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Sites Wednesday, 14 July 2010-Mars imagery on WorldWide Telescope-Outlook Social Connector-Critical thinking-Largest image in world-Live Movie Maker PC Mag Editor’s choice-Live OneCare problem solved

Today’s sites:

A note on a problem that came about for some people last weekend or first thing Monday morning when Windows Live OneCare became unresponsive on their computers when they were booted. Symptoms of the problem included the network icon being disabled (as shown by a cross on the icon in the system tray at bottom right of screen), not being able to uninstall Live OneCare (in an attempt to fix the problem), and other programs and features not being available to the user.

This link takes you to the Live OneCare forum thread where the problem has been discussed and several remedies offered and feedback given on possible solutions. The thread is now headed with an answer to the problem and webDotWiz for one has applied this method to solve the problem (webDotWiz has several entries under the user name rushcomhouse). Tomorrow he’ll be applying the solution to other machines with the problem.

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Sites Sunday, 27 June 2010 Part I–Bing Finance, Computing guide for boomers, Internet literacy & credibility, Critical thinking, Add-ins for Expression Web, Decoding Microsoft’s numbers

Because webDotWiz had been concentrating so much on the beta release of Windows Live Essentials, there were lots of sites that should have been listed earlier so he’s catching up.

Links to sites for Sunday, 27 June Part I:

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Journey to the centre of the universe with WorldWide Telescope – webDotWiz Online Sep 24 2009

To begin your journey to the centre of the universe, you need to download and install the Windows desktop version of WorldWide Telescope from www.worldwidetelescope.org.

If you find your computer is a bit old and the graphics aren’t up to running WWT (we’ll use this abbreviation for WorldWide Telescope to save screen space) or if you have a Mac, you can still get most of the features of the desktop version by viewing the heavens through the online web client at www.worldwidetelescope.org/webclient/ (note you may be prompted to install Silverlight so do that).

Start your engines

When WWT loads, you’ll see a 3D view of the solar system set against the Milky Way. Across the top of the screen are a set of menu items with the Explore mode set. On the next line are the first group of collections (to get to the next group, click the arrow on the far right).

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These collections are imagery captured from various telescopes, some ground-based, and others such as the Hubble Telescope, are carried by satellites. The second group of collections include a 3D view of the Solar System, Earth view and panoramas of views taken by Apollo and the Mars Pathfinder for example.

Each of the main menu items has a small white arrow which gives you access to a submenu of options.

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So to read WWT’s Getting Started help guide, choose the white arrow under Explore.

 

 

 

 

Set up WWT for your location

You’ll want to view the sky from where you live so click on View from the top menu.

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Now click the Setup button which gives you a list of cities around the world from which to choose. Note that you can be more precise by entering the latitude, longitude and height above sea level of your location. You can find your latitude and longitude in Bing Maps.

Notice to the right of Observing location is Observing time – yes, that means you can time travel (check WWT’s help as to how you might use this feature).

Let’s explore

Click Explore and then choose Hubble Studies. Imagery from the Hubble Telescope is often featured in the media so it’s worth exploring for that reason. If you look at the right-hand side of the screen, you’ll notice that there are fourteen different groups of imagery so there’s plenty here to explore.

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Choose SuperNova87A because it was only recently observed in 1987 and has been vigorously studied since that time.

Now the top image menu changes to show that there seven different views of SuperNova87A. Click the first one and the screen fills with a view of this supernova. At the bottom of the screen are similar links to the same images but others have been added to the list.

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In the bottom right of the screen you’ll see an indicator that shows the progress of the imagery download that takes place to build up the full screen view of the object you’re viewing. Imagery in WWT is drawn from a number of sources and it makes up terrabytes of data so what’s needed to create the image on your screen comes down and is pieced together by WWT as required.

Panning and zooming

To pan around the screen view, hold down the left mouse button and drag in the required direction. To zoom in and out, use your mouse’s scroll wheel or the page up and page down keys on your keyboard.

