Presidential Election

Posted in Uncategorized on November 7, 2008 by kylegraeme

President Obama, used much more media to help his campaign than McCain did, did it help his victory margin? Just taking a first glance at each of their websites, John McCain didn’t look like he spent nearly as much money on his, he has banner ads, and little windows everywhere, less features, just doesent look as good as Obama’s. Obama features a very clean looking site which is very appealing to the eye. It’s colours jump out at you and its un cluttered site plus the more features.

Brack’s site features such media extra’s as Barack TV, Campaign Photo’s, computer downloads, mobile ringtunes and wallpapers, and music. His site even features it’s own merchandise store, where you can buy Obama presidential nick nacks.

McCain on the other hand offers a fairly weak in comparison website. It’s colours are un appealing, it has many banner ads, and things on the side that look distracting, and the only media he offers is press releases, tv ads, and speeches, the standard array expected. Not only that but Obama looks better than McCain, I mean thats half the battle, would you trust this man?

Here is an exert from an article about Barack’s use of technology. “Volunteers used Obama’s website to organize a thousand phone-banking events in the last week of the race — and 150,000 other campaign-related events over the course of the campaign. Supporters created more than 35,000 groups clumped by affinities like geographical proximity and shared pop-cultural interests. By the end of the campaign, myBarackObama.com chalked up some 1.5 million accounts. And Obama raised a record-breaking $600 million in contributions from more than three million people, many of whom donated through the web.” Barack’s campaign online organizer when it hired online director Joe Rospars, a veteran of Howard Dean’s web-heavy 2004 campaign, and lured Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes to build its own social networking site, myBarackObama.com. Obama also utilized text messaging as an effective election tool. He would send out text messages to target the younger voting body at strategic times to secure their votes.

“In many ways, the story of Obama’s campaign was the story of his supporters, whose creativity and enthusiasm manifested through multitudes of websites and YouTube videos online. It even resulted in volunteer contributions like the innovative Obama ’08 iPhone and iTouch application that enabled owners to mobilize their friends and contacts in battleground states through the Apple devices.”

Of course Barack intended his campaigning notions to be viral. All of his youtube video’s and other contenet that got multiplied onto other people’s site’s did nothing but help his cause. His campaign style turned into a pandemic and spread like wildfire through word of mouth very effective.

Obama has merely scratched the surface of what future candidates will be doing. I beleive some of the things that people have seen Obama have success in, future candidates will further explore. Presidential candidates to come will definatley have more involvment in video websites that are very popular such as youtube, and most likely create several accounts and groups on social networking tools such as facebook. Barack exposed a very lucrative way of attaining financial support, and the future presidents will most likely take advantage of this asset as Obama has. Obama’s campaign will go down in history as a textbook way to run a campaign utilising what tools you have at your disposal.

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3 Technology Stories

Posted in Uncategorized on October 30, 2008 by kylegraeme

RealFiction’s Dreamoc 3D / holographic display demoed on video

This was the first pieice of technology that caught my eye. This is the first attempt and successful attempt at making a holographic video player, and it looks out of this world. RealFiction’s Dreamoc blends holographic technology, 3D imagery and amazing looks that is what we see in the link below. this is a short description of the product ,” this box possesses the innate ability to “mix free-floating animation and video images with physical objects.”  Its not that relevant to me, simply because I would not be able to afford such a magnificent piece of technology, but at the same time shows us where technology is taking us.

http://www.engadget.com/2008/10/30/realfictions-dreamoc-3d-holographic-display-demoed-on-video/

Volt to make Star Trek sound effects, buyers to look for mute button

The Cheverolet’s new Volt is a great solution to the newage desire for a greener quieter car. While this eco friendly car will be very quiet as it is solely ran on electricity, we expect to hear some interesting sci-fi sound effects to make up for the lack of internal combustion. GM’s E-Flex Global Vehicle Line Executive Frank Weber saying to expect noises like “when on Spaceship Enterprise you hear the doors close, or use the transporter.” This sound effect feature is intended to bring extra personality to the electric car. You might also hear random blurts, bleeps, and blats when hit certain buttons in the car. My personal opinion is this would probably be a pretty cool feature for about a month, than you would probably get tired of being treated like “Captain Scotty” from Star Trek Enterprise. This sounds very gimmicky, but i’m sure Star Trek Fanboys will be all over this ride.

