Well, the Congress has now delayed the DTV transition from February 17 to June 12.  Let me ask you… What will be different then?  The answer may surprise you.  NOTHING.  That is if you don’t count the amount of tax dollars going into it.  If you ask me this has been the most botched operation in history.  Heck, if it can confuse the tech savvy (and I know it has) it sure confuses the heck out of the general population.  Who do I blame for all the confusion?  Its simple, number one I blame the government.  All these ads they’ve aired are completely worthless and have done nothing but add to the confusion.  The next entity I blame is the very media that is being transitioned.  I’ve listened to months of “In x days TV will change as you know it.”  Ummm how helpful is that?  Of course, the media thrives on ratings reaped from fear mongering these days.  Quite frankly I’m sick and tired of hearing about it.  I mean if people don’t have enough sense to have already prepared, postponing the date a few months isn’t going to change anything.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/02/04/digital.tv.delay.vote/index.html

Google Earth 5 is now in the wild.  My first impression after maybe 30-40 minutes of tinkering is thumbs up.  Overall it is now alot faster and feels as though the gui has been tweaked for speed.  Occasionally there is some slowness but I’m guessing that is a side effect of some of the optimization stuff they’ve done.  Google Earth remains one great free resource everyone should download.Some KML Files you might want to add:

During last week’s episode of Treasure Quest on Discovery, Odyssey Explorer found a wreck that they would only refer to as “The Legend.”  Several details were given about the ship that could lead anyone with historical knowledge to a good conclusion.Facts Given:

  • It was believed to be a ship of the line (only a handful existed in the mid 1700’s).
  • It carried over 100 guns.
  • Carried almost 1000 people.

It was all confirmed via Fox News this morning to be the wreckage of the HMS Victory that sunk in the English Channel after getting seperated from her fleet. Research indicates she was carrying 4 tons of gold when she went down.  To clear up the ambiguity, this HMS Victory is the inspiration for the HMS Victory used by Horatio Nelson.

According to AIS, at this moment Odyssey Explorer is moored near London.

Sources:

Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,486387,00.html
Treasure Quest @ Discovery: http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/treasure-quest/treasure-quest.html

For those of you who haven’t found them yet, here is a link to the Mount Redoubt observatory and its webcams.  The site was crashed earlier this week due to a flood of activity once it was announced an eruption is eminent.  The site is back up at least for now.  Go over and check it out.  They are going to have a front row seat to the blast if it goes.Website: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Redoubt.php

Twitter updates: http://twitter.com/alaska_avo

I found a semi interesting video this morning on CNN.  It has to do with a company’s plan to bring the internet to the farest reaches of the world via satellite.  It is supposed to be low cost and affordable.  Personally, I don’t know what the business model looks like and while this looks interesting, I’d say it might be hard to make it profitable.

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/tech/2009/01/07/eod.worldwide.internet.cnn.html

Last night I installed the latest version of Opera (9.63) in response to a bug report.  I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with this version.  The problems I’d noticed with previous versions (primarily it being slow as Christmas) are gone.  Firefox now has something to be concerned about in my opinion.