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Tuesday, August 7, 2007


I'd say the acting is about on par with the latest Fast and the Furious offering.

Chismillionare helps out with your next car

Current BMW lease offers. Forget your apartment or house. These are much nicer anyway plus you can get to work, school and go on vacation with them. Plus in three years, you can get a brand new one.

Flying Car - $148,000

20 Things I Learned From Tech Support

  • As long as the world turns, users will still have problems

  • Substance abusers and computer operators are the only folks called users. This isn't by chance

  • When in doubt. Reboot

  • Sooner or later you will meet a person who types out the words "backslash" or forgets to plug in the power cord. If you haven't yet, just wait, you will

  • Fear the phone. No one just calls tech support to wish you good morning

  • No user will tell you the whole truth at the beginning of a call

  • "I didn't do anything" or "It just happened" Are the users mantra

  • As a support tech, it is your job to break down resistance and get the truth

  • This is so you can rub the lie in their face, fixing the issue is just a perk

  • Some people will never learn

  • This means you will always have a job

  • Maintain a calm voice, even if you're screaming on the inside

  • The hold button is your friend

  • Whatever you do, don't panic

  • The answer to all users questions should be "Trust me, I know what I'm doing" even if this is a bald-faced lie

  • Users can smell fear. Once you've lost control, all is lost

  • A user who is not listening to you anymore, but rather is trying "their own thing" is not worth your time. Simulate a telephone disconnect and hang up. Trust me, you're better off.

  • Sometimes fixing a computer is easier than figuring out why it was broken

  • Users always want a reason things are fixed. If you're not sure just lie. They won't know anyway. "A stray electron passed through the processor and caused..."

  • If possible ask to speak to the youngest person present

  • clickety clickety...

    Skateboarders never hit a trick man

    Time Magazine cover story- New Orleans two years on

    National Geographic place of the week


    HCCI combustion - gasoline combustion without a spark!

    The gas-saving technology, called homogeneous charge compression ignition, or HCCI, uses a form of combustion that is much more efficient than conventional spark ignition. Under some conditions, it can reduce fuel consumption by 25 percent, says William Green, a professor of chemical engineering at MIT who was coauthor of the new study. That's very similar to the efficiency of a diesel engine, which also achieves combustion by compression rather than a spark. But unlike diesel engines, HCCI results in a more uniform combustion and is thus much cleaner. A system that combines HCCI with conventional combustion could improve fuel economy by a few miles per gallon on average, Green says.
    Several research groups are working on the new type of combustion. Volvo, for example, has built a hybrid system that can switch between conventional spark ignition and HCCI. Some experts, however, had expected that the new type of engine would require special fuel.
    The MIT research shows that an HCCI engine can operate with any of the varieties of gasoline sold in North America, making a special fuel unnecessary. The researchers tested a range of different gasolines made at different refineries. They found that the HCCI engine "was less sensitive to the fuel than people had feared," says Green.
    While the HCCI has several performance limitations, these can be addressed using a hybrid approach, in which an engine could switch between HCCI and conventional spark ignition. Using already mass-produced parts could make it relatively inexpensive to build such a hybrid, Green says.
    In conventional gasoline engines, a spark ignites a mixture of fuel and air in a combustion chamber, creating an explosion that drives a piston. While this happens very efficiently when the engine is working hard, it's less efficient at lower loads, such as during cruising, when less gasoline is being pumped into the combustion chamber. At these times, to keep the ratio of fuel to oxygen optimized, a partial vacuum is created in the chamber. It takes extra energy to make this vacuum, which decreases the engine's efficiency.
    The HCCI technology avoids the use of an energy-wasting vacuum. Instead, hot gases from a previous combustion cycle remain in the chamber; the engine uses a combination of heat from these hot gases and heat generated by compressing the mixture to raise temperatures high enough that the mixture explodes.

    Making Gasoline from bacteria

    The biofuel of the future could well be gasoline. That's the hope of one biotech startup that on Monday described for the first time how it is coaxing bacteria into producing hydrocarbons that could be processed into fuels like those made from petroleum.

    LS9, a company based in San Carlos, CA, and founded by geneticist George Church, of Harvard Medical School, and plant biologist Chris Somerville, of Stanford University, had previously said that it was working on what it calls "renewable petroleum." But at a Society for Industrial Microbiology conference on Monday, the company began speaking more openly about what it has accomplished: it has genetically engineered various bacteria, including E. coli, to custom-produce hydrocarbon chains.

    Super Mario Bros on the iPhone

    New Imac photos leaked

    Sleek Aluminum looking Imacs to be revealed today-

    This day in history- 1991 Ladies and Gentlemen the World Wide Web

    1991: The world wide web becomes publicly available on the internet for the first time.
    The web has changed a lot since Tim Berners-Lee posted, on this day, the first web pages summarizing his World Wide Web project, a method of storing knowledge using hypertext documents. In the months leading up to his post, Berners-Lee had developed everything necessary to make the web a reality, including the first browser and server.
    His historic post appeared on the alt.hypertext newsgroup, ending a journey that began back in 1980, when Berners-Lee was at CERN, an international particle physics lab located near Geneva, Switzerland. There, working with collaborator Robert Cailliau, Berners-Lee began the Enquire project, the forerunner to what would become the web.
    The project, which made hypertext a chief communications component for the first time, was intended to facilitate the sharing of information among researchers across the broader internet