Posts Tagged ‘Technology’


So I’m taking two classes in Project Management.

And this week at work? I’m Taking Program Management.

So effectively I have 8 hours of Project and Program Management criteria, theories, and systems only to come home, put my mangled foot up, and spend another 3 to 4 hours reading Project and program Management criteria, theories and systems.

If I dream of Net Present Value formula’s tonight I’m gonna not be a happy camper tomorrow.

LightSquared trying to get squared away

Not to be confused with the Light Radio Cube

For those who don’t know there is a company known as LightSquared attempting to make a break in to the telecommunication market with something a bit different.

LightSquared is building the only national 4G-LTE open wireless broadband network that incorporates nationwide satellite coverage. Supposedly this new network will have a high bandwidth ability for such things like data and applications (something you smart phone users had best be paying very close attention too) Through its wholesale-only business model, those without their own wireless network or who have limited geographic coverage or spectrum can market and sell their own products using the LightSquared network—at a competitive price and without retail competition from LightSquared. Basically, Tom and Joe can form their own cellular network, using LightSquared’s backbone, the same thing you have seen happen in any other areas with Rural telephone landline companies.

But it doesn’t end there

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PSA: Technology sucks sometimes

I haven’t been on our normal schedule this week due to technical interruptions. Unfortunately those communicative interruptions are chronic, and myself as well as the 3 tech support groups have been banging our perspective heads against the proverbial wall. Not helping is the method of procedure one of the help desk centers insists on using.

My sincere apologies and I will do my best to get back on a normal blog schedule as the situation allows!

Microwave Burrito Theory

I’ve had a theory for quite some time. A recent discussion with Boraz via Twitter reminded me of it once again.

My Microwave Burrito Theory

I’ve used this analogy quite a bit lately. In a recent paper regarding human interaction with technology I referenced it for college. I’ve mentioned it in comments countless times on other blogs.

I’ve never really put it in to a perspective that others could follow for posterity.

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Cell towers thing of the past?

Imagine mobile phone base stations no bigger than a golf ball. Imagine not having towers every two to three miles along the interstate, the great steel monoliths I and countless others have helped to erect, climb, establish, tune, and place across the country.

Intro the Light Radio Cube, stage right.

In this undated photo provided by Alcatel-Lucent, Wim Sweldens, the president Alcatel-Lucent's wireless division is seen holding a lightRadio cube, a small cell-phone antenna that can be deployed on lamp posts, buildings, and other places that can't accommodate a full-sized antenna. The cube integrates much of the regular workings of a conventional cell phone base station, seen behind Sweldens. (AP Photo/Alcatel-Lucent)

The “Light Radio” technology, which will be tested by a number of mobile operators around the world including Orange, Verizon in the US and the world’s largest network, China Mobile, could halve network operating costs and do the same for power demands, said Wim Sweldens, head of Alcatel-Lucent company’s mobile business at a presentation in London.

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Valour-IT: The better part of valor

We’ve been talking about it all last week.
We’ve been working like a couple of used horse salesmen at a roadside auction.
The Countdown begins today.

Thursday is the last day of our fundraiser.

This is your last chance to get some pretty damn cool gifts, and help wounded troops at the same time.

I could have used Valour-IT ten years ago. It would have been nice to have been able to E-mail my family and tell them what was going on. It would have been nice to have sent an E-mail to my friends.

I didn’t have that ability. We didn’t have the technology and we didn’t have the support.

The technology is here now. The support is coming in, support like yours and mine.

Don’t miss out!

From Castle Argghhh!

RESTREPO mini poster signed by the filmmakers 05:45:33Restrepo plunges viewers into the experiences of soldiers on the front lines of the Afghan War” – a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, “Restrepo,” named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you. “RESTREPO mini poster signed by filmmakers Tim Hetherington (recipient of four World Press Photo awards, including the World Press Photo to the Year (2008), and an Alfred I. duPont Broadcast award for his work in Afghanistan for ABC’s ‘Nightline’) and Sebastian Junger (bestselling author of “The Perfect Storm” and “War.”)

Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran Medallion 07:08:49 This coin from Eagle Crest commemorates the Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and features intricate, multi-colored designs on both sides and the words, “Democracy, Bravery, Honor, Sacrifice & Freedom”

U.S. Army Combat Infantryman Medallion 07:14:14 This coin from Eagle Crest commemorates the U.S. Army Combat Infantryman. Its green and gold face displays four Infantryman on foot. The blue and gold flip has 5 stars and a long rifle.

