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    Where were you 5 years ago?

    Today is the 5'th anniversary of the big Great Lakes-area blackout. 50 million people were out of power for several days before they got the grid completely back up and running. I was at work when the place went dark. I was in charge of about 60 computer systems. We had about 20 minutes...
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    Detroit Mayor in Jail

    This one's getting GOOOOOD!!!! Kwame got tossed in jail for violating bond terms (traveling without notifying the court). Now he's also facing a felony assault charge for shoving a police officer. <a href="http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080808/NEWS01/808080367"...
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    Troy-bilt 29cc 4 stroke trimmer - thumbs way up!

    I got my father's day gift early this year. Last weekend, I was using my 10 year old 2 stroker trimmer while my wife and son were playing on the deck. This old trimmer has been notoriously hard to start all it's life. I've chalked it up to a bad carburetor design, but it's always been a pain...
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    TeraDisc

    I just found this on Digg. This company in Israel has managed to fit <a href="http://www.tech.co.uk/home-entertainment/hi-fi-and-audio/other-playback-and-recording-formats/news/how-to-fit-1tb-of-data-on-one-cd-sized-disc?articleid=1665250963&source=rss" target="_blank">1 TB (TeraByte) on a...
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    GM showing off compression-ignition gas engine

    Check it out. GM's been working on a compression ignition gasoline engine. They're showing it off at their Milford Proving Grounds today. The short story is similar power to current gas motors, less fuel. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif" alt="" /> <a...
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    Crazy yacht picture

    Has anyone else seen this? It's supposedly a real picture of a yacht falling out of the lifting straps when being offloaded for delivery to the customer. <img src="http://www.madmariner.com/files/images/FALLING_080307_SP_P1_0.jpg"> <a...
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    Radioactive boy scout - death wish?

    This guy must have a death wish. He got a merit badge in the boy scouts for an atomic energy project where he actually tried to build a viable reactor. Now he's in the news again for stealing smoke detectors for the radioactive material inside. What a nutcase! <a...
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    News Flash: Luxury cars are expensive to fix

    <a href="http://www.clickondetroit.com/automotive/13804405/detail.html" target="_blank">Link to article.</a> The IIHS is at it again. I'll reserve comment for now as I want to see if I'm the only one who thinks the way I do, but what do you all think about the methodology of this testing...
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    Spooky Cat

    This cat knows when you're going to die. He lives at a nursing home and will warn the staff when there's less than 4 hours remaining. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" /> <a href="http://www.clickondetroit.com/health/13759176/detail.html" target="_blank">Check it out.</a>...
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    Hope nobody's got Amp'd Mobile...

    ...cause they're shutting the doors after today. <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2007/07/22/ampd-mobile-to-shut-down-july-24-at-12-01am/" target="_blank">Better start shopping around.</a>
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    GM getting serious about the Volt

    It seems very likely they'll bring it to production in the near future. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/popcorn.gif" alt="" /> <a href="http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070605/BUSINESS01/70605017" target="_blank">Link to article</a>
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    "Who Killed Electric Car" director admits bias

    I don't know how many of you heard about the movie "Who Killed the Electric Car", but it was basically a GM bashfest over their failed Saturn EV1 electric car program. I found an interesting article this morning about that movie. The idea for the article came when the author was speaking to a...
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    Brake Pull

    I have a 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo SS with a brake pull. Whenever I hit the brakes, it pulls moderately to the right. I'm pretty sure I know what's going on mechanically, but there's something I don't understand. I had the right-front caliper sieze up on me a while ago (it wasn't applying brake...
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    Funny Cat Pictures

    <a href="http://www.****funnypictures.com/html/Funny-Forum-Cats.html" target="_blank">Funny cat pictures.</a> Some of these are pretty hilarious.
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    Rant: Left Foot Brakers

    STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT! AAAAAARRRRRRGGGGHHHH! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif" alt="" /> In case it's not obvious, I was just behind this idiot riding the brake with his left foot ALL THE WAY up I-75 in the rain in very slow traffic. I couldn't tell whether...
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    Ethanol hits a roadblock

    Oops! Should have thought about this earlier. <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> A move by the nation's largest product-safety laboratory to remove its approval of ethanol fuel pumps has frozen the rollout of new ethanol stations and cast doubt on the legal status of the roughly 1,000 stations already...
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    Anyone hear of Buffalo network products?

    I'm considering buying a wireless router and PC Card made by Buffalo technologies. My current wired router is a Linksys, but they've been getting a bad rap with the newer versions of the WRT54G. Here are some links: <a...
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    I wonder if there's anything to this?

    This company has supposedly developed a new means to store electricity using ceramic powder coated in Aluminum oxide and glass. It's supposed to charge very rapidly, store enough power to cover 500 miles and not be confined to sub-compact-sized vehicles. They're keeping things under a tight...
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    GM to place 100 fuel cell vehicles with customers

    Apparently GM is serious about fuel cells: <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> SAN DIEGO (Sept. 17, 2006) — General Motors committed to building the world’s largest fuel cell vehicle fleet today by announcing its next-generation fuel cell vehicle – the Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell. Chevrolet will...
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    Yerba Mate, anyone?

    I got a bag of Yerba Mate, which is a kind of South American tea, from my brother-in-law when he traveled to Venezuela (or was it Argentina?) a couple years ago. I just tried the stuff recently and wasn't impressed to put it nicely. Maybe I didn't make it right, but how do you screw up tea? I...
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