Farewell Lunch

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Thanks Mike Moran for your always appropriate comments

Thanks Mike Pearson for the many nights at Fado looking at life through a pint of Guinness

Muchos Gracias Adam for “hamming it up” in the office…KG6RBE out!

Thanks Jodi for the always entertaining lunch make sure you keep Chandler in line…in Charleston!

Thanks John for a great trip to NRB and the wonderful biblical insight

Thanks Renee for the great tips on Georgia, and you are right, I should never have moved north of the perimeter!

Thanks Dale for being the best boss and friend one can have…keep the faith Cali is calling your name.

And finally Jeremy, a true friend, thanks for all your insight and keep up the good work on the blog

Tina and I are glad to have shared 10 months in the South…next stop California!

Spring Shower – the Lyrids

The Lyrid meteor shower peaks on the morning of April 22nd. Observers who wake up at, say, 3 a.m., and watch the sky until dawn can expect to see a few dozen meteors (5 to 20 per hour). The Lyrids are a northern hemisphere shower. Sky watchers in the southern hemisphere should stay in bed. [sky map]

Lyrid meteors stream from a point in the constellation Lyra near Vega–a brilliant blue-white star about three times wider than our Sun and 25 light years away. Go outside any morning before dawn in April and look straight up: There’s Vega, bright and eye-catching. About 14,000 years ago Vega was the North Star. Earth’s spin axis wanders: Now it points at Polaris, then it pointed at Vega. You might have seen Vega in Carl Sagan’s movie Contact. It was the source of alien radio transmissions to Earth.

Although Lyrid meteors look like they come from Vega, they don’t. The source of the Lyrid meteor shower is Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1). Every year in April Earth plows through Thatcher’s dusty debris stream with a relative velocity of 49 km/s (110,000 mph). Meteoroids (most no bigger than grains of sand) strike Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrate as fiery streaks of light.

Make IE Panther friendly

Internet Explorer 5.2.3 has not been updated in a while, and still retains a skin suited best for Jaguar. A simple update to the Hexadecimal code can give IE for OS X a Panther-like skin (as seen in this screenshot), so that IE no longer has to stick out like a sore thumb. Using an Hexadecimal editor such as HexEdit, open the IE package contents and go to Contents -> MacOS and then open the ‘Internet Explorer’ file. Go to the Address (command-J using Hexedit) 2FA014 (using the latest version of IE, 5815.1). This is the 18 bytes of code you will want to edit:
EE EE EE EE EE EE E6 E6 E6 E6 E6 E6 EE EE EE EE EE EE FF FF FF FF FF FF

Replace those 18 bytes with:
EE EE EE EE EE EE EE EE EE EE EE EE F3 F3 F3 F3 F3 F3 F3 F3 F3 F3 F3 F3

Save the file then restart Internet Explorer.”

I don’t use this lame browser anymore…but Adobe has chosen it as it’s default so it does pop up every once and a while.

Real is clueless

During a panel discussion Tuesday at PC Forum in Arizona, RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser said that Apple is creating problems for itself by using a file format (AAC with its FairPlay DRM) that forces consumers to buy legal music from Apple’s own iTunes Music Store. “Because Apple’s iPod music player does not support other proprietary music formats and does not license its own format to rivals, Real’s Rhapsody and other song sites are blocked from easily reaching iPod users,” notes CNET News.com. “Apple’s (market) share will go down if they continue to do this,” Glaser said. “The only way to presently put songs on an iPod is to (buy) them from iTunes.”

Of course overlooking the fact that iTunes handles mp3 better than any other player out there. What is Real bringing to the table anyway?

Leaked XBOX2 specs PPC

According to the MercuryNews.com, the specifications for Microsoft’s successor to the Xbox were revealed. The specs for the next Xbox, at least according to this report, are as follows: Three IBM-designed 64-bit microprocessors, the same chips now used in Apple Computer’s high-end G5 PowerMac. This will give the new Xbox ‘more computing power than most personal computers.’ A graphics chip designed by ATI Technologies that will clock in with speeds faster than the upcoming R400. But what I found most surprising is there are no talks about an internal hard drive, rather suggesting that the next Xbox will instead rely on flash memory, and, depending on hardware cost, backwards compatibility could be out of the question.

Free iTunes not just for Pepsi drinkers

from the fine print (32oz fountain cups…MOUNTAIN DEW BOOYA)

2. WHERE TO FIND GAME PIECES: Look for game piece printed underneath bottle caps on specially-marked ?iTunes? 20 oz. and 1 liter bottles of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Sierra Mist and under the rim of specially-marked 32 oz. fountain cups available at participating 7 Eleven convenience stores during the Promotion Period. Not all brands and package sizes may participate in all areas. No Purchase Necessary. To receive one free game piece and a copy of Official Rules, while supplies last, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope postmarked on or before 3/31/04 to: Pepsi iTunes Game Piece, P.O. Box 9205, Young America, MN 55558-9205. Residents of the state of VT may omit return postage. Limit one free game piece per request per stamped outer envelope. Pepsi-Cola Company (?Sponsor?) assumes no liability for lost, late, stolen, illegible, misdirected, mutilated, incomplete or postage-due mail or requests.