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Procol Harum "Whiter Shade of Pale" gets me from the FIRST sliding note on the organ.  I see Cody likes it, too.

Living Room / CQ CQ ham radio operators
« on: June 05, 2010, 05:35 PM »
I have a medium-sized box of QST magazines dating back to at least February of 1916.  Do you have any idea if there is a club that would be interested in having them?  I've asked national ARRL, but haven't heard from them yet.  The local club doesn't have a library so can't take them.  If I don't have a home for them by June 15, I'll be discarding them.  Any ideas?

Living Room / Re: A warning from History
« on: June 05, 2010, 06:13 AM »
Reminds me of some conversations I have had while writing a book. A friend comes to me, all excited, with an idea for another book for me to write. I point to my file drawers and computer to explain that they are filled with ideas for books or articles to write.  Ideas are not what I need.  They are a dime a dozen and come fast and furious.  It's the implementation that's the problem; not the ideas.

Living Room / Cleaning up whe you spill something on your keyboard
« on: March 01, 2010, 09:19 PM »
While looking for ways to clean up from a liquid spill on a keyboard (not out of idle curiosity, to be sure), I came upon this, from  You probably all know this already, but a reminder might be good.

If you act fast and you’re lucky, your keyboard can be salvaged.
Here’s how to do it.
1. Shut off or unplug the computer. If the keyboard is a separate device, disconnect it from the computer immediately.
2. Turn the unit upside down so that it can drain. Do this before running off to find paper towels or some other absorbent cleanup aid.
3. Pat dry every accessible surface with paper towels, paper napkins ... heck, use your shirt if you have to. If only plain water was spilled, just leave the keyboard to dry. If you spilled something hot and
sticky, however, you’ll have more work to do.
4. If it’s a laptop, remove the battery.
5. Do not rinse your laptop. Just let it dry out. As for computer keyboards that have been disconnected from a desktop computer, prepare to be shocked: not only can they be hand washed, some say
you can even put computer keyboards through the dishwasher. Just be certain your device is 100% dry before reconnecting it.
6. Laptops need to be cleaned the slow way. Same goes for computer keyboards if you don’t want to risk the water-rinsing method. Gently pop off the keys one-byone using a flat-head screwdriver for
gentle leverage. Using cotton swabs or a toothbrush, clean the exposed surface with isopropyl alcohol.
7. If anything sticky made it inside the laptop, an internal cleanup will be required. If you’re not a techie, play it safe and call an expert for help. In the meantime, keep your laptop upside down or tilted in a warm, sunny location or near a heat source.
Tip: Never use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process; static damage could result. Also, in the case of a bad spill, the incoming blast of hot air could actually drive the mess further into the machine.

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: February 06, 2010, 08:26 AM »
Just finished listening to Nassim Taleb's "The Black Swan," poking holes in most probabability theories and generally making fun of their proponents.  He emphasizes the randomness and effect of extraordinary events.  The reader of the audio version has a real sarcastic edge, which makes otherwise dry material quite amusing.   See him before congress on the stimulus program:

It made a lasting impression on me, but I'd be curious what other think about Taleb's approach -- not to mention his trouble-making style.  Trying to see how his theory might fit into my everyday life.

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