Personalizable US Coast Guard cross-stitch 07:42:34 Counted cross-stitch of the U.S. Coast Guard emblem suitable for personalization with name/rank and additional information (years of service, unit, etc.)(see example photo). Finished piece is designed for a 3.5″ x 5″ opening (mat or frame). Can be mounted with a custom-cut mat (NOT part of auction item) for dual openings in an 6×10 frame (see example photo). Auction winner will need to provide contact information in order to arrange personalization before item can be shipped.

Leadership in Action signed by author ADM Greg Slavonic 08:16:59 This auction is a copy of ADM Slavonic’s upcoming book Leadership In Action. It will be released to the general public on in MID-NOVEMBER. This is an ADVANCED copy. ADM Slavonic will sign and ship. SPECIAL TO VALOUR-IT! Greg Slavonic has brought together several contributors for this book that would rightly be on a “Who’s Who” list of our nation’s most highly honored and decorated military leaders; two-, three- and four-star Generals, Admirals, Captains and Colonels, war heroes and two Medal of Honor recipients–they know what it takes to lead and to succeed. In the pages of this book, you will find something that is critical to success in life–a philosophy of leadership that you can take for your own. By reading each chapter, giving thought to what you’ve read and applying what you’ve learned in action; a discerning reader will gain a thorough understanding of what real leaders are made of–and in the learning can become one too.

Day by Day comic strip book. Signed and Numbered. 09:18:49 The first DayByDay Cartoon book collecting all of the strips from 2002-2003. This miniature coffee table book measures 7″x7″, features a high gloss softcover, is 132 pages with 363 toons and is signed and numbered by creator Chris Muir.

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes (2010, Hardcover) 12:38:18 A visceral, gripping, epic novel of the Vietnam War written by a highly decorated war veteran, MATTERHORN throbs with compelling authenticity on each of its many hundred pages. Though its topics are embedded in our cultural consciousness–napalm, Agent Orange, tortured soldier’s souls, the chaos of guerrilla warfare, the impossible ethics of violence, the beauty and horrors of the jungle, loyalty, insanity, friendship, and death–MATTERHORN renders the Vietnam experience anew, boring relentlessly down on the specific kinetic reality of the time and place. Karl Marlantes writes with an intense immediacy reminiscent of Mailer’s THE NAKED AND THE DEAD or James Jones’s THE THIN RED LINE. MATTERHORN deserves to take its place on the short list of great works about America’s engagement in Vietnam and the powerful reality of armed combat.

‘This We’ll Defend’ Army Medallion 13:08:45 This coin from the Northwest Territorial Mint commemorates the U.S. Army. It has an Army themed front side with the words, “This We’ll Defend.” The flip side has the Department of the Army seal.

FCC and the Internet Regulation hype

There are a lot of scary meme’s going around about the FCC regulating the Internet effective November 30th.

Obviously someone has never bothered to do their home work.

The FCC, by their very definition on their inception, has regulated the internet since their creation in 1934.

I recommend that the Congress create a new agency to be known as the Federal Communications Commission, such agency to be vested with the authority now lying in the Federal Radio Commission and with such authority over communications as now lies with the Interstate Commerce Commission--the services affected to be all of those which rely on wires, cables, or radio as a medium of transmission. Message from Theodore Roosevelt to Congress, February 20, 1934

Underline Emphasis mine.

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Questions Needed!

Hey Everyone,

We’re going to be interviewing the Edison II Team about themselves, and their Very Light Car which is currently competing for the XPrize

What do you want to know? Their car? Their team? Their racing background? The X Prize competition itself?

You can send me your question to bloodspite -at- gmail dot com

The 3rd Dimension

For years my friends have asked me to go and see 3D movies.

I have always declined. I felt like the odd man out because I could never see 3D. It looks like a jumbled blur on the screen no matter what kind of 3D glasses I used, what kind of prescription glasses I had, or if I used contacts. No combination produced palatable experience.

For a long time I figured, it was just me.
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Quote of the Day: April 19th, 2010

Exams turned in, i have one paper left but on top of that I return to work today. been out since last Wedensday due to a illness that I’m not sure I’m over but I can’t afford to miss any more time from work. /sigh

Start my Ethics in Business class tomorrow and quite possibly at some point this week I may have some news. We’ll see.

Without further adieu here’s our quote!

Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand.

Putt’s Law

Radio Intercepts

Basically your privacy is someone else's commodity. And you aren't getting paid for it.

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