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Archive for April, 2005

Fight Santorum bill banning NOAA data


Okay, I must admit that I am a weather junkie. I love the fact that NOAA has been making weather information available in XML format, which is much, much easier to re-purpose in programs or web sites.

So now it is just unbelievable that Sen. Rick Santorum introduced a bill that would ban NOAA from publishing it’s data online, because it competes with a company (Accuweather) based in Santorum’s home state of Pennsylvania.

Still crazy after all these years …


It has been a long time since I have posted about my health issues (boy, that sounds self-important and whiny) but I’ve had a few readers ask about how I was doing so I decided to write an update. I must say, I have been surprised how many folks have had similar problems. It was therapeutic to write about what was going on with me at the time, but it has been even more encouraging to hear that I was not the only one who had dealt with these weird symptoms. I haven’t been blogging about medical stuff because I am managing pretty well most of the time, although I still do not know what caused the initial onset of dizziness, vertigo and anxiety. Well, aside from being old and broken, as my wife and I like to say.

Knoppix and Wireless Dell 1350 WLAN



I got my Dell Latitude D600 wireless adapter to work with Linux this evening! I’m using the Knoppix 3.6 on CD distro, mostly just to play with it and see if I can get it to work. Knoppix pretty much works out of the box (at least on my D600), except for my wireless card. Since I usually sit on the bed and surf wirelessly (how lazy is that?) I just had to get this to work if I was ever going to be happy. (I usually use Windows XP Pro for everyday life, which works swell, IMHO.)

Here’s how I did it.

Catching planes in flight


A new Internet trend: Google sightseeing. One of the things to do with the satellite pictures Google has acquired is look for planes in flight.

Here’s one landing at the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark. It is probably a C130.

C130 landing at LRAFB

iPod one: The playlist


This just in, from the "You’ve got to be kidding me" department: People have too much time on their hands when they find time to complain about such trivial stuff.