I also migrated to AOL from Prodigy - in 1991 I think - when Prodigy raised their prices. I still have that AOL e-mail address although it's only been a spam-sink for 15 years or so.
I was prime demographic early teen geek when TNG started but gave up on it after about the third episode. After sitting through a 45 minute majestic saucer separation and recognizing Q as the ultimate writer's device to be able to place the characters in any possible scenario (as if the future and a big section of the galaxy wasn't enough) I couldn't take it anymore. I've only seen sporadic episodes of any of the series since and haven't felt driven to watch any of the full series. I suppose in my dotage when free time may not be in such tight supply I'll sit through the lot. I haven't seen any TOS in 25 years but feel like I still have them memorized from the time before TNG.
Lacking the MST3K option, x-files got my vote although I find books are still generally the best delivery method for sci-fi.
I'd by happy with being able to take a photo of a trail, field, or camping site and having poison ivy/oak/etc pointed out to me.
relying on "magical" things and/or super tech to achieve the desired story line
Can't get much better than having Q and the holodeck for arranging any scenario needed to let the writers off the hook from coming up with stories set in it the ST time frame.
One might think that being in the future with a galaxy of worlds and species to explore would result in sufficient stories to be told, but apparently not...
A) There is not that much Martian atmosphere to slow the "meteorite" to the point a "soft landing" and I can see no re-entry rockets on said rock; so your reasoning is bollocks.
In the BBC series Wonders of the Solar System, this type of non-crater-producing Martian meteorite is used as possible evidence that Mars had a thicker atmosphere in the distant past when these meteorites impacted. It was in the Thin Blue Line episode if I remember correctly.
High-tech masks and data gloves not withstanding, I've wondered why there's no plan to shoot unmanned ships to the nearest ten or twenty star systems even if it's 100 - 200 years before they get there and we start getting data back and even if in the meantime technology advances enough to make these initial ships pointless - e.g. warp drive is developed. There's a reasonably good chance that FTL travel won't be developed in the next 1,000 years (if ever) so why not try to accomplish something in the nearer term?
Is it possible to aim well enough to place a ship in orbit of a star 8 - 30 light years or so away? How much could we learn about a star system with a satellite orbiting a star at a distance roughly the same as between Jupiter and Saturn for example? Would it be any better than current or near-future Earth based imaging can provide? If such a satellite came into orbit of our solar system sent by another civilization, would we readily be able to detect it?
NaCl is still in heavy development, but the developers want to encourage low-level security experts to take a look at their design and code.