saskboy writes: "The ET scanning project SETI@Home was wildly popular, and the mock project Yeti@Home much less so, but soon there will be a chance for the enthusiastic amateur astronomer to combine those respective scanning techniques and spot explosions on the moon with simple telescope and camera equipment at home.
"On Dec. 14, 2006, we observed at least five Geminid meteors hitting the Moon," reports Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, AL. Each impact caused an explosion ranging in power from 50 to 125 lbs of TNT and a flash of light as bright as a 7th-to-9th magnitude star.
"The amazing thing is," says Cooke, "we've [caught explosions] using a pair of ordinary backyard telescopes, 14-inch, and off-the-shelf CCD cameras. Amateur astronomers could be recording these explosions, too."
NASA will "soon release data reduction software developed specifically for amateur and professional astronomers wishing to do this type of work. The software runs on an ordinary PC equipped with a digital video card. 'If you have caught a lunar meteor on tape, this program can find it.'""
saskboy writes: It may not be the best way to remove data from an old computer, but Hollywood would have us believe it is. Still, a bullet hole through a disk platter makes recovery difficult.
From the article Miss Cellania writes:
One thing about us Kentucky high-tech rednecks, we employ Southern Ingenuity to solve problems and have fun doing it. The problems?
1. Disabling old hard drives so that data connot be recovered.
2. Clay pigeons are boring.
3. We like to blow things up.
I'm not a gun enthusiast, but I did have an old iMac that I didn't know what to do with. My brother offered to dispose of it [in an entertaining way]. Watch the video for the entire story.
A good time was had by all.