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Noah W.'s blog is full of technological exploration, findings, programming, and the life of a young developer.

Old Tech Adventures: Part I

The year was 1991. Personal computing was just becoming popular and 5.25" floppy disks were all the rage. Enter the CD-ROM. There was so much more storage potential, the possibilities seemed endless. When Sony released one of their first CD-ROM drives, they packaged it with a compliation of 6 discs called the "Laser Library." I suppose if you're going to drop $1,200 on a new technology, you might as well get some stuff to play with.

One of these discs included the Microsoft's Bookshelf software. It was a DOS application that included a simple encyclopedia, a dictionary, thesaurus, quote-book, etc. I installed it on a FreeDOS virtual machine. First thing I did was try to define the word "internet." I guess it wasn't popular enough to have its own definition in 1991.

Microsoft Bookshelf 1991 Edition

Stay tuned for more old technology posts as I dig through my library of treasures.

Published: 3/14/2016 10:00PM

Article by: Noah Wood

Aberlour A'Bunadh: A Review

Aberlour A'Bunadh

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch No. 50. Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, 59.6% ABV

Price per 750mL in Cleveland, OH, USA: $66

  • Color: Deep wood, cherrywood-like, reddish hue to it
  • Nose: Lots of fruit, plum, peach and cherries, raisins, wood stain, port, sherry, honey, hot sticky jam (5/5)
  • Palate: Lots of sherry, also fruit, cherries, and alcohol, it's very strong Maple syrup, honey again, nutmeg, allspice (45/75)
  • Palate w/Water: Still a lot of sherry, but a lot of sweet notes come out, more maple syrup, rose hips, hibiscus, and the plum from the nose comes back (60/75)
  • Finish: Port wine, gingerbread, fresh-cut mahogany wood, pepper, cayenne, maybe sage? Some herbs. It stays with you a while, even between sips of water (9/10)
  • Mouthfeel: Thick, very thick. Leaves a strong coating around the palate (4/5)
  • Value: It's very good with a little water added to cut its strength down, so at least I get more mileage from it (4/5)

Total Score: 82/1000

I love sipping on this scotch in while cooking or as a start to my evening. It's strong and goes well with a splash of water or a single ice cube. I'm curious how other batches of A'Bunadh compare to batch 50.

Published: 3/14/2016 9:59PM

Article by: Noah Wood


A while ago, I found out about an interesting site called Huffduffer It basically allows you to create a custom podcast feed based on single audio clips/episodes you find around the web. In short, you can tag single podcast episodes from shows you normally do not subscribe to in a feed-at least that is how I use it.

You can add a bookmarlet to your bookmarks tool bar and when you are on a page with a podcast episode or any audio clip link you can click the bookmarklet and it will add that audio file to your huffduffer feed. You can also make your account public (like I did) so that others can enjoy/subscribe to your huffduffer account. I've linked to my feed below in case you're curious. In any event, I highly encourage you to check them out since it offers a great way to easily get audio files downloaded to my phone from sites/podcasts I wouldn't normally subscribe to on a regular basis.

My Huffduffer Page

Published: 12/2/2015 5:47PM

Article by: Noah Wood

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