The Clock Inventer – Big Misunderstanding or Something More?

I saw this picture and comment from someone on the 2600 Facebook group.  It was a pretty interesting analysis about the situation with the kid who “invented” a clock and brought it to school, causing a bomb scare and him to get expelled.  Then he gets an invite from Obama and Zuckerberg to come to the White House an FB office.  Pretty interesting analysis, but I’ll let you make up your own mind:


“As you know – my degree is in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. So, as someone with some appreciable expertise, I analyzed the “home made clock” that the kid in Irving was supposed to have “invented” and taken to school. First, it is NOT a simple alarm clock. It is a COUNTDOWN clock. Second — the kid didn’t home make or invent anything. He decomposed an already existing commercially available COUNTDOWN clock (as evidenced by the commercially manufactured Printed Circuit Board (PCB)) as shown in the picture of his device.

If the kid were to “home make” or “invent” a clock — he would have used a breadboard (as I have added to the picture) wherein one inserts integrated circuits, wires, and capacitors, resistors, etc., to form the logic of such a device.

So, question: why did the kid take apart an already existing COUNTDOWN clock and build it into a briefcase where only the LEDs were visible counting down time? What would happen at any airport, building, school, public sidewalk, if such a device were spotted?

Question: what is in the white bag in the suitcase? It serves no electronic purpose. Hmmmm.

Do you want anyone to bring a briefcase with COUNTDOWN clock embedded within it and setting the clock to countdown and go off during English class in your kids schools? Again, the only thing visible on the outside of the briefcase were the LEDs counting down time to 00:00.

I smell a dirty rat, a setup here, if there ever was one. I am appalled that the media is buying into the innocent “inventor” story. This is not about race or religion — it is about someone purposefully taking a menacing device to school.

What if a kid were to take an upper from one AR-15 rifle, and a lower from another AR-15 rifle and put it together, then remove the firing pin and take it to school as a metal worker “inventor”? Why, anyone who knew anything about rifles could closely examine the metal object had no firing pin and would celebrate what a great inventor the kid was!!! NOT!!!! How many people at a school could closely examine the inside of this briefcase with a countdown clock visible on the outside counting down to 00:00 and make the call as to its purpose? Again, what is inside that white bag?

Please share this post so that we can inform the public of what the news media is failing to do.”

Posted by Kevin Davis


Startup Roundup

I posted about this once before, but I got access to “Erlibird” which is a service that allows people to join Beta’s for new startups.  I haven’t used it to really join any beta’s for new sites or products, but I do check it every so often in order to laugh at the ridiculously stupid names of tech startups.  I’m not sure what started the trend of abbreviating words for startup names, but every one I see reminds me of HOOLI from Silicon Valley. (more…)

Xbox 360 “Games” Tab Missing!

Today I turned on one of my Xbox 360’s for the first time in quite a while.  Since I got the Xbox One, I don’t really use the 360 much, other than in my office where I use it for Netflix, HBO Go, and some other video streaming.  But anyway, after turning it on in my office today, I noticed something extremely weird…there was no GAMES tab!  Not that I play games on this thing anymore anyway (I can’t seem to concentrate on any games on XB1 either as I’m so excited for TITANFALL!), but this is a pretty interesting situation.  I did some researching on the internet, and didn’t see much about people discussing this.  There are a few threads and youtube videos, but so far this is about it:

btw, thank god for this valiant crusader who is going to hold Microsoft to their word and ensure  he gets it fixed for us!  I was cracking up watching this, like he’s the only guy who can contact MS support and get this mystery solved!  However, good for him, he is the only dude reporting this so far, so I do appreciate him being on top of things…

I’ll update if I find out anything new, and please comment if you have some information the rest of us don’t!

What a great Tuesday mystery!