My favorite plane is the Lockheed SR-71…the fastest air-breathing plane ever developed. It could travel above Mach 3+ (2,200+ MPH), and at an altitude of 80,000 feet. During high school and early college, I lived near Plant 42 (in Palmdale, California), where Lockheed had a maintenance facility for the SR-71. Seeing the SR-71 in flight was a common occurrence, and one I will never forget. Sometimes I would sit near the end of the runway, and watch/listen to it thunder overhead while it did touch & goes. Life did not get any better than that. The SR-71 was fully retired in 1998.
SR-71 in flight (USAF – public domain)
Now there is news of a new “spy” plane which is in development by Lockheed Martin and Areojet Rocketdyne…the SR-72. Take a look at an article published by Popular Science in their June 2015 issue…in it they report on the SR-72 and related details, which may or may not be accurate. But who cares at this time…I just can’t wait to see it!!
I love to keep up on the latest technologies and I love to read, which tends to be a good combination. I also like a good deal, so every Monday morning I check the CiscoPress website and see what the current eBook special is. You can get an eBook version of a Cisco book at a very good price, typically 50% off. Of course, if you are not interested in the weekly deal, then just pass on it…it changes every week. I’ve bought a number of eBooks over the last year or two…books on Data Center technologies, IPv6, Cisco Unity and the updated CCIE Routing (v2)…all at a great price. I then upload them on my iPad. Look on the right side of the page, about a third of the way down…
CiscoPress eBook Deal of the Week
There is also a Video deal of the week, if you are into that…I’m not.
There are days when I just can’t stand to see the state of the Internet. And today is one of those days….ugh!! It used to be that the Internet was a resource for one and all…a place to get and give information, to lend a helping hand, and to provide encouragement where needed. Sure, you can still do that, but now you have to navigate through a quagmire of commercialism. Everybody wants you to click on their links, earn a few pennies more…”Such a Wonderful Story, but What She Did Next Just Shocked Me!!”. Give me a break for crying out loud!!
Just look at Facebook as an example…I’m on it so that I can stay in touch with my kids. But the tons of junk you have to put up with is incredible. I’m at the point of why bother…it’s just not worth it.
But, my kids use it, and I love seeing their posts. After college, they ended up halfway across the country. (Note…don’t let your kids transfer to far-off colleges…they may never return!!). Guess I’ll keep using Facebook…at least for another day. Or two.
Wow…Cisco has a sense of humor…who knew???
Someone at Cisco has a sense of humor