Tuesday Morning – What's New?
If you haven't logged on since yesterday morning, then you haven't yet seen the eBook contest we're running. It's nothing extravagant nor complicated, but just a bit of fun to help you make the transference to the realm of eBooks and other digital publications coming available via instant download. It's the posting immediately preceding this Lineup, so after you finish reading this, continue scrolling down to the next item. (Or you can click HERE to go directly to the page.) Go ahead and give it a try….
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As we mentioned earlier, the Consumer Electronics Show opens today in Las Vegas. The CES is where all the new toys and fancy-dan gadgets are introduced to electronics afficianados and observers like me who enjoy watching the "next greatest thing" that may or may not amount to anything, show off its stuff. Yesterday was Press Day where the manufacturers unveil their surprises and better-than-ever products for the journalists who then spread the word. Apparently this year there is no Great New Product, but instead marked improvements over existing technologies for the most part. Television monitors seem to be getting the loudest coverage so far.
Something that might interest a lot of Firegeezer readers is a new line of digital projectors that Optoma Industries is introducing. F & R training divisions and regional fire academies that rely on portable devices to be taken to the firehouse for instruction will like these much smaller projectors. The smallest of the group is a pocket-sized, battery powered unit that will project a 30-inch image. Two more slightly larger models will give up to an 80-inch image and have WiFi receivers that can take your PowerPoint slide show without having to run a cable from your laptop. Check out the write-up from Information Week HERE.
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This month may be your last chance to enjoy America's favorite lunch treat, Twinkies. According to reports from business publications, Hostess Brands is likely to file for bankruptcy protection sometime this week. The makers of Twinkies and their anchor product Wonder Bread have been stressed lately due to unusually high costs of flour and sugar putting a squeeze on their sales. That's worrisome news for their 19,000 employees, not to mention dedicated firehouse snackers.
We had better be dedicated to equipment safety now and get ours checked out for the day. I am going to give the Bunn-O-Matic a good run-through and make some more coffee. See you back in the day room in a little while.
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