Posts Tagged ‘computers’

Anyone who has used computers or any other device that stores data has run into the problem of disc failure that leads to lose of data.  It is the reason we make – or should – backups in case the main storage goes down.  You just have to hope that the backup also doesn’t fail.

Over at the Southampton University in the UK they are working on a system that may make it a thing of the past.  Utilising lasers and quartz crystal, they have developed a means of storing up to 360 terrabytes on a small disc for a very long time – 13.8 billion years by their estimates.  Not exactly a short amount of time.

It is not yet available for commercial use but it will certainly come in handy if and when it does.

 

Joining Twitter

Posted: March 10, 2009 in General
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I’ve finally gone and joined Twitter, though it did take a while. I am, oddly, a mix of both technophile and technophobe and also heavily cynical towards bandwagons and the next big things.

On the technophile side I’ve been using computers since the early 80’s and the internet since the early 90s – my current computer is something of a beast, specifically bought as a high end gaming computer. I am also always interested in hearing of new scientific and technologial discoveries.

On the ‘phobe side, it took me the longest time to get a mobile phone, and then only because I needed it for work. Even now it is still an extremely basic model – can’t take photos or movies or has colour screen or anything like that. Likewise things like Facebook, Twitter, etc I tend to sheer away from.

But I have been convinced that Twitter may be a useful tool to have for my writing so I am giving it a go.

There is a very basic feed of it on the sidebar – apparently wordpress doesn’t support the Twitter badge properly, so at some stage I will have to look into ways to improve the look of what is there.

Anyhow, feel free to peruse it, even though there may not be much happening on it for a while.

PC vs MAC

Posted: February 3, 2009 in General
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Ah, the age old debate about PCs vs MAC.

This video is a look at the debate – but with an amusing twist.