Monday, August 29, 2011

Don't be sorry - back up

It's not often that a second hard drive mechanically fails but this past week mine did. As luck would have it, it was the computer that I edit web pages with. I could do no work (make money) till I retrieved my files. I am a back up fanatic for the simple reason it has happend to me so many times in the past. I decided the "C" drive would be pushed into holding what was lost on the "D" drive, So my trusty FTP program went into action. I created a directory called "HTML" and added the sub-directories, Used the FTP program to download all of the files for the web pages that were loaded on my web host's server. After a few glitches I was back in business. Always leave yourself an out. Have your files at a place where you can retrieve them, May it be on a 2nd drive, a thumb drive, a CD or DVD, or on a server on the internet. Keep your address book, word documents, photos, and anything else you can't afford to loose. It will happen to you. There are several places to store files for free on the web. A good place to store photos is And word documents and spreadsheets is Google Docs. Don't be sorry - back up.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Happy Bithday Sweet 16 - August 24, 1995

The classic promotional launch video and then commercial for the first 32bit operating system for PCs

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hurricane Andrew Aug. 25th 1992

Andrew's peak winds in South Florida were not directly measured, primarily because of the destruction or failure of measuring instruments. The Coastal Marine Automated Network (C-MAN) station at Fowey Rocks, with platform elevation of 141 feet (43 m), in its last transmission at 4:30 a.m. EDT, August 24, recorded an 8-minute average wind of 142 miles per hour (229 km/h) with a peak gust of 169 miles per hour (272 km/h) shortly before the equipment was destroyed. It is probable that higher winds occurred at Fowey Rocks after the station was destroyed.
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Earthquake - are you ready

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Peter W. Dahl SK

Peter W. Dahl of the Peter W. Dahl Co., Inc. passed away August 15, 2011. He was the one  responsible for manufacturing the Transformers for so many years in El Paso, TX. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

August 12, 1981 - IBM Personal Computer model 5150

The IBM Personal Computer, commonly known as the IBM PC, is the original version and progenitor of the IBM PC compatible hardware platform. It is IBM model number 5150, and was introduced on August 12, 1981. It was created by a team of engineers and designers under the direction of Don Estridge of the IBM Entry Systems Division in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

spread spectrum - Hedy Lamarr

Actress Hedy Lamarr (pictured) and composer George Antheil received a patent for their "Secret Communications System", an early technique of frequency-hopping spread spectrum that later became the basis for many forms of today's wireless communication systems.
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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Watergate scandal - 1974

Watergate scandal: Richard Nixon became the only U.S. president to resign from office.
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RFI noise from the new light bulbs

I have been plagued with noise for the last few years, most has come from the HV power lines in the community. Now I have found a new noise that I would like to share........These new CFL lamps are the pits...over the last few years I have replaced many of the house hold use of normal lamps with these new CFL and now I find that about half have a very bad RFI issue, age doesn't seem to make a difference as some new ones are very noisy.......Now, I see the new LED lamps at the local Lowes warehouse and I think well let's see how these work.......$$$$$$$$ is the key here so I spend $100.00 and come home with some nice looking LED lamps.......Wa-La ,50 % of these have a big RFI issue, now the noise from the new LED lamp is a bit different, it is a loud white noise, where the noise from the CFL's is a raspy, arc type noise....So be ware as you buy into this type of lamp you may have an RFI issue. more test on levels and freq range of noise to come......So far I see no LED lamps made in USA, only made in China.... I guess they don't have radios in China. Only my thoughts, as I am going to take the offending ones back to Lowes for credit.....I hope.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

The spacecraft Juno

The spacecraft Juno launched from the Kennedy Space Center on August 5, 2011. Carries three LEGO figurines representing Galileo, the Roman god Jupiter and his wife Juno. In Roman mythology, Jupiter drew a veil of clouds around himself to hide his mischief. From Mount Olympus, Juno was able to look into the clouds and reveal her husband's real nature. Juno holds a magnifying glass as a sign for searching for the truth and her husband holds a lightning bolt. The third LEGO crew member, Galileo Galilei, has his telescope with him on the journey.
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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Madison - Milton get new bridge

Keep up with the Madison-Milton bridge repair. Get up to date photos of the bridge at:
You can find a link to the camera from my web cam page at:

From Eagle Country Radio
The $103 million bridge to replace the current 82-year-old, two-lane bridge was originally scheduled to be completed in September 2012. Ground was broken last November.