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Armstrong announces retirement from professional cycling

  • Posted on September 18, 2019 at 1:43 am

Monday, April 18, 2005

At a press conference Monday, Lance Armstrong announced his intention to retire from professional cycling after going for his 7th Tour de France title in July 2005.

“Ultimately, athletes have to retire,” said the 33 year-old American. “The body doesn’t just keep going and going.”

Speculation on the retirement of the six-time Tour de France winner had been growing in recent months. The Texan had hinted at wanting to spend more time with his children and his cancer charity, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. There was talk he may marry his well-known girlfriend, rock-star singer Sheryl Crow.

Armstrong battled with testicular cancer in 1996 before coming back to win the 1999 edition of the legendary French race. He went on to win the next five Tours de France and is now widely regarded as one of the greatest riders in the history of the sport.

Asked about his chances for Tour success, he expressed hope tempered with praise for his opponents. “Can I win this year? I’m not sure, but I’ll try… This will be a different year for the Tour with Jan Ullrich looking better and a host of young riders coming up,” he said.

Should Armstrong follow through with his plans, he will begin his final race in the United States tomorrow at the first stage of the Tour de Georgia. He has successfully used the springtime race in the past as a tune-up to the Tour de France in the summer. The contract with his new team sponsor, the Discovery Channel, obligates him to compete in one more Tour de France.

Armstrong announces retirement from professional cycling

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Planning The Interior Paint Scheme Of Your Monroe Nc House

  • Posted on September 18, 2019 at 1:39 am

Planning The Interior Paint Scheme Of Your Monroe NC House


Chet Arthur

Planning your interior painting project is an important part of creating the feel you want to achieve in your Monroe NC home. Here is a step by step blueprint to achieving the look and feel you desire.

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First Things First Look around each room you will be painting. Make a list of the features or existing finishes that are “permanent”. This would include things like cabinets, brick or stone features (for instance a fireplace), even tile work or special flooring. You will want your interior paint selections to complement these features. For example, if you have wood cabinets or other trim with a red undertone, or perhaps a red brick fireplace, make sure the paint scheme you decide on matches up well with these hues.Where Do You Want To Focus Attention? Throughout your house, you will wan to have focal points. Your painting scheme can help create these areas of focus. Emphasize specific architectural features that you find attractive in your home. In the living or dining rooms, these may include crown molding or arched window treatments. Use contrasting paint — shades of paint lighter or darker than the wall color — or a glossy finish to accomplish this. You may also create an ‘accent wall’ by paining one wall a different color, giving it a faux finish, or even applying wallpaper or a unique border.Ease Transitions; Use Color To Unify By using a common color palette, you can create a unified flow through adjoining rooms in your house. This will make the transition between rooms feel more natural. Use lighter shades in walkways and halls that may be naturally darker, and deeper shades in rooms with abundant sunlight. You can create clearly distinct spaces by altering the shade and hue of a particular space more abruptly. As long as you maintain the common color palette, it will still feel natural and consistent.To Emphasize or Minimize, That Is The Question? You can use color very adeptly to emphasize and de-emphasize different features. For example, a room that is long and marrow will feel wider if the shorter walls are painted slightly darker than the long walls. A ceiling will appear higher if you use a lighter cooler, and lower if you choose a color that is darker. Remember the doppler effect? If you want to make a large room feel more intimate and less cavernous, paint the walls in shades of red, gold orange or brown. These colors seem to advance toward you. In the same fashion, for a small room to feel larger, use colors that “recede”, such as blue, green or violet.Be Attentive to Light Sources Colors may appear different under different lighting conditions, like those that may occur throughout the course of the day. Incandescent light have a warm tone that will create a different feeling than that of natural sunlight during the day. Be aware of how these dynamics can affect your choice of paint colors. If you pay attention and choose your colors wisely throughout your house, you can match the “mood” of your house with the pattern of your lifestyle and the pace of your day. A qualified, exprienced Monroe NC house painter can help you accomplish this.

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IEEE approves 802.11n standard after six years

  • Posted on September 18, 2019 at 1:38 am

Saturday, September 12, 2009

On Friday, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) ratified the next generation of Wi-Fi Alliance certification known as 802.11n. The path to ratification began on September 11, 2003 with 11 major drafts of the specification over the course of six years. Even though just approved, wireless devices have been available on the the market for over two years, running on what is known as “draft n” or “pre-N”.

The 802.11n standard operates on both the 2.4Ghz and 5.0Ghz frequencies. This will allow it to be backwards compatible with 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g, provided that the base station has dual radios. The speeds of 802.11n are substantially faster than that of its predecessors with a maximum theoretical throughput of 600Mbit/s.

Very few additions were made to the 802.11n draft standard over the last two years, so most if not all “draft n” hardware available on the market today is expected to be compatible with n-standard devices available in the future. In a similar process of the upgrade from “pre-G” to 802.11g, it is expected that most manufacturers of wireless hardware will release new firmware to bring all draft devices up to full standard compliance.

IEEE approves 802.11n standard after six years

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Microsoft claims 235 patent breaches by open source software

  • Posted on September 7, 2019 at 1:11 am

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Software giant Microsoft’s chief lawyer Brad Smith claimed in an interview published in the magazine Fortune on Monday that open-source software products violate 235 of Microsoft’s patents. The main transgressors are claimed to be Linux (107 patents) and (45), with e-mail programs infringing 15 patents. Microsoft wants royalties to compensate for the patent breaches.

According to Microsoft’s Vice-President of intellectual property and licensing, Horacio Gutierrez, the company wants to negotiate with the open-source companies rather than sue them. “If we wanted to litigate we would have done that a long time ago. Litigation is not an effective way of going about solutions,” Gutierrez said. According to him, Microsoft has over the last years tried to work towards a “constructive” solution to the alleged problem of patent violation.

Microsoft in the past has used the strategy of cross-licensing to get royalties from companies who infringe their patents, for example in their deal with Novell. On a company blog, Novell reiterated that their deal “is in no way an acknowledgment that Linux infringes upon any Microsoft intellectual property.”

“We don’t think that customers will want to continue on without a solution to the problem,” Gutierrez said about Microsoft’s approach to guaranteeing companies that they won’t get sued because they use the allegedly patent-infringing Linux operating system.

The upcoming third version of the GPL licence, the licence under which Linux is released, will prohibit Linux distributors to agree to patent royalty deals. Microsoft called these “attempts to tear down the bridge between proprietary and open-source software that Microsoft has worked to build with the industry and customers.”

A related U.S. Supreme Court ruling from April 30th showed how software patents can be subject to court challenges; basically, if the innovations patented are “obvious”, the patent is weakened. Joe Lindsay, information officer for a mortgage company, pointed out that the Unix code that Linux is based upon preceded Microsoft Windows, which might also be a reason for some patents to be invalid.

Red Hat, the biggest Linux distributor, said in a statement on Monday:

The reality is that the community development approach of free and open source code represents a healthy development paradigm, which, when viewed from the perspective of pending lawsuits related to intellectual property, is at least as safe as proprietary software.

Larry Augustin, former CEO of a company called VA Linux (now VA Software), responsible among other things for launching, an open-source software development community, posted a message on his blog under the title “It’s Time for Microsoft to Put Up or Shut Up”:

If Microsoft believes that Free and Open Source Software violates any of their patents, let them put those patents forward now, in the light of day, where we can all evaluate them on their merits. If not, then stop trying to bully customers into paying royalties to use Open Source.

According to the Fortune report, more than half of the Fortune 500 companies are estimated to use Linux in their data centers.

Microsoft claims 235 patent breaches by open source software

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