Wednesday, July 29, 2009

ENIAC was announced July 29, 1946

ENIAC, short for Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer, was the first general-purpose electronic computer. It was a Turing-complete, digital computer capable of being reprogrammed to solve a full range of computing problems. ENIAC was designed to calculate artillery firing tables for the U.S. Army's Ballistic Research Laboratory, but its first use was in calculations for the hydrogen bomb.
When ENIAC was announced in 1946 it was heralded in the press as a "Giant Brain". It boasted speeds one thousand times faster than electro-mechanical machines, a leap in computing power that no single machine has since matched. This mathematical power, coupled with general-purpose programmability, excited scientists and industrialists. The inventors promoted the spread of these new ideas by teaching a series of lectures on computer architecture.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Just say no to Healthcare

I'm 63 years old and I'm terrified of Obama's Healthcare . Please write your congressman and senators. If you have never written, Please do it now. Tell them "Just say no to Healthcare". I only have a few years left, so hurry !

Click here to Email Your Representative

Fred Thompson Talk Radio show
Betsy McCaughey Exposes Obama Healthcare Lies

Betsy McCaughey on Health Care for CNN
If you hear it on CNN its got to be bad.

Defend Your Health Care

Down load the bill from here:

Sunday, July 26, 2009

You should be using Firefox

Meet Firefox 3.5
A quick overview of what makes Mozilla’s latest browser so great.
See the Video

Download FireFox HERE
Its free for the taking

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Elizabeth (Jackson) Raney 1915 - 2009

I'll never forget the day that Elizabeth (Jackson) Raney and Forest Waters gaucked out the office window as J.C. Brown and I walked up the sidewalk to the school. As we opened the door we heard "J. C. Brown and Jack Demaree report to the office", over the intercom.

Mr. Waters said, "For the good of the community and the good of the school corporation it has been decided you two will no longer be allowed to attend Versailles High School".

I'll just bet Elizabeth and Forest are looking out Heaven's window deciding on who attends.

Operation Crossroads - July 25, 1946

The "Baker" explosion, part of Operation Crossroads, a nuclear weapon test by the United States military at Bikini Atoll, Micronesia, on July 25, 1946. Its purpose was to test the effect of nuclear weapons on naval ships. It was the second US nuclear bomb set off since the bombing of Nagasaki.

Photo credit: United States Department of Defense

Friday, July 24, 2009

I was stationed at Ft. Ord, Ca

I was stationed at Ft. Ord, Ca. for a period of about 22 months while serving my army obligation. I was an instructor of military explosives while there. This was a very beautiful post and my duty was good. My daughter Sandy just visited this post along with Monterey / Sea Side where she and her mother Betty and I lived. She found our actual apartment that after 45 years or so was still there and looking good. Her visit jogged my memory as to see what I could find about my old army days. Sadly, Ft. Ord was closed in 1994.......... Sgt. Jack Demaree - Click to see my interview from the Library of Congress

Fort Ord was a U.S. Army post on Monterey Bay in California. It was established in 1917 as a maneuver area and field artillery target range and was closed in September 1994. Fort Ord was one of the most attractive locations of any U.S. Army post, because of its proximity to the beach and California weather. The 7th Infantry Division (Light) was its main resident for many years. When Fort Ord was converted to civilian use, space was set aside for the first nature reserve in the United States created for conservation of an insect, the endangered species Smith's blue butterfly.

While much of the old military buildings and infrastructure remain abandoned, many structures have been torn down for anticipated development. California State University Monterey Bay, along with some subdivisions, a strip mall, military facilities and a nature preserve occupy the area today.
Here are some links with Ft. Ord information:

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Air Canada Flight 143 Lands Safe on 23 July 1983,

The Gimli Glider is the nickname of an Air Canada aircraft which was involved in an infamous aviation incident. On 23 July 1983, a Boeing 767-200 jet, Air Canada Flight 143, ran completely out of fuel at 41,000 feet (12,500 m) altitude, about halfway through its flight from Montreal to Edmonton. The crew was able to glide the aircraft safely to an emergency landing at Gimli Industrial Park Airport, a former airbase at Gimli, Manitoba.
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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Walter Cronkite 1916 - 2009

Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often cited in viewer opinion polls as "the most trusted man in America" because of his professional experience and kindly demeanor. Walter was also an Amateur Radio Operator. (KB2GSD) "Amateur Radio is the only fail safe communications in the world". Walter Cronkite
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

From earth to the first Moon landing July 16 - 20, 1969

The Apollo 11 mission was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. It was the fifth human spaceflight of Project Apollo and the third human voyage to the Moon. Launched on July 16, 1969, it carried Mission Commander Neil Alden Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon, while Collins orbited above.
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From Wikipedia encyclopedia

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

WIBC goes F.M. - what a shame

As an almost 64 year old teenager who remembers the good times of the late 50's and early 60's before heading into the army, I can attest to the fact that WIBC (1070 Khz) was the in station then with "Easy" Gwin during the afternoon, WSAI (1360 Khz) with Dusty Roads, and WLS (890 Khz) with Dick Biondi at night. It was fun cruising the drive-ins like The Dog n' Sudds and Frisch's. Those were the days for listening to Rock and Roll with your car's A.M. radio, There was no F.M. yet in cars. A.M. radios in cars or home now have very poor receivers and the mighty clear channel stations have cut their power to conserve electric. Yes A.M. is about a thing of the past, What a shame.

