Technology

No injuries in Wallops rocket explosion

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The Antares rocket exploded seconds into its planned launch at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Thankfully, there were no reported casualties at the scene.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The Antares rocket exploded seconds into its planned launch at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Thankfully, there were no reported casualties at the scene.The horror of watching a massive rocket explode over the Eastern Shore on Oct. 28 was only mitigated by the fact that no one was reported to have been injured at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility on the nearby Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Only seconds into the 6:22 p.m. launch, the unmanned Antares rocket — carrying 5,000 pounds of equipment, supplies and experiments to the International Space Station (ISS) — appeared to have successfully lifted off, but within seconds faltered and exploded back to earth in an enormous fireball.

“What we know so far is pretty much what everybody saw in the video. It looked like some disassembly on the first stage, and then it fell to earth,” said Frank Culbertson, executive vice president and general manager of Orbital Science’s Advanced Programs Group. “Most of this happened in the first 20 seconds of flight, and it was pretty quick.”

Heartbleed bug makes online accounts vulnerable

Coastal Point illustration • Shaun M. LambertCoastal Point illustration • Shaun M. LambertHave you changed your passwords this week? If you haven’t, you may want to consider doing just that, after the Heartbleed bug impacted an estimated two-thirds of the world’s websites this week, potentially exposing users to having their passwords and other information stolen by those seeking to exploit the flaw in the open-source OpenSSL protocol used by a vast number of sites.

Most Internet users have by now learned to recognize the padlock symbol and https:// address that are used to indicate that a website’s communications with their web browser is secure, encrypted and not subject to being easily intercepted by a hacker. We rely on those indicators to know we can safely do our banking online, buy items and services online with our credit cards and be assured that our personal information isn’t readily available to identity thieves.

Hamfest to welcome radio, electronics fans

Calling all ham radio lovers: the annual Amateur Radio & Electronics Expo will return to Georgetown on Saturday, Oct. 26. Electronics hobbyists, CBers, boaters and everyone with an interest in communications and electronics is welcome to attend the yearly “Hamfest” at Sussex Technical High School.

Library offers computer classes this fall, winter

The South Coastal Library is offering free, introductory computer classes. In addition, an iPad Users Group meets at the library on a monthly basis.

Sussex County students get robotic

Robots aren’t just for mad scientists and Jedi knights anymore.

Ashley Conroe, an Indian River High School senior, formed the Retro Robots team to compete in Delaware’s own robotics tournament.

WEB EXCLUSIVE - SOPA and PIPA: How these bills might affect you

The controversial SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (PROTECT IP Act – “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011”) are set to be debated during upcoming committee hearings on Capitol Hill, and this week marked the peak of public debate about the bills, as Wikipedia, Google and other tech companies engaged in “blackouts” of t

The best device I'll tell you not to get

There was more than one fitness gadget on my holiday wishlist this year – perfect timing as we hit New Year’s and the season of resolutions. Near the top of that list was the Up, from Bluetooth headset manufacturer Jawbone, which incorporates the functions of a high-end pedometer, meal-tracking software and sleep tracker into a bracelet and associated app.

Apple gets Siri-ous with new iPhone

Last month, the world lost a man who may someday be considered one of the most influential people of our generation, at least in terms of how we, as individuals, interact with the world. Steve Jobs’ death was not unexpected, though it came surprisingly suddenly for those who were not in his inner circle – just more than a month after he stepped down as the CEO of Apple Inc. But his lasting legacy is likely to be the drive for consumer-friendly interfaces with technology that he used to cram so much innovation into his 56 short years.

Steven P. Jobs: Feb. 24, 1955 – Oct. 5, 2011

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 5, after several years fighting off pancreatic cancer and having received a liver transplant back in 2009. Jobs died just one day after the first major product announcement from Apple since he stepped down as CEO in August of this year. It seems almost fitting to his legendary personality. He just had to wait to make sure it would be a success.

Fraudsters use ‘local’ ties to pull in victims

A Frankford couple this week reported an online scam that they said took more than $200 from their bank account.

Are you vulnerable to a hack attack?

It seems a new hacking or security-breach story is erupting into the national and international headlines every week, lately. With people increasingly doing business and managing their personal lives online, it’s an issue that affects nearly everyone, whether they realize it or not. But should you really be worried about whether your information is safe?

Drivers, start your hands-free devices

Did you pick up some thumb socks for Dad for Father’s Day? If not, you may want to put it on the list for an early Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Yule present later this year, because Delaware lawmakers on June 22 passed a bill that bans texting or use of a hand-held cell phone while driving in the state. And with an expected signature from Gov. Jack Markell, the ban could become law at the end of the year.

Biden teaching kids to be safe online

The Internet has undoubtedly changed the way we live our lives. It’s changed the way we learn, communicate and spend our time, especially for today’s youth. But there are risks out there, hiding behind the anonymity and ambiguity of the Internet. This past week, Delaware Attorney General Joseph R.

New software helps put Selbyville police on the map

Late last year, the Selbyville Police Department became one of the few local law enforcement agencies to utilize a computer service, called Nixle, to directly contact members of the community in the event of an emergency or other urgent concerns.