Friendships 

Every journey you take starts with a thought placed in motion. You move forward, in your mind, in your footsteps. Sometimes you decide to go it alone, by choice or happenstance. 
And if you are lucky, you find good friends along your way.

Like Dorothy found the scarecrow, the Tinman and lion. 

And sometimes, like Alice (in Wonderland) you meet people who are just experiences, like the Cheshire Cat, Absolem (the caterpillar) or Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum. 

Then sometimes you meet people who are dark and scary along your way. They always seem to be in pursuit of your light. And if you are lucky, your friends stick by you during your most troubled times. 

Friendship is a special kind of love. You don’t always know why people do things for you when there is no quid pro quo, and yet, like magic, they are there… because that’s what friends do. 

Life is a journey, and for the most part we walk alone. I have found that the good friends we find along the way is what makes the trip worth taking. Don’t forsake them. 
I do not know where the road will go, and I’m not sure I want to know, but I hope that my friends will be there along the way.

Twittering gasp!

Twittering gasp!
Ok, I’ve probably tried more social networks than I care to admit, but I find myself drawn to them, mostly because of the content that is of a personal nature. The more I look at some of the posts on Twitter, the more I see that people will become very embarrassed by what they are writing. First off, there is no edit. You post, your done like sending an SMS. No one reviews it, and before you know it, you’re on record as someone who doesn’t have a coherent thought.
Well I still like the personal aspect of it. With Celebs getting into the mix, it shows how human they really are. And that takes people down a notch, or puts them up one, depending on your view.

Colbert should have gotten the NASA nod

Colbert should have gotten the NASA nod
Stephen Colbert was using the power of his audience to get a module for the International Space Station ISS named after him. Nasa in their brilliant manuever instead named a treadmill after the comedian.

NASA screwed up! In a day and age where budgets sway on public opinion, the Colbert Army is a good one to have on your side. These aren’t just your morning drive guys, these are polically motivated 20+ year olds. These are people who actually can make an impact and influence policy.

Now while it looks as if there was no animosity between the two camps, it still proves that Colbert is a force to be reckoned with.

Remember what happened when Colbert wanted to make a point about wikipedia? Where he got people to change information on Elephants. It was big news. In any event, I fail to see a reason why it would not be called the Colbert module. In 10 years from now, are they afraid they would be saying, who is Stephen colbert? Well if he puts the energy and resources onto being their cheerleader then that would not likely happen.

Sen. Kennendy, Healthcare, & The Right

Sen. Kennendy, Healthcare, & The Right
If you spend any time reading the blog-osphere, twitterscape, facebookatron, or watch the MSM, you’re bound to hear someone with nothing good to say about Sen. Kennedy. Personally, I don’t have an opinion of the guy one way or another, but I am aware that healthcare was a hot topic for the Senator. With everyone flailing about healthcare reform, I wonder if this will be the catalyst to get people to get together to fix this debacle. And it is a debacle. We pay a ton for Medicare, a government based healthcare program. No one seems to be complaining about the end user experience with that program, but why not make things better?

But back to Kennedy, who the Right tends to want to vilify regarding getting off on what they perceive as criminal behavior. I don’t know all the circumstances, and will it really foreshadow the career of the Senator? We will know soon enough. But I’m sure he will be remembered long after his detractors have come and gone.

Connecting WP to Twitter

Connecting WP to Twitter
Well, I’m thinking that based on the recent TWiT and the fact that I do have a bunch of blogs that I’ve ignored, that I’m going to get back to blogging. But I don’t want to ignore Twitter. So I’m going to try this Twitter/WP integration tool. Now I can write much more than 160 characters and not sweat the load. I can come up with a complete thought, and own my own content.

So I’ll use Twitter to comment back, but WP to post actual content to Twitter…. Now what to do about Facebook.

The Apple/Google End Game

I’m a fan of both Apple and Google, so to see them fight it out on the same playing field is like being forced to wear one of those double billed hats to a football game. But looking at the direction of travel of these two companies it really appears that it will be Microsoft left in the dust when it comes to the consumer.

There are two dominate platforms emerging in the Smart Phone market, the iPhone (Apple) and Android based (Google). But unlike the Palm and RIM based machines, these two companies have an ecosystem that stands behind their product. Let me talk to Apple and Google separately and you’ll quickly see what I mean.

