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Deal Alert: $25 Off All Verizon Phones

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Is Verizon your carrier? Are you looking to grab a new phone or smartphone? If so, today is the day to do it. VZW has just announced via Twitter (Boy Genius) that they will be holding a one day only sale.


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How much do you trivialize your fellow ham?

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An excerpt from one of my e-mails from a reader:

I will not forget how excited I was to work a few new countries only to be belittled at the local DX Club meeting about how common and insignificant my QSO’s were. This message coming from guys at the top of the honor role. If we want the hobby to continue well into the future we need to encourage and applaud rather than trivialize.

I would suggest that this is not an isolated instance, though not just about DX’ing and Honor Roll members. I remember the first meeting I went to at my local club — and was totally ignored. I went to the meetings four different times and almost gave up on joining a club — a club that I went on to be President of later in my ham career.

The strength of our hobby is the diversity of activities that we can do as part of the hobby. Whether it is public service policy, digital modes, contesting or DX’ing, we can learn something new, become an expert in that area, get bored and move on to learning something new — all in the same hobby.

Yet, too often, the experts in that sub-segment of the hobby trivialize where that person is at, trying to learn a new area of the hobby, with their learning curve. I’ve seen it in DX’ing, contesting — and even heard quite often that you won’t be a “real” ham until you learn Morse Code. Right.

And I’m not being purist here; I’ve done this type of trivialization over the course of my 24-year ham career.

This behavior does not encourage people to join our hobby. We intentionally or unintentionally become exclusionary. We don’t, as my reader notes in the e-mail, “applaud” the accomplishment.

My first contact as a ham was on Morse Code with a ham in California. I don’t remember the call. But I remember the event. As a teenager, I had worked long and hard to get a radio, antenna and accessories to get to the point of getting on the air. All the magazines I read said the most important thing to do was get on the air and start making contacts. So I did. When I first heard my call coming back to me out of the ether, I was pumped. And nervous. The ham was most gracious on being part of my first contact.

Yet, imagine that same contact where the ham would have instead trivialized what I had done. First contacts are nothing…wait until you get to 10,000. Your Morse Code is crappy…didn’t you learn how to send?

Makes you want to crawl into a hole and die. Or, at least sheepishly walk away from the hobby. Or, tell the person to get a life and tell them to shove it and then walk away from the hobby.

Yet, we callously condemn fellow hams who came in the hobby with a no-code license as not being “real hams.” Or trivialize working Germany (the first ham radio contact I ever heard was with a US ham using Morse Code to talk to a ham in Germany — and I was astonished at the thought as a non-ham) as being “garden-variety” DX. Or condemn fellow contesters for not knowing the exchange.

When you are learning something new, no one is perfect. And to berate someone for their imperfection trivializes the work they are doing to become proficient at what they are doing in the hobby. We should be teaching and applauding the effort because life is about learning.

As my Elmer once told me, “every country is hard to get until you work and confirm  it. Then, of course, it’s a piece of cake.”

Are you trivializing the work of fellow hams?

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EK Waterblock on the Radeon HD 5870

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We had planned a whole article around this, but our Asus 5870 voltage tweak isn't playing ball and we can't work out why. During the review it worked perfectly, however after applying the waterblock and reinstalling the card it wouldn't overclock for toffee.

Unfortunately, after a day and a half of solid fiddling we had to call it a day and move on with other reviews. However - I couldn't pass up the opportunity to give our friends at EK some love, and show off their lovely waterblock.

EK Waterblock on the Radeon HD 5870
EK Waterblock on the Radeon HD 5870

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Peek Pronto: is a new Peek device on its way?

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We dont have much to go on here save for the image above (which a tipster discovered on Peeks peekforbusiness. com page). If we had to take a flying leap, wed say that the company does indeed have something on the way -- perhaps a 3G device? Thats pure speculation, but if anyone out there on the interblogs knows anything we dont, feel free to pass it along!.

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Apples touch-screen netbook gets another shot of rumor juice

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Yesterdays Apple netbook rumor courtesy of the Commercial Times / DigiTimes combo just received a boost of credibility by sources (presumably independent) speaking to the Dow Jones Newswire.

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Robot Vacuum Controllable Via Cell Phone

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Finally, its a Roomba knockoff from Asia that appears not to be a Roomba knockoff! The CW100 robot vacuum has been developed not by a robotics company, but by a telecom (KTF), for use with their 3G mobile phones.

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Philips closes 3D TV division

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Philips has shut down its 3D TV division - including the team behind the glasses-free WOWvx technology - citing the slowing economy.

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Sony Ericsson outs CNN, Skype, Mytopia panels for XPERIA X1

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Sony Ericssons Panels interface hasnt taken off the way HTCs TouchFLO 3D has, but its still a nice way to momentarily forget that youre being forced to use Windows Mobile 6.

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Lightspeed Design Releases DepthQ Polarization Modulator

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Lightspeed Design is one of the worlds premiere designers of stereoscopic 3D presentations, projection, and image-processing software technologies and has been a leader in stereoscopic 3D for over 16 years.


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The Amateur Radio Crossword Puzzler

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Shuttle XPC Barebone SX58H7 wants a piece of your Core i7

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Shuttles newfangled XPC Barebone SX58H7 is hungry, and nothing but an Intel Core i7 CPU and twin GPUs hooked up in unison can satisfy it. Those looking to pack a lot of power into a relatively small box need look no further, as Shuttles latest SFF case comes loaded with an X58 Express chipset, 500 watt power supply, two PCI-Express 2.

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RSGB Goes to Law Over PLA Dispute with Ofcom:

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The RSGB continues to take the Power Line Adaptor compliance fight to Ofcom. This follows Ofcom's statement on PLT/PLA on 3 September 2009 and the RSGB's response statement issued on 4 September 2009. The Society has now received a formal reply from Ofcom following the Society's earlier formal complaint to Ofcom regarding non compliant PLA's and Ofcom's interpretation of the EMC Directive regarding these devices.

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Motorola Tao/Sholes Launches Dec 1 On Verizon

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Fresh on the heels of this mornings rumor of an imminent Motorola Tao launch, we have information on just when that launch will be. Android and Me received a document from their tip line that describes a new smartphone set to launch on December 1.


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BenQ launches multifunction 23.6-inch LCD TV MK2442

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The BenQ 23. 6-inch LCD TV MK2442 which could double as a large-sized monitor for PC users, boasts 5 ms response time and Full HD 1920x1080. The Full HD feature means that the screen contains twice the picture details of the earlier resolution technology of 1366x768.


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Digital Comics coming to PSP, PS3

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GC 09: Sony has unveiled a new digital comics platform for the PSP and PS3.

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ASUSs Bamboo Covered U6V Notebook for Korean Geeks

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Back in 2007 and 2008, Asus announced their intention to release a bamboo covered notebook, so far its only available in a few countries including Taiwan.

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The BlackBerry Storm ad that might have been

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This, shall we say, confrontational BlackBerry Storm ad by NY ad agency Guava has been making the rounds today, depicting a blackberry bullet taking a violent path through a familiar-seeming piece of fruit.

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IARU HF World Championship Contest:

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The 2009 IARU HF World Championship Contest takes place the second full weekend of July, beginning 1200 UTC Saturday and ending 1200 UTC Sunday (11-12 July 2009). Both Single and Multi operator stations may operate the entire 24-hour period. All licensed amateurs worldwide are eligible to participate in this contest. The objective of this contest is to contact as many other amateurs, especially IARU member society HQ stations, around the world as possible using the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands. Multipliers are the total number of ITU zones plus IARU member society HQ stations worked on each band (not mode).

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Sony VPL-VW85 Projector Wins EISA Award Before Being Released

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The European Image and Sound Association (EISA) is the largest editorial multimedia organization in Europe. One a year, the organization announces their selections for the best devices in the Audio and Video industries.


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iPod Nano 5G: ???World???s Smallest Camcorder???

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David Pogue of the NYT agrees with us. The new 5G iPod Nano is going to be a hit. I know, tech blogs have by and large been very disappointed with Apples announcements yesterday, but PMPToday is not only about bleeding edge; were also about what the consumers want.


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Epson Japan unleash its new SOHO Desktop the Endeavor AY300-V

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Here you are the latest Endeavor Desktop PCs from Epson the AY300-V. Available in BTO (Built to Order) and in 2 different main configurations with the Celeron 430 and 1GB of RAM version, or the Core 2 Duo E7500 and 2GB of RAM version Our PCs are sold with a 160GB HDD, DVD Drive or DVD Super Multi, Windows XP Pro or Vista Business for either 41790 Yen (319) or 56700 Yen (423) for the Core 2 Duo model.


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Space Storm Alert: 90 Seconds from Catastrophe:

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IT IS midnight on 22 September 2012 and the skies above Manhattan are filled with a flickering curtain of colourful light. Few New Yorkers have seen the aurora this far south but their fascination is short-lived. Within a few seconds, electric bulbs dim and flicker, then become unusually bright for a fleeting moment. Then all the lights in the state go out. Within 90 seconds, the entire eastern half of the US is without power. A year later and millions of Americans are dead and the nation's infrastructure lies in tatters. The World Bank declares America a developing nation. Europe, Scandinavia, China and Japan are also struggling to recover from the same fateful event - a violent storm, 150 million kilometres away on the surface of the sun. It sounds ridiculous. Surely the sun couldn't create so profound a disaster on Earth. Yet an extraordinary report funded by NASA and issued by the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in January this year claims it could do just that. Over the last few decades, western civilisations have busily sown the seeds of their own destruction. Our modern way of life, with its reliance on technology, has unwittingly exposed us to an extraordinary danger: plasma balls spewed from the surface of the sun could wipe out our power grids, with catastrophic consequences. The projections of just how catastrophic make chilling reading. "We're moving closer and closer to the edge of a possible disaster," says Daniel Baker, a space weather expert based at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and chair of the NAS committee responsible for the report.

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