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Into Space … Boeing X-37B

Autonomous space shuttle launched April 22nd. Boeing’s X-37B, the test craft finally made it into orbit the other day. Formerly a NASA project, passed into DARPA hands in 2004 — and statements like those of the Air Force’s Gary Payton did not provide that much info: “in all honesty, we don’t know when it’s coming back for sure.” … talk about being in the dark. Also unknown, are the military’s intentions for the unmanned vehicle, which can remain in orbit 270 days at a time. Spy drone?

The success of the mission will depend on a couple things, how the return trip goes and whether the thing can be re-launched quickly enough. Ideally, the craft should be ready for another flight in about fifteen days. Another test is planned for 2011. Still not a lot of information but clearly the new space race is on!!

Tablets!

I know that it’s not really news but you cannot deny that the tablet (iPad) fad is in its full wondrous glory. Apple is just having a blast with their new toy and ever senses its release it seems that everyone is making one. With a verity of manufactures and operating systems it’s too soon to tell who will come out on top.

Will it be Google? With the Android OS about to out sell the iPhone (rumored to be this summer) it’s now being spotted on upcoming tablets and netbooks. I wonder if Microsoft has notices the spread of Google on these devices.

iPad?

Although the iPad is cool I am just a little sick of hearing about it… this Video from MAD TV is pretty good if you’re sick of all the other crap.



T-Mobile & Sidekick Data Outage

I am sure if you have a T-Mobile Sidekick then you know about the outage that Microsoft/Danger’s servers have caused. In the latest update, dated 10/10/09, it was mentioned that customers contacts are more than likely, not recoverable. You know where I am going with this.

I find it extremely surprising and frustrating that ANY company that deals with data can let something like this happen. Are you telling me that they had NO form of backup in place on these servers or was it someone’s incompetence that allowed this to happen? As a paying customer, I would like to think that if part of my service is the fact that my contacts are backed up on these servers then I would fully expect that the appropriate failsafes would be in place. Thanks again Microsoft!

Does everyone remember when the ZUNE crashed last year? For some BS reason it could not work the last day of the year. It had something to do with the extra day in the year giving us 366 days. And let’s not forget VISTA! So again, Microsoft lets us down. How is any of this acceptable?
This is not just a Microsoft issue as their partner Danger is just as much to blame as well as T-Mobile themselves for not having any form of quality control in place to prevent this from happening. Yeah, Yeah… make whatever excuse you want for them.

Update! 10/14/09

So as they continue to work on the server challenges they have become optimistic that they might be able to recover some of the lost data however considering we are in the 2nd week I do not see it happening.