Friday, July 25, 2008

Big Oaks, Jefferson Proving Ground, Madison, Indiana

I was invited again to tour Big Oaks located inside the Jefferson Proving Ground Madison, Indiana. As always I snapped a few photos. They are posted on the Web at:
Here are photos My friend James took:
All of my Picasa photos are hosted at:
Thank you goes to the Southeastern Indiana Photo Club.
See Information on Big Oaks Also here
Old Timbers via Google Maps

Concorde crash

July 25, 2000 Air France Flight 4590 Concorde crash

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Roz Savage rows the Pacific

Follow Roz Savage as she attempts to become the first woman to row the Pacific solo. Listen to her daily audio report.
While listening to Roz & Leo I clicked on the root page and found Hosts: Leo Laporte, Don Reisinger, Veronica Belmont, Larry "Major Nelson". If you remember, Leo hosted several TV shows on Tech TV some years ago. It was great hearing their voices again.

Another fun thing I found was a page called "Searchme"
I typed in my name and found all of my Web pages plus others with the same name as I. I then entered "wb9otx" (My Ham Radio call sign) and found tons of links to and from me. Try it to see what you find about yourself.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

July 20th 1969 - Apollo 11 lands on moon

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 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 land on the Moon, while Collins orbited above.

The mission fulfilled President John F. Kennedy's goal of reaching the moon by the end of the 1960s, which he expressed during a 1961 speech:

"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Radio Shack fined $630,000

Texas AG finishes probe of Radio Shack's identity protection measures

Electronics retailer RadioShack Corp. has agreed to pay Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office $630,000 to settle an investigation into the company's identity-theft protection practices.

While $50,000 will cover attorneys' fees, the rest of the fine will pay for future investigations related to identity theft.

Fort Worth-based RadioShack (NYSE: RSH) also agreed to enhance its information security requirements and add an identity-theft protection training program for new employees.

RadioShack was investigated after the attorney general learned a retail location had dumped thousands of sensitive records into a trash can. The records contained confidential client data, Social Security numbers, debit and credit information and personal contact information. Read the full article
and another one here

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

July 16 1945 Manhattan Project nuclear explosion

1945 – Manhattan Project: "Trinity", the first nuclear test explosion, was detonated near Alamogordo, New Mexico, United States.

This article is about the World War II nuclear project. For other uses of the name "The Manhattan Project", see Manhattan Project (disambiguation).
The Manhattan Project resulted in the creation of the first nuclear weapons, and the first-ever nuclear detonation, known as the Trinity test of July 16, 1945.
The Manhattan Project resulted in the creation of the first nuclear weapons, and the first-ever nuclear detonation, known as the Trinity test of July 16, 1945.

The Manhattan Project was the project to develop the first nuclear weapon (atomic bomb) during World War II by the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Formally designated as the Manhattan Engineer District (MED), it refers specifically to the period of the project from 1941–1946 under the control of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, under the administration of General Leslie R. Groves.

The project's roots lay in scientists' fears since the 1930s that Nazi Germany was also investigating nuclear weapons of its own. Born out of a small research program in 1939, the Manhattan Project eventually employed more than 130,000 people and cost nearly $2 billion USD ($24 billion in 2008 dollars based on CPI). It resulted in the creation of multiple production and research sites that operated in secret.

The three primary research and production sites of the project were the plutonium-production facility at what is now the Hanford Site, the uranium-enrichment facilities at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the weapons research and design laboratory, now known as Los Alamos National Laboratory. Project research took place at over thirty sites across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The MED maintained control over U.S. weapons production until the formation of the Atomic Energy Commission in January 1947.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

FCC chairman wants to punish Comcast

The FCC chairman wants to punish Comcast for blocking certain traffic which the cable company says eats up bandwidth. What has come to light is that Comast is not the only one practicing the blocking of Internet traffic. It is just that Comcast got caught at it. The FCC chairman may recommend that Comcast be punished for their deeds. Though exactly what that punishment might be is unknown. According to the New York Times:
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Thursday, July 10, 2008

greatest photo I’ve ever seen

One of the greatest photos I’ve ever seen. Three things you’d never expect to see together (warning, it’s huge so you will have to scroll horizontally):

PC virus protection (free)

What do you recommend for PC virus protection, Is there a free quality program?

For Anti-virus, I suggest either AVG or Avast . I personally use AVG on my machines. Both products are free. Always remember to uninstall your current anti-virus program before you install a new one. Two on the same machine will not play well together. I would never use any Norton or macafay product.

Thanks H.N. for your question.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

"stuff" about America

I was just sent an email asking me why I post so much "stuff" about America (USA) being so great? I can answer that because I have traveled outside the USA many times. My wife has visited 3rd world counties several times also. I cringe at the things she tells when she returns. One more thing, Our country gives you the privilege to disagree with me. I feel there are things this county can improve, but still I think it is the best place to live on this earth. Were you in the armed forces ? I would bet not.... think about it.

God Bless America

Sometimes we need to just stop and think about this wonderful place called America. All you have to do is travel outside this country of ours to realize what we have. I have been away from the USA 14 times, My friends ask what was the most exciting thing you seen on your trip? I always tell them, "The entrance to my drive way". Stop for about 5 minutes and enjoy Martina McBride singing "God Bless America". It will give your day a boost. Thank you to my friend Ralph for directing me to this link.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

On July 8, 1947, "flying disc"

On July 8, 1947, the Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) issued a press release stating that personnel from the field's 509th Bomb Group had recovered a crashed "flying disc" from a ranch near Roswell, sparking intense media interest. Later the same day, the Commanding General of the Eighth Air Force stated that, in fact, a weather balloon had been recovered by RAAF personnel, rather than a "flying saucer." A subsequent press conference was called, featuring debris said to be from the crashed object that seemed to confirm the weather balloon description. The case was quickly forgotten and almost completely ignored, even by UFO researchers, for more than 30 years. Then, in 1978, ufologist Stanton T. Friedman interviewed Major Jesse Marcel, who was involved with the original recovery of the debris in 1947. Marcel expressed his belief that the military had covered up the recovery of an alien spacecraft. His story circulated through UFO circles, being featured in some UFO documentaries at the time. In February 1980, The National Enquirer ran its own interview with Marcel, garnering national and worldwide attention for the Roswell incident.
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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Displaying the flag outdoors

* When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window, balcony, or a building, the union should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag, the flag of the United States must always be at the top except that the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.
* When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the street runs north-south, the stars should face east. For streets running east-west, the stars should face north. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag's union should be farthest from the building and the stars facing away from it.
* When flown with flags of states, communities or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor—to its own right. The other flags may be the same size but none may be larger.
* No other flag should be placed above it. The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.
* When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.[4]
* The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously.
* Ordinarily it should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset, although the Flag Code permits night time display "when a patriotic effect is desired." Similarly, the flag should be displayed only when the weather is fair, except when an all weather flag is displayed. (By presidential proclamation and law, the flag is displayed continuously at certain honored locations like the United States Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington and Lexington Green.)
* It should be illuminated if displayed at night.
* The flag of the United States of America is saluted as it is hoisted and lowered. The salute is held until the flag is unsnapped from the halyard or through the last note of music, whichever is the longest.


Wednesday, July 02, 2008

July 2, 1937: Amelia Earhart Vanishes

July 2, 1937: Amelia Earhart Vanishes Over the Pacific
Missing 2 July 1937 over central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island, and declared deceased on 5 January 1939. Read the full story here.
or here.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Jack runs for office

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