Princess Summerfall Winterspring

This marionette was featured in the 1955 Howdy Doody TV show. Some of the others on the show were Fubadub, Mr. Bluster, Clarabell. The stars of the show were Howdy Doody and Buffalo Bob. I don't have a clue why I thought about the princess but she just popped into my mind, of course I had to see if I could find her photo on the net. Thanks to Google, here she is.
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A reader of my Blog was so kind in sending me the real person Summer Fall Winter Spring's photo. She appeared as a real person but was killed in an auto accident. She returned to the Howdy Doody show as a puppet in future shows.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

New Player Embedded

I have added a MP3 player to this blog.
Look to the Top Right ..........>
Click the > button to play the file.
The file that will play today is a recorded phone message from a soldier stationed in
Bagdad, Iraq. This file will change periodically, read the above player desciption.

Dispose of an old computer

Q) I wish to dispose of an old computer and I understand that the best way of protecting the personal information on the hard disk (my bank details and so on) is to remove the hard disk and break it up with a hammer, and then the other computer parts can be used by a third party. Can you advise how to go about this process? Thank you, Jim B.

A) The rather odd advice to smash your hard disk if you’re getting rid of a computer was recently propagated by a national magazine.

While it’s certainly one way of making sure the data on your disk can’t be accessed, it’s not the most practical. For one thing, it’s dangerous – there’s a risk of being hit in the eye by a small part flying off the disk’s casing – and second it is considerably more trouble than it’s worth.

Let’s go back to basics: the reason you need to make data unrecoverable is that, because of the way hard disks work, deleting something doesn’t really mean it’s gone. When you delete a file in Windows it remains on the disk but the computer ‘forgets’ about it. It’s still easily recoverable. Even formatting the hard disk, which wipes it clean, leaves traces of your old data which, again, is still recoverable with dedicated software.

There is software available, though, that will not only wipe your hard disk clean but will overwrite it with random patterns of data so that the old data (your confidential files) is truly hard to recover.

There’s some argument over how thorough the software needs to be, but one of the most popular free tools, Eraser, allows you to set a number of ‘passes’ – that is, the number of times it overwrites all the data on the disk. I would recommend three.

Either way, using an Eraser is certainly easier than taking a hammer to your disk.

Here is a nice one
that should do the job, but there are many more to choose from. By the way, I think that Good Will no longer accepts computers, but I still do.
Thanks for your question....... Jack

Friday, July 10, 2009

Telstar 1, launched July 10, 1962

The first two Telstar satellites were "Telstar 1", launched July 10, 1962 and operational until February 21, 1963, and "Telstar 2", launched May 7, 1963 and operational until May 16, 1965. They were experimental, and nearly identical. Telstar 1 relayed the first television pictures, telephone calls and fax images through space and provided the first live transatlantic television feed.
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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Bandstand July 9, 1956

Dick Clark made his debut as host of "Bandstand" on a Philadelphia TV station. The name of the show was changed to "American Bandstand" when it went to ABC-TV.
Read all about it

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Roswell UFO Incident - July 8, 1947

The Roswell UFO Incident involves the recovery of materials near Roswell, New Mexico, USA, on July 8, 1947, which since the late 1970s has become the subject of intense speculation, rumor, and questioning. There are widely divergent views on what actually happened and passionate debate about what evidence can be believed. The United States military maintains that what was actually recovered was debris from an experimental high-altitude surveillance balloon belonging to a classified program named "Mogul." Many UFO proponents maintain that a crashed alien craft and bodies were recovered, and that the military engaged in a cover-up. The incident has turned into a widely known pop culture phenomenon, making Roswell synonymous with UFOs. It ranks as one of the most publicized and controversial UFO incidents ever.

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From wikipedia

Monday, July 06, 2009

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla's birthday is coming up on the 10th, so I thought I'd read a bit about the man that received little credit for his work......Jack

After his demonstration of wireless communication (radio) in 1894 and after being the victor in the "War of Currents", he was widely respected as one of the greatest electrical engineers who worked in America. Much of his early work pioneered modern electrical engineering and many of his discoveries were of groundbreaking importance. During this period, in the United States, Tesla's fame rivaled that of any other inventor or scientist in history or popular culture, but due to his eccentric personality and his seemingly unbelievable and sometimes bizarre claims about possible scientific and technological developments, Tesla was ultimately ostracized and regarded as a mad scientist. Never having put much focus on his finances, Tesla died impoverished at the age of 86.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sunday, July 05, 2009


The International Space Station (ISS) is about to make a remarkable series of flybys over the United States. Beginning this 4th of July weekend, the station will appear once, twice, and sometimes three times a day for many days in a row. Check the Simple Satellite Tracker for flyby times.

bikini was introduced

July 5th 1946
Named after Bikini Atoll, the site of the nuclear weapons test "Operation Crossroads" in the Marshall Islands, the modern bikini was introduced at a fashion show in Paris.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Fourth of July is Independence Day

Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It's a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks, and a reason to fly the American flag.

Government Information

Declaration of Independence

I just love Red White & Blue

Fly your flag today

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Amelia Earhart – missing July 2, 1937

During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937, Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. Fascination with her life, career and disappearance continues to this day.
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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Microsoft's Bing

Microsoft has finally done something worth wild, it appears they have came up with a search engine that rivals Google.Its called Bing and you can find it at Give it a try, type in the city and state where you live. I typed in my Ham Radio call sign and found 12 pages full of links to my call sign. Also you can narrow the search to Web, Images, Videos, Shopping, News, Maps, and More. By the way the start page has a very nice image. Try it, you'll like it !

Ham Radio - RCARC Field Day 2009

The Ripley County Amateur Radio Club (RCARC) organized just over one year ago has become ready for disaster with a test in the field using portable antenna and operating without power from the electric company. Portable generators and home built makeshift antennas were used for the exercise. Field Day, sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), is an annual event to keep amateur operators prepared in the event communications are disrupted or overloaded.
Still photos
YouTube video