Technology


You could travel to auto shows around the world to see the latest breakthrough concept cars, customized hot rods, and classic roadsters. Or you could sit on your couch and watch these ten awesome autos.

auto_bttf.jpgauto_bttf.jpg DeLorean DMC~12

As Seen In: Back to the Future Part I, Part II and Part III
Modified by: Dr. Emmett L. Brown
Key Technical Specs: Goes from 1985 to 1955 in under three seconds.Before Doc Brown’s breakthrough mod, the flux capacitor, the iconic DeLorean DMC~12 was the “it” car for movie producers, record execs and other dirtbags. But this car is capable of so much more. Not only can you impress the ladies along the Sunset Strip, but you can also outrun terrorists, thwart high school bullies, and resolve oedipal issues.
Available Options: Deluxe edition runs on trash and doesn’t need roads.

Back to the Future | Back to the Future Part II | Back to the Future Part III

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As Seen In: Grindhouse: Death Proof and Vanishing Point
Key Technical Specs: 375 horsepower Magnum V~8; seats six: two in front, three in back and one on the hood.If you absolutely, positively have to get away from Kurt Russell, this is the car for you. This 440 cubic~inch beauty is the car of choice for reckless adrenaline junkies everywhere. Perfect for a nihilist race across the American west or pursuing a serial killer through Tennessee’s rolling hills.
Available Options: Comes with matching stuntperson E~Z grip gloves.

Grindhouse: Death Proof | Vanishing Point

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a/k/a The Batmobile
As Seen In: Batman Begins
Key Technical Specs: Chevy 5.7~liter V~8 engine; genuinely frightening to see in your rear view mirror.It’s the latest vehicle from Wayne Industries’ lead engineer, Lucius Fox. Sure, the Tumbler lacks the stylistic flourishes of previous models, no tail fins, bubble windshields or neon lighting here. Instead it delivers pure, jet boosted power. This ride will shock and awe any evil doer into submission.
Available Options: Stealth~mode. Rocket launchers. iPod input.

Batman Begins | The Dark Knight

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As Seen In: Bullitt
Key Technical Specs: 325 horsepower; turns the hilly streets of San Francisco into the American Le Mans.This pine green hunk of steel and attitude gets more air time than Michael Jordan in a shoe ad. It is the ride for running a Dodge Charger filled with mafia hit men off the road. This car has proven to be so iconic that 40 years later Ford has revived its look and feel for the 2008 Bullitt Mustang.
Available Options: Allows you to look cool in a turtleneck/blazer combo.

Bullitt |

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Modified by (or into): Bumblebee
As Seen In: Transformers
Key Technical Specs: 5.7~liter LS1 V8 engine; becomes a 17 foot tall robot.If you’re a socially awkward adolescent aiming for a girl who’s way out of your league, this car is for you. Not only can this coupe dispense well timed dating advice and mood music, but it can also turn the driver into a hero of an epic intergalactic fight between good and evil. The ladies dig that.
Available Options: Deluxe edition fires laser cannon while being towed.

Transformers | 

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auto_bond.jpgauto_bond.jpg 1963 Aston Martin DB5

Modified/Weaponized by: Q
As Seen In: Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye and Casino Royale
Key Technical Specs: 282 hp 4.0L straight~6; passenger ejector seat.Aston Martin has been the make of choice for MI~6 agents for years, but this remains the gold standard. The DB5 is ideal for fleeing sinister henchmen on Alpine by ways or mowing them down with the .30 caliber machine guns hidden behind the tail lights. Remember: do not drink martinis and drive.
Available Options: New double~0 agents can upgrade to the DBS V12.

Goldfinger | Casino Royale

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auto_mini.jpgauto_mini.jpg 2002 MINI Cooper S

As Seen In: The Italian Job
Update of: Austin Mini Cooper S MkI seen in 1969’s The Italian Job
Key Technical Specs: 1.6L 4~cylinder; ample trunk space for stolen gold.The Mini Cooper has long been the preferred car for bands of thieves both on the Continent and here in the States. Whether you’re winding your way through the streets of Turin or the subway tunnels of Los Angeles (not recommended), you won’t find a groovier ride that the MINI.
Available Options: Buy in bulk for your (funky) bunch of crooks.

