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June 29, 2004

U.S. Satellite Fails to Reach Planned Orbit

"U.S. Satellite Fails to Reach Planned Orbit

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A U.S. telecommunications satellite failed to reach its target orbit on Tuesday after blasting off from a platform floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the launch provider said.

But the satellite, orbiting closer to Earth than planned, could still be pushed to the correct position using its own engines, Sea Launch, the launch provider, and the satellite's manufacturer, Loral Space & Communications, said."

Complete Rueters Article

Oopsy!

June 26, 2004

My Blog

Yeah, I know, I keep fudging with my blog format. Must be annoying, but I feel that I am finally happy with the formatting. *LOL*

June 25, 2004

"The Chronicles of Riddick"

I went to see "The Chronicles of Riddick" yesterday. The movie is overall, enjoyable. BUT... There is one story line issue that I have a problem with. One of the actors that was in the prior movie (I forget his name), but did INFACT die in "Pitch Black". He was NOT on the ship with "Jack" and "Riddick", as the new movie says he was at the end. They could of made up some other B.S. character to fill this bit of plot. Preferably someone who knew Riddick from the past. The introduction of this resurrected character saying that he didn't die was just unbelievably hard to get past for me. This made the movie seem lame in the beginnging.

Trailers And at the official site.

June 24, 2004

Upgrade From Your Old MAC To Your New MAC

Upgrade From Your Old MAC To Your New MAC - The link is the fast and simple way to upgrade, and move your data over from your old MAC to your new MAC. http://www.apple.com/macosx/upgrade/upgradetonewmac.html

iPod Your BMW

"Now, thanks to a new adapter co-developed by Apple and BMW, you can enjoy the ultimate sound experience while tooling around in the Ultimate Driving Machine.

Available immediately for late-model BMW autos, the iPod, and iPod mini, the new adapter lets you use the control functions on your steering wheel to adjust volume, skip tracks, fast forward/rewind a song, or switch to random shuffle. What's that playing now? Just check your audio display. And in addition to delivering 100% of iPod's audio quality to your car's speakers, the adapter (tucked neatly away in your glove compartment) also recharges iPod as you drive and keeps messy wires out of sight. Like to hear more?"

http://www.apple.com/ipod/bmw/

What if I don't want a BMW? What if I want it in my Saturn? *LOL*

June 22, 2004

South Korean Hostage Beheaded

SEOUL, South Korea (CNN)

"SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- Iraqi insurgents have carried out their threat to behead the South Korean civilian they were holding hostage, the Pentagon said Tuesday."

"It breaks our heart that we have to announce this unfortunate news. A body identified to be of an Asian man was found between Baghdad and Fallujah," said South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Shin Bong-Kil in Seoul.

"Afterwards, the photo of the body was e-mailed to the South Korean Embassy and was confirmed to be the body of Kim Sun Il."

Soldier Nanotechnologies

Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies

"The Army solicits proposals from U.S. universities to host the "Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies". The intent of the Army is to create a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), with industry partners, to develop nanometer-scale science and technology solutions for the soldier. The announcement was posted in CBDNet and published in Commerce Business Daily on October 4, 2001 (Solicitation Notice #50Z9Z9, SUBJECT: U.S. Army Research Office Broad Agency Announcement for the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies). The solicitation is available below."

MIT's Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN)

"The ISN was founded in March 2002 by a $50 million contract from the U.S. Army. Our charge is to pursue a long-range vision for how technology can make soldiers less vulnerable to enemy and environmental threats. The ultimate goal is to create a 21st century battlesuit that combines high-tech capabilities with light weight and comfort."

June 21, 2004

Spaceship One

Cool!!!!

Success

Pics:

The White Knight turbojet aircraft climbs over the Mojave desert with SpaceShipOne attached below

White Knight launch aircraft carries the spaceship, followed by Bob Scherer?s Starship chase aircraft

SpaceShipOne sits on the ramp on its landing gear

June 17, 2004

Weblogs.com Free Hosting

Weblogs.com free blog hosting is shut down perminantly due to not being able to afford the hosting bill. Understandable. Check out Dave's audio explaination below.

About Weblogs.com Hosting

June 16, 2004

New Kernel Crash-Exploit discovered

"A Linux kernel bug allows a simple C program crash the kernel, effectively locking the whole system. The security hole affects both 2.4.2x and 2.6.x kernels on the x86 and x86_64 architectures."

Yipes!

400GB Seagate SATA Drives

"Disc Drive Leader Seagate Increases PC Hard Drive Capacities to 400GB, Unveils New Portable and Pocket External Drives"

"The new Barracuda 7200.8 disc drive offers PC makers and consumers the industry's highest areal density with 400GB on a three-disc platform, a new cache size up to 16 Mbytes, a choice of an Ultra ATA interface or the industry's first native Serial ATA (SATA) interface with native command queuing (NCQ), and remains the quietest PC hard drive on the market. Seagate will also offer the new 400GB capacity in its award-winning desktop Seagate External Hard Drive, which is perfect for using less desktop space and travels well with notebook PCs while still offering a 100GB capacity. The new Seagate USB2 Pocket Hard Drive is the first tiny USB-compatible 5GB drive consumers can pop in their pocket or backpack to carry data wherever they go, thanks to its tough-but-cute hard case."

Vrooom Vrooom!!!!

June 8, 2004

"conduit manager, volume is locked"

"conduit manager, volume is locked"

Does anyone know why you would get this Hotsync'ing to OS X Panther? I have a Palm m515. I can sync fine to my PC, but I'm having isues syncing to my iBook. Any help?

Addendum... I found out that I just needed to update my Palm Desktop software. I'm fixed.

June 3, 2004

PCI TV Card

I installed my new PCI TV card today, and added a mod light in the bottom of the case to brighten things up. I have to say it looks cool. I am enjoying my new TV/FM card. It's turned out to be a great buy! And I can schedule and record all my TV shows, as soon as I install my new 150GB hard drive. Not looking forward to that update though. It's going to replace my main hard drive. I have to partion it, format it, then use Norton Ghost to copy everything over. I will let you know how that goes.

Discovered Missing Black Holes

"Discovering missing black holes: First Science from a Virtual Observatory"

"28-May-2004: A European team has used the Astrophysical Virtual Observatory (AVO) to find 30 supermassive black holes that had previously escaped detection behind masking dust clouds. The identification of this large population of long-sought ?hidden? black holes is the first scientific discovery to emerge from a Virtual Observatory. The result suggests that astronomers may have underestimated the number of powerful supermassive black holes by as much as a factor of five."

Very interesting...

What's New And Cool?!

"Nokia unveils mid-air messaging"

"Nokia is making a mobile that lets you write short text messages in mid-air."

"The messages are written using a row of LEDs fitted on the rear cover of Nokia's forthcoming 3220 phone."

"A motion sensor in the phone makes the lights blink in a sequence that spells out letters when the handset is waved in the air."

This is kind of geeky cool. LOL

Cool Tech Stuff

I went to Best Buy today... Purchased a Body Glove zip up case that will hold my palm in it's metal protective case with all my SD cards (SD & SD BlueTooth). I finally got my PCI TV card in the mail today. "Video Mate TV Gold+". I purchased it on sale at "NewEgg". Good buy at $56. I have to say I'm technically happy. LOL Oh well. Now to make the time to install my TV card in my PC.