links for 2005-09-29

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Airforce Modernizes GPS Network with New Satellite

In a move to correct the already aging Global Positioning System (GPS), the US Airforce has launched a new satellite designed to provide stronger signal while preventing jamming for military applications. Mobile Mag: The US Air Force has successfully launched its first modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite on Monday. Billed as the most technologically…

Fake Nikon Batteries Explode

Be careful what you stick in your camera. Nikon is reporting some knock-off batteries are causing D70’s to explode. Mobile Mag: A Nikon camera service center has reported several camera explosions from Nikon D70 users, fortunately it occurred within the users camera bag. We have reported in the past on after-market and imitation OEM batteries…

Nikon says “We’re sorry.”

Awww..for the love of…Listen up Nikon D70 owners. It appears Nikon is admitting there’s a problem with some cameras. Good news is, they’re willing to fix your camera free of charge. You just have to survive the submission and repair process. Nikon: It has come to our attention that electronic components related to exposure control…

Got a patch?

Watching television it would seem there’s a patch for everything nowadays. I’m sure I’m not the only one who sees a woman wearing a patch on her arm and wonders… is she giving up smoking? does she have a heart condition? could it be antidepressants? is it birth contol? maybe she’s whitening her teeth? Sorry,…

Woman Struck By Lightning

Yes, only in the town I live in could/would this happen. WZZM News: “A Modesto woman is in critical condition after being struck by lightning during an intense thunderstorm that passed through the area Tuesday evening. Peggy Montijo, 53, was walking down the sidewalk on Peppermint Drive when she was hit. Neighbors saw it happen…

Kermit Returning to the Limelight

Kermit the Frog, my favorite character from Sesame Street of old, is returning to the spotlight to kick off a tour aimed at reestablishing the Muppets franchise for new owner Disney. Here’ s the scoop. Reuters: “Kermit the Frog, perhaps the world’s most famous amphibian, will embark on a worldwide “tour” next month to celebrate…

Stop Driving! says Bush

NY Times: “With fears mounting that high energy costs will crimp economic growth, President Bush called on Americans yesterday to conserve gasoline by driving less. He also issued a directive for all federal agencies to cut their own energy use and to encourage employees to use public transportation. President Bush said Monday that the government…

Google Expanding Search

Wow! How much more stuff can they dig up? Reuters: “Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) said late on Monday that it was tripling the number of Web pages that its system can search, seeking to upstage rival Yahoo Inc. (YHOO.O: Quote, Profile, Research) in claims to be the world’s widest Web search.” Tags: Google,…