You’ll notice that as you navigate around and zoom that more imagery is downloaded to build your view. Depending on the speed of your internet connection, it make take a bit of time for the full image to settle.

Researching

Staying with our view of SuperNova87A, right click over the image that’s at the centre of your screen to bring up the Finder Scope. Firstly you can drag the Finder around the screen and it’ll give you information about what’s in its scope. Note, too, that the altitude and azimuth values are constantly changing due to the earth spinning on its axis and our view is thus moving across the celestial sphere.

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At the bottom left of the Finder is a Research button. From the popup menu you can choose to find out more information such as following the link to Wikipedia. As well there’s lots more information, much of which is for professional astronomers who want to contribute to various research programs.

 

 

 

 

 

Other viewing options

Click your way back to Collections and choose the Solar System. Now click on Jupiter and watch with awe as WWT swings around to a different part of the sky and zooms in to the planet. Depending on when you view Jupiter will determine which of Jupiter’s moons are in view at the present zoom level. That information will be indicated in the bottom pane. For example, at the time of writing (about midday), Io was the only moon shown.

But hang on, you say, Jupiter isn’t visible at midday. So go to View on the top menu and click View from this location. Woosh and you’re looking at a blue screen representing the placement of the horizon in relation to the sky at your location.

Background information

If you’re starting out in astronomy, you might need to look up some defintions such as constellation, nebula, supernova, galaxies, dark matter and inter-stellar gas. As already noted, the Finder Scope gives you direct access to information on the web and there’s Bing Search to help out.

As well there are a number of Guided Tours built-in to WWT to help out. Once you become familiar with WWT, you can even create your own tours of the universe. Hint: click on New Tours for more which include the first imagery of extrasolar planets.

When you’re exhausted from flying around the universe, take the 3D tour of the Solar System. For homework, look through WWT’s help guide to find out how to view some of the universe in 3D for a touch of realism.

WWT quicklinks

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Free antivirus software – Microsoft Security Essentials – webDotWiz Online Oct 8, 2009

For many years webDotWiz has been pressing the point that there’s no excuse for a computer to be running without antivirus and malware protection because there have been a number of free antivirus programs available. Unfortunately some of these have slowed down our computer systems and there’s been the continual nagging to buy the full version.

There are no excuses anymore – Microsoft’s Security Essentials antivirus and malware protection program is lightweight to download – 2 and a bit megabytes for Windows Vista, 8 and a bit megabytes for Windows XP – and doesn’t hog your computer’s memory so you can happily work away without interference.

Before going further, your first step against having your computer hijacked by malware, that is, to stop the criminals trying to steal your money (today that’s the main purpose of malware in all its forms) is to NOT run your computer on a day-to-day basis under an administrator account. You should have an account set up as a limited account under Windows XP or standard user under Windows Vista – this is the account you use for all your work on your computer.

If there are other users, they also should have their own non-administrator accounts. The only time the administrator account is used – by one particular person – is for installing new programs and some system duties (such as checking Windows updates are installed). Windows help has lots of information about setting up non-administrate accounts so go and read it up now and create a non-admin account for yourself if need be.

So, ok, it’s a bit inconvenient running with limitations as a non-admin user – it’s also inconvenient locking the car in the carpark when shopping. In summary, DO NOT use your computer under an administrator account.

Now back to MSE. When you run the installer from the MSE homepage, you’ll be told to uninstall whatever antivirus program you’re currently running – so do that and come back to finish off the installation of MSE.

When MSE starts it will check online for the latest updates to its reference detection data file and begin a quick scan. The only setting you may want to change is when MSE carries out a scan – currently you’ll see it set to each Sunday. You can change that to each day or another weekday. This scan works away quietly in the background when your computer is not hard at work doing your jobs.

Each day MSE will update its reference detection file in the background and, if need be, MSE will do an online check in realtime if it suspects any program as possibly being malware. In fact, if all is well, you won’t notice MSE protecting your computer and you’ll only be aware of its presence when it finds some malware.

