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This is just brilliant: A new plug design, angled out from the wall to make it easier to plug things in or out. It was created by University of Notre Dame student Julia Burke, and won an IDSA award this year:
The PLUG-IN’s upward-angled faceplate allows users to better orient themselves and a cord’s prongs before bending over or reaching behind furniture. This creates a direct sightline from the human eye to the faceplate and minimizes the distance necessary for a person to extend. It also provides additional leverage when removing of a difficult plug.
Technically, Burke invented this for the elderly — who have trouble bending far enough down to shove a 90-degree plug into the wall. But the ergonomics here are so dementedly superior to normal wall sockets that I want a full set of these for my household. Right. Now.
HP has integrated some very personal technologies in their computers and advertising how computers are now more personal “again”. What does that mean for consumers? It simply means that computers are more easier to use now than ever before, the integrated technologies are as follows:
1. a removable/portable drive on desktop computers that equals as an external usb drive for when you need important files and music on your laptop
2. laptop computers with battery life as long as 16 hours! that is one sweet feature if you ask me, as I use my laptop day and night
3. laptops with built-in security such as biometrics authentication (fingerprint sensor)
4. laptops that will play your dvds and music without having to boot-up your pc, the call it the QuickPlay button
5. and finally laptops with the ability to connect to the internet from anywhere in the U.S. using cellular wireless technology (EV-DO)
In this increasing development of technology day by day that we see. It isn’t much hard to imagine a world of seamless mobility. Where you can be connected to your data from anywhere in the world.
Being a technology enthusiast and an early adopter of services and hardware. beta testing the latest software that will change the way you use your computer, it is very obvious to me that it is going to be an experience that could verily be part of who you are.
7 Ways of More Orderly Life
It comes to my attention that these wise men from Law & Order have figured out a way for a more orderly life… what do you think?
Any hour of the day — right now, even — you can probably flip your TV dial and settle in to watch one of the 600 episodes of Law & Order (or one of its two spin-offs), no TiVo required. And for that you can thank the shows’ leading men — Christopher Meloni, Jesse L. Martin, Chris Noth, Dennis Farina, and Ice-T — five guys who are so good at what they do, they’ve come to embody the very idea of success. Each has taken a different path to this point — some came from the stage, others from the street — but they all got here by sheer grit and determination. We sat down with each of them at the Carnegie Club, an exclusive corner of midtown Manhattan that just begs you to loosen your tie and have a single malt, to soak up some of the wisdom picked up along the way.
Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo are racing to transform online maps into full-blown browsers, organizing information — and, of course, ads — according to geography. The likely winner? You… I was reading this article over at Technology Review and it is a wonderful article about 6 pages long but an awesome read indeed.
Here is the article copied from Technology Review.
So what is SLI? Well to simply put the acronym SLI stands for “Scalable Link Interface” it is this technology which closely resembles the ’90s 3D Voodoo based boards which could be connected to your regular 2D video card via a 15-pin D-SUB vga cable and enable you to play 3D games with the help of the voodoo 3D chip. In some cases you could even couple 2 voodoo cards via this cable and enjoy fast frame rates. Forward a decade and a more innovative solution is introduced by 3D graphics king nVidia named as SLI (Scalable Link Interface) these requirements for an SLI to function properly is an SLI-enabled motherboard which is based on an nForce4 chipset, and SLI-enabled graphics boards by nVidia or more specifically the 6000+ series video cards by nVidia.
The SLI setup has seen emerging usage and huge acceptance by the enthusiasts community. Watching nVidia make huge numbers on the sale of the SLI setup, ATI and Intel jumped on in with their own technologies.
ATI introduced their cross-fire technology which does a similar thing and couples two RADEON based video cards and a motherboard that would support such technology.
Again these setups are hugely focused for the enthusiast community that is sitting on the cutting edge of the latest technology.
Intel is building up traction for its first dual-core mobile processor. Codenamed “Yonah”, the chip is scheduled to hit the market in the first quarter of next year. No big surprise that Mooly Eden spent time once again to explain the benefits of the processor – ranging from performance to battery saving features.
Eden however surprised with one of the first public demonstrations of Intel’s AMT. So far we had heard about this feature just in presentations and saw screenshots. This time, Intel showed a live system in action.
Yahoo has confirmed the acquisition of the 40 person Milpitas-based company, in a deal that reportedly closed Monday. But both companies are staying mum on the financials of the purchase.
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It has almost been over three (3) years since the release of Windows XP in (2002) and another year to go till we get to experience the much touted Microsoft Windows code named “Longhorn”.
With Microsoft announcing the release of beta version of Longhorn available for developers in summer of 2005 distributing modified version of the operating system to give developers the experience of whats to come in the future.
The technologies mentioned and talked about so far include WinFS, Avalon, IE7, and native support for 64-bit processors.
WinFS is an integrated file system which literally keeps track of all files in a database as you store them and in a way enabling you to search on demand anything on the computer.