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Comment: Launch is easy... recovery is the hard part (Score 3, Interesting) 48

by jvschwarz (#48087173) Attached to: Send Your Own Radiosonde 90,000 Feet Into the Sky (Video)

Having been involved with two high-altitude (90,000 ft+) balloon launches, getting off the ground is the easy part. Getting the payload back is more difficult. One landed in Lake Michigan and was recovered, the other landed in a marsh and after 6 hours of searching, we still haven't recovered it. (Very difficult terrain to get through).

Getting into near space can be done for less than $1,000 pretty easily. It's a great educational experience, and loads of fun. Hopefully our next launch will land in a open grassy field.

+ - Verizon getting Androd Phones->

Submitted by jvschwarz
jvschwarz (92288) writes "Looks like Verizon is finally getting on the Google Android bandwagon. Verizon has historically been very closed with their phones, let's hope this is a step in the right direction. Phones are to be available by the end of the year, just in time for the Christmas buying season."
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Comment: Any other Cromemco Fans out there? (Score 1) 875

by jvschwarz (#29459247) Attached to: Old Operating Systems Never Die

Probably the most bulletproof (literally, they were built like tanks!) system out there, Cromemco had very good S-100/IEEE-696 systems, running Z-80s and M680x0 processors.

For operating systems, they had CDOS (like CP/M only better) and Cromix, a UNIX-Like system. I have actually used one which also ran AT&T System V UNIX. Unfortunately, they were priced out of the range of most folks.

I still have a ton of documentation and disks in my basement for these beasts!

Comment: silicone chip? (Score 1) 213

by jvschwarz (#29294165) Attached to: Happy Birthday, Internet!

From the article: VOICEOVER (English) no name given: "In the 70s, the silicone chip became the basis of a new generation of computerized devices .
Following the silicone chip, came games and e-mail, creating a social and industrial revolution.

Wow, I want a computer with one of those silicone chips, mine only has a silicon chip.

Comment: Re:WK2 at Oshkosh (Score 1) 144

by jvschwarz (#28902785) Attached to: White Knight Two Unveiled

There was a longer flyover Tuesday afternoon, I got about 50 photos. Quite impressive, and it's great to see a these planes up close. The other thing they announced was WK2 will not only be used for launching passengers, but will also be able to launch satellites.

I didn't check, but there are probably some videos/photos up at the EAA Airventure websire, www.airventure.org

Hopefully, this will usher in an era of affordable space access.

Comment: Re:I want a USB Focus 2001! :-) (Score 1) 519

by jvschwarz (#27352403) Attached to: Old-School Keyboard Makes Comeback of Sorts

I really liked the Focus 2001, it's still on my parents computer thanks to a PS/2 -> AT keyboard adapter. On my computer now is a Dell branded Model M keyboard, it's at least 12 years old, and the only keyboard I like better than the Focus. Of course, in order to use the Model M, I need to use a PS/2 -> USB adapter.

Comment: There is no excuse for this! (Score 1) 711

by jvschwarz (#26302739) Attached to: Why Mirroring Is Not a Backup Solution

This is just poor IT admins, or maybe none at all.

And to those of you who want to blame the bean counters, there are cheap ways of making backups, even if it means manually doing a sqldump to some other server, disk or even a PC with a big hard drive laying around.

There is absolutely no excuse for any server admin not to have tested backups.

Since I'm currently unemployed, if any of you admins need help with setting up adequate backup for your servers, please feel free to hire me!

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Netgear Launches Open Source-Friendly Wireless Router 182

Posted by timothy
from the market-linksys-chose-to-mostly-ignore dept.
An anonymous reader submits news of Netgear's release of the "open source Wireless-G Router (model WGR614L), enabling Linux developers and enthusiasts to create firmware for specialized applications, and supported by a dedicated open source community. The router supports the most popular open source firmware; Tomato and DD-WRT are available on WGR614L, making it easier for users to develop a wide variety of applications. The router is targeted at people who want custom firmware on their router without worrying about issues, and enjoy the benefits of having an open source wireless router."

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