs throughout the universe when magnetic fields connect and disconnect explosively, releasing energy and accelerating particles up to nearly the speed of light. Unlike previous missions that have observed only evidence of magnetic reconnection events, MMS has sufficient resolution to observe and measure reconnection events as they occur. While MMS will fly through reconnection regions in less than a second, key sensors on each spacecraft are able to capture measurements 100 times faster than any previous mission. In addition, MMS consists of four identical observatories, which together will provide the first ever three-dimensional view of magnetic reconnection.

The mission observes reconnection directly in Earth’s protective magnetic space environment known as the magnetosphere. By studying reconnection in this local, natural laboratory, MMS helps scientists understand reconnection elsewhere, such as in the atmosphere of the sun and other stars, in the vicinity of black holes and neutron stars and at the boundary between our solar system’s heliosphere and interstellar space.

Launch of MMS:

Images from NASA:

To learn more about the MMS mission, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/mms

1409, 2005

Kerry Wood – Number One Programmer

By |September 14th, 2005|Tech|Comments Off on Kerry Wood – Number One Programmer

Kerry wrote his first computer program in 1982 at sixteen years of age and more than two decades later he has designed and created a medical program which has achieved a number one ranking in the United States. The path Wood took to get here was far from typical.

In 1984 when Kerry Wood graduated high school, hardly anyone had a computer in their home and the term “personal computer” was nothing anyone would have understood, so when Kerry had made his mind up that he wanted to go to college to study programming, many in his life thought he was nuts. “I remember being told that computers were just a fad and that there would never be a serious career to be had in that field,” said Kerry Wood. “I could find no real support to pursue what I knew I wanted to do.”

Relying on his family to help pay for school, Kerry Wood signed up for some business courses at a local college. He was miserable and knew he had to do something different with his life and began having conversations with military recruiters. Kerry Wood joined the United States Air Force and went to basic training in San Antonio, Texas, at nineteen.

After completing basic training, Kerry Wood was then shipped off to Biloxi, Mississippi for additional training. Shortly after arriving in Biloxi, Kerry received orders that he would be assigned to Shaw Air Force Base in his home state of South Carolina upon completion of training. Kerry Wood never made it to Shaw. Kerry Wood was sitting in class one morning when men in dark suits entered the military classroom and asked for Kerry by name, and requesting that he leave with them. […]