OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Arrives at Asteroid Bennu Monday!


Just a little over 2-years ago (September 2016) I helped integrate the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft onto the Atlas V rocket so it could leave Earth on its way to visit (and eventually sample the surface and return from) asteroid Bennu. Tomorrow (Monday Dec 3rd) the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrives and (hopefully) successfully begins orbiting the asteroid. NASA will be covering the arrival LIVE between 11:45am and 12:15pm EST on the following channels:

There are a lot of unique things about the OSIRIS-REx mission. It will be the first US mission to capture and return a sample from the surface of an asteroid. Also, asteroid Bennu is actually quite small as it is only 492 meters in diameter so when NASA talks about injecting into an orbit around Bennu it is quite different than going into orbit around a planet (its really like trying to orbit a large potato in space). So be sure to watch the coverage live tomorrow if you can...

Don’t Buy the 4th Generation iPad

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For some reason I have been seeing a lot of “deals” out on the internet for a very cheap (less than $75) for a “brand new” iPad (4th generation). We even had this as a deal on GeekDad (one of the daily deals we run on a regular basis) until I saw it and had our editors pull it from the site.

So here is a little history on the 4th Generation iPad. This iPad was originally released in November of 2012 (6 years ago) and was touted as the iPad with a Retina display. Don’t get me wrong, this was a great iPad at the time. But fast forward 6-years later and this iPad is grossly under-powered, barely has enough storage for just the operating system (much less any movies) and is not capable of running the last two most recent operating systems (iOS 11 and iOS 12)...it can only run iOS 10 or earlier.

This was actually my wife’s iPad until just a few weeks ago. She didn’t realize she was 2 operating systems behind, otherwise she would have upgraded to a newer iPad sooner. Why? There are a lot of security enhancements in each new version of iOS and once you start getting a few behind Apple stops making security updates. So if you use it to browse the web you are vulnerable. The other issue for my wife was storage. The base model of this iPad (which is what she had and is what most of these internet deals are for) had only 16 Gb of storage. After you load the operating system it only leaves you a few Gb of data storage left which isn’t even enough to download and watch a movie.

Most people who are tech savvy know not to purchase this iPad, but not everyone pays attention to the details when it comes to an iPad. Most of the time you are pretty safe when you buy an iPad (even an iPad that is 2 or 3 years old) but in this case this 4th generation iPad is just too old. Don’t waste your money and warn any friends or family members that might see this deal.

The 1WaySwim 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

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With Black Friday and Cyber Monday and everything in between right on our doorsteps I thought it was time to toss out a few geeky and unique gift ideas.

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The Bolt Backpack from Waterfield

I did a full review of this on GeekDad a while back and it is now my daily carry for work. It holds all my work and personal related computing and tech gear as well as all my gear for the gym...all in a single professional looking backpack. When WaterField sent me this backpack to review I was out of town and my wife opened the package when it arrived. I almost didn’t get it back to use and review when I got home (she really liked it). I’m a big fan of carrying around a highly functional and nice looking bag so this is one of my favorites. Check out the Waterfield Bolt backpack and I'm pretty sure it will end up being your favorite bag too.

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The Nintendo Switch Pouch from Waterfield

This is another WaterField product I reviewed a while back on GeekDad. If you have someone in your life that has a Nintendo Switch this is a great compact padded case to use with your Switch so you can safely take it with you on the go.

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Coravin Wine Preservation System

If you are a wine lover then this is definitely a gadget you should consider. It is a bit pricy, but if drink high quality wine on a regular basis I personally think this device is worth every penny. The Coravin Wine Preservation System allows you to pour a glass or two of wine from a wine bottle without corking the wine. So you can drink a glass out of a bottle and then store that bottle for years and then have another glass. I did a full review of the Coravin on GeekDad earlier this year but the system I reviewed was their high-end model geared for restaurants (a little bit out of the consumer’s price range). But for the next several days Coravin has several of their cheaper models up to 50% off on their website so check out their sale this weekend.

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1Password Subscription

This is a MUST have. If you or any of your friends or family is not already using some kind of secure method to store and manage their passwords then a 1Password subscription is an excellent gift idea. I have been using 1Password with my entire family for years and if you want to keep your accounts and sensitive data safe it is the best option out there. I wrote a full review of the service not too long ago on GeekDad. 1Password is also running a Thanksgiving special right now in that if you subscribe to 1Password you can gift 1-year of subscription to a friend or family member.

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