Thursday, November 29
Thanks to Dave Bradley's thoroughness, then, Compaq, Dell, and the other IBM PC cloners today have a $400 billion global business.
Wednesday, November 28
All parts must be clean and free from dirt and grease.
Try to secure the work firmly.
"Tin" the iron tip with a small amount of solder. Do this immediately, with new tips being used for the first time.
Clean the tip of the hot soldering iron on a damp sponge.
Many people then add a tiny amount of fresh solder to the cleansed tip.
Heat all parts of the joint with the iron for under a second or so.
Continue heating, then apply sufficient solder only, to form an adequate joint.
Remove and return the iron safely to its stand.
It only takes two or three seconds at most, to solder the average p.c.b. joint.
Do not move parts until the solder has cooled.
Solder won't "take" - grease or dirt present - desolder and clean up the parts. Or, material may not be suitable for soldering with lead/tin solder.
Joint is crystalline or grainy-looking - has been moved before being allowed to cool, or joint was not heated adequately - too small an iron/ too large a joint.
Solder joint forms a "spike" - probably overheated, burning away the flux.
Tuesday, November 27
It is impossible to transform 100 percent of the heat into electricity. The laws of physics dictate a theoretical maximum of about 50 percent at the temperature a thermoelectric device operates at. Current commercial thermoelectric devices, at 10 percent efficiency, get only one-fifth the maximum. Using the new technology, future devices should be able to achieve more than half the maximum.
Monday, November 26
Wednesday, November 21
Tuesday, November 20
Read this. I had no idea.
High School Speech by Peace Prof Raises Ire
by Ed Hayward
School officials are being asked to justify a recent speech given by peace activist Howard Zinn at Newton North High School in which he equated the U.S. military strikes in Afghanistan with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The controversial historian and former Boston University professor stressed that the U.S. bombing raids aimed at toppling the Taliban and hunting down fugitive terror boss Osama bin Laden were killing children and innocent civilians.
``The terrorists of Sept. 11 did a horrible thing to us, so we do terrible things to the people of Afghanistan. That is immoral and puts us on the same level as a terrorist,'' Zinn was quoted as saying in a report in the school newspaper.
Parents questioned exposing young teens to Zinn's opinions.
Tom Kelley, The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO,
America's Leading Design Firm, Doubleday, 2001. IDEO, as you surely
know by now, is the leading industrial design firm. This book is a
how-to derived from its celebrated techniques of innovation. It is
not perfect -- to benefit from it, you have to cut through its Tom
Peters turbo-charged gee-whiz writing style. And on first reading,
much of its advice will seem like common sense. But persevere. Ask
yourself: if this stuff is such common sense, why aren't you doing it?
There are just some things that we all need to be told: put together
an interdisciplinary team of fun people who respect one another, go
looking at what people actually do, brainstorm a hundred ideas, shoot
the bad ones, build dozens of prototypes, and keep everyone in the
loop until it's a real manufactured product. The stories are great,
and to really appreciate them you should keep handy a copy of IDEO's
coffee-table book: Jeremy Myerson, IDEO: Masters of Innovation, King,
2001. In a sense you only learn this material through stories: you
need conceptual frameworks, but the conceptual frameworks themselves
are rather simply and become alive only in the process of applying
them to real cases. On the other hand, because it claims to package
IDEO's skills for other companies to use, the book underplays
the skills of IDEO's own employees, particularly the ones that they
brought with them from innovative academic design schools such as
the Royal College of Art. But okay, if the stories get you motivated
to try the methods for yourself, then they've done their job.
I've got to reread Dune. This is so alien.
From Dave Farber's IP list:
You don't have to like Richard Dawkins' politics or believe in the
>ontological reality of memes [see note below] to recognize that there's a
>remarkable similarity between epidemiological notions and the phenomena of
>terrorism. Smallpox was eradicated by the application of four basic
>principles that can easily be extended to apply to terrorism itself:
>* distinguish among toxins, diseases, and infectious agents: bombs,
>suicide detonations, and terroristic tracts and schools, respectively.
>* immunization of threatened populations: education in the futility of
>terrorism and provision of alternative conflict-resolution options. Many
>commentators have attributed terrorism to the helplessness of third world
>poverty; it would be marvelous to see actual data on "natural experiments"
>that show causation rather than mere correlation.
