information specific to places DAV has been or physical places to which I plan to go.
You might ask, "Isn't everything local ? Isn't everything at some specific location in time and place ?".
Much of the stuff DAV is interested in is *not* local to one particular location.
For example, maps.
I'm also very interested in "timeless" stuff that is not local
to any particular century.
Still, "you have to start somewhere".
"Think Global, Act Local"
-- Canadian Futurist Hazel Henderson in the early 1970's.
"Think local, act global!"
-- Japanese internet pioneer Izumi Aizu in 1985
while saving Ikego Forest outside of Tokyo
People that I DAV have actually, physically met F2F.
The intersection of the 2 sets
"people I know in RL" and "people I know on the 'net".
If you wish to be listed here, email me your
preferred URL so I can add you to the list.
I encourage eveyone to put a few words on the 'net.
Every year it gets a little easier to
I think most of the above came online in 2005
(or at least that's when I found out about them).
There's a lot of
people that I think are interesting just from their web page
even though I've never even talked to on the phone,
much less talked F2F.
I suppose I should mention
as well as a few
search tools for finding people
Bloggers in Tulsa, OK
Tulsa City-County Library
State Law requires excavators to call 48 hours prior to excavation.
The Tulsa BookCrossers
Good places to visit:
Gilcrease Museum, the Philbrook mansion, the Tulsa Philharmonic,
the Oklahoma Aquarium, the Tulsa Zoo, etc.
TASM: Tulsa Air and Space Museum
$10 adult admission for museum and planetarium
(discount if you just visit one; discount for students, military, seniors, etc.)
Tulsa Airport Authority:
Tulsa International Airport
(DAV often checks ``flight information'')
"Gateway to Tulsa, Oklahoma - by Snowhawk"
another list of Tulsa links, like this one
"Gateway to Oklahoma - by Snowhawk"
has a long list of Oklahoma links -- and a repeat of the Tulsa links ?
online telephone directory
SBC: Southwestern Bell Corporation
online telephone directory
Tulsa Computer Society
( Some members are taking 386 and 486 machines,
refurbishing them, and
sending them to
Belize Bible and Trade School
includes (or should include)
the Oklahoma Aquarium
(OK, so this is technically in Jenks ...)
Tulsa Space & Astronomy forum
IEEE: Tulsa section
The German-American Society of Tulsa
Renaissance Neighborhood Association
of Tulsa, OK
has lions, tigers, leopards, bears, wolves, etc.
Unfortunately, no penguins.
(OK, so technically this is in Broken Arrow).
(OK, so technically this is in Muskogee).
Society for Creative Anachronism: Tulsa chapter
has many events, including:
the last Monday night of the month, 7.00pm or so
at Martin East Regional Library
the Tulsa Zoo
has penguins !
also has lions, tigers, bears, etc.
KXOJ 100.9 FM
the Kross 100.3 FM
broadcasts the ``Let My People Think'' program
with Ravi Zacharias
(OK, so technically this is in Oklahoma City -- I can still hear it in Tulsa).
KTUL: ``Newschannel 8''
I've seen a lot of billboards around Tulsa mentioning
Unfortunately, since I don't have Flash installed on this machine,
I still have no idea what it's about.
map to oneighty.
Church on the Move in Tulsa OK
seems to have exported the oneighty concept to other cities:
According to State Farm insurance,
"10 most dangerous intersections & photos"
2 of the 10 most dangerous intersections in the U.S.
are right here in Tulsa OK.
yourOklahoma - Official State Web Site
"attractions and events in all regions of the state"
Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and
The Oklahoma Engineering Foundation (OEF)
"WELCOME TO TULSA..."The Paris of Oklahoma""
who is this person ?
Girl Scouts of Magic Empire Council
[FIXME: very incomplete. RSU, NSU, TCC, etc.]
[This section is just a local mirror -- moved to
[This section is just a local mirror of
Please add comments there.
If you're interested in buying a computer,
you might also be interested in listening to presentations
at the local computer club.
Used computer stores in Tulsa OK:
(10 listed in
Southwestern Bell phone book,
(2 without a street address -- huh ?
"Compu-Find Inc." and
"Raider Technologies Inc."
but only 3 listed at
Tulsa Moose Lodge: 11106 E. 7th St. (Corner of 7th & Garnett) Tulsa, OK 74128
Is there still a "Moose Lodge computer swap show" once every month ?
