Call me on my computer, I don’t want to waste my mobile phone minutes while I’m at home. Since I don’t have two phone lines anymore (land line and mobile aka cell phone) my precious minutes shouldn’t be wasted on frivolous conversation before the 9pm barrier. Vendex International must have been having the same issue, so they bridged the gap between mobile phones and Skype. You’ll need a GSM phone, and Bluetooth to download the software. Skype and mobile phones are moving closer and closer together. Communication just gets cheaper, and that’s good for my social life!
NASA crashed into a comet if you haven’t heard, and that action created quite an interest for people on their computers. Tomorrow, July 13th, NASA plans to launch Space Shuttle Discovery. We’ve definitely come a long way, I remember watching Kevin Arnold of The Wonder Years watch space shuttles take off on a black and white, wood encased Television set. Now here we are, streaming live feeds of comet crashing to hundreds of thousands. Tomorrow I’m going to contribute to the expected millions of page requests, let’s see if NASA can handle it.
The computer chip seems to follow a certain law. Simply put, the capacity of the computer chip doubles every 12 months or so. This is called “Moore’s” law, named after some old dude who was president of Intel at the time he said it.
While that rule has held (more or less) another area of the modern computer has been left sorely behind. The mouse and keyboard interface. I’m 23 and I feel carpel tunnel coming in already. What gives? Where is the doubling of efficiency every year or so of that stuff? Cells improve every 6 weeks, would it really kill people to find a better way to make a keyboard (and I don’t feel that mid-way arch design either).
Computer techies should really look into doubling their efforts in developing touch-pads like the one below called the Tactapad. First off, they look pretty cool, a mix of Matrix, Johny Mnemonic and other sci-fi films staring Keanu Reeves, but also because it looks like (with improvement) it could prove to be more comfortable than a rounded object named after a small mammal.