http://www.engadget.com/2008/10/30/volt-to-make-star-trek-sound-effects-buyers-to-look-for-mute-bu/

Shinoda’s 125-inch curved plasma to hit assembly lines by May, all 7.9-pounds of it

Shinoda’s 125 inch curved plasma is simply breathtaking. Some of its amazing features its incredibly light weight of only 8 pounds, and the flexibility of its plasma screens. Its only downside is the un-impressive resoution of 960 x 360. I thnk this TV is ground breaking. It looks amazing, its massive viewing surface would make playing games and HDTV sports broadcasts unreal! I think this is probably the direction of TV’s, now that the LCD and Plasma have been some what mastered, this is a new technology to continue to develope and expand. This TV is sick!

http://www.engadget.com/2008/10/30/shinodas-125-inch-curved-plasma-to-hit-assembly-lines-by-may-a/

Mophie Juice Pack

Posted in Uncategorized on October 2, 2008 by kylegraeme

Mophie’s Iphone Juice pack is in reality an external battery you can slide your Iphone into to extend battery life on the go. This backup power source simple wraps around the back of the Iphone and can provide 250 hours of standby, 8 hours of talk, 24 hours of audio and 7 hours of video playback, and 6 hours of Internet use time. You can preorder one of these devices for the price of $99.95.

 

Personally I like the idea of this device. It has good styling, and even better functionality, if it delivers what promised will be very successful. It not only provides an excellent second battery, but also a nice battery gauge. You don’t always have access to a power source or charger so in this sense; this is a very good product. One downfall to the Juice pack is its sheer size. The Iphone is already a large mobile device and when plugged into the Juice pack, would look ridiculously obtuse in your pocket. Besides the bulkiness of the product, the Juice pack looks like a very promising item that should have a good success in the tech market.

Part 3

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2008 by kylegraeme

Eco Media Revolution keeps the wind-up PMP Alive

Just like the rising cost of gas, it’s got everyone thinking about alternative energy sources that are eco-friendly. Thus Trevor Baylis’ Eco Media Player Revolution has a budding fan base. His wind up gadget has 4 GB of built in storage space, SD card slot, and best of all you can connect this gadget to your mobile phone crank it a few times and you can make an emergency call if you’re out of batteries! This will revolutionize the way we live in the sense that we wont need batteries with this efficient handy device, and if your ever in a jam with no cell phone battery to make a call you now can, this gadget will probably get a lot of people of a tight spot.

Viewsonic’s 22-Inch LCD TV Packs inbuilt DVD and TV Tuner

ViewSonic released a new 22 inch LCD monitor, that not only includes a glassy widescreen display but a sharp 1000:1 contrast ratio and a lighting fast 5ms response rate. Not only does it perform very well but also has a built in DVD player and TV Tuner, thus eliminating the need for having these devices inside your computer. These gadgets is a symbol of all technology, its getting smaller, and were being able to pack more things into a tighter space, this will revolutionize technology simply because we can have smaller computers because we will not have to have disc drives or TV tuner cards inside the computer itself.

Movea’s Gyration Works on both Land and Air!

Every get fed up of terrible mouse response when your surface is not perfect. Well this is what Movea’s Gyration Air Mouse is all about. You can maneuver your mouse on your desktop or wave it in the air to accomplish the same thing. This mouse is a step towards the future in perfecting our already stunning technologies. This will revolutionize technology because it enables you to not need a large work desk or workspace to do your computing, all you need is some atmosphere and a pc!

Dell’s 22-Inch Monitor to reach FULL HD!

22-inch monitors have generally been stuck at a 1,680 x 1,050 resolution for years with just a few notable exceptions. Now it looks like Dell is about to change that with the introduction of a newly designed, S2209W monitor with rumored 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution. The evidence stems from that prototype pictured above as well as drivers already available on Dell’s support site. This would revolutionize the pc gaming community, bringing Full HD to the, another example about how we are still making leaps and bounds and still have a long way to go before we perfect these technologies.

