Archive for March, 2009

The Civil War – A Film by Ken Burn: Review

March 11, 2009

I just finished a review of The Civil War, the documentary by Ken Burns and I urge you to watch it.  The Civil War was a tragedy for this Nation and I do hope we will find better ways of solving difficult and emotional problems.  The losses in The Civil War are grotesque; let us work to make men free without killing them.

The review is published on  Here is the link to my review.

Amazon invited this review and I was happy to oblige.

Some of the techniques used by Burns are discussed in this blog on Adventures in Software.   I submitted a response to this article but for some unknown reason it did not post.

GM has dropped support for future Ken Burns documentaries.  I hope that he is able to find alternate funding sources.  I’m sorry to see the expiration of a 10 year contract be treated as a retreat by GM.

iPhone makes my speakers buzz

March 9, 2009

I place my iPhone on the counter between the speakers and the speakers buzz. I move the iPhone and it stops.

I first noticed that the speakers attached to my home computer buzzed once in while. I could not find the cause, nor could the computer experts. We finally decided it must be something in the electrical system. But no, the buzz spread.

The $39.99 speakers I attached to my laptop began to buzz. What is this I thought? Is it me? No

My TV buzzed. What I thought is going on?  No help from Apple.

Then the radio we use for the Dog when we are out began to buzz? Oh my god it must be in the walls; perhaps a ghost. Buzz.  Hummmm.  No help from AT & T

The next thing to buzz was the speakers in my car. Yup, the ones in my car began to buzz and I was wondering if it was now in my head. Well at least it was not in the house, or, was this ghost following me?

Next came the new Bose speakers I hooked up to my laptop. Buzz. So it was not a quality issue, or so I thought.

Then one sunny day full of promise for good things to come and kicked off by a great cup of my very own Special Blend Coffee, I picked up my iPhone, then laying within a few feet of the Bose speakers, to make a call, just as the buzz was buzzing. The buzz stopped.

Holy cow. I’m on to it; jubilent, I celebrated.

I put the iPhone then next to the speakers and – buzz. I removed it – no buzz.

When I put the iPhone near the speakers – buzz. Move the iPhone away – no buzz. Ever since I keep the iPhone away from the speakers – no buzz. The mystery is solved.  No more buzzes in the car, the TV, the Radio, the Bose Speakers ( $119), or ever the el cheapo laptop speakers.  No more buzz.

My iPhone makes my speakers speak. They buzz.


Anyone else?

Question of the day.   Are my ears speakers?  Are my vocal chords speakers?

Bob Johnson

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