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Weather and Climate

The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere “behaves” over relatively long periods of time. Weather Weather is the state of the atmosphere, describing for example the degree to which it is hot or…

Teen Hacked Apple Twice Hoping to get Job.

Teen hacked Apple twice hoping to get job but got caught by FBI and police. A 17-year-old Australian boy accused of hacking Apple twice in an effort to get a job has pleaded guilty to multiple computer hacking charges. The teenager hacked into Apple’s mainframe in December 2015 and then once more in early 2017…

Need a Reason to Drop Google Chrome?

Google is planning to restrict modern ad blocking Chrome extensions to enterprise users only. This is despite a backlash to an announcement by Google in January proposing changes that will stop certain ad blockers from working efficiently. The proposal–dubbed Manifest V3–will see a major transformation to Chrome extensions that includes a revamp of the permissions system. It…

VA3DBJ Weather Station Back Online

The VA3DBJ Weather station is now back online. The software has been updated to latest version of Cumulus. You can access directly by typing weather.va3dbj.ca in your browser. This weather updates every 2 minutes but the gauges are updated every minute or two.  You can also receive hourly reports via Twitter at my VA3DBJWeather Twitter…

Morse Code Marks 175 Years of Dots and Dashes

The first message sent by Morse code’s dots and dashes across a long distance travelled from Washington, DC to Baltimore on Friday, 24 May 1844 — 175 years ago. It signaled the first time in human history that complex thoughts could be communicated at long distances almost instantaneously. Until then, people had to have face-to-face conversations; send…

WWV Celebrating 100 Years

The National Institute of Standards and Technology Radio Station WWV will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary in October 2019. The oldest continuously operating radio station in the world deserves a grand celebration. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC) have reached an agreement and are working together…

Safe and Ad Free Browsing

Ever since my bad experience with Facebook and their other products, I have been working on ways to minimize my digital footprint. I moved over to other social media sites that have no ads and don’t ask or use your private information. With the demise of Google Plus in April (2019), I decided that it…

No More Ads

I have disabled the ads on VA3DBJ.ca, as they were not beneficial at all and I have started to push for an ad free environment. I have also decreased the amount of personal tracing as well, to only those that would benefit you and the operation of the site. I have also limited some tracking,…

ISS

Space Pioneer Astronaut Owen Garriott, W5LFL, SK

ARRL reports the US astronaut who pioneered the use of Amateur Radio to make contacts from space — Owen K. Garriott, W5LFL — died April 15 at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. He was 88. Garriott’s ham radio activity ushered in the formal establishment of Amateur Radio in space, first as SAREX — the Shuttle…

Experts Predict a Long, Deep Solar Minimum

Dr.Tony Phillips on April 10, 2019 If you like solar minimum, good news: It could last for years. That was one of the predictions issued last week by an international panel of experts who gathered at NOAA’s annual Space Weather Workshop to forecast the next solar cycle. If the panel is correct, already-low sunspot counts…

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