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Apollo 11 Source Code Available on Google Code

It was once said that the computers on Apollo 11 had less computing power than a modern pocket calculator and now we can read to machine code and see! The code for the Apollo Guidance Computer, or AGC has been transcribed, by Google, from scanned images of printouts for both the Command Module (codenamed Comanche054), which reached moon orbit and was the return vehicle; and the Lunar Module (Luminary099), which took astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon.

Google also provide a virtual AGC which is an emulation of the on-board Apollo guidance computers, along with some ancillary items needed to make the emulation do something interesting.

You can see the Google Blog entry about it all here.

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UPS Air Cargo Mechanics Jokes

Remember it takes a college degree to fly a plane, but only a high
school diploma to fix one; a reassurance to those of us who fly
routinely in our jobs. After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form,
called a ‘gripe sheet,’ which tells mechanics about problems with the
aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems; document their repairs
on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next
flight.
 
Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are
some actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS ‘ pilots (marked
with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked With an S) by maintenance
engineers.
 
By the way, UPS is the only major airline that has never, ever, had an Accident.
 
P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.
 
P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.
 
P: Something loose in cockpit
S: Something tightened in cockpit
 
P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.
 
P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.
 
P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.
 
P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.
 
P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That’s what friction locks are for.
 
P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.
 
P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you’re right.
 
P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search
 
P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right and be serious.
 
P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.
 
P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.
 
P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a Midget
pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget.

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The Mac Sale Launches New Bundle; Register Now For Chance to Win an iPod

The Mac Sale has announced their brand new Mac software bundle, offering a great deal to both the developers of the applications and customers alike. The Mac Sale combines the products of both established Mac development houses and independent startup developers.

The Mac Sale bundle goes on sale on the Tuesday 4th August 2009 for $49.99, so head on over to The Mac Sale to register your interest and also get the chance to win a brand new iPod Touch without any purchase required.

Click here to view more details

US Family Turned into Advertising

Just saw this on the BBC

A couple from the United States got a shock when they learned their family photo was being used, unauthorised, on an advertising poster in Prague.

Danielle and Jeff Smith used the photo as their Christmas card, and also posted it on an internet blog.

A friend travelling in the Czech capital alerted them when he spotted the Smiths smiling at him, life-size, from a poster in a supermarket.

See and download the full gallery on posterous

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Red-hot, unconventional, unfettered Holy Ghost religion

Christ’s call is … to save the lost, not the stiff- necked; He came
not to call scoffers but sinners to repentance; not to build and
furnish comfortable chapels, churches, and cathedrals at home in which
to rock Christian professors to sleep by means of clever essays,
stereotyped prayers and artistic musical performances, but to capture
men from the devil’s clutches and snatch them from the very jaws of
Hell. But this can be accomplished only by a red-hot, unconventional,
unfettered Holy Ghost religion, where neither man nor traditions are
worshiped or preached, but only Christ and Him crucified.
 
C. T. Studd (1860-1931), quoted in C. T. Studd — Cricketer and
Pioneer [1933], Norman P. Grubb, Read Books, 2008, p. 163
See the book at http://cqod.com/r/rs096

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GFI Backup Home Free Backup and Sync Software

I don’t often “recommend” software but there are two critical bits of software that everyone needs a good anti virus and good backup.

For the anti virus I take the bold step of recommending AVG Free and for backup I just found out about GFI Backup

GFI Backup for Windows handles traditional folder and files backups, but it also has special options for backing up your registry, email, and program settings (including setting for programs like Skype, Putty, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Winamp, Firefox, IE and Opera).

Backups can be saved to CD/DVD, removable drives, LAN folders, or remote FTP. Scheduling, compression, and AES encryption are also supported. For those who use an external hard drive or a NAS, GFI can also handle synchronization tasks.

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Free GFI Backup Home offers powerful-yet-simple backup and sync