The problem with text messages and more – This Geek in Review for Jan. 3, 2020

We’ve made it to 2020! Amazing. It was just yesterday we were partying like it’s 1999.

If you’ve wanted to message me, you know that I’m not a big fan of texting and would rather use something better. Here’s one of the many reasons why, in November 168,149 Valentine’s day text messages were sent. How did this happen? Your text messages aren’t just handled by your cellphone carrier, there are companies out their that deal with interoperability between the cellphone carries and your messages may be stored all over the place.

Did you ever think that packs of Skittles could be identical?

The Wii was a cultural phenomem when it was released, and it is still relevant in the speedrunning community. Unfortunately, I think the video game consoles have gotten pretty stale, no one is willing to push the envelope. Nintendo is trying with games such as Ring Fit Adventure which is cool, but I’d like to see more. And, if you doubt how popular the Wii is, Just Dance 2020 Sold Better On Wii Than PS4 Or Xbox One In Its Opening Week

You hear stories of people buying art at garage sales that turn out to be rare, well that is starting to happen with videogames

I was an Atari user throughout the 80s. Even so, I have a passing interest in the Commodore Amiga, but not enough to go through buying one today.

There are a couple of technologies that I was too young to get to experience, 8″ floppies are one of them. Until recently, the Air Force was still using 8″ floppy disks for a missile launch control system, but thankfully they’re upgrading. If you are wondering what 8″ floppy disks are like, hold up an iPad. It is slightly larger than an 8″ floppy.

Lt. Uhura Recruits for NASA

How to frustrate and confuse people