Earlier this month, a wildland fire burned in Gorman and Lebec - the gateway to our mountain communities. As you can see from the picture I took, the fire burned everything, leave a creepy landscape behind it. Today, a 17,000 acre fire rages in the mountains between Los Angeles and Ventura counties. I'm thankful for the heroes - the men and women who labor tirelessly on our behalf to protect our lives and our homes.
If you want to follow the track of the fires, visit my WeatherCam and look for the link to "Wildfire Maps" on the right column. That link will take you to the GEOMAC wildland fire page which provides real-time satellite updates on wildfires across the U.S.
Click here to see what Michael packed for today's business trip.
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Many note-taking programs for the Tablet PC, such as OneNote or GoBinder, will allow me to highlight text in a variety of colors. Acrobat even allows this, though with a limited interface. I want to do more ... It's the retrieval part that is most important to me. I want to search and retrieve, not by text, but by the color of what I've highlighted.
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Eric, if right now, during this phone call, you wanted to quickly make some notes or map out an idea, what would you reach for?
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"What would your job be like without email? Would you get more done or less done?"Without email, it would be very difficult for me to do the things I do. Thanks to email (and I'm lumping IM in here, too), I'm able to serve a global client base from anywhere. While I would certainly be more focused without the disruption of email and other electronic messaging tools the nature of my work would be changed; I would be limited to serving only those people I could meet with, and the time it would take to get things done would increase significantly if I had to work without email.
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I understand that folks who drive in Los Angeles traffic like to look up the CalTrans real-time traffic information to "see" what freeway conditions are like. The freeway is 18 miles away and the nearest traffic signal is over 50 miles away so, I usually don't need that kind of information. From my vantage point high in the mountains, however, I see another kind of traffic information. Day and night, I see number of planes in flight corridors overhead at extremely high elevations. Although cannot usually hear them, I've often wondered where they were going. I don't have to wonder any more...
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The one Megahertz 8080 CPU was fast, but I wanted better performance for my number-crunching, so I built an after-market CPU upgrade kit to allow me to use a Z-80 processor, which I then clock-doubled to TWO megahertz. Man, was that fast! I still have all the accessories for this beauty. While my classmates were buying cars and tricking them out, I built computers and poured money into upgrades. (So what's new?) The only accessory I do not have, but always wanted, was the paper-tape reader/punch. Not that I needed it - cassette was cheaper and faster - but paper tape was cool.
Here's a photo of the H8 computer today, as it sits in my office.
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Since I don't have much time to invite guests over to the Digital Sandbox I thought I'd treat you to a mystery tour and see if you can identify the object in the photo.
I'll start by posting a close-up of something. Then, I'll ask for folks to see if they can identify what the item is and tell me what they know about it. The more "mature" readers of this blog may even remember using some of the items that I'll post here. If no one comes close, then I'll zoom out or add other hints.
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James Kendrick posted a link to a 3 minute video by Scott Guthrie that answers the question “why students need tablets.” I agree with James' assessment that it's well worth the 3 minutes. It's a fun look at the "potential" for Tablet PCs as a computing platform; the video showcases a variety of Tablet PC productivity applications.
The video has two parts: life before
tablet, portrayed in dull black and white, and life after tablet,
in Technicolor with the Charlie Brown theme. No reboots are shown in the
video, leading us to conclude that the experience was a happy one for everyone
In the video. :-) (Sorry, I couldn't resist) Seriously, I'd like
to see a similar video featuring business applications. There are many.
I'll start collecting ideas.
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In light of the tragedy unfolding in our country in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, I could not think of anything to say that would add significant value to the blogosphere. I will share that as my family deals with our own medical crises, we continue to pray for those affected by hurricane Katrina. We pray for the health and safety of the men and women who are working tirelessly to rescue survivors. For the survivors, we pray for their recovery, their healing - both physical and emotional - and for their spiritual comfort, too.
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