With the availability of Microsoft Security Essentials, there is absolutely no reason for not having your computer, no matter how old, protected against viruses and malware.

Live Hotmail updates

You may have noticed some new features in Live Hotmail that are being currently introduced.

Firstly if you’re a keyboard shortcut user, you’re able to go to Options – More options (at top right of your Hotmail window) and choose other shortcut layouts such as those for GMail or Yahoo! Mail. Oh, if you don’t know Hotmail’s keyboard shortcut keys, go to Help for a full list.

If you’ve received lots of attachments to an email, you can download them all in one go by selecting to download them as a zip; then you can unzip this file later.

As well your email drafts are now auto-saved and if you use Web Messenger which is built in to your Hotmail inbox you can check your friends list.

Finally the rumour mill has started in regard to what will appear in the next version of Windows Live.

Live Movie Maker tips

The Auto Movie feature is proving invaluable in creating a movie and by now you should have several movies made from collections of your photos. Remember to tag your photos in Live Photo Gallery then you’re able to easily add photos to different sections when creating your movie.

If you’ve created several movies, it’s time to try out Live Movie Maker’s video editing features. For example, what about adding several of your movies to Live Move Maker, trimming some clips and creating a completely new movie from what you already have? Remember to make a copy of your original movies in case things go wrong.

Quicklinks

Microsoft Security Essentials – free antivirus software
Live Hotmail updates
Live Movie Maker tips
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A day in the life of Windows Live – webDotWiz Online column Oct 22, 2209

Live Photo Gallery

So your young ‘uns have made you set up a Facebook account but you don’t really feel like adding much to your Facebook pages when you’ve already got lots of services in Windows Live. You’ve just uploaded some photos to an album on Live Photos to share with your family and friends in your Live network. As well you’ve sent off a link to your album to other family and friends not in your Live network.

But there are those family and friends breathlessly waiting for you to add some content to your Facebook page. Well, these people can be easily satisifed – all you need do is install the LiveUpLoad to Facebook addon (see the link in this week’s Quicklinks) for Live Photo Gallery and Live Movie Maker and with a click you can upload photos from Live Photo Gallery to your Facebook page. Now everybody’s happy.

Just an aside for those of you Windows Live people who also have a Facebook page. Check with webDotWiz how you can turn off email notifications when your Facebook friends put something on their page.

Live Writer trick

Once you’ve created a few movies in Live Movie Maker you’ll want to share them by putting them into entries on your Live Space. You’ll need an account at YouTube (it’s free) and you can upload a movie directly from Live Movie Maker.

At YouTube choose the movie you want to include in your Live Space. On the YouTube page there’s a Share option with a link to your movie – copy this link and when you paste it into Live Writer – whoosh, your movie is automatically embedded in your post. Now all you have to do is click Publish.

Live Messenger

At the top of your Messenger window there’s space for you to enter a short message that all of your people in your Live network will receive on their Live What’s New page. It’s a good way to let people know, for example, that you’ve added some new photos to your Live Photos page.

Remember that hovering your mouse over your display picture gives you some quick links, such as to your Live Space. Hovering your mouse over one of your contacts also gives you quick options such as sending a message. With the latest version of Live Messenger, the person you want to IM doesn’t even have to be online at the time you send your message – they’ll get it next time they sign in.

You can add people from other services (for example, Facebook) to your Live Messenger contacts list so it’s easy to keep up to date in just one place with what your friends are doing.

Live Movie Maker

We all know by now that Live Movie Maker’s AutoMovie feature is a real timesaver. As well, Live Movie Maker’s range of options for the type of movie you want to output is extremely useful – standard definition, 720p or 1080p high definition.

Movie Maker accepts a range of movie filetypes including MOV files. So if you want to burn a MOV movie onto DVD, load it into Movie Maker, choose your output type and let Windows DVD Maker to all the work for you.

