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“A Computer for your fingers” – iTouched the iPad

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Quite by accident, I found myself in front of the Apple “store within a store” at Best Buy. 

There they were.  Three iPads laying on the table, fully powered up, and waiting for someone to pick up and play with them.  Here I was; there they were; it was a match made in heaven.  So I picked one up and gave it a workout.

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April 30, 2010 at 3:50 pm

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Extreme AMD Quad Core Overclocking – 6.5 Ghz

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What does it take?  Liquid Nitrogen, 500 Liters of Liquid Helium, take it to -242 degrees Celsius and see what happens.

See the experiment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB0JodKgZ0A

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April 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm

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American Military Strategy … on one page

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April 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm

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How to Fly the B-17: Flight Operations (1943)

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 A great piece of history – World War II B17 Bomber Pilot Training Film

http://opencast.de/how-to-fly-the-b-17-flight-operations-1943/

And watch some other historical footage –

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April 26, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Why Nations Decline

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A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.  It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse [gifts] from the public treasury.  From that moment on, the majority only votes for candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship — Alexandar Fraser Tytler (1747-1913)”

Quoted by Mitt Romney in No Apology: The Case for American Greatness

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April 26, 2010 at 4:02 pm

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Nothing interesting to listen to on Amateur Radio

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Listen to the Liberty Net – Live and On-Demand

I can agree with the sentiment below – so many amateur radio conversations are vacuous.   How about taking it up a notch and get amateurs into the national conversation on topics of the day? 

A past president of the ARRL said that a renewed focus on Technology will reawaken the relevance of Amateur Radio.  Will it?  Or will this just drive Amateur Radio into a smaller and smaller niche market on the margins of society?  

Would Amateur Radio be more relevant if it hitched its wagon to the national conversation where “everyone” can participate?  Check out the Liberty net.  Not an Amateur? –  you can listen to archived nets on-line at the links below.  Are you a shortwave listener with a radio capable of LSB/USB or a BFO?  Then blow the dust off that set and listen in real-time

SO MANY amateur contacts are empty and meaningless, an exchange of signal reports or technical descriptions of the most rudimentary sort. Such is seldom the case for the discussions that take place on or around 3950 kHz SSB during the weekly Liberty Net — a current events discussion net that has been meeting weekly since the 1970s.

Every Saturday night at 10:00 PM Eastern Time, the Liberty Net begins and usually runs until the wee hours of the morning. W1WCR, Victor Misek, is the Net Control Operator, and his commanding signal spans the continent and beyond with perfect intelligibility. In addition, Vic’s array of Beverage antennas (he is the author of the Beverage Antenna Handbook) allows him to receive signals through noise and interference that would stymie most operators, and relay important information to the rest of the net participants.

The Liberty Net is a formal current events discussion net, taking on political and social issues usually distorted or covered up by the controlled mass media, and has been in operation for four decades. Any amateur willing to follow net protocol is welcome to join. You need not agree with other participants. The only stations not welcome on the net are a few inveterate jammers who have made themselves obnoxious by purposely interfering with the frequency on numerous occasions.

The Liberty Net operates formally only on Saturday evenings, but on many evenings you will hear some of the Net participants engaging in informal, free-spirited, and free-thinking discussions of important issues on the frequency. When intentional interference is present, sometimes the participants shift to 3953, 3947, 3947.5, 3960, or other nearby frequencies.

Read more on the purpose of the net, summaries, and download archived discussions
http://3950.net/3950-and-the-liberty-net/
http://3950.net/

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April 25, 2010 at 5:47 pm

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Clifford Stoll on Everything

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I ran across this TED talk by Clifford Stoll – Clifford Stoll on Everything

You need to prepare yourself for this talk.  This is not for everyone.  A combination of eccentricity, insight, the bizarre, Klein bottles, and how children learned how to measure the speed of sound.

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April 25, 2010 at 4:13 pm

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