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Caption Contest: Sony Vaio P is escorted to Grand Central Station

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Sony looks to drum up a little more buzz for its new ultraportable, the Vaio P, at Grand Central Station. Paul: Theres a Vaio P configuration for every wig-adorned model in your life.

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Ingraham by Jeffrey Stephenson

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Old fashioned applicances are rarely considered in modern design but Jeffrey Stephenson's Project: Ingraham is testament to the fact that they go great with modding! Jeffrey explains how it's done.

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ETSI Standards available as free downloads

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While some people have been able, through their work, to use the ETSI DVD's few individuals are willing to spend 2000 Euros to purchase them. Fortunately private individuals can download ETSI publications free of charge from the ETSI website

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Dell Studio XPS 435 Desktop based on Core i7 unveiled

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Dell today launched the new Studio XPS 435 Core i7 Desktop PC. The stylish Dell Studio XPS 435 is targeted to digital content creators looking for power potential and for tech enthusiasts who demand the latest and greatest at an outstanding price when compared to most other prosumer performance systems.

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Logitech launches Wireless Drum Controller for Playstation 3

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Logitech today introduced the Logitech Wireless Drum Controller for the Playstation 3 system. The Logitech Wireless Drum Controller features premium drum heads with recessed rims making it easy for you to play like a rock star.

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Meizu M8 Due December 8 or 10-ish

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The most popular iPhone clone, the Meizu M8, will be unleashed around December 8 to 10, so says Meizume, a site dedicated to everything Meizu. Theres a problem, however.

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ARRL Audio News: Sep 11, 2009; Vol 28 Number 36

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ARRL Audio News--OPEN--In this edition . . .; National Safety Council Responds to ARRL: No Evidence of "Significant Crash Risks" While Operating Mobile; Amateurs with General Class Licenses to be Granted Reciprocal Licenses in Some CEPT Countries; ARRL Audio News ID--Satellite Update--BREAK; IARU, ARRL Officials Attend Ham Fair; Delegates Descend on Tokyo for GAREC 09; Look for the October Issue of QST in Your Mailbox; ARRL Audio News--News Briefs--CLOSE

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Netflix raising rates for Blu-ray subscribers by around 20 percent

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Ruh roh. In a move that will undoubtedly cause an incredibly raucous stir, only to fade away as movie renters realize that Netflix is still the best deal going, Americas most adored by-mail rental service is hiking the price of Blu-ray rentals once again.

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Freezing rain on the antennas

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Today we have had freezing rain.  The temperature has been just a few degrees below freezing and as the rain hits the ground or other structures it freezes.  This ice can build up producing thick layers.  It sticks to the cars, trees and antennas.  So today I have been watching the antennas and checking they have not come down under the weight of the ice.  The photo below shows the Par end-fed antenna that I have as a back-up antenna.  You can see the ice encasing the antenna wire, cable and support line.

Ice on Par end-fed antennas

So far none of the antennas have come down.

Besides the treacherous road conditions this freezing rain produces, there is a risk to power lines.  For locals here in Ottawa this causes them to remember the devastating ice storm of 1998.  The damage and havoc caused by that storm is shown in the CBC archive footage below.  So far, thankfully,  this current round freezing rain has not been as severe as 1998.

CBC Archives: 1998 Ice Storm

UPDATE: 27th Dec. 2009.

Well, we did loose power today.  From 2:30 am to 11:30 am we had no electric and since we are on a well that meant there was no water either. So we woke and switched into ‘emergency preparedness’ mode.  Thankfully we have natural gas for cooking so we could boil water for a cup of tea (my English origins still show through).

Temperatures were good for the time of year, about 0ºC, and so the house did not get cold. Later in the day temperatures went a little positive and so much of the ice melted.

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First Fermi cards to be named GTX 480, GTX 470

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Nvidia has announced that the first cards to be released based on its new GF100 (Fermi) architecture will be bafflingly named the GTX 480 and GTX 470.

