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More than 20 years in the IT industry. Blogging with a passion and thirst for new technology since 2005.

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By July 1, 2006 Read More →

Crew on board

The crew are no on board Discovery ready for the launch of STS-121 and are now conducting air-ground communication checks.

There were some concerns earlier on that the weather could preven a launch but a flight in a Shuttle Training Aircraft by Astronaut Mike Bloomfield will assess the weather during the reat of the launch countdown. There have been some reports of lightening in the area.

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By July 1, 2006 Read More →

Countdown continues

The ‘Ice team’ are just finishing up their inspection of the vehicle on the pad and the countdown clock is running once again.

The crew a dressing in their space suits and will soon be entering the orbiter.

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By July 1, 2006 Read More →

Discovery set for Launch

NASA’s Space shuttle Discovery is all set for launch on what will be the second mission since the loss of Columbia.

Mission STS-121 (Discovery’s 32nd flight) should see Discovery launch at around 1549 EDT (1949 GMT) but is dependent on local weather conditions being suitable.

Modifications

NASA have made a number of modifications to the orbiter, the most significant being the changes to the external tank. The Proterberance Air Load Ramps have been removed from the fuel tank as this was the area that foam was previously shed from. Following extensive testing and analysis the PAL Ramps have been deemed unnecessary.

Changes have been made to Discoverie’s heat shield. More than 5000 gap fillers have been replaced and the heat tiles around the front landing gear doors have been replaced with ‘hardened’ tiles as this is a particularly vulnerable area.

Discovery Crew

From the left are astronauts Stephanie D. Wilson, Michael E. Fossum, both mission specialists; Steven W. Lindsey, commander; Piers J. Sellers, mission specialist; Mark E. Kelly, pilot; European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter of Germany; and Lisa M. Nowak, both mission specialists. Image credit: NASA

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By May 25, 2006 Read More →

Nintendo makes you Wii in the dark!

Just read this article over at Gizmodo.

Apparantly if you have halogen lights in your house you may not be able to use the Wii wireless remote control. According to sources at Nintendo this problem only affects your Wii if you are directly in a halogen beam.

Read more HERE

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By March 5, 2006 Read More →

Shuttle foam question.

It’s good news that the Shuttle is likely to carry out three missions this year, I’m a big fan of the shuttle programme.

I have one question that perhaps someone can clear up for me:

Is the problem with the insulation foam breaking off the external tank a new one?

Shuttle External Tank

Over the years I have followed the Shuttle missions even when the media deemed space flight routine but its only recently that I heard about the foam problem. I know the ET used to be painted but this was stopped fairly early on as the paint added to the weight. Did the paint add some strength?

I think I heard somewhere that they had to change what the foam was made of. Anyone able to confirm this and why?

Matt

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By February 28, 2006 Read More →

UKReg – Recomended Domain Registrar

So I created a new website for Lynn JuJitsu Club (A Martial Arts training club in Wisbech and King’s Lynn) I needed to register the domain name. I had a look around the web, there are so many places to register new domains I wasn’t sure where to go.

I remembered using UKReg a few years back so thought I would go back and see what they were offering. I registered my .co.uk domain for just £2.95 per year, including Free Web Forwarding and Free Email forwarding.

I registered jujitsutraining.co.uk at about 10pm on Friday evening and it was live less than 30 minutes later! Fantastic service!

Check out their website for more info: UKReg

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By December 6, 2005 Read More →

Xbox 360 Overheats

My friend was lucky enough to be able to get hold of a new Xbox 360. I use the word ‘lucky’ quite loosely as after just about 20 minutes of continuous play the system freezes up and reboots as it get too hot. It doesn’t matter which of the six titles he owns that he is playing at the time, its happens over and over again.

Naturally he is going to be returning his console for replacement but is anyone else experiencing the same problem?

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By September 29, 2005 Read More →

PSP LOAD Magazine First Issue

The first issue of the new PSP Magazine ‘LOAD’ is HERE

Looks pretty good, check out the review by me also!

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By September 20, 2005 Read More →

Back to the Moon by 2020

The US space agency Nasa has announced plans to return to the Moon by 2020.
Nasa administrator Dr Michael Griffin said four astronauts would be sent in a new space vehicle, in a project that would cost $104bn (£58bn).

“We will return to the Moon no later than 2020 and extend human presence across the Solar System and beyond,” Dr Griffin said on Monday.

Nasa sent several manned missions to the Moon between 1968 and 1972. A total of 12 men walked on the lunar surface.

Different modules could be launched separately into space then joined together for the journey to lunar orbit.

The new missions would use rocket technology already employed on the space shuttle to cut the costs of development.

Matt

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By September 13, 2005 Read More →

Recall of Slim PS2 adapters

Sony is recalling 3.5m faulty power adapters which were sold with the black PlayStation 2 slimline version between August and December 2004.
It said the power adapter could overheat, causing damage or injury.

The free-standing adapters were sold for the special slimline version of the successful games console. Sony had 40 complaints in the US about them.

Sony said it would replace returned adapters for free. Two-thirds of the affected consoles were sold in Europe.

About 960,000 of the units were sold in the US, 210,000 in Asia and 60,000 in Japan, according to Sony.

More than 50,000 slimline PlayStation 2s were sold in the UK during its first week on sale in November.

Matt

(Source: BBC News)

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