My sources are dated 2002, and say:
Tulsa Computer Show held by Computerfest Productions Every 3rd Saturday of every month 9:00 a.m till 2:00 p.m.
Any other ham swap meets / computer swap meets ?
Byte Me Again computers: (used computers)
21st and Memorial.
She is on the West side of Memorial South of 21st.
There is a strip mall that has a used game place, she is next to that.
(Was at 1112 S YALE AVE )
2003-03-06:DAV: I have bought a few things from "Byte me again".
"Computers: Buy Sell Trade"
6390-K E. 31st St
(it's actually on 32nd st, 2nd building W. of Sheridan)
DAV visited 2003-06-03.
small store -- about 10 or so desktop machines on display.
ABX Computers and Electronics Repair
5010 S Sheridan Rd
6157 E 51st Pl
2205 E 51st Street.
(was 5229 S Peoria)
new and used
1601 N Highway 66 / Catoosa, OK 74015
5937 E Marshall
8228 E 61st Suite 116
new and used
2020 W DETROIT ST
BROKEN ARROW, OK 74012
"Closed but Owner says he will operate out of his garage.
Owner:Mike Dolen Cell:918-850-1762"
3807 S Peoria
Oklahoma Asset Recovery Systems (O.A.R.S.):
522 South Sheridan: Tulsa, OK 74112 (Thanks Elvin_Black !)
sells individual PC power supplies, keyboards, cases,
as well as complete "boxes".
2004(?)DAV: I bought a box here.
2519 S Sheridan Rd
new and used
MegaWatts.com: 4131 S. Sheridan Road
MegaWatts has lots of used Macintoshes ( iMacs, iBooks, etc. )
Woods Robert J
5407 S LEWIS AVE
PC Club - They sell new computers, and will preload Lindows.
H&S Computerdoras 11331 E. 20TH ST Tulsa, OK 74128-6401
Total PC Components Inc.
http://www.tpcok.com/ (web site offline)
Places in Tulsa OK that sell only new computers:
[FIXME: very incomplete. Check online phone book __ for more]
(practically all of these places sell
desktop, laptop, and palmtop (PDA) computers)
I like to look at and feel computer monitors and keyboards before I buy them.
I like to see used computers boot up before I buy them.
Computer cases and motherboards, though, I usually buy mail-order.
If I don't need a top-of-the-line system (say I'm building a FireWall or a DigitalVCR),
it's a lot cheaper to buy a used computer.
Before buying a used PC for $300, check out what you can get new for $300:
"Kevin Savetz' Guide To Buying a Ridiculously Cheap PC"
"reviews, specs, buying tips, news, and hot deals on new computers for under $300. I only talk about ready-to-use PCs - these systems all come pre-built, with memory and a hard drive. You just need to add a monitor and (in some cases) install an operating system."
[FIXME: how do these places compare against each other ? against mailorder ?]
Stillwater R/C Flyers
model aircraft club
"Pistol Pete was telling us the history
of his life and experiences,
and he was demonstrating his gun when it accidentally fired.
It scared everybody ...
B.B. Chapman asked him why he would keep his pistol loaded,
and Pistol Pete replied, 'What good is a gun if it isn't loaded ?'."
City of Stillwater, OK
"Oklahoma has more horses per capita than any other state in the Union."
Terry D. Richard (sp?) head of sports at OSU, 1998
People at OSU
Mailing lists at OSU
Organizations at OSU
online OSU tools
general college-related info
"pmail" is my abbreviation for physical mail, paper mail, post mail.
for ways to look up email addresses and mailing addresses.
for electronic mailing list services.
For addresses inside the USA,
you can enter an address,
get the full ZIP+4 code back
and the address reformatted exactly the way the
U.S. Post office likes it.
(helps to confirm correct address)
For addresses inside Canada,
"Postal Service site helps create personal cards that go in the mail"
lets you enter addresses one at a time, or upload
an entire Excel spreadsheet or Palm Desktop contact list.
bulk discount on 20 or more people.
suggests using these for Christmas cards, wedding invitations,
an interesting hybrid: starts out electronic, ends up on paper.
Frank's compulsive guide to postal addresses
mentions what to do when the real name is different from the English name
``such as Cologne for Köln in Germany''
If a address might possibly be somewhere
outside the USA,
use the appropriate format.
International Mailing Address Formats
USPS Domestic Calculator
calculates the current shipping price
given size, weight, and "from" and "to" zip codes.