Live Hotmail

For those readers who have taken one of Terry’s beginner’s classes at Rushworth Community House will know that he stresses the use of shortcut keys to make computer use more efficient. Well, there are a whole set of shortcut keys for Live Hotmail such as CTRL+N to create a new message and CTRL+Enter to send a message – check them out on Hotmail’s help or hover your mouse over the relevant button. If you’re more familiar with keyboard shortcut keys in other web email services you can use them as an alternative (see Options).

Hotmail now has a web version of Messenger. You won’t need this when you’re on your own computer with Live Messenger running but it’s handy when you’re on another computer to be able to keep in touch with your Live contacts.

Remember that you can jazz up the colour of your inbox – click Options to choose Themes or More themes for dynamic ones that change according to the time of day (or to suit your mood).

You can bring all your email accounts into Hotmail so they’re all in one place to make life easier. Hotmail help tells you how to do this with your Gmail and Yahoo email accounts, for example.

Live Mail

The best part of Live Mail is being able to add as many email accounts as you wish so you access to your email in one place. Live Mail makes the task of adding other email accounts as simple as it can possibly be – in most cases all your need do is enter your email address and password for the account.

Let Windows Live bring the information to you and your friends

Windows Live has lots of easy-to-use ways for you to share information with your family and friends. Just as importantly, you can keep up to date with what people in your Live network are doing. When you’ve signed in to Live Messenger to being your computing day, click on Messenger’s What’s new link to start your day in the life of Windows Live.

Quicklinks

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Apollo 12 – Transcript of first few minutes of launch – Problems

From Apollo 12 Flight Journal – Launch and reaching earth orbit – http://history.nasa.gov/ap12fj/01launch_to_earth_orbit.htm

Time is GET – ground elapsed time – which begins counting at lift-off and is used during the complete flight until splash down.

image 000:00:00 Conrad: Lift-off. The clock’s running.

000:00:05 Conrad: I got a yaw program. [pause.]

000:00:06 Bean (onboard): Six seconds.

000:00:10 Bean (onboard): There’s 10 seconds.

000:00:12 Gordon (onboard): Clear the tower.

000:00:14 Conrad: Roger. Clear the tower. I got a pitch and a roll program, and this baby’s really going.

Public Affairs Office – "Pete Conrad reports the yaw program is in. Tower clear."

000:00:18 Gordon (onboard): Man, is it ever.

000:00:20 Carr: Roger, Pete.

000:00:20 Gordon (onboard): Twenty seconds

000:00:22 Conrad: It’s a lovely lift-off. It’s not bad at all. [Pause.]

Public Affairs Office – "Pete Conrad reporting the pitch and roll program to put Apollo 12 on the proper course. Altitude at one half mile."

000:00:24 Gordon (onboard): Everything’s looking great. Sky’s getting lighter.

000:00:26 Conrad (onboard): Okay.

000:00:30 Bean (onboard): Thirty seconds.

000:00:31 Conrad (onboard): Looks good.

000:00:33 Conrad: Roll’s complete.

000:00:33 Bean (onboard): This thing moves, doesn’t it?

000:00:34 Carr: Roger, Pete. [Pause.]

image 000:00:37 Gordon (onboard): What the hell was that?

000:00:38 Conrad (onboard): Huh?

000:00:39 Gordon (onboard): I lost a whole bunch of stuff; I don’t know …

000:00:40 Conrad (onboard): Turn off the buses.

Public Affairs Office – "40 seconds."

000:00:42 Carr: Mark.

000:00:43 Carr: One Bravo.

000:00:43 Conrad (onboard): Roger. We had a whole bunch of buses drop out.

000:00:44 Conrad: Roger. We [garble] on that. [Long pause.]

000:00:45 Bean (onboard): There’s nothing – it’s nothing …

000:00:47 Gordon (onboard): A circuit …

000:00:48 Conrad (onboard): Where are we going?

000:00:50 Gordon (onboard): I can’t see; there’s something wrong.

