Category Archives: Computer

Zooming into a microchip: that’s where the (computer) magic happens!

This reminds me some Tron Movie sequence. Take a look at this nice video, you’ll zoom in into a common chip, thanks to a scanning electron microscope, and peek into the micron scale to see what’s really like to be … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi FM transmitter: one short wire and a radio let you broadcast WAV files (Vine footage included)

Another Raspberry Pi project: how to turn RPi into an FM transmitter? Imperial College Robotics Society released this Python code that streams a simple (44.1 KHz, mono, 16 bit) audio WAV file into FM. How to prepare this recipe: download … Continue reading

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Why is 8-bit technology so important?

Nice post from Jason’s blog and a perfect question too: why is 8-bit technology so important these days? Simply put because it’s where we all come from! The most common 8-bit CPUs of the time included the Intel 8088 (used … Continue reading

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NASA’s Curiosity achievement, technology & some fun too!

A few things about great NASA Curiosity mission you may have missed! Apple was almost everywhere in this mission… just check out this photo of the EDL Ops Center (Entry-Descent-Land Operation) : Mac OS X looks like the weapon of … Continue reading

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Economic downturn? Not for IT & consumer electronics, which will reach $2.1 trillion in 2012 – Gartner reports

ComputerWorld today reports a Gartner projection for 2012: the spending amout for IT, consumer electronics, mobile phones, digital media and services will reach $2.1 trillion by the end of the year. That’s $114 billion more than 2011 (roughly +5%) which … Continue reading

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When trailing old technology is still leading, up and running in real-world applications

Ok, I love retrocomputers and all old tecnology stuff… this PCWorld article depicts a real-world scenario where older (non-leading, actually trailing, technologies) are still running everyday tasks – some of them are even life-saving related. From 1970s minicomputers used for … Continue reading

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Learning from the past of computer science: Rear Admiral Grace Hopper video interview

Thinking of this tiny yet so strong woman should really think about how far we’ve gone from the very early calculators. Watching this 1983 CBS interview with Rear Admiral Grace Hopper will reveal (to those who didn’t know) how much … Continue reading

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IBM smashes data storage drive record: 120 petabytes, the biggest hard drive ever?

According to a white paper study from IDC there will be 1800 exabytes (EB) of digital data in 2011, up from 220 EB in 2007. Such growth places the data user under tremendous pressure to turn data into actionable insights … Continue reading

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Google’s ChromeBook: the (very) next big thing?

Google announced ChromeBook: a sort of notebook (built by Samsung and Acer) that may fall in the $300 price line and that uses just one piece of software – Chrome. The ChromeBook strongly relies on Cloud services and is an … Continue reading

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Cray XE6: supercomputers back from the past

Thanks to a ComputerWorld link, I discovered there’s still a Cray supercomputer brand – and market too! My fault, Cray is still alive and kicking… The Cray XE6 supercomputer is designed to solve tough questions. Built upon the Cray XT … Continue reading

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