United Parcel Service of America, Inc. (UPS)
I always thought it would be cool,
(since high school, perhaps even earlier elementary grades)
instead of printing out a file onto several sheets of paper
and sticking it an envelope and mailing it,
to instead (low-mass)
mail a postcard with the maximum information density.
At first (in high school) I was thinking very, very tiny print
that one would need a magnifying glass to read.
Now I'm thinking more along the lines of
2-Dimensional Bar Code
I think that the areas mentioned at
on the stamp-side of the postcard
are the only ones needed by the post office;
all of the remaining area (and all the area on the flip side) can be filled by barcodes.
(Do I get higher data density by squeezing the "to" and "return" address into a smaller space,
leaving more room for barcodes,
or by making them *large* (but perhaps thin lines / outline, not bold ?) and
using a overlapping/integrated barcode that leaves them legible ?)
(Should I try to put barcodes right up to the edge of the stamp,
even though the stamp cancellation mark will obliterate a few of the bits ?)
(naturally it doesn't help to put barcodes under the stamp,
and barcodes in the bottom 15 mm "postal barcode area" probably won't help).
Standard 4 x 6 inch index cards (mine are 0.008 inch thick) are the only standard-sized blank cards I've found
that are the right size to mail using the standard postcard rate
($0.24 domestic rate, $0.75 international as of January 8, 2006).
( 3 x 5 inch cards are too small;
5 x 8 cards are too large).
A6 sized card stock should also be good, but I haven't found any locally.
(A6: 105 x 148 mm = 4.1 x 5.8 inch)
One needs to take care that one
leaves room for the address,
the return address,
the little barcode that the post office prints
underneath the address,
and a tiny amount of margin
to allow for edge crumple.
Rant: too many people forget that barcode,
and put information on a postcard
that the post office is forced to cover up with a sticker
to get it to go through their machines ... or worse,
it goes through the machines just fine,
which spray the barcode at the bottom, obliterating
whatever text was there on the postcard.
(That sticker is stuck flush against the bottom edge of the postcard,
about 15.0 mm wide, and about 110 mm long.)
The stamp cancellation mark is on the same side as the stamp,
covering the top 30 mm (about the same size as the stamp),
but often covering the right-hand 100 mm (extending far to the left of the stamp).
It's usually faint enough that large black text can be read easily through it.
One postcard I have in my hand has the postal barcode printed in black ink
on the same side as the stamp and the addresses,
but black text on that side interferes with reading the barcode.
Then it's printed again in faint orange (UV/IR sensitive ?) ink on the flip side of the postcard
(but still next to the same bottom edge).
Because of more black text there, it still couldn't be read.
Then a white sticker was applied and the orange ink printed on *that*.
(The post office uses stickers with "post-it"-like adhesive that are very easy to peel off ...
which I think is nice of them).
"The correct way (and incorrect ways) to address envelopes according to the U.S. Postal Service"
(which should probably link to)
... "Use no punctuation of any kind. That's right. None. Every time you get the urge to toss in a period or a colon, or perhaps a dash just to separate a suite number from an address, beat down the temptation. The preferred format is absolutely no punctuation of any kind (except the dash in the middle of the zip code)" ...
"USPS Rate Calculator"
the United States Postal Service Envelope Code
First-Class envelopes weighing 1 ounce or less
require an additional $0.12 nonmachinable surcharge
if any one of the following apply
The length divided by height is less than 1.3 or more than 2.5
(More discussion on "aspect ratio" at
(see also the companies mentioned in
[FIXME: move to
NASA Astronaut Selection
CardioDynamics (Nasdaq: CDIC)
Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ:PALM) which continues to maintain PalmOS, but
palmOne, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLMO) the hardware division
[stock market symbols]
Hard drive manufacturers
Maxtor (now owned by Seagate?)
- Western Digital
- Hitachi, the former drive manufacturing division of IBM.
- Fujitsu ?
semiconductor fabs and fabless semiconductor companies
... and others I'm undoubtedly forgetting.
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
(Mike Metzger recommended I check here).
Los Alamos national laboratory
Mr. Looney recommended I check here.
interesting "Data Link" watches.
Red Hat (RHAT)
Raleigh, North Carolina
has a "careers" web page
(A St. Jude Medical Company)
"specializes in implantable pacemakers
and is No. 2 in the world in its field."
Scottsdale AZ manufacturing facility
"Pacesetter's headquarters in Los Angeles
corporate headquarters in Minneapolis.
Pacesetter is part of St. Jude's Cardiac Rhythm Management Division,
and it oversees hybrid production."
Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN)
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT)
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications.
The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and
30.3 million customers.
Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ,
Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of
Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and
Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD).
Frontier Electronic Systems Corp.
nice portable computers
, also see
FlightSafety International Inc.
Horizon Medical, Inc. - Device Outsource Solutions
disposable medical devices
"Largest Outsource Manufacturer of Finished Disposable Medical Products"
writes RF and Microwave CAE tools
[FIXME: job search ? #translation ?]
in New York
and Austin, TX.
looking for chip designers,
algorithm designers, etc.
"Video Device Drivers Engineer ...
Build the latest DirectVideo, VPE, WDM imaging drivers. Use your
experience to build MPEG2 solutions and DCI drivers.
BSEE/CS or equivalent (MS Preferred). 1+ years experience in developing
graphics and video device drivers on Windows95, Windows 3.1, or Windows
NT operating systems. Ability to understand Windows internals, C/C++
language, as well as 80x86. Assembler language is key. Understanding of
video compression algorithms, MPEG1, MPEG2, YUV formats is highly
(lots of medical equipment --
but I think they do now make it themselves; they are
... All digital TV broadcasts will be transmitted using a patented modulation technique that
Zenith invented, called vestigial sideband or "VSB," which brings a 19
megabit-per-second pipeline of digital information into your home."
Visionary Medical Products Corporation
"VMPC has recently filed patents on what may prove to be the first truly non-invasive blood
glucose monitor since it does not use blood and is completely painless. It is an optical glucose
monitor that scans the user's eye and determines the corresponding blood glucose level, based
on minor changes in the capillaries in the retina. It is anticipated that this new optical glucose
monitor can be brought to market in about 2-3 years. Patents Pending."
Patriot Scientific Corporation
interesting radar systems,
native Java "shBoom(tm) microprocessor
for "embedded web servers".
Global Village / Boca Research Inc.
Boca Raton FL.
SciTech Software, Inc.
"We are looking for a few good engineers
to write cutting edge graphics drivers and 2D/3D rendering software."
Electronics & Electrical Engineering Laboratory (EEEL)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
"InPart is an Internet-based technical publisher
serving the mechanical engineering market.
With its manufacturing partners,
InPart develops, markets, and supports
three-dimensional (3D) computer-aided design (CAD) libraries
of mechanical and electrical components.
InPart offers these libraries containing 3D geometry,
accompanying technical specifications,
and component selection software to mechanical engineers via the Internet."
GT Interactive Software.
"GT Interactive published its first product, Wolfenstein 3-D, in 1993."
mac and PC video games
"creation and commercialization of
innovative electronic, biomedical,
and information technologies
that change our world."
nice digital CCD cameras; the photo-CD;
high-speed machine vision cameras (EktaPro gives 1000 frames/s); etc.
"a Stillwater company specializing in document imaging technology
... opening for a software engineer
... internet inovations product group
... email: jobs at tmsinc.com"
produces 3D video games
Glyphic Technology is an
ioNET has an immediate need for Cisco CCIE and Sun certified or
certifiable (no pun intended) SE's.
in Tulsa, OK
seems to need someone to do web pages.
The Boeing Company,
prime contractor for Teledesic.
Also working on many other interesting projects
in Kirkland, Washington, a suburb of Seattle.
Newton, NJ 07860
In 1997, opened a sales office in
manufactures and sells laser diode modules, lots of mounting components
for optics, and related parts (laser electronics).
<resume at rayjobs.com>
"Raytheon Systems Company, composed of
* Raytheon Electronic Systems,
* Raytheon E-Systems,
* Raytheon TI Systems,
* Hughes Aircraft"
makes hardware that communicates with *lots* of (RS-232 and RS-422) devices.
Siemens (MMC == Multimediacard)
Micron Communications http://www.microncommunications.com (RIC, Remote Intelligent Communications, a tiny computer and 2-way radio for up to 40 foot communication)
Mentor Graphics http://www.mentorg.com/seamless (hardware design tools)
Computer Products, Inc. http://www.heurikon.com/ (telecommunications hardware)
Telxon http://www.telxon.com (wireless communications network)(engineering ... manufacturing ... based in Houston, TX: 600 manufacturing + 200 tech support personnel, ... international division in Brussels, Belgium)(PTC: Portable Tele-Transaction Computer ... integrates touchscreens, character and voice recognition software, 1D and 2D barcode readers, and data radios) ("Mentor Graphics or EECAD experience preferred" in engineering, but also look at Information technology)(!!)