000:00:51 Conrad (onboard): AC Bus 1 light, all the fuel cells …

000:00:56 Conrad (onboard): I just lost the platform.

Public Affairs Office – "Altitude a mile and a half now. Velocity 1,592 feet per second."

000:01:00 Bean: [Garble] Got your GDC.

000:01:02 Conrad: Okay, we just lost the platform, gang. I don’t know what happened here; we had everything in the world drop out.

000:01:08 Carr: Roger.

Public Affairs Office – "Plus one."

000:01:09 Gordon (onboard): I can’t – There’s nothing I can tell is wrong, Pete.

000:01:12 Conrad: I got three fuel cell lights, an AC bus light, a fuel cell disconnect, AC bus overload 1 and 2, Main Bus A and B out. [Long pause.]

000:01:21 Bean (onboard): I got AC.

000:01:22 Conrad (onboard): We got AC?

000:01:23 Bean (onboard): Yes.

000:01:24 Conrad (onboard): Maybe it’s just the indicator. What do you got on the main bus?

000:01:26 Bean (onboard): Main bus is – The volt indicated is 24 volts.

000:01:29 Conrad (onboard): Huh?

000:01:30 Bean (onboard): Twenty-four volts, which is low.

000:01:33 Conrad (onboard): We’ve got a short on it of some kind. But I can’t believe the volt…

000:01:36 Carr: Apollo 12, Houston. Try SCE to auxiliary. Over.

000:01:39 Conrad: Try FCE to Auxiliary. What the hell is that?

000:01:41 Conrad: NCE to auxiliary…

000:01:42 Gordon (onboard): Fuel cell…

000:01:43 Carr: SCE, SCE to auxiliary. [Long pause.]

000:01:45 Conrad (onboard): Try the buses. Get the buses back on the line.

000:01:48 Bean (onboard): It looks – Everything looks good.

000:01:50 Conrad (onboard): SCE to Aux.

000:01:52 Gordon (onboard): The GDC is good.

000:01:54 Conrad (onboard): Stand by for the – I’ve lost the event timer; I’ve lost the…

Public Affairs Office – "Comm reports the reading is back."

000:01:57 Carr: Mark. One Charlie.

000:02:00 Conrad: One Charlie.

000:02:01 Gordon (onboard): Two minutes. EDS, Auto, is Off.

000:02:03 Conrad (onboard): Yes.

000:02:04 Conrad (onboard): EDS, Auto…

000:02:06 Carr: Apollo 12, Houston. Go for staging.

000:02:10 Conrad: Roger. Go for staging we had some really big glitch, gang?

Public Affairs Office – "Flight Director Jerry Griffin taking a staging status now; Apollo 12 down range 17 miles. Altitude 20 miles."

000:02:13 Gordon (onboard): What do the buses read, Al?

000:02:15 Bean (onboard): Stand by.

000:02:16 Conrad: Inboard [center] engines.

000:02:17 Gordon (onboard): Okay.

000:02:19 Carr: Apollo 12, Houston. Try to reset your fuel cells now. [Long pause.]

000:02:20 Bean (onboard): Reset the fuel cells.

000:02:21 Gordon (onboard): Wait for staging.

000:02:22 Conrad (onboard): Wait for staging, yes.

000:02:23 Gordon (onboard): Hang on.

000:02:24 Conrad (onboard): Hang on.

000:02:25 Gordon (onboard): 25 – 27 – 32.

000:02:38 Conrad (onboard): Got a clock running over here?

000:02:39 Bean (onboard): Yes. Hang on.

000:02:41 Gordon (onboard): There’s 41. Hang on, there it is.

000:02:43 Bean (onboard): That’s it.

000:02:44 Conrad Gordon (onboard): That’s it. That’s it.

000:02:45 Bean (onboard): Staging.

000:02:46 Gordon (onboard): Hang on.

000:02:47 Conrad (onboard): Okay, GDC is good.

000:02:48 Conrad: Got a good S-II, gang.

