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WEEK 31 2007
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17 March 2002
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Ago, This Week, 2005
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This Week, 2006
- well, Barry Bonds finally did it, tied the home run record. But the Padres won me two bits off my Dad, none the less!
You have to wonder how long his record will stand. Certainly he'll
surpass 755 in the near future, but he's near the end of his career.
This could be his last season. Alex Rodriguez, at 32, already has 500
hits and would surpass 755 in only five or six years at his current
pace. Even if he slacks off in his late 30's he will probably limit
Bond's time with the record to less than ten years.
As for the asterisk, ehhh, I don't know.
Friday 3 August
- on the way up I finished Book #51, Lindbergh*, by Scott Berg. It was abridged, but not in the hacked way of Outerbridge Reach,
and covered the basics of his life - parents, childhood, catching the
flying bug, the Atlantic crossing, fame and marriage, the kidnapping
and murder of his baby, the years leading up to WWII and his purported
dalliance with the Nazi's (he was actually spying on them) and his later life. Recommended.
Wireless broadband - nowhere near
as fast as cable, but good enough on the road.
2 August 2007
- a long day on the road, up to my Dad's place. I took State Route 101 from
Ventura. I hadn't driven the lower portion, south of the 166, in years.
It hasn't really changed that much. It was busy until well past Santa
Barbara, but then was a nice drive in 65F weather until Cuesta Summit,
where it instantly turned to 80F. Which really wasn't that bad.
The traffic picked up again in Gilroy and was moderate to heavy all the
way up to Martinez.
A major bridge has collapsed in Minneapolis - the I-35W, a westbound interstate.
Time will tell whether it was a design, construction,
or maintenance flaw. In engineering a screw-up can be deadly.
There is an old engineering adage the the effect of: "If you do your job right you'll get a mass produced certificate of appreciation in a plastic frame. If you do it wrong dozens of people will die publicly, in agony."
Wednesday 1 August 2007
- a long, but productive, day of work.
Tuesday 31 July 2007
- I bought the Verizon EVDO service, at a place down in
sales clerk was a little more up on his product - the laptop worked and
he was able to show me EVDO Rev. A working. He even downloaded a small
video to show the speed. It wasn't cable speeds, but it's good enough
for a "road warrior". And the card, the high speed PC6750 card, was free with the two
year contract. So that was OK. Well, actually, it was $50 with a $50
rebate that I need to send in.
The salesman did claim that the card didn't support an
external antenna, but the sign on the wall mentioned that it did, and there
was a little rubber cover over a plug on the side of the card, so I
guess it does.
Yeah, I can work securely from the boat now, it's the first place I
Monday 30 July 2007
- more work about the house, then back to work!
Lilek's is going on a cruise.
Sunday 29 July 2007
- had coffee and toast on the patio in the morning, spent some time
cleaning out the garage, went to lunch with friends.
On the way back we stopped at the official Verizon Wireless
store. It was sort of pointless. I had questions about their service,
they had answers - exactly the same answers I got from the web page.
Me: Do you
Me: Are your
towers Rev. A?
Here in the valley?
Me: I was
defaulting to 1x (non-EVDO) this morning on my PDA, in Lancaster.
Clerk: How about that.
should I get you instead of Sprint's EVDO?
It's really fast!
Me: Is there
a promotion for an existing
Verizon Wireless and
only $59.99 a month!
that for everyone.
Me: Can I
see it work on that display laptop you have bolted to the counter over
broken. We told them, but they haven't fixed it.
It's really fast!
Me: Do you
have a brochure?
Uh...well...you've been very helpful...thanks.
Here's my card!
Actually I did
learn something - the "free" wireless card that comes with a two year
support Rev. A, the faster network protocols. The Rev. A
PCMCIA PC5750 is $197.00 with
the two year contract. (Or you could buy a huge USB antenna
dongle, the size of a bar of soap that you attach to your laptop via two USB
cables...yeah, I imagine that's
selling like hotcakes. We all need more cables and bricks in our mobile
Coming next week, an exciting in depth interview with a Sprint clerk!
Classic line from Alias Smith & Jones: “What is
basically a very complicated system for playing cassettes with the
little green light on, or off.” [via Geekrant]
Apropos of nothing (except that my Ford Explorer cassette player
playing a biography of Charles Lindbergh halfway through the kidnapping
last week, gotta look into