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  1. I have dealt with Dell for two systems and have been very satisfied especialy with the support via the phone when I had a disaster after a power brownout. The only down side could be that to some extent they can use proprietary parts which means that you may be locked into them if you want to upgrade. An example in my case was increasing RAM to 512mb. They used RD RAM in my system and this was a lot more pricey to buy. I'm not sure if their motherboards are specific to them if you ever want to change anything but that said I have been very pleased. While I have always enjoyed shopping in HKG I always remember a comment by one of the guys that was "If you think you might have been scr*wed, you have" Great place but Caveat Emptor in HKG.
  2. I have dealt with Dell for two systems and have been very satisfied especialy with the support via the phone when I had a disaster after a power brownout. The only down side could be that to some extent they can use proprietary parts which means that you may be locked into them if you want to upgrade. An example in my case was increasing RAM to 512mb. They used RD RAM in my system and this was a lot more pricey to buy. I'm not sure if their motherboards are specific to them if you ever want to change anything but that said I have been very pleased.
  3. "I think one obstacle has been a lack of focus on just what it is we're trying to do." Do you think the VQA organisation is a good place to generate some focus and create standards that the buyer can have confidence in? "Wine is so much about perception." That is so true, I'd say that BC wines are still suffering from the reputation that some of the screw top plonks of not so long ago generated. I'd mention one name as an example, except that from what I read they now make some very good wine so let's not tar them with that brush. "The Australians are good in this area. They are intensely proud of their wine industry. You can't make money selling foreign wine in Oz, because they won't buy it. They support their own industry with a passion." We could learn something here. The quality of our product, especialy whites, is not the problem. "So Canadian producers have to, I think, create a little mystique of their own about what we do." Very true although I'd say some are getting there, Burrowing Owl is one that comes to mind. They seem to have managed to establish the story that their interest is in the best quality rather than quantity, (and it was the Tinhorn Creek people who told us that, of course some of their property is alongside burrowing Owl )Great marketing if you can do it. I'm no Robert Parker but I think they are good. Their 2001 Merlot is sold out, as I found out when I tried to get some more.
  4. "Wouldn't that be exactly what the crew did when they opened the cross feed valve so they would use fuel from the left tank until it reached the same wieght as the right?" Possibly, but setting off a whole new flurry of speculation without having the facts will inevitably point fingers all over the place, and probably criticize people unfairly, let's wait and see where the investigation assigns responsibility.
  5. Neo, a question on your crop. Obviously you are not yet pressing and fermenting. Do you sell your harvest to an established winery and if so do you appear on the label or do you become part of a blend? Spent some time traipsing around some of the wineries this summer and was very impressed at the extent and quality of the Okanagan industry.
  6. Hi again Mitch. There's always some %&*)@ that has an exception that lets him split hairs but without having been checked out on some of the types you mention, I can't speak to them for sure, but if I remember the 767 I believe you are correct that you can not shift fuel tank to tank across the aircraft. Ditto the 340. You can feed engines from across the tank system and that of course unhappily means possibly feeding leaks in the engine system.
  7. Neo, a question on your crop. Obviously you are not yet pressing and fermenting. Do you sell your harvest to an established winery and if so do you appear on the label or do you become part of a blend? Spent some time traipsing around some of the wineries this summer and was very impressed at the extent and quality of the Okanagan industry.
  8. Mitch, I'd guess you are not familiar with the DC-8 system. Transfer was entirely possible. The X-Feed manifold ran across the complete fuel tank system. You could put fuel from any tank to any tank.
  9. "3. Government. You're Paul Martin. Do you really want an AC failure and loss of 25,000 jobs plus crises at NavCan and the airports resulting from that failure as the first thing on your resume as prime minister? Of course not." Particularly if you are considering an election in the new year!
  10. Curiously enough 151 proof spirits fall under Hazmat specifications (or used to) but you can buy it duty free and carry it on board.
  11. Did you ever get a ride in the '10 simulator Mitch?
  12. ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 923 MB...27.26 INCHES. Hope she does not make landfall. 160 knot winds.
  13. Yeah, I guess we are so used to seeing maps of the world showing it as "flat". It is a bit amusing when you are over the North Pacific at 180 degrees and you enter present position direct to London and it says turn and head North.
  14. "The government has been jacking costs to try to offset the reduction in airline travel." Reductio ad absurdem. I wonder if, when the last person who can afford to fly in Canada, (Gerry Schwartz in his Gulfstream 101), goes from coast to coast, from Newf to Lotus land, the fees charged will be such as to cover the cost for the entire air traffic control system still in existence for this one remaining flight?
  15. Hi Fido, I don't know why the NRT-SCL and HKG-SCL are so far apart on the world map. I'd have thought they should be a lot closer to each other. I suspect that the site is not set up to depict the globe over the southern hemisphere as well as it does the north. If you select HKG-YYZ you will see what I mean. It has the north polar routings viewed from space from above the northern hemisphere. At least that is my best guess.
  16. Are you sure AC is delisted? Globeinvestor.com says that AC and Stelco are removed from the Key index but they did not mention delisted.
  17. Sorry, looks like the site address does not work. This should. http://baby.indstate.edu/gga/gga_cart/gecar200.htm
  18. On that site both those routes are great circle, IE the straight line over the globe between the two points. The HKG-SCL will look distorted on that map as it does not show the world as a globe. I'm guessing that they did not set up the map depictions to show the South Pole properly but if you look at YYZ-DEL or HKG-YYZ it shows the routing over the Northern hemisphere correctly. Trivia time, rhumb line, if I remember correctly a rhumb line is the track you get from holding a constant heading which is not necessarily the same as a great circle track.(Unless you are flying east/west on the equator ) As an example, great circle from LHR to YVR. You are heading almost north leaving the UK and by the time you come into YVR you are almost on a southerly heading. Found a site on rhumb line, http://baby.indstate.edu/gga/gga_cart/gebar200.html
  19. I selected the nautical mile measurement ergo the 188 difference I posted. These are great circle distances which would not include routings that have to cater to ATC procedures and airway routings and obviously do not do what the flight planning computers do with winds but it gives you some idea. As I said, where some of the tracks go interesting. YYZ to Delhi for instance.
  20. Malcolm, here is the site where you can get the great circle distances from airport pairs. Some of the tracks are quite interesting. http://gc.kls2.com/
  21. The routing via YYZ is 188nm longer than via YVR. The fact that YYZ is the center of the universe outweighs a piddling 188nm . In fairness I would expect that marketing have better reasons than that.
  22. I think the reason they demolished the old Newfie hotel was that too many people were afraid it would talk
  23. I believe that is correct. The Swallow looked a bit like the DH-110 without the tail booms and was a type of flying wing. I am not sure if the accident was due to control problems associated with transonic flight or structural. The pilot at Farnborough was John Derry, sorry I don't remember the observers name. I think the number of casualties came close to one hundred.
  24. DeHavilland DH-110 Vixen. Twin engine two crew ( radar operator buried in the fuselage to the right of the canopy.) It was flown by the Royal Navy as an interceptor primarily under the name Sea Vixen. This was the same type that had the breakup accident of an early model at Farnborough in the late fifties that killed a lot of spectators.
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