000:02:50 Carr: Roger. We copy, Pete. You’re looking good.

Public Affairs Office – "Good staging and good thrust on the second stage."

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Get to know the new Live Movie Maker – webDotWiz Column August 27 2009

Get to know Live Movie Maker

New features

image When you first run Windows Live Movie Maker (after downloading it from download.live.com), you’ll notice it uses the Ribbon menu. If you’re an Office 2007 user, you know how the Ribbon improves your workflow by enabling you to hover over a menu item and seeing its effect on your work; if you decide to use a particular style, then a click makes the change.

To add videos and photos to your creation, simply drag and drop them from Live Photo Gallery onto Live Movie Maker’s work area. You can then drag and drop these photos and videos around the work area to put them into the required order.

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Under the Animations tab you have access to a whole range of transitions and pan and zoom styles. To make life easier, you can select a range of photos and apply the same pan and zoom style to the group.

There are a number of choices of format in which you can output your finished product including 720p and 1080p high-definition video. As well you have the choice of 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratios.

Using Auto Movie

image From feedback received by the Live Movie Maker team, people wanted a simple and quick way to create a finished movie – the Auto Movie feature on the Home tab enables you to do this. After you’ve loaded in your photos (and videos), a click on Auto Movie will get Live Movie Maker to stitch together your photos (and videos, with effects and transitions. As well you have the option to add a sound track and that will be automatically adjusted to the length of your movie. Job done in just a  minute or two.

Shooting your own videos is a hobby for many people who own a video camera but the editing process can be complicated and very time consuming. By using Auto Movie you can produce a finished product that has enough visual effects to keep your audience’s attention. Of course, you can spend more time editing and adding visual effects if that’s what you want.

Titles and captions

image It’s easy to add a title to the beginning of your movie (you can add credits, too). As well, you may want to add captions to your photos to point out a feature to your audience.

Captions can be moved around a photo so they’re located in the most suitable part of the photo for viewing and you can change the font and colour. As well there are a range of effects you can apply to your text such as fade, stretch and fly-in.

Visual effects – panning and zooming

image There are eighteen different panning and zooming effects such as zoom-in centre, zoom-in top right and zoom out right. Using panning and zooming you can fade in or out on a particular part of a photo or video to bring it to the viewer’s attention. You can select a group of photos, for example, and apply the same pan and zoom effect to the whole group.

Transitions

There are sixty transitions from which to choose. Remember to use transitions sparingly otherwise your viewers will be feeling dizzy. Use transitions, for example, to break up groups of photos to inform the user a new theme is about to start.

Finished product

image On the far right of the Home tab you’ll see some of the options you have for creating your movie; click for more options. You’ll see you can output in standard definition, high definition (both 720p and 1080p), burn a DVD and easily upload to either YouTube (you’ll need a free account) or your Facebook site.

If you’ll be using Windows 7, then you’ll have more output options including QuickTime MOV files and H.264 for high definition (these formats are built into Windows 7 as part of the operating system).

Sharing

To let others view your work of art, Live Movie Maker offers an easy way to upload to your YouTube or Facebook site (other services will be integrated soon). Uploading to YouTube does so in 720p format so you don’t have to worry about uploading twice, one for standard definition and a second video in HD format. Bear in mind that YouTube’s free service limits you to a ten-minute maximum length video.

image It’s best to leave the YouTube upload to last since you won’t be able to use Live Movie Maker until the upload finishes. Both the upload and processing on YouTube can take some time so plan for a long cuppa.

Conclusion

For those who enjoyed working with Photo Story for Windows (the only option available to Windows XP users) to create video masterpieces, you’ll find Windows Live Movie Maker far more productive and efficient with much better output options in keeping with HD television sets, set top boxes and DVD players that are now available for playback.

