Relatively Recently

Took me about 20 minutes to get the set up of the MTrebuild “plugin” right and get the cron job figured out, so now if you want to see what song is playing* and the three previous songs played on Radio Paradise just take a look over to the right column under Mr. Sturgeon’s Law.

VOIP

Regular readers will remember Sally, Donna's friend that we visited in DC recently. She was heading for Kosovo, but that fell thru, so she was given a choice of several other garden spots around the globe, well she chose Windhoek, Namibia. She now has less than a week before she heads of to the other side of the world. Wanting to keep in touch, but also wanting to avoid HUGE phone bills, the friends at the State Department recommended she try Skype a free Internet telephony service. We downloaded the 6.4 Meg application and it installed with ease. The only stumbling block was I had to dig out the free microphone that came with the PC, tear it out of it's plastic bag and plug it in.

Our first test call failed when she couldn't figure out where the microphone was and how to enable it on her laptop. Call two went thru without a hitch as her daughter was there and was techno-savvy enough to get Sally going right. Talked for about 20 minutes and had only a couple of negatives. We had some echoes happening when she did not use her headset, but with the headset it was fine. Must be the location of the built-in speakers in relation to her built-in mike. Then we seemed to lose the connection for about 15-20 seconds towards the end.

All in all a very positive experience considering the cost. I can't even imagine what AT&T would charge for a 20 minute call to, literally, half way around the planet.

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Come Back In A Week

That is when the next new post will appear here. For the next 7 days Donna and I will be chasing Cheryl Crow and her boyfriend around the 4th state to ratify the US Constitution.

Tour de Georgia

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Americans Sweep The Podium At The Tour de Georgia

And Sir Lance was not one of them, but a teammate of his ended up winning the race.

1 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel
2 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner
3 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems

I guess all that Rock ‘n’ Roll livin’ has slowed him a bit. I now have to wonder if he isn’t going to end up in a supporting roll in this years Tour de France too.

For those of you with access to the Outdoor Life Network, mark your calendars for next Sunday, May 1st between 5:00PM & 7:00PM, because they will be showing this years highlights.

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