This weekend my father and I went to the Nascar Winston Cup race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma — the Dodge Save Mart 350. We had a great time and enjoyed watching the race live, especially the close battle between Jeff Gordon and Robby Gordon for the last 20 laps or so. The last time I saw a Nascar race was probably 10 years ago. With new track ownership and the Infineon sponsorship deal, they've really upgraded the facility. The “terrace seating” is really nice — we sat in the Turn 9 Terrace which had a great view of practically the whole track.
We rented a scanner for the day to tune in on the driver-team communication. There wasn't too much to hear; I suspect you'd hear more on an oval track where the spotter is constantly updating the driver with information. Next time I'll have to bring mine and program in the frequencies. (Available on the web or for a few bucks at the track.) Using these scanners has become so popular that manufacturers like Radio Shack make dedicated racing scanners (search Google).
I took a few pictures of the event, especially from the morning. The pictures from my seat didn't turn out very well because of the distance. Hopefully my dad's camera took some good ones.
Whether due to leaked pictures or to get people excited about the pending acquisition of Handspring by Palm, Handspring is now showing a sneak peak at the Treo 600. This looks like it could be a real winner. As have mentioned, this would be a perfect mobile device for updating your weblog or photoblog. There should be some great software opportunities here.
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Getting caught up on things…
- Home broadband usage survey shows that 31% of home Internet users have a broadband connection at home, up from 21% a year ago. That's not too bad. In my neighborhood, our only choice is still DSL because the cable system is antiquated. [Via Phil Windley]
- Firebird Extras — bookmarking this list of cool Firebird addons for when I finally get around to trying it out
- URL run-down — great list of articles related to best practices for URL design; I've ready most of the articles he points to, but there are some new ones worth checking out
- Opensource.org Position Paper on SCO vs. IBM — good analysis of the claims SCO is making and why so many of them are bogus
- Terminator vs. the Hulk [Via Robert Brown]
[Posted via Zempt]
Lots of people pointed to the online Wired story Slammed!, but I found the detailed Analysis of the Sapphire Worm to be more helpful for understanding the details. Plus, this report came out on February 4th (the worm attack itself started on January 25). The Wired story is in their July issue.
It seems that Ethernet turned 30 in May (I missed it). The Internet Society has a good detailed story.
Powers of Ten is a really cool Java app (basically a timed slide show) that shows successive images from the Milky Way down to the subatomic level. Lots of cool images on this site, including microscopic pictures of beer.
Another related website I need to check out: Powers of Ten.
[Via Ken Coar]