View From 5280

My view and interests on various things Denver and otherwise.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

More mountain snow

Yes. I just saw the forecast on T.V. and it appears that we'll miss any snow here in the metro area. Of course this means that everybody and their brother-in-law will be heading up the mountain come Saturday morning.

More mountain snow: "DENVER - The season-long trend of snow pounding the mountains and little precipitation'for the Front Range will continue for the most part Thursday."



(Via 9NEWS.com Top Stories.)

More mountain snow

Saturday, August 13, 2005

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

We arrived around 1600 after a nice drive. Had a nice dinner at the Glenwood Brewery and then walked up and down Grand Street. All in all a nice evening.
A very nice drive from Glenwood Springs, to Basalt, CO. early this morning. There is lots of summer construction ongoing in this area, private homes and commercial building. There was a 10 minute wait to pay for coffee at the 7-11 near our hotel this morning. Then off we went along with all the other commuters heading south on Colorado 82. Basalt appears to be a quaint eclectic small Colorado mountain community. Lots of small shops where apparently both the locals and those of use who are just visiting for business or pleasure also go.

We spent a small amount of time in Glenwood Springs this afternoon, at the Tuesday Farmers Market which occurs from 4-8p. We purchased a few local tomato's and a pound of plums. Then we headed back to the Glenwood Brewery for dinner and some more great brews.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Basalt

A very nice drive from Glenwood Springs, to Basalt early this morning. There is lots of summer construction ongoing in this area, private homes and commercial building. There was a 10 minute wait to pay for coffee at the 7-11 near our hotel this morning. Then off we went along with all the other commuters heading south on Colorado 82. Basalt appears to be a quaint eclectic small Colorado mountain community. Lots of small shops where apparently both the locals and those of use who are just visiting for business or pleasure also go.

We spent a small amount of time in Glenwood Springs this afternoon, at the Tuesday Farmers Market which occurs from 4-8p. We purchased a few local tomato's and a pound of plums. Then we headed back to the Glenwood Brewery for dinner and some more great brews.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Glenwood Springs

We arrived around 1600 after a nice drive. Had a nice dinner at the Glenwood Brewery and then walked up and down Grand Street. All in all a nice evening.
We're off to Basalt, CO to work for a couple of days. Talk amongst yourselves...

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Nothing like last minute information for a business trip. We're leaving tomorrow for three days, two in Basalt, Colorado ( ), and another in Bergen Park, Colorado ( ). Within the last 15 minutes we finally received all the information we needed to do our jobs while on the road. The strange thing is that the "suits" have had the information since last Monday, and just now got it to us. Well, we have the info and now it's off on the road tomorrow afternoon. More about this later.
Having taken the tours at CNN ( ) a couple of times, maybe maturity or just the passage of time, along with instances like this, is why when I do watch T.V., I don't watch CNN.

WOLF BLITZER is slammed for military...: "

WOLF BLITZER ( ) is slammed for military cluelessness. You know, we've been at war for almost four years. By now there's really no excuse for that sort of thing.


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(Via Instapundit.com.)

WOLF BLITZER is slammed for military...
With last season being a good one, the Ski areas are looking to make it two in a row.

Skico ( ) targets Front Range skiers: "The Aspen Skiing Co. has quietly come up with a cost-effective way to compete with Vail ( ) for Front Range skiers."



(Via Aspen Times - Top Stories.)

Skico targets Front Range skiers
This doesn't look good.

FCC ( ) To Require Backdoor Network Access for Feds: "'The EFF ( ) is reporting that the Federal Communications Commission ( ) issued a release [pdf] announcing its new rule expanding the reach of the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA).' From the article: 'Practically, what this means is that the government will be asking broadband providers - as well as companies that manufacture devices used for broadband communications - to build insecure backdoors into their networks, imperiling the privacy and security of...

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(Via AlwaysOn Network.)