>* eradication of reserviors of infection ("draining the swamps") -
>destruction of terrorist training camps, replacement of governments
>supporting terrorism, and interdiction of organized financial support.
>* quarrantine of both reservoirs and individual infected victims:
>embargoes against state sponsors and imprisonment of terrorism advocates.
>This point suggests that censorship of communications may be more
>effective than sanctions against material trade. Of course there are
>enforcement problems for, say, books smuggled inside bags of grain.
>Clearly this vastly oversimplifies the problem of terrorism, but I hope it
>also shows the great opportunities for valuable research.
Monday, November 19
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Saturday, November 17
by dillon_rinker (dillonunderscorerinkerathotmaildotcom) on Wednesday November 14, @10:51AM (#2563611)
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the bit that was removed is not needed to understand the movie (then why did the director put it in?)
Apparently you live in a world where all directors are ascetic celibates. However, in my world, directors often add nude scenes because they like to see live nude girls doing what they tell them to do. About Basic Instinct, the American writer gave some song and dance about the artistic necessity of the nudity and sexual situations in the film...the Dutch director was much more straightforward. He liked looking at naked women. I doubt that you disapprove of his opinions. Why then do you disapprove of the opinions of people who DON'T want to look at naked women?
What this thing produces are censored versions of movies.
The word is "expurgated." You apparently live in a world where if a person denies anything to themself, then Big Brother won't let them watch it. (Censorship is editing by others). If someone else wants to avoid hearing profanity, or vulgarity, or obscenity, why not let them? If you have the right to hear those words in a movie, why should someone else not have the right to NOT hear those words?
It's great that directors can do anything they want to with their films. Fair use lets other people
Thursday, November 15
Tuesday, November 13
Monday, November 12
"Good afternoon ... Unfortunately our country is at war. People are out to destroy us. Political correctness is out now. If you see anything suspicious, be ready to fight. Do not act like sheep and be led to your death. Be ready to fight ..."
I didn't get all the rest of it before he wished us a pleasant flight and reminded us to remain in our seats until he turned off the seatbelt sign.
Saturday, November 10
Friday, November 9
Laura Flanders - workingforchange.com
So what does the VFS enabled option do? Very simply, it lets you store the databases of programs you like to use on external media, while the programs themselves remain on your Visor internal memory. If the database is changed in some way (added to or parts removed) then the changes can even be saved back to the external memory card.
On the other hand, this tutorial shows you how to trick your Visor into thinking that almost any other program is visible from an external memory card, and allows you to store the entire program on your external media. The downside is that in this case the programs would be stored on external media while the databases must remain on your Visor internal memory. This is the opposite of how true VFS enabled programs often work.
Thursday, November 8
>Subject: latest revelation from The Department of Truth Management
>Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2001 16:31:37 -0500
>From: "Mike O'Dell"
> Gates also took some credit for the genesis of open-source
> software. He said Microsoft made it possible by standardizing
> computers: "Really, the reason you see open source there at all
> is because we came in and said there should be a platform that's
> identical with millions and millions of machines," he said.
>This is like an Anthrax bacillus taking credit for mail delivery.
Tuesday, November 6
``It's just a problem I'm having. I could explain it, but I don't want you to be as disappointed in me as I know you would be if I told you the whole story. It's just in your best interest to leave it alone. I only want you to enjoy your time in New York.''
``And I'll enjoy it less if I look in, say, your freezer?''
``Given that the freezer is inside the fridge, yes, I think so. I think that would make you feel sad, and concerned for my well-being.''
This thing is sweet!
This pipe should be made from 2 inch muffler pipe. The standard wall thickness is 1.5 mm or 0.60 inch or 16 gauge. This is the desirable thickness for adequate stiffness. Do not get anything too much thicker or weight becomes too great.
Saturday, November 3
"I think about terrorism in terms of popcorn," he said. "You assume you'll always have some kernels that are going to pop. How much lower does the temperature have to get before you have a dramatic decrease in the ability of terrorists to operate?"
Friday, November 2
This is my problem too. Sob.
Thursday, November 1
List DB and great tools to go with it, for the palm.