Archive for February, 2007


Is IsraelPlanning an Air Attack?

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Way back in July I speculated on the routes that Isreal would need to take to attack Iraq. At that time I wrote “The most direct route goes through Syria and across northern Iraq”.

Well, others are now speculating also:

Israel seeks all clear for Iran air strike


BSTR Semantics (warning: EXTREME GEEK CONTENT)

Friday, February 23rd, 2007
turbo medical form

If you write computer programs that run on windows you will benefit from reading this article on BSTRs:

Fabulous Adventures In Coding : Eric’s Complete Guide To BSTR Semantics

Even if you use BSTRs every day this is a good review. If you’re new to BSTRs its a must-read.

Blogged so that I’ll have a link to it.

Hat Tip: The Old New Thing


AOPA’s TurboMedical NOT Acceptable to the FAA

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

This article on the AOPA website, AOPA Online – AOPA’s TurboMedical accepted by FAA for medical certification, is inaccurate.

turbo medical form

Today I went to see my AME for my flight physical. I had a Turbomedical printout. The AME had seen the AOPA article also, but had not had any instructions from the FAA on how to process it.

He called the FAA on speakerphone while I listened. After some runaround he got a supervisor, who told him that the AOPA article is in error, and that the Turbomedical printout is not to be used as an official part of a flight physical.

I’m sure I know what has happened. Someone in the FAA headquarters has told the AOPA that the FAA will take Turbomedical printouts. The word has not yet filtered out of the Headquarters building down to the FAA worker bees in Oklahoma City, nor to the AME community.

Turbomedical is a great product, it’s worth doing even if you have to fill out the actual form by hand. I’m sure in the fullness of time we’ll be able to use it offically.

Update: I exchanged some email with aopa about this. They cite this article in an FAA newsletter for AME’s as their source. They say they confirmed it via email, and they stand by their story.

Mighty fine, all I can say is my Doc and I spent about 15 minutes on the speaker phone talking to various FAA medical types until we were told in no uncertain terms that “that AOPA thing is NOT authorized as part of an FAA medical”.

I’m sure the word will filter down to the troops eventually.


I’m Surprised It Took This Long

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

Blu-ray, HD DVD DRM Reportedly Bypassed

After posters at the Doom9 Forums unveiled title keys for Blu-ray and HD DVD discs — which was confirmed by AACS LA on Jan. 24 — members have now claimed to find the processing keys for all HD DVD and Blu-ray discs.

Doom9 poster arnezami, who found the HD DVD processing key, explains that no real “hacking” was involved — just recording the processes that happen when the software boots…

AVS Forums

Digital Rights Management are a chimera. They reduce the value of entertainment media for honest people, and do nothing to deter anyone determinded to copy the content.


Vista Security

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

I’ve been doing some work converting client side applications to run on Vista. I can tell that this commerical hits the nail right on the head!

Vista is an endless parade of modal dialogs asking for persmission to do things, then asking again, one after the other.

One example is removing a USB memory dongle. In Windows 2000 when you selected remove from the tray icon menu you had to click ‘ok’ on a modal dialog. In Windows XP MS greatly improved this use case by just putting up a tray icon ‘flag’ that didn’t require the user to stop and click something.

Vista leapt backwards 7 years and brought back a modal dialog to click after you remove a memory stick.

In Vista these dialogs pop up all the time, and all are modal. It’s easy to get a bunch of them stacked one on the other, especially with a laptop.

Geeze, what were they thinking in Redmond?


This Post Has One Purpose

Monday, February 5th, 2007

The purpose of this post is to ensure I don’t forget this cool word I just learned in a comment on Althouse.


* buttery: unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech; “buttery praise”; “gave him a fulsome introduction”; “an oily sycophantic press agent”; “oleaginous hypocrisy”; “smarmy self-importance”; “John Edwards comes across as the poster-child for why trial lawyers are regarded by many ordinary Americans as oleaginous scum, only one step up the ladder from members of Congress.”; “soapy compliments”

Kiss me, America

Capture by Ann Althouse.

* greasy: containing an unusual amount of grease or oil; “greasy hamburgers”; “oily fried
potatoes”; “oleaginous seeds”




Embedded Cartoonist

Monday, February 5th, 2007

Knowing that my little squad of readers are to a person very well read, I have no need to explain why every educated person reads the DayByDay cartoon.

But I can’t help but note that artist Chris Muir is embedded in Iraq!


Chris could well be the 21st century version of Bill Mauldin.

My Dad, a WWII Infantryman, loved Mauldin, as did most of his service friends. Don’t be surprised if many of our WOT vets come to view Muir the same way.

Good luck Chris, keep your head down.


Hey, I was Promoted!

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

I put a comment on the well known aviation blog ‘Aviation Mentor‘, and it was promoted to a full entry !

WooHoo! Yay me! I rule!!!!!


Is Rudy the Man?

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

Baseball Crank makes a strong case for Rudy Giuliani for President in 2008.

    Photo by snowriderguy.

At this point I agree with his thinking. In particular I agree with this reason for supporting Rudy:

There’s more to Rudy’s advantages in this regard than just electability – there’s also governability. It’s been 23 years since the GOP nominated a presidential candidate who speaks in complete sentences. That matters beyond the campaign trail – it matters quite a lot if the president can’t sell his own policies and can’t personally defend against attacks. Rudy’s not the only highly articulate candidate in this field, but he does strike me as the best (Romney, who’s a good salesman, has yet to demonstrate the ability to react quickly and speak specifically when pressed with tough questions).

Rudy would shread Hillary in a debate. He’s been a very successful U.S. Attorney, winning against the best defense lawyers in the country. Hillary travels in a bubble of adoration from her supporters and the mainstream press. Hillary has never had to answer tough questions in public.

He’s for school choice, our only hope for saving our education system.

He’s to the left of most real Republicans on gun control and life issues, but I think we can live with that. He’s unlikely to push hard for significant changes to these laws. Hillary, on the other hand, would unleash a full scale Jiahad against gun owners. Hillary would be baking cookies for aboritionists in the House kitchen.

At least Rudy is open and non-personal about his disagreements with conservative Republicans. McCain seems to hate conservative Republicans and rejoices in stabbing them in the back.

Best of all Rudy had the good sense to hire my friend Mike Carter, one the finest officers I served with in the Air Force.

It’s looking to me like Rudys the man for 2008.