The Italian Job | The Italian Job (1969)

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auto_bueller.jpgauto_bueller.jpg 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California

Modified/Destroyed by: Cameron Frye
As Seen In: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Key Technical Specs: 240 horsepower V12 Engine; plays the Star Wars theme. Looking to get the attention of an emotionally distant parent? Slamming one of these through the glass wall of an elevated garage might just do the trick. Since only 45 of these babies were ever made, the going price is in the neighborhood of $2.5 million. So unless you’re looking to get throttled or disowned, find another set of wheels for your “sick day” joyride.Available Options: Deluxe edition had odometer that does run backwards.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  

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auto_furious.jpgauto_furious.jpg 2002 Nissan 350Z Fairlady

As Seen In: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Key Technical Specs: 287 horsepower 3.5L V~6; runs on gas, not (Vin) diesel.A lot of cars are fast. Some are furious. But few cars combine speed with anger management issues like 350Z Fairlady. With its custom paint job and fine tuned suspension system you’ll be drifting like a Tokyo crime lord.
Available Options: Discontinued Paul Walker add on is available again.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift You could travel to auto shows around the world to see the latest breakthrough concept cars, customized hot rods, and classic roadsters. Or you could sit on your couch and watch these ten awesome autos.
DeLorean DMC-12
As Seen In: Back to the Future Part I, Part II and Part III
Modified by: Dr. Emmett L. Brown
Key Technical Specs: Goes from 1985 to 1955 in under three seconds.Before Doc Brown’s breakthrough mod, the flux capacitor, the iconic DeLorean DMC~12 was the “it” car for movie producers, record execs and other dirtbags. But this car is capable of so much more. Not only can you impress the ladies along the Sunset Strip, but you can also outrun terrorists, thwart high school bullies, and resolve oedipal issues.
Available Options: Deluxe edition runs on trash and doesn’t need roads.

Back to the Future | Back to the Future Part II | Back to the Future Part III

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auto_herbie.jpgauto_herbie.jpg 1963 Model 117 Volkswagen Type 1 “Beetle” Deluxe

As Seen In: Herbie: Fully Loaded
Key Technical Specs: 34 horsepower, 1.1L 4~ cylinder engine; sentience.Ever longed for a set of wheels that handled like a dream, was fuel efficient, and would follow you around like a love hungry golden retriever? Well, this is the car for you. It’s sporty enough to compete in NASCAR, yet so dependable even Lindsay Lohan can drive it without endangering others.
Available Options: May develop a romantic interest in a New Beetle.

Herbie: Fully Loaded | 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible

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Thank you Yahoo News
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I haven’t seen all the movies in the world…But I don’t think I would vote the Mini Cooper as on of the coolest…maybe one of the cutest!

PLEASE just give me the cars/motorcycles in Jay Leno’s garages!

Face it Baby Boomers…there are a lot of cooler cars in movies…but these are designed to sell you, THE BABY BOOMERS…cars that are out there for you to pick off the lots.

Just another way to sell the MAIN STREAM, the Americam public automobiles! Buyer beware.

BUY FUEL EFFICIENT CARS OR YOU WILL BE PAYING FOR IT AT THE PUMPS!

Green Peace Out…
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Netizens scamming the scammers

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A Canadian woman weary of e~mail scams said she is fighting Internet crooks by playing naive and wasting their time.

The Surrey, British Columbia, woman, who identified herself as Nissa, said she constantly asks scammers for more information so they’ll pay her special attention and spend less time scamming more gullible Internet users, the Vancouver (British Columbia) Province reported Tuesday.

“I think I can get a few months out of him,” she said of one scammer, who gave his name in the e~mails as “Patrick Chan,” who she has been stringing along for three weeks.

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Nissa is one of an increasing number of Internet users to devote time to scamming the scammers. The results of some successful scam baiters can be seen at Web sites including thescambaiter.com and 419eater.com.

Despite the growing trend, Canadian anti~fraud hotline Phonebusters said at least 4,000 Canadians were victimized by e~mail scams in 2007. The victims lost a collective $18 million, the company said.

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Thank you United Press International
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There you go Baby Boomers…where there is a will there is a way…Scammers have just found one more way to cheat honest people out of their hard earned money!

They say that prostitution is the oldest profession under the sun…I didagree…I think it is grafters and con men!

Becareful…if it seems too good to be true, most likely it is!!! Don’t let greed overcome you.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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“ON THE INTERNET, NOBODY KNOWS YOU ARE A DOG!”


From NEW YORK, an outage has disconnected BlackBerry smart phones across North America.

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AT&T Inc. says the disruption Monday is affecting all wireless carriers. AT&T first learned about the problem at about 3:30 p.m. ET.

There’s no word on the cause or when the problem might be fixed.

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion did not immediately return a phone call.

Fading Out

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Analog Cellphone Users Are About to Lose the Signal…

On Feb. 18, Jay Sincavage will make one last phone call to say goodbye.

