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Comment Just the basics... (Score 1) 278

I just carry the basics for everyday use, on my keychain: 3x house keys + 1 car key

In my pockets whenever I leave the house: Wallet, smartphone, Leatherman Micra or Squirt, Fenix E01 1-AA LED flashlight, small Kershaw folding knife, Kleenex tissues.

This has served me well for the last few years, flashlight is handy when walking the dog at night, knife for opening letters/packages, and Leatherman for misc tasks. Everything else is self-explanatory. I went with small versions of everything to keep the weight down. Oh, and I always keep a couple of Band-Aids in my wallet, you never know when you are going to need them.

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

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.

Submission + - What's in your Home Datacenter?

jvschwarz writes: There was a time when I had rack-mount systems at home, preferring old Unix boxes, Sun-3 and early SPARC machines, but have moved to low-power machines, Raspberry Pi systems, small NAS boxes, etc. Looks like some are taking it to another level. What do other slashdotters have in their Home Datacenter?

Submission + - Verizon getting Androd Phones (

jvschwarz 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.

Comment Any other Cromemco Fans out there? (Score 1) 875

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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!


Netgear Launches Open Source-Friendly Wireless Router 182

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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