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OK all you IT geniuses. Here’s a question I could use an answer to.

I am part of a bible study group that has been together for many, many years. Now in our old age, people are moving away. But we’re not ready to give up our “church”. So the question has come up, ?is there a way that doesn’t cost the national debt to set up a video conferencing system so we could get together from afar. Most have some kind of computer, including iPads. Cameras may be more scarce but I would doubt they are all that expensive. ?What else do we need. ?What system to install. ?Do we need to get dedicated T1 lines.... [Read More]

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Number 6!

Last weekend, at the COTA, or Circuit of The Americas for the “uninitiated” (like anyone cares) Lewis Hamilton became the 2019 World Champion Driver in F1, making it SIX total times. It is fitting that it happened in Texas.

The circuit is in Austin, TX, as many of you know. It is a purpose-built track, with wide spaces for cars to run out of control, good spectator access to all parts of the track, and decent weather in which to race (mostly). Don’t want to speculate on the cost of a ticket but expect from the number of bigwigs there that it is beyond my means. ‘Course I’m a known cheapskate. Many well-known names were on hand for pre-race interviews. I note that most seem to be “CONSULTANTS” to some race car outfit. Big pockets for German, French, and Italian teams.... [Read More]

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One Championship Down, One to Go

Japan’s F1 race last weekend resulted in the clinching of the manufacturer’s championship by Mercedes – for the sixth year in a row.

The Suzaka track is a technical one, with fairly high speeds and more places to pass than most tracks. It sports decreasing radius high speed turns, esses, several places for out-braking an opponent, and at least two high-speed straights, the back one being connected to a high speed corner which takes little braking. Yet despite all these features, the drama was at the start and in the pits.... [Read More]

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Thoughts on the F1 Year To Date

F1 holds itself to be THE premier auto racing endeavor in the world. They help promote this idea with single races in a country deemed “worthy” to have such a race, when in fact it is usually a case of enrichment of the owner of the franchise, Bernie Ecclestone, and the fulfilling of a myriad of race requirements, some good, some just silly. Still, for whatever it’s worth, they do manage to convince much of the world that they are, indeed, the premier racing event.

F1 has had numerous changes to its formula over the years. Basically it represents a pure racing chasis with a single driver position and no real bowing of head to any “homogulation” rules to pretend that they are a “production” automobile. Depending on what years you look at, there have been various rules about engine size, wings, tires, ground effects, air flow control, safety devices, recording equipment, minimum weight, wings, – you get the picture. At one point they were a tour de force for a constructor, with Alain Prost driving the dominant air flow control auto. Fans began feeling that the driver was irrelevant, that it was the car that did everything. Back in Jim Clark’s day, the engine size was limited to something like 1.6 litres, from which some rather prodigious amounts of horsepower were extracted on fuel that would clearly be an EPA violation today. Indeed, TODAY’S fuel may be an EPA violation, so esoteric are the blends.... [Read More]

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