Feb 272007

Well now, this was timely. I was just lamenting the fact that I am a Linux newbie the other day when I posted the KDE/GNOME comparo. Now along comes this article right up my alley from LXPages.com. It’s the top commands that every newbie Linux user should know to start being effective or to start doing some damage.

Check it out.

Unless of course you’re not a newbie, in which case maybe you can tell me which distribution to check out. I installed VMWare Player the other day on the new Vista box and I’m thinking I may try to mount Ubuntu since it appears to be getting most of the press lately and may be the ‘next big thing’.

 Posted by at 6:46 am
Feb 262007

A new Amateur Radio Service regime now is in place. The requirement to demonstrate Morse code proficiency to gain HF privileges were removed from the FCC’s Part 97 rules 3 days ago at 12:01 AM Eastern Time. At the same time, about 200,000 Technician licensees without Morse code exam credit acquired HF privileges equivalent to those available to Novice licensees.

Removal of the Morse requirement is a landmark in Amateur Radio history. Until 1991, when a code examination was dropped from the requirements to obtain a Technician ticket, all prospective radio amateurs had to pass a Morse test. Once the new rules are in place, Amateur Radio license applicants no longer will have to demonstrate Morse code proficiency at any level to gain access to the HF bands.

You can read more at the American Radio Relay League’s news page.

 Posted by at 1:59 pm
Feb 262007

New Radiation Symbol




Radiation Trefoil

People are being injured or killed each year because they don’t recognize or understand the existing trefoil symbol.

So in 2001 the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) decided to investigate possible new signs and symbols as a supplement to the existing symbol. They took the best of the possible new symbols to children internationally as some of their test subjects and interviewed them on which symbols or colors they recognized and what it meant to them.

For instance, people recognized the color red as meaning ‘warning’ or ‘danger’. Quite a few kids thought the existing trefoil symbol represented an airplane’s propeller.

The intended message of the symbol is “You are in danger, Stop! And run away”. This new sign will likely be placed in an area to warn you if you’ve gained low level access to the lead shielding of a radioactive device and are just one step away from being irradiated should you dismantle the device. The existing trefoil symbol will probably remain as a high level indicator of radiation.

More details:

 Posted by at 1:09 pm
Feb 262007

One of these days I need to discuss the history of this domain name, what i’ve been able to glean since I started carrying the torch last year. In any case, this domain name has been around a while and gets hammered by spam. This includes comment spam.

To keep a handle on it, I required a user to be registered in order to leave comments to posts, i hated having to do that but it dropped the noise to a bearable level.

Welp, i added the Spam Karma 2 plug-in recently and it appears to pick up a vast majority of the comment spam so today I’m turning off the registration requirement as a test for at least a few weeks. Sorry for the hassle earlier if you were turned off from commenting due to the reg requirement.

 Posted by at 12:39 pm
Feb 262007

Vista Look on WM

JGUI has developed a new theme for your Windows Mobile phone that provides the Vista look and feel on your homescreen. But it appears to be much more than just a skin, it includes animation on the screen and comes with Settings Dialogs so you’re not having to hack the registry or XML offline to effect changes.

The UI contains a sidebar with gadgets (see the pic below) that can remain on the screen if you want or can disappear to free up screen real estate as you maneuver the D-Pad to other applets. Some of the gadgets are animated like the analog clock or the local weather forecast. To further adopt the Vista look, it’s using the full OS’ “pearl” as your start button as well. Pearl

More details:

Vista WM screenshot

 Posted by at 11:48 am