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Finding stuff and tools that help do it with Bing – webDotWiz Column August 13 2009 (updated August 16 with screenshots)

Tools to help find stuff

When using your favorite search site to find information on some topic or other, it’s all well and good to be told that there are so many zillion results found. Who’s got time to trawl through 1 200 000 sites to find some information?

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The Bing search site helps you narrow down finding what you want by including some options in the left-hand pane of the screen. But there are other tools as well, especially when you’re looking for the best bargain air fare. It’s very simple to get a list of the cheapest air fares currently offered by all the Australian airlines by going directly to bingtravel.com, choosing your departure and arrival points, and clicking the big orange button labelled Search flights. Note you don’t have to flip between each airline’s site to get the information.

But what about when you’re planning a trip some months in the future? Which company will be offering the best prices? Should you purchase your ticket in the next couple of days or wait a few weeks?

image When you scroll down the bingtravel.com page you’ll find a section titled plan trips. There are two options but let’s try it out by looking for low fares. Enter your departure and arrival points and click go.

 

 

 

 

 

image The next page displays a graph of predicted lowest fares over the next month or so. Clicking any of the points on the graph gives you specific details about the flight on that day.

 

 

 

image In the left-hand column you can refine your results by using the third input to add another city for comparison purposes (you can add up to five different cities in this way).

 

 

 

image Another way of using the travel tools is to choose the map option where you want to look at what trips are possible for a specified amount from a particular departure point. Click the reset button, choose Boston MA as your departure point and leave the second input set to All cities. Up pops a map of possible destinations which you can refine by changing the trip length and price range.

Sometimes it can take a little effort to find tools that will help you find your information but that’s far better than spending all your time searching.

Oh, here’s a snippet of info that webDotWiz found. To save typing, when you want to go to a particular section of Bing search to find maps, news, videos, travel information, images, and so on, just type bingmaps (for example) into the address bar of Internet Explorer and press the CTRL and ENTER keys simulaneously – bing, you’re into Bing Maps immediately!

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Apollo 11 re-enactment – Pencils ready? Re-entry details

At Ground Elapsed Time (GET) 186:28 hours, Apollo Mission Control released the following details in relation to Columbia’s entry into the Earth’s atmosphere and landing in the Pacific Ocean (taken from the transcript at http://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/a11transcript_pao.htm):

This is Apollo Control 186 hours 28 minutes Ground Elapsed Time.

8 hours 35 minutes to entry.

Crew of Columbia still asleep at this time. Some 2 and a half hours away from wakeup time at 189 hours Ground Elapsed Time.

Because of weather avoidance in the prime recovery zone in the mid-Pacific, southwest of Hawaii, it has been decided some time ago to shift the landing point – aiming point – some 215 nautical miles downrange from the pre-mission aiming point.

And all the numbers concerned with entry and post-entry events have been generated, and we shall forward them at this time.

Pencils ready?

  • Command Module-Service Module separation, 194:48:07 Ground Elapsed Time, 11:20:08 Central Daylight Time;
  • entry enterphase, that’s 400 000 feet above the Earth’s surface, Ground Elapsed Time 195:03:07, 11:35:08 Central Daylight Time;
  • begin blackout, 195:03:25 Ground Elapsed Time, 11:35:26 Central Daylight Time;
  • 05G, 195:03:35 GET, 11:35:36 CDT;
  • end of blackout, 195:06:56 GET, 11:38:57 CDT;
  • drogue parachutes deploy, 195:12:04 GET, 11:44:05 CDT;
  • main parachutes deploy, 195:12:52, 11:44:53 CDT;
  • touchdown, 195:17:49 GET, 11:49:50 CDT.
  • Maximum G-loading to be pulled during the entry phase will be 6.12G’s.
  • Entry velocity, that’s at entry enterphase of 400 000 feet, will be 36,194 feet per second.
  • Flight path angle, minus 6.5 degrees.
  • Aiming point location, 13 degrees 19 minutes north latitude, 169 degrees 09 minutes west longitude.

At 186 hours 32 minutes Ground Elapsed Time, this is Apollo Control.

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