Aruba Networks, Babylon provides WIFI for US Soliders in Iraq

Aruba Networks already installed the “world’s largest” WLAN network at The Ohio State University, but its latest deployment just seems strangely more, how do we say… patriotic. Tag-teaming with Babylon Telecommunications, the pair has rolled out a WiFi network that will provide internet access to over 20,000 US soldiers at Joint Base Balad in Iraq. Believe it or not, there was no existing authorized web access at the base before these two stepped in, but thanks to a contract awarded by the Army & Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES), troops at the largest US military base in the region can now e-mail loved ones with ease, test their ping times from the sandbox and join a few online poker tournaments during down time. This amazing development in technology will not only bring more joy and convenience to the soldier’s time at war, but most likely save lives with better communication. The technology revolutionizes the war front, just another step to make war more bearable.

Part 2

Posted in Uncategorized on September 24, 2008 by kylegraeme

Turing machines are basic abstract symbol-manipulating devices which, despite their simplicity, can be adapted to simulate the logic of any computer algorithm. They were described in 1936 by Alan Turing. Turing machines are not intended as a practical computing technology, but a thought experiment about the limits of mechanical computation. Thus they were not actually constructed. Studying their abstract properties yields many insights into computer science and complexity theory.

A Turing machine that is able to simulate any other Turing machine is called a Universal Turing machine (UTM, or simply a universal machine). A more mathematically-oriented definition with a similar “universal” nature was introduced by Alonzo Church, whose work on lambda calculus intertwined with Turing’s in a formal theory of computation known as the Church-Turing thesis. The thesis states that Turing machines indeed capture the informal notion of effective method in logic and mathematics, and provide a precise definition of an algorithm or ‘mechanical procedure’.

Apple was established on April 1, 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, to sell the Apple I personal computer kit. They were hand-built by Wozniak and first shown to the public at the Homebrew Computer Club. [12] The Apple I was sold as a motherboard (with CPU, RAM, and basic textual-video chips)—not what is today considered a complete personal computer.[13] The Apple I went on sale in July 1976 and was market-priced at US$666.66. Encouraged by the other computers entering the market, he created his masterpiece, and took it to the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto California to show it to some of the other members. Only about 200 Apple 1 computers were made in total. Excited by their success, Woz went on to design the Apple II – one of the greatest computers of all time.

Bill Gates first product was a version of programming language BASIC for the Altair 8800.  People began to copy Gate’s programs and sell them to other people so he demanded that they pay him.  He made a license saying that if you buy a program from him it may only be used for one computer and is not to be shared.  With this, computer companies could make more money by selling more programs to each individual instead of one buying it and sharing it with everyone else.

 

November 1985

Windows 1.01

1.01

Unsupported

November 1987

Windows 2.03

2.03

Unsupported

March 1989

Windows 2.11

2.11

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May 1990

Windows 3.0

3.0

Unsupported

March 1992

Windows 3.1x

3.1

Unsupported

5

October 1992

Windows For Workgroups 3.1

3.1

Unsupported

5

July 1993

Windows NT 3.1

NT 3.1

Unsupported

5

December 1993

Windows For Workgroups 3.11

3.11

Unsupported

5

January 1994

Windows 3.2 (released in Simplified Chinese only)

3.2

Unsupported

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September 1994

Windows NT 3.5

NT 3.5

Unsupported

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May 1995

Windows NT 3.51

NT 3.51

Unsupported

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Windows 95

4.0.950

Unsupported

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July 1996

Windows NT 4.0

NT 4.0.1381

Unsupported

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June 1998

Windows 98

4.10.1998

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May 1999

Windows 98 SE

4.10.2222

Unsupported

6

February 2000

Windows 2000

NT 5.0.2195

Extended Support until July 13, 2010[19]

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September 2000

Windows Me

4.90.3000

Unsupported

6

October 2001

Windows XP

NT 5.1.2600

Current for SP2 and SP3 (RTM and SP1 unsupported).

8

March 2003

Windows XP 64-bit Edition 2003

NT 5.2.3790

Unsupported

6

April 2003

Windows Server 2003

NT 5.2.3790

Current for SP1, R2, SP2 (RTM unsupported).

