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What is the Internet?

Posted in General, Internet, Our Environment by Chucky on the April 27th, 2007

A mouse is a mouse of course.In following the trend, I thought I would have a crack at this question/answer. The question is “What is the Internet?”. So what is the answer? Maybe a Hitchhikers Guide approach might shed some light on this..

The way I look at it, answering that question is easy: The Internet is merely a method of distributing data. Easy, done. Now, to delve deeper into this and use our brains, try re-jigging the question. What IS the Internet - becomes - What can the Internet do for us, What will the Internet do for us, What do we want the Internet to do for us. In finding the right question, we can take the Internet to the next level and evolve that little bit more.

I was having breakfast the other day with a good mate & colleague of mine and we were on the topic of technology and its uptake in the demographic-community. I like tell everyone my little story about how I think we (planet Earth) are only just at the first 1% of the Technology-Revolution (See Industrial Revolution for comparison). Take a meter ruler and put a dot at the start of it with a pen. That dot is the past 100 years of all the things we’ve done from harnessing Electricity, Telephone, TV, Colour TV, Computers, Mobile Phones, etc. That dot is how far we’ve come. Just IMAGINE the next 1,000 dots along that meter ruler. It is impossible to grasp or even imagine where we are heading. Something to look forward to!

InfanceyFor me, I’m looking forward to getting rid of this “Mouse” thing for good, perhaps using my thoughts to control my computer, and why do we have to look at these LCD screens anyway? Why can’t we just check our emails by thinking about it and then hearing the details in our mind? Just cast your mind back to Telegrams/Posting a letter in the mail (depending on your age!).

This has been a bit of a ramble, but I’m so passionate about the future. I’m pretty sure this passion was made even stronger after having two kids of my own! It is naive to think we’re peaking out right now when in fact, we’re nothing more than a baby that needs a diaper change.

Another Laptop Battery Recall

Posted in I.T. Support, Our Environment by Chucky on the April 27th, 2007

If you own an Acer laptop, you will need to visist this web site and check that you do not have a fire-battery (A laptop battery that has a tendancy to overheat/melt/catch fire/etc). Unforunately it is not uncommon (Lenovo/IBM, DELL, HP). Manufacturers are trying really hard to get more bang in their buck. Add up the R&D costs with the cost of replacing 27,000 batteries - was it worth it?

Heat & the Solar System

Posted in I.T. Support, Our Environment by Chucky on the January 30th, 2007

Today was an interesting day. A number of clients called to complain about odd problems, all unrelated.

After a long days slog, I came to the conclusion that the Earth was just too close the Sun. The solar winds from the Sun where affecting the magenetic/polar related devices found throughout our homes/offices/world.

This then comes back to the subject of Heat. Perhaps on this rotation around the Sun, we came closer than normal, because today was a stinker hot day. And with so many un-explained problems, perhaps there was a solar flare.

Of course, clients don’t like to hear that the reason their computers are broken or playing up is because of a solar flare. I tried the idea on a client towards the end of the day and he thought it was funny. Still, I think there is more to it.

Without spending a week studying it, and not just relying on those 5 minutes of discovery channel (trade marks and copyright to Discovery Channel) we really shouldn’t discount our environment for affecting devices that are built based around electronic fields - high and low voltages. I studied 3 years of Electronic Engineering at Uni and was facinated by the fact that when you take a computer down to its basics, you have high and low voltages, 0’s and 1’s. That’s it, nothing more complicated than that! All those high level programming languages are just a fancy way of saying ON… OFF… ON… ON… etc. Think about it!

One of these days, we’re going to get a solar flare that kicks our ASS! and then we’ll all know about it. But hey, it takes a disaster to get on the news these days.

Any-who. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, so don’t get excited. Just someone at the front, taking the hits, right in the middle of things, having a whinge!