This week a slightly different show as I am deeply privileged to have as my special guest David Acklam, not a name you may know, but he was part of the development team for the Global Positioning System. Something that we now take forgranted but, as one of the team described it, a technology that went “from obscurity to ubiquity” and started out at what became known as “The Lonely Halls Meeting” which sounds more like a Peter Jackson fantasy epic than a world changing technology meeting! You can watch the documentary featuring David and many more of the team and telling the story of GPS on Amazon Prime here

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Recorded 8th December 2018


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On this week’s show:

DAVID ACKLAM

  • Retired Professional Engineer (PE inactive)
  • BSEE, MS, University of Arizona
  • Career Air Force Officer, retired (1966 -1987)
  • Systems integration and test engineer with Texas Instruments Defense Group and Raytheon Missile Systems, retired (1987 – 2002)
  • Part of the development program for Global Positioning System
  • Community outreach volunteer since retirement in 2003
  • Member, University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Director’s Advisory board 2006 to present.
  • Chairman of the UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Kuiper Circle Community Outreach committee
  • OSIRIS-REx Ambassador
    • OSIRIS-REx on NASA
  • Friend and Docent at the Planetary Science Institute
  • Member of the Tucson Mac User Group
  • Staff reviewer with MyMac.com (http://mymac.com/)

APPLE

  • Apple released a clear case for the iPhone Xr – 9to5 Mac
  • Apple released watchOS 5.1.2 with the ECG function for Apple Watch 4…
    • Apple Watch user discovers A-fib heart issue with new ECG app – 9to5 Mac

TECHNOLOGY

  • Corning is building impossibly thin, flexible Gorilla Glass for foldable phones – BGR
  • 50 years ago, Douglas Engelbart’s ‘Mother of All Demos’ changed personal technology forever – Mashable

JUST A SNIPPET

For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Ask Siri “Why are fire trucks red?” for a fun answer

WORTH-A-CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS

  • Faraday Bags for your kit
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  • Force Apple’s iOS apps to use Dropbox or any other storage – Cult of Mac Apple’s iOS apps can store their files anywhere. You just have to know how to tell them.
  • Ghostery

Nemo’s Hardware Store (49:53)


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