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Planning to Take Your Camera on the Road Into Space – Think Again

If you are thinking of taking your camera on the road into space, you better thing again as bureaucracy raises its ugly head. The FAA has gotten into the space tourism race and here are some references on new rules and regulations the FAA is setting up for space travel. Contra Coasta Times – FAA […]

Penny Pinching US Domestic Airlines Pinching Customers Pockets

As American domestic airlines skimp and pinch to stay in business, we travelers are getting pinched in the pocket. On recent flights around the country, we’ve been on some long flights without food. You are not told until after you get on the plane that there will be no food served unless you pay for […]

More People are Booking Flights Online

In a news story from The News Tribute, more and more people are booking flights online than ever before as new confidence soars with Internet usage and credit card security. When Mark Guerette and his information technology crew at Alaska Airlines saw the first online reservations trickle in over their servers 10 years ago today, […]

Finding Wireless Internet Connections

Let’s start off this post by saying that I am not a hacker, nor do I endorse any hacking, intrusion, or illegal activity involved in getting online via wireless Internet access points. BUT as we travel, we are always on the hunt for any WIFI Internet connection we can find and we thank and bless […]

Pringles Can Creations: Macro Lens and WIFI Antennas

Photocritic’s Extreme Macro Photography on a budget explains how to create a “budget” macro lens for closeup photography. If you are into gadgets and do-it-yourself, this is a simple and fun project. Pringles cans are also being used to make WIFI antennas to extend the range of your computer to pick up wireless Internet connections […]

Worldwide Electricity Guide and Adapter Recommendations

Having traveled all over the world lugging around computer equipment and electronics, I am always desperate to find the right connection for the right country and plugs. To help you find the right plug for the right country and right electricity, Kropla’s Electric Power Around the World Guide helps connect the plugs for you. Remember […]

Travel, Computer Shopping, and Other Holiday Tips

I’m barely home from a mad dash cross country trip driving across the United States from Seattle back to Alabama in a small motor home, and I have to turn around and fly back to Seattle next week, so I’m busy rushing about doing last minute holiday shopping and cleaning up. In the middle of […]

Study on the Road With Academic Podcasts

I need to look more into this, but I thought I’d give you a first glimpse. Productivity Strategy Blogs’s List of Academic Podcasts is an amazing list of various universities and colleges which offer their lectures via podcasts. I discovered early on that an iPod or MP3 player full of good audiobooks went a long […]

Weather Bonk – Weather With Google Maps

Incorporating Google Maps with weather reporting, Weather Bonk offers another way of weather watching. Weather Bonk lets you view real time weather information on a map. This can provide some very interesting information, particularly in areas with microclimates, such as San Francisco. For example, summer in San Francisco can be particularly cold and foggy, and […]

Airline Safety Announcements – A Funny

I’ve had three people send me this, so I thought that since it was going around, it would be fun to post for everyone, and maybe people will stop forwarding it to me. ;-) All too rarely, airline attendants make an effort to make the in flight “safety lecture” and announcements a bit more entertaining. […]

Remedy for Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Insect Bites and Stings

Instructables offers Remedy for Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Insect Bites and Stings, a quick solution of vinegar, dishwashing soap, and water. I personally prefer ammonia that has been only lightly watered down, or straight, just dabbed on the mosquito and other insect bites. Do you have a fast, homemade recipe for dealing with poison plants […]

New Passenger Security Technology Make Revolutionize Passenger Security Screens

A new technology from an Irish company may revolutionize aircraft passenger screenings and permit passengers to be scanned from 50 meters or so away. Metal detectors currently used for screening aircraft passengers could soon be supplanted by novel millimetre-wave cameras, able to detect even non-metallic concealed objects. The new system, named after a Brazilian bat, […]

Changes and Evolution in the Online Travel Industry

In Rohit Bhargava ‘s Blog , Influentail Interactive, on the post “The Future of the Online Travel Industry”, he brings up some important points about how the online travel industry has developed and is being challenged by chanes in the in the industry and how people shop for travel. the opportunity for any of the […]

Air Travel – Cellphones out, WIFI in

Want to talk on your cell phone during the flight? Well, you can’t. Cell phone users on airplanes are considered annoying. So how do you stay in touch while in flight? You’ll have to let your fingers do your communicating. I’m currently working on development and installation of wireless broadband Internet on international airplances while […]

Homemade Underwater Viewer

While there are amazing underwater photographers, our underwater photography is fairly limited to aquariums, we still love swimming, snorkeling and diving. We were lucky enough to swim with the dophins in the Red Sea near Eilat, Israel, and spend a lot of time in the nearby Marine Conservatory, and have sought out many aquariums as […]