Thursday, April 27, 2006

Casey Hughes Still Pluggin' Away

Kommunity Casey is still out there pitching his craft with Gartner. Casey says..“I'm Not Unemployed - I'm a Consultant”. Many will remember the good old days when Casey was the President of Merisel working with Robert Leff and Dave Waggoner. Thanks for the update from Monaco and please try to be productive at next weeks Vision Event in Orlando.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Morgan's New Movie getting Tribeca BUZZ!

Lots of nice press on Morgan J. Freeman's new movie, "Just Like the Son" ready to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival April 29th. Morgan has written and directed over 10 films and here's hoping for a good reception at Tribeca. Here is a clip from Tuesdays Hollywood Reporter.
(.....also CBS News has a new movie clip about the film as narrated by Morgan. Go to Click on Entertainment, then click on Tribeca Film Festival and then click "Just Like the Son" movie clip....)

Morgan is also writing about his Tribeca experience on NewYorkology- see website..

Monday, April 24, 2006

Thinking about Kayaking in Maui?

Yes, there have been a few shark attacks in Maui over the past couple of years.
Fortunately the sharks in Maui waters are not as quite as big as this one. Not sure where this photo was shot but it sure makes you wish you had a bigger boat. Check out our website for great trip-tips and more photos of our favorite hangout.....Maui!

Saturday, April 22, 2006

New 70's Vintage PC's added the Museum

We are the plan is moving forward on opening the finest PC Museum anywhere. The new Museum will be World Class and feature not only the early Personal Computers, but will also house key items from the Mainframe era, the story of PONG and Video and Handheld Electronic Games, plus Calculators and Typewriters. We are still looking for new items from the old days, if you can help please contact me. Your item and name can be part of computer history. Recent items include a very rare Ohio Scientific Challenger C4 with software and manuals. Also a nice Eagle IV, a new photo of our IMSAI 8048 singleboard computer (very rare), Leedex Video 100 and a NEC Multispeed HD notebook. Hope you enjoy the photos and look forward to your comments and suggestions.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Bush On Global Warming

Want to get a good laugh? Check out this clip on Bush and Global Warming. It is classic. The link is on right side of page under links. Click on Bush On Global Warming. Thank Will.....
...“I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.” from George

Better quote....
"Keep on a walking, keep on a talking,
Gonna build a brand new world." -- Joan Baez

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Techno Wall Hangings! Homage to Ken Olson?

Steve, from the Yahoo Altair Computer Club, emailed me his Techno Wall Hangings. I have to admit I do not have one in my home. My wife would come unglued with even the thought. I have not seen Techno Wall Hangings and have to admit it is nostalgic. It probably reminds most viewers of all the bad money they wasted on DEC equipment. Or perhaps brings back memories of Ken Olson’s (former longtime CEO of DEC) lame and feeble attempt to take DEC into the PC marketplace. Fortunately Compaq came to DEC’s rescue with their ill-advised purchase of DEC. Some may prefer Techno Hangings be relegated to bathrooms only? (especially for Ken Olson's left-overs) Anyway, Thanks for the concept and the photo. I would suggest that you modify your wall hangings and mount the actual computers with only the faceplates showing… may be a better way out of a marriage. A better use may be to customize Ken Olson's tombstone with some faceplates. Also I would like to share a quote from Ken Olson....
“There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.”

The front panels are: (Top to bottom- left side)
DG Nova 3
DEC PDP 11/10
MITS Altair 680b
DG Eclipse (version 1)
Picomm (Potter Instrument Co.)(Model unknown)
(Top to bottom- right side)
DEC PDP 11/10
DG Eclipse (version 2)
ICOM CP-6800 (a relabeled MITS Altair 680bT)
DEC PDP 11/34
DEC PDP 11/60

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Can Bush get much lower?

April 10, 2006 10:26 am
Talequah, OK Daily Press
Can Bush get much lower?

"This is republished from a "Conservative-Republican" Newspaper ..."

As more details are brought to the fore about the seamy underbelly of the Bush administration, the perpetually trusting souls among the American electorate are having trouble keeping those scales firmly in place on their eyes.

The president has sunk so far down in the polls it’s hard to imagine he could get any lower without being adept at limbo dancing. And it’s no wonder: Even staunch loyalists are at pains to name one positive thing Bush has accomplished during his five years in office, except perhaps the seating of two new justices (presumed to be conservative by ardent Bush supporters, who could be sorely disappointed if they merely turn out to be fair).

The usual response from Bush fans, when asked such impertinent questions about their fearless leader, is to fire another accusatory salvo at his predecessor, whose peccadilloes are not only irrelevant to the situation at hand, but pale by comparison.

