Zoom H5 Handy Recorder

Zoom H5If you are planning on doing audio recording in the field say that you go to a concert or even listen to a solo musician playing and you want to record the event or the musical piece, then your going to need a good quality recorder and i don’t mean your iPhone.

I found myself in this situation and after some research i decide to go with the Zoom H5 Handy Recorder great little recorder that pack almost studio level sound into a portable package.



F5 BigIP LTM & GTM Training Course Completed

I have been in contact with these magical load balancing appliances for many years now, every company that run a middleware setup and thats all of the ones i have worked for. be it Weblogic Websphere, or JBoss the common item is an F5 load balancer.

The training course is well worth it if you spend any time administering any of these environments as you really get the chance to go deep into the guts and the capabilities of these wizard like devices that are usually re-severed for the high priestesses of Comms Geekdom. Well we looked at the LTM or local traffic manager and its mirriad of pools, snats, profiles and virtual servers all of which serve to ensure that your web presence is available.
 The GTM is the next level up in the food chain if your organization has multiple locations or even a disaster recovery site one of these in addition the LTM is advisable. The DNS functions are well worth it, the cool function we played around with was configuring the DNS Express this is like DNS resolution on steroids the bigip basically acts as a secondary authoritative DNS server and takes the load of the back-end server resulting in lighting fast resolutions.
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The Bone Yard near Davis Monthan Air Force Base

The Bone Yard near Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona is not privately owned in fact it belongs to the military. These locations are selected for the boneyards in the deserts are due to the very dry conditions, that contribute to a reduction in corrosion on the aircraft. The reason these bonyards exist is to store aircraft that have been retired from service, they can then be turned into scrap metal or they can be used for spare parts. Usually the electronics and the engines are removed and can be recycled or stored. some parts are used to fix aircraft that are still in active service.

One of the best known aircraft storage areas is the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group in Arizona, “The Boneyard”, which stores 4200 US military aircraft on a 1000 hectare site. They can even be reconditioned and put back into service, this is a very cheap way to get an aircraft, much better than buying a new one not to mention how many millions of dollar it save the United States every year.

For those of you that have never seen this, it is something to see. The precision in the way they position is very impressive. It’s difficult to comprehend the size of the ‘Bone yard’ and the number of aircraft stored there, Of course the important thing to remember is that they are all capable of being returned to service if the need ever arises after some maintenance and reconditioning a whole squadron of these plans can see active duty once again.

The term that is used when referring to an storage area for old and retired out of service aircraft is aircraft boneyard, its an unusual title as you done actually see any bones just out of service planes, most people just call it the bone yard. But what ever terminology you want to use there is no denying the magnificent display.

If you are ever in the Tucson area, the weekly tours of the bone yard are available through the Tucson Air Museum, located just south of Davis Monthan AFB. Both the museum and the bone yard are very popular attractions in the Arizona desert . It is difficult to comprehend the number of military aircraft in dead storage until you see these photographs! Even if you have seen this before, look again. The 3rd largest Air Force in the world is sitting on the ground here. It’s the only unit in the U.S. Air Force that actually makes money.

With great respect we are about to get our own aircraft “boneyard” outside the United States and Alice Springs has been selected. Like the massive Pinal Airpark in Arizona, it will take planes being decommissioned from service. “It’s quite ground-breaking for this part of the world,” Alice Springs Airport general manager Katie Cooper said.”It will be the first one in the southern hemisphere of any significant scale. Our big market will be the Asia-Pacific carriers, because of the proximity.” Cooper said Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage Ltd (APAS) chose Alice Springs because its dry, arid climate was perfect for the storage and preservation of aircraft. It also has runway that can cater to big planes and plenty of room to expand.Initially the site will cover 110 hectares.