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  Friday, July 16, 2004

The eagerly-awaited cable kit for my Airport Express arrived this afternoon, so of course I dropped everything and rushed to set it all up. There seems to be some basic weirdness about identifying the AX as a base station or as a client, and getting the naming and passwords right, which was rather maddening until I found the discussion list on the Apple support site. Not that any one post answered my questions, but they did tell me that what I was trying to do was feasible, and I just had to use a little brute force to insist on my way. Finally, it's playing music over the WiFi network.

Here's the irony, though: radio is wireless, right? But I can't get some radio stations because their signals just don't go this way.  For instance, KCSM, Jazz 91, which is just on the other side of the hill. I listen all the time when I drive to Silicon Valley; in fact, it's the only station I listen to over there. But it's only available here via the internet. So, here I am, listening to KCSM, a radio station, on my office stereo system (which includes a radio), but I have to pull it in over the wired DSL connection and use this clever little WiFi box to do it. Funny, eh? (OK, I probably could have run some wire around the room to accomplish the same thing, but that's just not the 21st Century geek's way, now is it?)

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While I wait for the audio cable to arrive, I can read the following reports on early experiences with the Airport Express:

Tom Bridge just posted over at MacSlash about the first 5 minutes or so of playing with his brand new Apple AirPort Express. Most of it we all know, some of it we donít, but itís all pretty interesting and lust-inducing. [The Wireless Weblog]


AirPort Express review.

The iPodlounge takes a gander at the new AirPort Express which finally started shipping this week (to recap, itís Appleís new WiFi adapter that lets you wirelessly stream your iTunes collection to other parts of your house). Worked fine for them when they tested it out with a Mac, but they encountered heaps of trouble when they tried setting it up on a PC, but eventually they did get it to work. [Engadget]

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Motley Fool asks "Has Larry Ellison gone crazy?"

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"You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you."

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No, not the Matrix character.  The test of the first atomic bomb, in the Jornada de los Muertos desert of New Mexico, this day in 1945.

The Trinity test, on July 16, 1945, was a spectacular success. A 6 kilogram sphere of plutonium, compressed to supercriticality by explosive lenses, exploded over the New Mexico desert with a force equal to approximately 20,000 tons of TNT. [from Atomic Bomb: Decision]

J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the project, later stated that the right time to have world governments agree to restraining deployment of atomic weapons would have been "the day after Trinity."

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