Bush’s “political missteps,” on the other hand, would fill several pages, even with small type. The senior citizens are having trouble with his Medicare program, and his fence-straddling on the immigration issue is ripping his own party apart. The cronies he empowered within FEMA dropped the ball in spectacular fashion when Hurricane Katrina roared through, and the fallout on that fiasco continues. The violence goes on unabated in Iraq, and Afghanistan is lurching toward a theocracy that Western states will ultimately find as unpalatable as Iran’s government. The national deficit has ballooned to incomprehensible levels, and the wages of the average Joe are stagnant. Philosophically, Americans are polarized, and not only do our fellow countrymen from the opposing party dislike us, but the rest of the world does, too.

And now, Bush himself has been identified as the ultimate source of the information leak that led to publication of supposed pre-war intelligence and the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. With all due respect to Gomer Pyle, and with as much sarcasm as can possibly be mustered: “Well, surprise, surprise, surprise!”

It seems that Scooter Libby – who went from bureaucrat to porn novelist to Dick Cheney’s top aide – is now squealing like a stuck pig from the muddy sty to which he’s been consigned. Intent on saving his own skin after being fingered in the information leak case, Libby (who probably has another book deal in the works) has turned on his former superiors and is giving them the biblical “pearl treatment.”

Libby told a grand jury he discussed pre-war intelligence with New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who dutifully printed the material. Now it’s been revealed that he had permission to flap his gums, by none other than Bush himself, through Cheney.

One can almost feel sorry for Scott McClellan, Bush’s hapless press secretary who got his post not through the grace of God or abundance of talent, but because his parents are old Texas barbecue buddies of Bush. But members of the White House press corps must have been thunderstruck when they heard the official spin on the story: The administration had “declassified” this information about the same time as Libby leaked it, and all for the good of the American people! Furthermore, McClellan asserted, the commander-in-chief has a right to leak information if he gets a hankering to do so.

Someone in this equation is destined to turn out stupid: The administration, for expecting the public to swallow this fish tale, or the public, for doing just that.

If the leaked information was declassified by the administration so Libby and others could hand it over to the media, then why didn’t they just say so to begin with? Why did they lie and say they knew nothing about it? Or, is McClellan the liar in this case?

To buy any of this, the public will have to suffer not just from pathological stupidity, but also from terminal amnesia. We’ll have to forget that Ms. Plame’s name only became public after her husband, former diplomat Joseph Wilson, disclosed that he could find no evidence of weapons of destruction in Iraq. We’ll also have to forget that several subsequent investigations have vindicated Wilson – which means the “declassified information” was completely erroneous, or a complete fabrication.

Regardless of what the Bush people call it, the “intelligence” was propelled forward on zeal for vendetta and a war of predestination to topple Saddam Hussein. Someday the truth will out, as well it should. It’s gotten an awful lot of people killed.

Monday, April 10, 2006

"Just Like the Son" to Premiere at Tribeca

Just a commercial for my son Morgan's new movie "Just Like the Son" set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 29th in Nw York City. Nice excuse for our family to convene in New York for a few days. Morgan wrote and directed the movie- set in New York and other places in the USA. Barb and I have seen the rough cut and it is really a moving story about a young boy coming of age and the difficulties life has to offer. Mark Webber (Broken Flowers, Winter Solstice)) does a nice job and Rosie Perez (Lackawanna Blues, Riding in Cars with Boys) is excellent as the school principal. You really fall in love with Antonio Ortiz who play "Boone". Morgan has worked several times with Brendan Sexton III (Hurricane, Boys don't Cry) and he is again seen delivering his best. See my links to the website on "Just Like The Son". Nice website- great trailer....

Friday, April 07, 2006

Paul Terrell on Retirement

Approaching the retirement age is even more difficult when your aging friends send you regular updates on how great it is in retirement. Paul says...Everyday is a Sunday! Paul was the founder of Byte Shops back in 1976. He was the first one to franchise retail computer stores. At that time Byte Shops sold the popular Altair computer line. In 1976 he gave Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak an order for 50 Apple I computers (In those days 50 units was a huge commitment) and Apple was founded. Jobs used the Byte PO to leverage purchases from Cramer Electronics to get the parts needed to build the boards and the rest is hstory. Paul insisted that the boards have the parts soldered in as most of his potential customers were software programmers unfamiliar with soldering parts. The terms were the usual COD in those days. No credit! The next step for them was an introduction to Don Valentine and the world of Vulture Capital. Byte also introduced one of the first computers, the Byt-8. Today he divides his time between Portland and Florida. One of the real pleasures in life is to sit down with Paul and talk about computer history. I miss the old days when we would hook-up at Comdex, PIP and other conferences several times each year. Back when the PC business was FUN! Today he traverses the USA with his charming wife Jeri, and another computer old-timer, Wayne Sanders and his wife, and they experience the best of our country. He just sent me some snapshots of a family get together in Cancun. I think that is Vicente Fox and George W playing water volleyball in the pool?

