Back from LA, back to work. It’s like I never stopped.
The Federal Meterological Service was started on this day in 1870. The Brickyard was founded in 1909. Senator McCarthy starts his witch hunt in 1950 by claiming that the State department is infested by 205 Communists. First 727 gets off the ground in 1963. The 747 makes its first commercial flight in 1969.
- According to The Register, Opera’s parent company is planning a public stock offering.
- In the same article, The Register says the next version of the Mozilla browser (which I both use and recommend for Windows) will be dubbed Firefox. The beta version was called Firebird. Firefox 08. is available for download now (if you can get in – the site is slammed).
- Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction has opened the eyes of Tivo users. The company proclaimed it the most watched TV moment to date. How’d they know? Turns out your Tivo reports everything you do back to the home office. Tivo spokesman Scott Sutherland says “I can understand people’s concerns, but when weighted against reality, they are unfounded.” Uh, thanks for your empathy, dude.
- Just when we were wondering where the hyped 3G cell phone benefits were, Nextel announces it’s going to test a 4G network in Raleigh-Durham. The company claims download speeds of 1.5 megabits. Hey, I’d appreciate 56kbps.
- Nissan is using a sonic cannon to prevent hailstone formations from damaging its fleet of new cars.
- From SlashDot comes word of a very cool site. MolecularExpressions.com has galleries full of images of ordinary materials under extraordinary magnification. Created by Michael Davidson of Florida State University, the site took nine years and $5 million to produce.
- Also on SlashDot, a University of Alberta study that shows that excessive Internet use can actually be beneficial.