FCC To Require Backdoor Network Access for Feds

Saturday, August 06, 2005

A little behind-the-scenes at the Apple Retail Stores: "Toronto apple storesrc="http://img.engadget.com/common/images/0028248613646772.jpg?0.024299310370421434" align="right" border="1"
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We don’t have a lot of illusions about the geniuses at the Genius Bar or what it’s like to work at the Retail
Stores—let alone Apple HQ—but we do know how tight lipped they are about things. Anything, really. And their taunting
us with information, however minute, we’re not allowed to have only makes us want it more, so behold some of the
more/less mundane details of the workings of Apple’s retail chain!





  • Unknown to many Apple retail store customers, especially those dialing AppleCare for help with the matter, at the
    manager’s discretion any retail store is able to replace displays, laptops, or iMacs with even a single dead pixel,
    regardless of location. Even displays that exhibit dead pixels within the ‘normal’ range can be replaced free of
    charge if the customer deems the so-called ‘pixel anomaly’ unacceptable.






  • Customers who purchase any Apple-branded product up to 14 days previous to a downward price adjustment can also
    receive the balance of the two prices by visiting the store within two weeks of the new price going into effect and
    bringing their receipt with them.






  • Apple’s reselling contract with Bose also mandates that Apple accept returns of Bose products within 30-days of
    purchase with no questions asked and no restocking fee. This policy applies to all Bose resellers as well as Bose
    stores, however.






  • Should an Apple retail employee come across any ‘illegal images’ on a Mac dropped off by a customer to a store,
    they are obligated to report the violation to Store Operations, which takes matters from there.






  • Not surprisingly, Apple retail employees are ordered not to comment on rumors to customers under any
    circumstances. Furthermore, while Apple employees are granted permission by Apple to create their own personal Web
    pages and blogs, they are not allowed to comment on anything related to Apple on such pages. Furthermore, they are
    prohibited from posting in any capacity on any Mac-related Websites or forums, whether they identify themselves as
    working for Apple or not.





Yeah, this kind of stuff is run of the mill for most computer stores—except that last bit, of course. Somebody’s
totally busted!




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(Via engadget.com.)

A little behind-the-scenes at the Apple Retail Stores
Surely there are better things for the NCAA to be concerned with than Mascots.

NCAA -- Only Spineless Non Threatening Political Correct Mascots Allowed: "The NCAA is a spineless purveyor of PC nonsense. It is not all that surprising given that Myles Brand, its President, is a former liberal college president married to a gender studies professor -- he's more into cultural sensitivity than sports, fans and alumni be damned.

Today the NCAA decided that Indian mascots are bad and insensitive and must be stopped. The Florida State Seminoles are up a creek (no, not the tribe, the figurative body of water).

The policy prohibiting colleges or universities with hostile or abusive mascots, nicknames or imagery from hosting any NCAA championship competitions takes effect February 1, 2006.

'The NCAA objects to institutions using racial/ethnic/national origin references in their intercollegiate athletics programs,' said NCAA President Myles Brand. 'Several institutions have made changes that adhere to the core values of the NCAA Constitution pertaining to cultural diversity, ethical sportsmanship and nondiscrimination. We applaud that, and we will continue to monitor these institutions and others. All institutions are encouraged to promote these core values and take proactive steps at every NCAA event through institutional event management to enhance the integrity of intercollegiate athletics related to these issues.'

We hope that the fans of college sports, who want to root for their tradition teams and do not believe in Myles Brand's silly identity politics of victimization will call the NCAA and protest. Their number is (317) 917-6222 or (317) 917-6117. You can email Myles Brand at mbrand@ncaa.org, but he has already shown he really does not care what you think.

The NCAA says it wants 'cultural diversity,' but only the kind that is absolutely guaranteed to be inoffensive to absolutely everyone. Look for lots of animal mascots until Peter Singer cries fowl foul."



(Via Redstate.)

NCAA -- Only Spineless Non Threatening Political Correct Mascots Allowed

The 20 Hamburgers You Must Eat Before You Die: GQ Features on men.style.com

Ok, lists are in the eye of the listmaker, and I don't always think an accurate reflection of reality. I also must not get around enough, as I've never heard of anything on the list, and can think of a couple of places, that friends have recommended to me that ought to be on the list.

The 20 Hamburgers You Must Eat Before You Die: GQ Features on men.style.com

Roku for HDTV

Roku for HDTV

If you have HDTV, this looks cool, for those times when you find nothing on to watch.