DSC Communications (corporate headquarters in Plano, TX) http://www.dsccc.com (7 000 + employees)
Unitrode integrated circuits www.unitrode.com (Merrimack, NH)
involved in HDTV development.
Sony Precision Technology America Inc.
claims its "DigiRuler" "provides resolutions to 5 µm".
United States Federal Government Jobs
USB On-The-Go (USB OTG)
"a primary contributor to the USB OTG specification and
the first company to demonstrate compliant USB OTG prototypes and test results"
job hunting resources:
> --- Job Recruiting Rages On The Web ---
> The online recruitment of job candidates has become a rage of the Web.
> Just ask Texas Instrument's full-time "cyber-recruiter," John Nelson,
> who spends his day scrolling through websites for highly prized
> engineers who have posted their resumes.
Internet Professional Association
electronic resumé consulting service
InsureMarket http://www.insuremarket.com, part of Quicken.com,
an integrated sales site for life, home, and car insurance that lets you
compare policies and prices and even order online.
lots of FAQs about insurance.
State Farm Insurance
(2" x 3.5" paper cards, not to be confused with "credit" plastic cards
or "post cards")
When my grandmother was a little girl,
just about everyone had personal calling cards
(and just about everyone wore hats,
and just about everyone carried a pocketknife to school).
Why are they so rare in 2003 ?
On the other hand, people now wear t-shirts with messages on them ...
[FIXME: move links to t-shirt printers here ?]
[FIXME: there are many, many business card printers and t-shirt printers online.
Consider only listing *reviewers*,
making sure all the particular businesses I used to list
are mentioned by the reviewers.
Notes to myself if I ever start a business.
Mailing List Considerations
for things to look for in other companies.
One important thing is to properly address
Many people have a $499 single-transaction limit on their credit cards.
When you ask the customer to fill out a form and mail it back,
try to make that piece of paper *smaller* than a standard business envelope
(4 1/8 inch x 9 1/2 inch),
so the customer doesn't need to fold it to get it in the envelope.
Preferably give the customer a pre-printed envelope also
(or an envelope with a "window").
The Business Case for Open Source
software manual considerations
From: falkon1313 at aol.comeplay (Falkon1313)
Subject: Re: Game Manuals
>From: "Larry the Liquidator"
>Which made me think about games: the
>manual is the last thing to be written by tired workers who are generally
>so familiar with the product that they forget to include stuff that should
But that's the backwards way to do it. The design document is written
first, and is supposed to describe every last detail of the interface and
gameplay that will be drawn and programmed. It should be a fairly simple
procedure to 'evolve' it into a manual just by reorganizing and rewriting it to
give it a bit more of the background flavor of the game, and descriptions in
player's terms rather than programmer's terms.
Unfortunately, the game companies don't seem to use design docs anymore...
Often as not it looks like the total design work consists of little more than
some suit saying "Here's a 3-D engine, tack some pretty pictures on and come up
with a title."
Of course, there are some exceptions, but once upon a time it was the
other way 'round. Remember the original M1A1 Tank Platoon, which was known for
the manual alone being worth the price of the game?
Fight fire with napalm!
Always make obvious: to what
name to make checks out.
``Confessions of a Computer Store Junkie''
by Dick Heiser
has some interesting ideas on setting up the proper atmosphere in a store ...
he recommends hiring workers who already own what you sell ...
giving every employee a key to the store
``the best employees are only happy if they have the latest model, and
I should have let them upgrade frequently.''
Label every product with the
company web page address
and its model number.
Perhaps put tons of information
on each label
(especially small labels for ROM chips)
2-Dimensional Bar Code
A company needs skills in:
what else ?
"People are most productive
when they have the latest
-- Duncan MacVicar <duncanmv at aol.com>, 1999-10.
Avoid 10 Fatal Web Storefront Mistakes
[FIXME: should this go to html.html ?]
information on a check
[firstname lastname] [check number]
[email address ?]
[financial institution routing number] [account number] [check number]
for more check information see:
[FIXME: machine_vision.html ?]
For information on how to obtain a UPC symbol, contact the
Uniform Code Council, Inc.
8163 Old Yankee Road, Suite J,
Dayton, Ohio 45458
or call (513) 435-3870.
This is a non-profit company which gives out UPC codes to everyone in the country.
The fee is $300.
So why is DAV so interested in these particular banks ?
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