What’s New?

Amazon.com reached an agreement with the State of California legislature, so the Silver Buzz Cafe Store is back. :-)


“Green” Blogging


We believe in protecting our environment, so the Silver Buzz Cafe web site is hosted on a server in a "green", energy conserving data center. 100% of the power for the datacenter is bought from suppliers that use renewable energy sources, such as hydroelectric, windmill and solar plants.


Google’s Alternative To Facebook

Is Google+ a Facebook killer? Probably not, but it has some really useful features that we really like the look of. [...]

It’s 50 Years Since Alan Shepard’s Space Flight

It’s 50 years since the first American flew in space. Subtitled – “How a kid who wanted to be a spaceman became a computer programmer.” [...]

Internet Metering – A New Battle On The Horizon

AT&T is introducing Internet data metering and surcharges for people who exceed a usage cap. That seems OK, but their metering technique is suspect and users may be overcharged. [...]

Skin Cell Spray Gun Dramatically Improves Burn Treatment

A radical new technique that uses a skin stem cell spray gun to treat burns cuts treatment times from weeks or months to hours and dramatically reduces the risks of potentially fatal infections. [...]

Egyptians Use Novel Ways To Regain Access To The Internet

Egyptians have found a number of ways to regain access to the Internet since their government turned off standard access a few days ago amidst growing numbers of anti-government protests across the country. [...]

We’re Not Going There

I’m really glad I didn’t call this article “A New Meaning To The Term Dick Head”. [...]

Simulators May Help Seniors Keep Driving Longer

Everyone knows that driving skills deteriorate rapidly as we age. Many states have tests designed to take unsafe drivers off of the road, but a new study suggests an alternative approach. [...]

It’s Time For A Holiday Safety Check

Holiday time brings a whole range of new hazards into our lives. Prevention is better than cure. We look at some of the most common problems and what do do about them. [...]

Advanced Robotics Making Great Strides In Health Care

Japan, which has a higher percentage of older people than any other country in the world, has been exploring the use of robotics in health care for many years. One of their latest developments can help stroke victims learn to walk again. [...]

Hospital Robots Improve Drug Handling

In our series on medical equipment we covered the various kinds of robotic surgery systems out there. We’ve also looked at Japanese research into using humanoid robots for routine but arduous nursing tasks, such as lifting patients. Today we’ll look at the application of industrial robotics to a relatively simple, but extremely important problem, dispensing prescriptions in hospitals. [...]

Safeguarding Your Digital Assets

If you store financial information in programs like Quicken, digital photos and videos, music and correspondence, it would be inconvenient or sad to lose it all. Disk drives don’t last for ever. Today we look at a range of options for keeping your data safe. [...]

The Internet and the World Wide Web – Part 4 – Planning Ahead

In today’s article we’ll take a look at issues being discussed in the web community: core Internet values; open standards; child online safety; freedom of expression and freedom of the media on the Internet; multi-language issues; Internet rights and principles; the global localization platform and social media and legal issues. [...]

The Internet and the World Wide Web – Part 3 – Current Issues

In previous articles in this series we explained the history and mechanics of the Internet and web and how they are governed. In this one we’ll start looking at the issues concerning people directly involved with the running of the Internet and web, governments, companies and users. [...]

The Internet and the World Wide Web – Part 2 – Who’s In Charge?

In the first part of this series we looked at the technology that underlies the Internet and the web. As we noted, there is no single organization responsible for governing either of them, so today we’ll look at the roles of the many organizations involved. To do that we need to understand a little about the history of the Internet and the web. [...]

The Internet and the World Wide Web – Part 1 – Introduction

As the debate on the net neutrality issue continues, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the state of the Internet and the web and the many issues that the people who engineer, run and use them are grappling with. We’ll start by explaining the main components of the Internet and the web, then we’ll look at the many organizations that oversee various aspects of their operation before looking at the issues involved, particularly the ones that potentially affect us all. [...]

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