8

April 2005

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

NT 5.2.3790

Current

8

July 2006

Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs

NT 5.1.2600

Current

November 2006 (volume licensing)
January 2007 (retail)

Windows Vista

NT 6.0.6001

Current. Version Changed to NT 6.0.6001 with SP1 (February 4 08)

8

July 2007

Windows Home Server

NT 5.2.4500

Current

8

February 2008

Windows Server 2008

 

 

 

History of Computers

Posted in Uncategorized on September 18, 2008 by kylegraeme

ENIAC, short for Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer. ENIAC was designed and built to calculate artillery firing tables for the U.S. Army‘s Ballistic Research Laboratory. ENIAC used ten-position ring counters to store digits; each digit used 36 tubes, 10 of which were the dual triodes making up the flip-flops of the ring counter.

 

A transistor is a semiconductor device commonly used to amplify or switch electronic signals. A transistor is made of a solid piece of a semiconductor material, with at least three terminals for connection to an external circuit. The first BJTs were made from germanium (Ge) and some high power types still are. Silicon (Si) types currently predominate but certain advanced microwave and high performance versions now employ the compound semiconductor material gallium arsenide (GaAs) and the semiconductor alloy silicon germanium (SiGe). Single element semiconductor material (Ge and Si) is described as elemental. Legal papers from the Bell Labs patent show that William Shockley and Gerald Pearson had built operational versions from Lilienfeld’s patents, yet they never referenced this work in any of their later research papers or historical articles.

The integrated circuit was conceived by a radar scientist, Geoffrey W.A. Dummer (1909-2002), working for the Royal Radar Establishment of the British Ministry of Defence, and published at the Symposium on Progress in Quality Electronic Components in Washington, D.C. on May 7, 1952.[1] He gave many symposiums publicly to propagate his ideas. Dummer unsuccessfully attempted to build such a circuit in 1956. The integrated circuit was independently co-invented by Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments[2] and Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductor [3] around the same time. September 12, 1958.[2] Kilby won the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physics for his part of the invention of the integrated circuit.

Timex Sinclair was a joint venture between the British company Sinclair Research and Timex Corporation in an effort to gain an entry into the rapidly-growing early-1980s home computer market in the United States. The choice of partnership was natural as Timex was already the main contractor for manufacture of Sinclair’s ZX81 and ZX Spectrum computers at its Scottish plant in Dundee. It was essentially the first keyboard.

 

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The first home computer was the Mark-8 Altair. Then along came Jon Titus. He designed the Mark 8 Minicomputer using the Intel 8008 processor and got Radio Electronics magazine to run a construction article. This was groundbreaking. Complete plans to build a working computer for under $500! Amazing! Unheard of! They were switch based computers, and they came in such flavors as 94, 93, 87, 85, and 65kb versions.

Antec’s open air Skeleton PC case is so breezy

New this Christmas… or sometime around there, a open air, skeleton case. A massive top mounted 250mm fan, a 92mm side fan, and enclosed mobo casing. It not only looks amazing, but performs even better, cooler temperatures equals more overclocking. It also provides 4 drive bays, 7 expansion slots and an assortment of ports. You will have to supply your own PSU. The release date and price is not yet available but expected around Christmas time.

 

Course Questions

Posted in Uncategorized on September 9, 2008 by kylegraeme

What are some of the things that you would like to accomplish this school year?

I would like to learn the basic skills of the basic programs on the computer. I’d be interested to gain skills in photo editing and web publishing. It would also be nice to brush up on the standard microsoft programs like powerpoint. I would love to learn how to blog like I’ve never blogged before.

What types of technology are you interested in? Why?
Types of technology I’m intersted in is mostly nano, computer and automotive technology. Nano technology is where the future is, and is very interesting to see what developments will happen with this technlology. Computers keep getting smaller, faster, and stronger. I play quite a few games on my personal computer so I’m always interested to see whats new for the computer. Car technology is headed for some new heights in future  years, it will be cool to see what happens with finding an energy source such as hydrogen, cars will keep getting more efficient, faster, more aerodynamic, and better looking.

What piece of technology could you not live without? Why?

 

 

I could not live without my computer and my television. Simply because they are my two most used forms of entertainment and without them I would find myself with nothing to do. The computer is my lifeline, weather i’m selling something, checking my email, or listening to my massive library of music, my computer is a key part to my day.

What would you like to learn about this year in this course?

I would like to learn skills in programs for photo editing, I have always been very interested, but have never learned because the programs usually confuse me and I have trouble teaching myself how to use the infinite uitilities the programs have to offer.