Thursday, April 06, 2006

PC Museum To Have Permanent New Home!

A new PC Museum is being developed to house our collection and more. This will be the most complete and comprehensive
display of the computer revolution. This will include the advent of the Personal Computer (Apple I to Zenith), Apple Computer History, The development of Pong, TV Games and Handheld Games, History of Calculators and Typewriters and historical pieces of Mainframe Computers. The Museum will reside in a freestanding building and will tell the story of the computer, people, places and companies. The design of the installation will be orientated for children and adults.
You can help! We still need museum quality pieces from the early 1970’s. Preferably working models such as the SWTP 6800, Scelbi 8-H, Apple II, Altair Music Solution, Smoke Signal Broadcasting, Apple 20th Anniversary Computer, Polymorphic S-100 Computers, Heathkit H-8, EC-1 Computers, Teletype ASR-33, Cromemco Computers and more. Contact us with your ideas on hands-on displays, interactive displays, film-clips and film demonstrations, animation and any suggestions on how we can make our museum the best in existence. Your suggestions, donations and offers will be noted and placed in the museum in your name so you can be part of computer history and our new museum. Over the past several years many of you have contacted us regarding viewing the collection. We are happy to say that our collection will finally have a home for all to enjoy. If you can help call me at 714-558-8822 or email dfreeman@acpsuperstore.
Thanks, Dave

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Could Not Resist Posting This Joke!

It was the first day of school and a new student named Pedro Martinez, the son of a Mexican restaurateur, entered the fourth grade.
The teacher said, "Let's begin by reviewing some American history.
"Who said 'Give me Liberty, or give me Death?' " She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Pedro, who had his hand up.
"Patrick Henry, 1775."
"Very good!" apprised the teacher. "Now, who said, "Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth?"
Again, no response except from Pedro: "Abraham Lincoln, 1863."
The teacher snapped at the class, "Class, you should be ashamed! Pedro, who is new to our country, knows more about its history than you do!"
She heard a loud whisper: "Screw the Mexicans!" "Who said that?" she demanded.
Pedro put his hand up. "Jim Bowie, 1836."
At that point, a student in the back said, "I'm gonna puke." The teacher glared and asked, "All right! Now, who said that?"
Again, Pedro answered, "George Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991."
Now furious, another student yelled, "Oh yeah? Suck this!"
Pedro jumped out of his chair waving his hand and shouting to the teacher, "Bill Clinton to Monica Lewinsky, 1997!"
Now, with almost a mob hysteria, teacher said, "You little shit. If you say anything else, I'll kill you!"
Pedro frantically yelled at the top of his voice, "Gary Condit to Chandra Levy, 2001."
The teacher fainted, and as the class gathered around her on the floor, someone said, "Oh shit, we're in BIG trouble now!"
Pedro whispered, "Saddam Hussein, 2003."
Finally someone throws an eraser at Pedro, someone shouted "Duck"!
Teacher asked "Who said that?
Pedro: "Dick Cheney 2006"

Fascinating Honda Commercial

Having a son that writes and direct movies I have become very interested in film arts. Here is a New Honda commercial shot in the UK. Very important that you understand: There are no computer graphics or digital tricks in the film. Everything you see really happened in real time exactly as you see it. The film took 606 takes. On the first 605 takes, something, usually very minor, didn't work. They would then have to set the whole thing up again.
The crew spent weeks shooting night and day. The film cost six million dollars and took three months to complete including a full engineering of the sequence.
In addition, it's two minutes long so every time Honda airs the film on British television, they're shelling out enough dough to keep any one of us in clover for a lifetime. Honda executives figure the ad will soon pay for itself simply in "free" viewings (Honda isn't paying a dime to have you watch this commercial!).
When the ad was pitched to senior executives, they signed off on it immediately without any hesitation — including the costs.
There are six and only six hand-made Accords in the world. To the horror of Honda engineers, the filmmakers disassembled two of them to make the film.
Everything you see in the film (aside from the walls, floor, ramp, and complete Honda Accord) are parts from those two cars. Here is the link...enjoy!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Sidewalk Computer Chalk Art

Julian Beever is an English artist who's famous for his chalk art on the pavement of England, France, Germany, USA, Australia andBelgium . Beever gives to his drawings an amazing 3D illusion. I liked his image of a SONY notebook, hope you like it too. I hope to return to France or England someday and see his work as he creates it.