|How many of these are in your life now?|
Monday, December 14, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
|On December 1st, 1979 I started my first computer job at "the computer store" (Yes, that was the name, and it was in all lowercase). It was a Friday and I started after school that day and I was 16 years old at the time. I was paid $2.90 per hour, and got a raise on January 1st, 1980 only because the minimum wage was increased to $3.15 per hour! I didn't care about the pay. I got to get up early on Saturday mornings to drive my Dads 1978 yellow Jeep Wagoneer to Cambridge and sell and test Apple II computers. They cost $1495 and came with 16K (that's kilobytes, not megabytes). Each additional 16K cost $180, and you needed 48K to run most software, unless you loaded programs from cassette. The only program worth loading from cassette was SubLogics Flight Simulator. It took 30 minutes to load, but I'll never forget the thrill of taking off and the even bigger thrill of landing the first time. I sold a lot Apple II's because of Visicalc, which was the first spreadsheet program for a personal computer. I also sold a lot games, space invaders being one of them. My favorite game, written by Robert Clardy of Synergistic Software is "Wilderness Campaign". It was one of the first adventure games with graphics, and I still play it to this day on an Apple II emulator, but I still have my Apple II and sometimes use it as well. My current Apple is Macbook Pro that is light years ahead of an Apple II, but those sure were the good old days when the home computer industry was just starting.|
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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Thursday, November 12, 2009
Members of the Caribbean Buddies 2010 team will mount a DXpedition to St. Lucia (J6) February 2-10, 2010. Nine operators from eight states will have fixed operations from a cliff-top villa and portable operations from various points on the island using CW, SSB, and digital modes. The team consists of the following operators: Chris Drummond (W6HFP), Budd Drummond (W3FF), B. Scott Andersen (NE1RD), Dan Gagnon (WZ1P), Steve Galchutt (WG0AT), Mike Greenwood (KC4VG), Guy Hamblen (N7UN), Paul Van Dyke (KB9AVO), and Weymouth Walker (K8EAB). Licensing is not yet complete but each operator is expected to receive their owncall sign. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or mail to operator's home call (SASE required).
See the DXpedition daily "journal" blog at http://caribbeanbuddies.blogspot.com or the 2010 Dxpedition website at http://sites.google.com/site/caribbeanbuddies/ for new announcements.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Make sure you read the owner reviews. They are a riot!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
| In the aftermath of a disaster, any connection to the outside world can be life-saving.|
A BBC report interviewed Radio Amateur Mike Outmesguine KG6NHH on recent developments in emergency broadband communications
The BBC news item says that Mike Outmesguine, KG6NHH, has demonstrated an easy way to produce a "Network Relief Kit" - an ultra-portable method of connecting to the internet from almost any location in the world. The entire kit can be carried in a back-pack, and offers a fast enough connection to watch videos on YouTube.
In 2003-2004 the equipment cost some $40,000 but these days the whole kit, including the solar panel, is down to around $3,000.
The system works by connecting to one of three satellites orbiting the earth to get an internet connection. The receiver can then be plugged in, using ethernet cables, to a standard router, VoIP (voice over internet protocol) phone or similar devices.
Read the full BBC report at
BBC Digital Planet radio interview with Radio Amateur Mike Outmesguine KG6NHH
Radio Amateur Mike D. Outmesguine KG6NHH is president and founder of TransStellar, Inc., a successful technology services company with an emphasis on wireless mobility and energy information systems.
Radio Amateurs have been pioneering the use of VoIP on HF, see
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|After reading this article, I can see how this could happen. This is why you should always configure your router with a wired connection as soon as you take it out of the box!|
Thursday, April 30, 2009
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Sunday, April 26, 2009
|It looks like GM is going to kill Pontiac. If they are to survive, I feel they should close everything except Chevy and Cadillac. If they focues on just these two brands, I'm willing to bet they could make quality products AND a profit!|
Saturday, April 25, 2009
|This is a nice MP3 player that would make a great gift for someone that wants an easy to use MP3 player.|
From the website:
"Introducing slotRadio - the instant load music player bundled with a 1,000 song slotRadio™ Mix card. No downloads, no PCs and no work involved. Simply pop the card in the player and enjoy a near-endless supply of full-length tracks."
Visit http://www.slotradio.org/ for more info
Friday, April 24, 2009
You'll think twice from now on when attaching a connector!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
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The IEEE Communications Magazine has a monthly series History of Communications
Friday, April 17, 2009
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
This is what happens when you have too much bondo and too much time on your hands!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Courtesy of Paul, W8TM - Enjoy!
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Friday, April 10, 2009
|I hope to give this contest a try as it looks interesting. It runs from 12PM till 6PM your local time and only on 20m.|
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Thursday, April 2, 2009
|How low can it go? The Sun is plunging into the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century.|
See the full story at: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/01apr_deepsolarminimum.htm?list1014869
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (CNN) -- In a surprise move, the GM Board of Directors has appointed two radio talk show hosts to head up the company's emergency restructuring. The new GM Product Czars are Tom and Ray Magliozzi, also known as "Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers," who host NPR's Car Talk radio show. Former GM fans from the 1950s and 1960s, they since went on to become harsh GM critics in recent decades.
For the full story: http://www.cartalk.com/content/features/cnn/
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
I'd like to know what this sounds like! And don't even think of keeping any papers on your desk!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I found this to be an interesting article for people who would like to get into programming, yet don't have a college degree.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I love this concept - a cheap, reliable no-frills car!
Monday, February 9, 2009
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If you play around with this you can zoom in to see some cool stuff! Just click on the image and use the wheel on your mouse to zoom in and out, or use the slider control on the photo.
Monday, February 2, 2009
I made 23 QSO's and got a score of 414 in the Single operator Low Power category (< 50W). Next year I may try QRP to see if I can equal or better my score.
|I hear a lot of people tell me that they would like to use LOTW, but when the look at the "Getting Started" guide, it looks daunting to them. I agree that when I first saw it, I too thought the same thing. I recently found this online guide that shows you how it is done step by step.|
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
|She's entering a photography contest that will donate $20k to St. Jude's Hospital. If you have a minute please vote for her, and send this along to anyone else you think might be interested (and you can vote once each day). |
The picture that comes up with this link is Cheryl's photo, so all you have to do is enter your email address and click the button.
Check out her website: www.cherylsteinhoffphotography.com