Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Six channel mosaics on DISH Network

As Gizmodo so eloquently puts it: "Finally, a network to cater effectively to our extreme ADD."

Friday, August 19, 2005

Aircraft Maintenance TTP

There's a new Aircraft Maintenance TTP on the streets, available via the mil-only link above.

Lots of great information, multi-MDS and multi-command. Every 21A should have a copy.

From the Factory to the Foxhole

Note: The link only works from .mil addresses. For everone else, here's the Bloomberg link (blocked by my local proxy) :-(

For loggies, this is interesting for a few reasons:
1. It'll outsource a lot of what we do right now (track, move, manage materiel) to a private contractor, forcing a change in the focus of LRO skills down to the Air Force/DOD-unique tasks such as war planning.

2. This would drastically affect any and all ITV/TAV systems development that's going on. Admittedly, it would be an improvement over the current state of affairs since UPS (and possibly LMIT, etc) all have better ITV/TAV systems than what the DOD is using. Can you imagine UPS not knowing exactly where a package is at any given moment? Neither can I.

3. Here's a possible out-growth of this scenario: Today, when your Toshiba computer breaks down, you get a UPS box sent to you with the labels and packing to ship it for repair. Once it goes into the UPS system, though, it never leaves UPS control. UPS ships it to one of its own warehouses and and a Toshiba-certified UPS employee makes the repair. Dell found that it could save money by outsourcing the repair management to UPS and save time in transit. Imagine this for an engine, or a tire, or any other depot-reparable item. Check out how DHL is already doing this in Europe .

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

4 8 15 16 23 42 - The LOST Numbers Reference Guide

4 8 15 16 23 42 - The LOST Numbers Reference Guide

It's fun because it's obsessive...

Friday, August 12, 2005

From the pens of Tibetan monks...

This is just exquisite. If I could sum up the need of knowledge management in just four lines, it would be this:

'The light of the disk is endless
like the light of the disks in the sky, sun and moon.
With a single push of our finger on a button
We pull up the shining gems of text.'
-- Gelek Rinpoche

Monday, August 08, 2005

Wired: Analyze This: Combining Data

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Analyze This: Combining Data

Businesses use data mining to detect manufacturing problems or track competitors, the government to detect links between terrorist groups. A new open-source standard will let multiple computing engines for sorting unstructured data work together.

http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,68462,00.html?tw=wn_story_mailer

Friday, August 05, 2005

US sends C-5 to help mini-sub

The Russian Navy got smart(er) after the Kursk mishap and decided not to wait until their sailors were obviously dead before asking for help.

Now that they've asked, the US is sending help...unfortunately it's on a C-5. If you've ever had to wait on one of these behemoths to get to (or more likely from) downrange, you'll know what I'm talking about.

I'm sure the crew dogs'll do everything humanly possible (and without the TO) to get ol' Fred in the air, but I wouldn't want to be 600 feet down and told my fate rests in the hands of a C-5.

For God's sake, don't let that thing kneel!!

P.S. Okay, they've only gotten a little smarter...

Blogging "Lost"

There's nothing military about today's post. I was looking around for information on the Lost Season 1 DVD and came across this site. It'll take you to other places that also track Lost as obsessively as Filmfodder does.

This got me so excited about Season Two, I'm going back and watching from the start tonight.

BitTorrent will probably start seeing the old eps pick up, too.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

A new way of "shooting" battlefield imagery

An Israeli contractor has come up with a quick and easy method for giving troops "over the hill" imagery. Quick, easy, simple.

I see a lot of cosmic systems in my daily work that seem to take years, billions of dollars, and fantastic tech to produce the same thing, but not for the troops.

Who's smarter? The company that's working on the next best thing or the one with a good solution now?

Wishes come true...

When I saw the W watching the Shuttle launch on a 14" TV, I felt kind of bad. Glad to see Engadget's watching out for him.

Thanks, Pete.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

The Fruit Guys

This is just too freakin' funny. It has nothing to do with the AF (it's underwear for frik's sake). About the funniest thing I've seen in a looong time.