He’ll bid farewell to the network technology that powered his first cellphone, an old StarTac, once considered the technologist’s model of choice, that’s bulkier than his wallet. At midnight that day, wireless networks across the country will start shutting down the old analog networks that launched the cellphone business 25 years ago. Now, with the vast majority of the country’s quarter~billion cellphone users calling and texting over digital networks, only about 1 million customers still use analog networks.

The Federal Communications Commission authorized carriers to phase out those networks to free more airwaves for digital services. So the non~tech~savvy who haven’t upgraded their phones in several years, as well as people in areas too remote to receive digital signals, could end up without a lifeline.

Sincavage, who lives in Sterling, plans to summon power to his StarTac and, with a few dozen other analog loyalists, make a final call with the obsolete technology.

“Maybe we’ll overload the network and make it crash one last time, for old times’ sake,” Sincavage said.

The demise of a mainstream technology often happens under the radar, as companies and consumers embrace new formats. The record player and the tape recorder faded gradually. DVD rentals phased out VHS tapes. Now the CD appears to be making a slow exit, replaced by digital and downloadable music.

For the past seven years, mobile phone companies have pushed people to upgrade their analog cellphones by offering discounts and rebates on new digital phones. Each successive generation of the network was more efficient, sending more calls, pictures, videos, and text messages over the airwaves. Maintaining the old networks became an expensive chore.

The cellular switch off is the first phase of a larger transition to digital technology that will culminate next year with the end of analog television signals.

Other widely used technologies also rely on analog cellular networks. Older versions of OnStar, the communications system installed in many cars, will stop working next month. General Motors, which owns OnStar, said some cars made as recently as 2005 cannot be upgraded.

About 400,000 security systems use analog networks as back ups to land lines, according to the Alarm Industry Communications Committee. In homes without land lines, the analog network is the only connection.

Sincavage, for example, recently paid $250 to have the ADT alarm system in his dry-cleaning business upgraded to digital.

AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Alltel say less than 1 percent of their customers use analog services, which the companies plan to phase out over the next year. Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile already use all-digital networks, but their customers may be affected if they roam on other carriers’ analog networks.

Over the past year, Verizon Wireless has been contacting thousands of customers using analog phones to offer them digital models. Spokeswoman Debi Lewis said the company hasn’t reached some of those people.

“The people most at risk are glove box users, the people who bought a phone 10 years ago to use in case of an emergency,” Lewis said. “Pretty soon, those phones won’t work anymore, and we want to let them know.”

Analog signals translate voice communications through a series of radio waves that require a lot of airwave capacity. Digital signals convert voice and data, e~mail, text messages, photos, into bits of data that can be compressed, allowing the information to travel more quickly and requiring less capacity.

While digital signals are considered more reliable than their analog predecessors, they don’t travel as far and may not reach sparsely populated areas, such as mountains and deserts.

Analog signals rescued Jorge Torralba when he broke his foot while hiking in a remote area east of Seattle. Unable to get a digital signal with his cellphone, a friend climbed a nearby hill and found an analog network for just long enough to call Torralba’s wife in Portland, Ore. She gave their location to a rescue squad, which picked up the hikers in a helicopter.

“I was bummed out that we’re going to be losing analog because when you’re out in the middle of the woods, that’s the only way to get help,” he said. “I know digital’s the way to go, but analog is a lifesaver.” Andrew Moreau, vice president of corporate communications for Alltel, which serves many rural areas, said analog towers will be replaced by digital ones before the service is shut off.

Still, some analog users are afraid they’ll be left in a lurch.

Cody Toy lives in Rodeo, Calif., a tiny town tucked between mountains and the Pacific Ocean, and still uses analog signals for every call he makes on his cellphone. He’s concerned that digital towers won’t keep up with the demise of analog.

“Digital is like . . . a highway with potholes . . . and analog . . . is the tar that . . . patches the holes,” Toy said over an analog cellphone, interrupted by frequent bouts of static. “It’s good for city slickers . . . but bad for folks in the boonies.”

Roger Entner, senior vice president for the communications sector at IAG Research, said he expects few people to mourn analog networks since most new devices do not use the technology.

“It’s a nostalgic event because it’s the first wireless standard to be put underground,” he said. “But nobody will show up at the funeral.

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Thank you The Washington Post

and Kim Hart Washington Post Staff Writer

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Boy, do I feel out of date…I don’t even know what my cell phone is…it is just a phone I keep in my purse…I hate all cell phones…I wouldn’t mind one that has a camera in/on it…but I probably wouldn’t use that either!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~