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  • FMCSA Sued Over Information in Driver Inspection Reports
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has "intentionally or willfully" improperly disseminated truck-driver inspection reports that contain references to violations not classified as "serious driver-related safety violations," according to a lawsuit filed by six independent owner-operator truck drivers.
  • US-Nafta Trade Up 5.4% in May
    U.S.-Nafta trade in May increased 5.4% over the same period a year ago, aided by continued reliance on trucking, according to TransBorder Freight Data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • Covenant's Net Income Rises to $3.8 Million
    Covenant Transportation Group reported its second-quarter net income doubled to $3.8 million, or 25 cents per share, from $1.9 million, or 13 cents, a year ago.
  • Court Approves OOIDA-C.R. England Settlement
    A Utah U.S. District Court judge has approved a settlement requiring motor carrier C.R. England to pay a class of independent-contractor truck drivers $3 million in damages and attorney fees for alleged "truth-in-leasing" violations.
  • Caterpillar's Profit Rises to $999 Million
    Heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar Inc.'s second-quarter profit rose to $999 million, or $1.57 a share, from $960 million, or $1.45 a year ago, but sales declined.
  • Knight's 2Q Income Rises 36%
    Knight Transportation's second-quarter earnings rose 36% to $25.8 million, or 31 cents per share on higher demand.
  • Union Pacific Net Income Rises 17%
    Union Pacific Corp.'s second-quarter net income rose 17% to $1.29 billion, or $1.43 per share, continuing a trend of profit growth reported by other railroads.
  • Mullen's 2Q Income Dips
    Canadian transportation firm Mullen Group said net income fell in the second quarter as the Canadian economy grew little.
  • Jobless Claims Decrease to Eight-Year Low
    The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than eight years.
  • June Trailer Orders Jump 44%
    New trailer orders jumped 44% in June from a year ago as high demand for new equipment continued into the summer, ACT Research reported.
  • Ryder's Second-Quarter Net Income Rises
    Ryder System said its second-quarter earnings rose from a year ago, as its fleet management and supply chain units revenue increased.

Condolences To Todd Cochrane…

My condolences go out to Todd Cochrane and his family. According to a post on Todd’s Geek News Central website, his father died in an automobile accident in Michigan on the morning of Monday August 28, 2006. What an awful thing to have happen and to have to live through.

iFuture of Computing…

Everyone has disparaged Microsoft for Windows being clunky and unstable over the years, how hard it used to be to install device drivers, etc. Microsoft has been fighting the device driver problem for many years. The Linux folks are running into exactly the same problems. Microsoft has finally gotten things pretty stable and fairly simple [...]

Virtual Aquarium…

I just posted a “Virtual Aquarium” video of the eye candy program I purchased at www.stardock.com in action. The music in the video is by Ocee Fisher & The Hipp Doggs.

Apple, Trucker Tom Is Here To Help You…

Apple makes great products, no need of convincing me of that. They seem to finally be increasing their worldwide market share, but they’ve got a long ways to go before that share can become significant. I’m here to help them increase their market share. First of all, they’ve got to get rid of the ads [...]

Bullies and Cowards…

Bullies (a.k.a. Palestinians, Hezbollah) often see kindness and restraint as weakness. The response to terrorist aggression has to be very harsh and absolutely ruthless. The idea that bold response will just somehow “make more terrorists” is absurd. What emboldens terrorists (a.k.a. bullies) is a tepid, “we all just want to get along” type of response. [...]

Mac Mini…

I purchased a year-old Mac Mini from my friend Victor Cajiao and it arrived Thursday afternoon. I’ve got to admit I’m impressed with the Mac Mini and with the Garageband application in particular. Pretty neat stuff!

I’m heading back to work this morning. I’ve got to go over to Memphis, Tennessee to pick up a [...]