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so who actually uses blankets and headphones from the airline? Personally, the blanket stays in the plastic and the headphones get brought home for the kids...

The gravy bit isn't exactly true, but I can see how they got there. Good read. I can't believe I've learnt all this in only 7 years!

$44 mil in expenses....

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Holy kpw...king Barry has racked up more than $44mil in travel costs.  Wow....  Wonder if that is for the entire first family or just him?  Remember

Prague - June 2014

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I just got back from a trip to Prague this past weekend.  It is a long story about why I went involving a piece of brand new equipment, power outages, and a fried motherboard.  Anyway, here's a link to the set on Flickr of the pictures I took (most of clouds) and below is a selection:

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Longest Flight?

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Today on Fox News, I saw this article about the longest plane rides you can take today.  Here's the summary:

* United Airlines Flight 117/118 - Newark to Hong Kong (16 hours, 8,078 miles)
* Qantas Flight 7/8 - Sydney to Dallas (16 hours, 8,575 miles)
* Cathay Pacific Multiple Routes - Newark/New York to Hong Kong (16 hours, 5 minutes, 8,078 miles)
* South African Airways Flight 203/204 - Johannesburg to New York (16 hours, 15 minutes, 7,954 Miles)
* Qatar Airways Flight 77/78 - Doha to Houston (16 hours, 20 minutes, 8,016 miles)

That got me wondering about the longest flight I ever took.  Turns out it was  in 2007 when I flew from JFK to BKK on Thai Airways Flight 973.  According to Wikipedia, that flight was 8,676 miles and scheduled for 17 hours.  I remember it...we flew north out of JFK, almost over the Noth Pole, south over China (and some interesting deserts) then on to BKK.

I think the next runner-up was when we flew from Cairo to JFK on TWA in 1996 (I think).  That was something like 14 hours/

How about you?  What's the longest flight you've ever been on?

The "Walkie Scorchie" tower

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20 Fenchurch Street

At certain times of the year, the news is full of stories like "The Wrong Kind of Snow" or "Leaves Disrupt Rail Travel" or "Sun Delays Rail".  Well, now there is another "wrong kind of sun" story:  a new building under construction in London (at 20 Fenchurch Street) is slightly concave.  It does what a shape like that does and focuses the sun onto a point.

Well, it turns out that in the fall autumn (and I would say in the spring as well) the building focuses light across the street.  It has even melted cars and cooked eggs.  I'm curious to see how this plays out.

Image from becky via flickr

Asus WL-330N (3g) Review

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In my job, I travel to lots of places where people are having meetings to work on their computers.  We do this because we get the most "bang for the buck" so to speak by going where people are then working on their computers.  But, that means we don't have control over the environment we find ourselves in.  Or what resources are available.  We can get around this by taking hard drives with software and updates for our use.  However, there are cases where wifi is spotty (that's being nice).  An example would be a meeting I recently went to in Morocco:  wifi was available in the lobby but not the meeting room.  But, in one corner of the meeting room we could, occasionally, leech wifi off another hotel.  That corner was really popular.

Enter my quest for a router I could take with me places.  A colleague suggested an Apple Airport Express (he has one).  The size was right but it didn't do everything I wanted.  I then thought about getting a stock router and installing DD-Wrt.  Well, after looking, I didn't think DD-Wrt did everything I wanted.  So, I kept looking.  But, before I go farther, I suppose I should tell you my requirements:

  1. work as a traditional access point (give it an ethernet internet connection and have it broadcast it)
  2. work as a bridge (connect to the internet via wifi then give that signal over wired connection)
  3. #2 except rebroadcast on a SSID of my choice
  4. be small

#3 turned out to be the hardest.  After looking, I didn't even think that ddwrt would do what I wanted.  I kept looking.  And looking.  And looking.  Finally, I stumbled on the Asus WL-330n3G.  This thing does everything:

  1. I can plug it into an ethernet port and broadcast my own SSID (complete with DHCP, firewall, etc... services)
  2. I can connect it to a wireless network and give any wired devices access to that wired network
  3. I can reshare that wireless on a SSID of my choice
  4. I can simply repeat a SSID, if I want
  5. I can even connect a USB 3G modem and share that internet amongst devices
  6. Best of all, this thing is small.  About the size of a credit card and perhaps 1/2 inch thick!
  7. And even better, it is powered by USB.  AND they included an AC->USB power adapter
  8. Even more better, the price was only £31 (about $50)!

I haven't taken it any place with me yet, but I think this little guy will come in very handy!