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Apparently real and a success, in its day at least. The most interesting aspect of this retro airplane is that it was QUIET, and at a time when aircraft weren't.

One would think that a couple of these would have been brought into use as stealth spy-planes during WW2, at least prior to the development of RADAR, but from all my searches, it seems the only wartime use of steam related to aircraft regarded steam powered catapults to launch aircraft from carriers.

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At some point in the past year I blogged on some sight about this miraculous little laptop that was first released in 1983 and how despite its limitations it's unusual qualities made it a favorite for much of the next 15 years. I might have thought I posted it on this site, but now I can't find it.

(Note to LJ operators, it might be time you add a search utility so that we users can find our misplaced posts. You can charge us a premium for it, we'll pay!)

Maybe I didn't post it here, or maybe I only thought I wrote it? In any case, you can easily read more about the features of this now thirty-one year old laptop than you can about the space shuttle, which is nearly as old, and that's pretty amazing. What may be more amazing is that some hardware hacker with lots of creativity, and perhaps too much time on his hands, has reinvented this great little machine retaining some of its best qualities, such as extremely low energy consumption and excellent keyboard, but giving it a super-modern insanely energy efficient brain and the ability to use micro-SD memory. Read more...Collapse )

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I wish I were joking. I'm gearing up to post rants about this on other blog sites. I post a lot of political and technical rants on other sites, but few get me as hot under the collar as Microsoft's unethical attempts to coerce people into using their crappy software.

They are now informing people that there is a "bug" in Microsoft Word which could permit hackers to execute malicious code remotely. Their solution? BRACE YOURSELF; They are advising people to DISABLE MS Word's ability to open of files formatted in one of the few popular open source formats available to the poorest peoples of the planet, RTF !! Read more...Collapse )

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I've had Lyme Disease for the past 14 years, but only found a doctor who sufficiently understood it to make me significantly better five years ago. Doctor Daniel Jaller of (now) Gaithersburg Maryland has been treating me for the past five years, and I am now in better shape than at any other time since I was infected. I'm posting this in the hopes that others in need of his services will find his practice and get help. Below are several informative links as well as a documentary which my doctor was featured in. Links behind cut Read more...Collapse )

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Attention climate change advocates. One of my relatively local weatherstations is refusing to curtail the anti-science dialogue of one of its more outspoken weathermen. Please sign this petition to have him corrected, or as I suspect will be the final outcome, removed, as he is the victim of some intense cranio-rectal fusion which causes him to believe that global warming STOPPED in the year 1998.

http://act.forecastthefacts.org/sign/wbal_baltimore_ccan/?rd=1&t=3&referring_akid=60.5820.u1A-_M

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I'd shown my friend a no-cost method to clean it a couple or three years ago, but she must have stopped doing it as it just died again and so I'm re-repairing it. I was emailing her these instructions to print out and keep with her laptops to help keep them alive. It then dawned on me to post it here to help others to keep their laptops alive as well. Enjoy!

The dust gets sucked inside the laptop when it is turned on and it must be cleaned regularly to prevent unwanted downtime and repairs.  The following is a procedure anyone can perform without tools:
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Please Sign! Obstructionist partisan politics is bad enough without preventing responsible people from taking office.

(I attempted to share this on Facebook, but the Pro-Big-Oil Zuckerberg-site promptly deleted my post)

https://secure3.convio.net/lcv/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1045&autologin=true&JServSessionIdr004=m8hqjtbmf3.app333b

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Make no mistake! I LOVE the prescription med listed in this article. It truly saves lives. I merely feel that it is used without sufficient caution, and often most inefficiently as a precaution rather than a treatment for acute symptoms. I may have determined a bizarre reason why there might be quite so many angry violent people cropping up all over right now. To see what I'm talking about you need to perform two Google searches exactly as phrased below, and without quotes.
albuterol and anger

correlation quitting smoking and asthma
Could the efforts in recent years to get people to quit smoking, including increased insurance cost, be ramping up the population percentage with out of control violent rage issues? Read more...Collapse )

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I'm currently using an S3 and it is great. It seems a lot of people who have these phones are oblivious to the features. While driving, for example, this phone has taken voice activation to a whole new level. I can be listening to music played on its built in MP3 player while its GPS is navigating me somewhere. It PAUSES the music to give me instructions from the GPS. If I press the button in Bluetooth headset it beeps and pauses the music so that I can issue it a verbal instruction, "Call Julie" I say, and it dials my sister and does not play music again until the call has ended.More stuff about the phone's near-magical features behind cut.Collapse )

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Truly some fads are dumber than others. Having been a lifelong Asthma sufferer, I've spent my entire life working on ways to maximize my breathing and perform physically longer without having to stop for asthma. To think of these otherwise healthy people disabling themselves this way. It just makes me sick. It does make me think of one interesting point; At a time when many states are (finally) legalizing Marijuana (which historically has even been used to TREAT asthma), it can safely be said that "The Cinnamon Challenge" is significantly MORE dangerous than smoking pot. More to the point, Pot is safer than Cinnamon. Maybe next year McCormick will list it under Herbs?

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