Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Life before the computer

An application was for employment
A program was a TV show
A cursor used profanity
A keyboard was a piano!

Memory was something that you lost with age
A CD was a bank account
And if you had a 3 ½ inch floppy
You hoped nobody found out!

Compress was something you did to garbage
Not something you did to a file
And if you unzipped anything in public
You’d be in jail for awhile!

Log on was adding wood to a fire
Hard drive was a long trip on the road
A mouse pad was where a mouse lived
And a backup happened to your commode!

Cut - you did with a pocket knife
Paste you did with glue
A web was a spider’s home
And a virus was the flu!

I guess I’ll stick to my pad and paper
And the memory in my head
I hear nobody’s been killed in a computer crash
But when it happens they wish they were dead!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Increasing Dependent on Computers!!

Technology will keep to revolutionize and develop as it has been and i think this goes the same for computers. We have been witnesses to the great advantages it has brought about (just what you have generalized/stated) but i guess everything will also have a disadvantage. A reduced manpower was a result when computerization was introduced. So, a lot of people end up losing jobs especially those manual labors being substituted by computerized machines. But IMO, generally the result of computer development gave more advantage. It only gives a disadvantage when man use it for illegal activities. A computer will just follow whatever program or command it is given, so i guess humans will always be superior. Personally, a pc is my window to the world and i couldn't have responded to your discussion without it.

What Was Your Expectations This Second Millennium?

I remember movies that featured the new millennium as the year with flying cars and terminators but no technology really made that far this Year 2000. I also expected as a kid that the year 2000 will be like having moving sidewalks and being able to teleport in another place but ofcourse we also ain't got none of that. You think our technology is improving a little slow? I know we already have these ipods, mobile phones, subways and airplanes but is that enough for centuries of scientific studies and experiments? What was the kind of technology you expected for us to have this new millennium?

At some level I believe technology might still be making some progress,even if it's behind the screen.I recently learned about lightgloves.It's a virtual controller that helps us to type move our hand in the air and transfers it to the computer.It looks like a glove and the last time I checked,they are out of stock and still trying to cope with the orders.I also read that a company will introduce their first flying car in 2012.So,seemingly we are still making some progress technologically:-)

Thursday, April 12, 2007

160Gigabits per Second Become Standard

IBM has done it again with a new prototype of optical transceiver, which – according to them – is able to transfer information up to
eight times faster than normal optical components available today. This being said, you should be able to do a serious upgrade,
maybe to a couple of SCSI hard drives linked in RAID 0 mode just to catch up to the speed this medium is able to transmit, and think what it would do to the processor; that much bandwidth needs a lot of processing power.

In an example given by IBM it would be able to download a “typical high definition feature-length film” in “a single second compared to 30 minutes or more”. And the best thing isn't the speed, it's the manufacturing costs; in order to be integrated in normal chipsets, the optical transceiver is built with driver and receiver integrated circuits on CMOS technology, thus allowing the use of the same low-cost technology that is being used in today's chips.

Doctor. T.C. Chen, vice president, Science & Technology, IBM Research stated that: "The explosion in the amount of data being transferred, when downloading movies, TV shows, music or photos, is creating demand for greater bandwidth and higher speeds in connectivity. Greater use of optical communications is needed to address this issue. We believe our optical transceiver technology may provide the answer."

The CMOS technology doesn't suffice for the connectivity of the optical transceiver in an integrated chipset, so they used materials such as indium phosphide (InP), and gallium arsenide (GaAs). The entire package size is of 3.25 by 5.25 millimeters in size, and the product unveiling will take place at the 2007 Optical Fiber