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This Week in Amateur Radio #853 - Week of August 16, 2009

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Celebrating over 16 years of service to the amateur radio community. Edition #853 of This Week in Amateur Radio, and This Week in Amateur Radio Headline News, have been released, and will be posted on www.twiar.org, and podcast distribution sites on the Internet by Wednesday evening August 19th. This Week in Amateur Radio Full Version with special features and all the news, edition runs 110 minutes. This Week in Amateur Radio Headline News version runs 63 minutes with limited special features. This Week in Amateur Radio is available for regular download at our web site in MP3, AAC, and WMA formats, as well as legacy Real Audio files. Streaming audio is also available, as is RSS/XML subscriptions for the podcast. Enjoy, and see you next week! de George - W2XBS This Week in Amateur Radio

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First Max Payne 3 details emerge

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The first details on Max Payne 3 have begun to emerge, with the series apparently set to move to Brazil and feature a multiplayer element.

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52nd JOTA report available

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A report on the 52nd Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) held on October 17-18, 2009 is now available for download

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PS2 outselling PS3 and PSP

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Sony's financial results for for the last financial quarter have revealed that the PS2 is still Sony's best-selling console.

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International Naval Contest 2009

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December 12th and 13th are the dates for the International Naval Contest 2009 - sponsored by the Portuguese Navy Hamradio Club - NRA

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AMOS WiFi homemade antenna with semicircular radiation

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With 13dB of gain and a big 120 degree beamwidth, this could be one of your best homemade WIFi antenna. It also has a strong front / rear insolation.

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New Providence Radio Club Talks to the Stars:

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NEW PROVIDENCE -- As the International Space Station floated hundreds of miles above the Earth Thursday, a group of children in New Providence got a chance to say hello to an astronaut on board. The New Providence Amateur Radio Club helped a group of children pose questions to Michael Barratt, a NASA flight engineer, using amateur radio technology. With an operator positioning an antenna and tracking the space station's movement on a computer, Barratt's voice boomed into the borough, describing what he saw and what he does on the space station. "It's during the nighttime here, and we are on the far side of the Earth from the sun. We can definitely see planets and stars," Barratt explained, at about 1:30 p.m. in New Providence. Barratt, also a doctor, said the six astronauts currently on board all participate in science experiments. Recently, Barratt said they grew "very special radish plants" on board. "It was wonderful to see great, big, green leaves. We really do miss green and growing plants," said Barratt, who has been on the station since March. It's the second time the club made contact with astronauts on the space station in the borough, and the fifth time in New Jersey, according to member Barry Cohen, known as K2JV on the air. NASA arranges the contact with amateur radio organizations in nine different countries, including the United States, Russia, Japan and others.

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Samsung Releases L220, L250 and P410M Projectors in Indonesia

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Samsung is proud to announce today that three new pocket projectors are being released in Indonesia and other parts of the Middle East. All three projectors share the same compact design and can easily fit into a travel bag or suitcase.

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Uni-Directional WIFI Range Extender

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Easily receive WIFI signals from far away using a standard USB WIFI adaptor and a bit of ingenuity. This Simple idea requires no modifications to a USB WIFI adaptor or your computer. A simple way to increase the signal strength and range of your WIFI. Plus it works with all USB WIFI adaptors.

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Amateurlogic Episode 23 Released:

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Back from a long summer vacation, George and Tommy visit the Capitol City Hamfest and run into an old friend. Peter shows us how to create a "Warm Spot". Plus plenty of Amateur Radio news and Viewer email.

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Amateur radio volunteers test emergency communication skills

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By Matt McKinley | July 01, 2009

When disaster strikes, amateur radio operators are often the first to provide information and observations to responders. Sometimes, they are the only line of communication in a crisis during electric failures.

On June 27-28, volunteer members of the Lake Monroe Amateur Society (LMARS) tested their radio emergency communication skills using only generators and batteries as part of a 24-hour nationwide emergency preparedness exercise.

Field Day Fun

LMARS was stationed at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs for the event, which ran from 2 p.m., Saturday, to 2 p.m., Sunday. The club used its new Mobile Communications Command Trailer, and members operated on six different modes of communication, including phone, satellite, digital communications, slow scan TV (sending pictures through airwaves), a GOTA (allows visitors to “get on the air”) and even Morse Code.

Calling out the club’s call letters (N4EH), “November-Four-Echo-Hotel, November-Four Echo Hotel,” members operating the 10- and 15-meter repeaters, or voice radios, made contact in states in the northeast like New York.

“At dusk, they can make contact with as far as Japan and Australia,” said Norm Lauterette, public information officer for LMARS.

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