Apple

Integration using iTunes
Available on both Mac and Windows based PCs.
Runs Mobile Safari based on WebKit.
Has a total developer program to bring applications to the device based upon Mac OS X.
iPhone operating system based on Mac OS X.
Google

Integration using existing Google Services (Gmail, Google Voice, Documents, etc.)
Available on any platform.
Runs Google Chrome Browser based on WebKit.
Has an SDK program to bring applications to the device.
Android OS is unique to the hand held device based on the Linux kernel.
So what is the game plan going forward? Google believes that Chrome is the future of the desktop. (That) We will get rid of lots of overhead and push the on button and be online. Apple on the other hand may have developers that can develop for one and develop for all by keeping some consistency between the way you develop for both the Mac OS and Mobile Mac OS. 90,000 applications is a lot of applications and if that translates to developers for the Mac, it can only be a good thing for Apple.

Because Google mostly sees the Application relying on the browser and on the Internet, that would lend one to believe that people who make web based Apps will have the most success, since they should run smooth on both an iPhone and an Android phone.

I’ve heard it said that business is about making money and yet it is also about getting your products in the hands of users. It’s still too early to tell who is the David and who is the Goliath, but as we see more of Apple’s business plans come together towards the end of January, we can all be sure that the fun is just beginning.

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No Shuttle, No Constellation… So What?

If you live on the Space Coast of Florida, then you know that the loss of the Space Shuttle means the end of decent paying jobs for the community. It is simple that space and dollars go together. There are virtually only two customers in the Space Business these days. NASA and the Department of Defense (DOD). So it is amazing that anyone would believe that some unknown company will rise up with a viable commercial heavy lift rocket so NASA or DOD could hitch a ride whenever they need that capability.

Right now there are only a handful of companies that are providing the Aerospace Engineering and hardware capable of any launches. On the Cape Side, Lockheed Martin and Boeing Corp combined forces to create United Launch Alliance (ULA). This company launches payloads off of Pads 41 and 37, Atlas V and Delta IV respectively. If any company is poised to pickup the pieces of NASA’s decision to scrap constellation, ULA certainly is.

On Pad 40, there is the Falcon, by SpaceX Corp., while they have an ambitious launch plan, they don’t have any track record of successful launches.

There is the philosophy that we could reuse everything but the shuttle. Make more tanks and reuse boosters, hence the DIRECT project and Jupiter. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jupiter_(rocket_family)

The NASA places forward request for proposal to companies to create the next great thing, but no company is incentivized to expend great money without any possible return on investment.

The fact is that not a single one of these programs is Man Rated, and to add that would create additional expense to any of these rocket programs. Only NASA has a Man Rated requirement for their payloads, unless we deregulate space.

Right now we must rely on a single rocket program in Russia to service the International Space Station.

The United States has put the most amount of money into the ISS and space exploration. The director today stated that he is looking to Internationalize the space program. America needs to be the lead in space. If we are putting our cash there, then we shouldn’t have to compromise on the direction of the research.

As the director said, only Russian and China will have Human Space Flight programs for an unknown time after Shuttle retires. It’s unbelievable. What’s worse is that we have no idea when we will bring one back online.

What is really at risk is Jobs, Science, Leadership and Pride. When J.F. Kennedy boldly asked us to go to the Moon, we did it as a nation. It put industry at work providing the tooling and know-how. 40 Years after we put a man on the moon, we have squandered all of it, and no one has a good reason as to why.

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SailorJ is a pseudonym for a former technician on one of the Unmanned Rocket programs at Cape Canaveral, FL.

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iPhone Software 4.0, A no brainer!

Ok, so iPhone OS 4.0 is going to be announced this week! Can I get a resounding Woo Woo!

What do I want to see? Well it’s pretty obvious:

Multitasking. I don’t want to exit Pandora because I want to check some email… Jeeze! I think we should at least be able to have 2 or 3 apps run simultaneously. I can understand if there is a limit.
Better App Navigation. For those who only have 30 Apps, well, this doesn’t apply to you. For those of you and you know who I’m talking about; you are laughing and crying with 11 pages… you need much much more. But you know, the pages thing kinda sucks, I’d rather have a most frequently used page, and be able to navigate using some sort of hierarchal method.
Printing. Yeah, it would be WiFi based, but with a home network, wouldn’t it be great if it could find a printer and send the job out, especially for the iPad.
Better integration of Mobile Me, so when a family of people who all have their own accounts want to share music or Apps, they don’t have to just have one account and sync multiple devices, rather that App or music (DRM) is considered purchase for all of the account holders under that family plan.
I don’t think I’m asking for too much. I think we’ll see at least one of those things, but I won’t hold my breathe. Let me know what you think. The announcement can’t come too soon, huh! 🙂