Some stuff caught my interest as I was moving through my Newsgator RSS subscriptions this afternoon:
- Dynamism December 2005 Holiday Newsletter [Mobile]
- Ronald Ondrejka - The Role of the First Spy Satellites [History]
- TechPodcasts.com's RoundTable for Dec 10, 2005 looks at potentially good Holiday Gifts [Podcasting]
- Having trouble deleted Microsoft Outlook folders? Try this link. [Tip]
- A gadget that might let you play console games on your laptop or desktop screen. [Gaming]
FYI ... from Tech News Radio:
On the heels of the "Server Room of Horrors," coming December 18th, Friends in Tech will be presenting our Christmas special, "A Geek Christmas Carol" -- A revisit of the old tale of Scrooge and his ghostly visitors, but... with a tech twist (mp3 promo).
Kevin Devin reports, "Recording has completed and assembly has begun. Be sure to check it out by subscribing today (RSS Feed) in preparation for its release. We had a lot of fun with all FiT members and some family members participating, as well as some special guests from the podcast community. You won't want to miss it. :-) Happy Holidays!"
Many Topic Post: History, Database, Audio, Wiretapping, Cable, Mapping, Pictures. Startups, Books, Music
I thought the following tidbits were interesting:
Unusual Technical Images of WWII Equipment: "...featuring technical cutaway drawings of submarines, ships, aircraft and arms PLUS contemporary photos of and on mostly 'S' Class Royal Naval Submarines." (Via digg.)
TimeData CDP Adds Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Support: "TimeSpring is the first continuous data protection software maker to offer full SQL Server 2005 support."(Via eWEEK Technology News.)
Review: M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96 Pocket Digital Recorder: Barely larger than a first-gen iPod, this portable recorder lets you capture sound in 24-bit WAV format or compact MP3. But is the low price too good to be true? Accomplished recording engineer Mark Nelson MicroTracks a Hawaiian guitar festival to find out. (Via O'Reilly Network Articles.)
Signaling Vulnerabilities in Wiretapping Systems: "Signaling Vulnerabilities in Wiretapping Systems. The technology used for decades by law enforcement agents to wiretap telephones has a security flaw that allows the person being wiretapped to stop the recorder remotely [bugmenot]. It is also possible to falsify the numbers dialed [pdf]."(Via MetaFilter.)
Cable By the Channel Favored: "Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin yesterday said allowing consumers to buy cable channels individually, rather than in packages, might not be more expensive and would help protect children from indecent and violent programs. (Via washingtonpost.com - Technology - Industry News, Policy, and Reviews.)
Richard Scarry's The Best Word Book Ever, 1963 and 1991: "Alan compares all the subtle differences between the two versions" (Via Waxy.org Links.)
Fascinating article on A.G. Tolkachev, a Russian who spied for the CIA for almost ten years. I was particularly interested in reading the tradecraft descriptions. Note that the article was published in the CIA journal Studies in Intelligence, and is... [link]
If you'd like to translate your family or business history into a classical historical map representation, then you can get started for $4000. In addition, they have created some maps of popular areas (Tuscany, Nantucket, Martha's Vinyard, Costa Rica, and East Africa) for significantly less money.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Charles Chibitty, the last surviving Comanche code talker from World War II, has died in Tulsa at age 83. [KOTV.com]
He is Robert C. Snoddy of Roseburg, Ore.
Snoddy and his pilot, Norman A. Schwartz, took off from an airfield near Seoul, South Korea, on Nov. 29, 1952, with two other crewmembers to extract a CIA operative from China. The mission in the Jilin province of northeast China was planned to pick up the agent on the ground with an airborne extraction system.
Unfortunately, the Chinese had compromised the agent on the ground, and when the C-47 aircraft flew over the pickup point it was shot down by hostile ground fire. Snoddy and Schwartz were reportedly killed, and two other crewmembers, Richard G. Fecteau and John T. Downey, were captured by the Chinese and held until 1971 and 1973, respectively.
For years the U.S. government asked the Chinese for information related to the fates of Snoddy and Schwartz. The Chinese had in 1972 acknowledged to President Ford that the two had died in the crash and were buried near the site but that it was impossible to locate their remains.
This is a great book. I friend from work is letting me read it. I wonder if the "dogfaces" currently in Iraq and Afghanistan have their own version of Joe and Willie. More info via: spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk.