Archive for August, 2009

A Look at the History of Tech Support

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Anyone who’s ever had experience with getting technical support from a Helpdesk knows what its like to end up feeling like a fool.  This YouTube video called Middle Ages Tech Support  catches the experience perfectly. It shows the tech support problems caused by a new piece of technology called The Book in the Middle Ages:

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The Next Step in OLED Displays

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

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credit: CNET

At the IFA tech tradeshow currently underway in Berlin, LG is showing a razor thin OLED TV with a 15-inch screen. This is much smaller than the average TV, but larger than Sony’s 11-inch model. Called “The Object,” the TV display is only 0.1 inches thick and weighs 11 ounces.

An OLED display differs from traditional LCDs by not requiring a backlight to function. It also consumes less power while being operated. OLED technology is also easier to manufacture than LCDs and plasma displays.

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Novatel MiFi 2200

Friday, August 14th, 2009

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If you need to get online from almost any location, your technology choice has been limited to a cellular modem. Now there’s the Novatel MiFi 2200 from Verizon. This credit-card size device provides a portable, password-protected wireless hot spot. The MiFi connects to the Internet through Verizon’s 3G cellular data network, providing a signal that can be shared by up to five people. The MiFi is small in size, has a sleek design, a 30 foot range and is cordless and rechargeable.

The cost of Verizon service for the MiFi varies, depending on the amount of usage. Read more about the MiFi in this New York Times review.

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Building made from CD Cases

Friday, August 07th, 2009

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As many countries prepare for World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the proposed design for the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion is attracting a lot of interest. This beautiful building will be made from plastic tubes created from recycled CD cases. The design includes a plan to recycle the tubes again at the end of the building’s life. Computer-controlled LED lights installed on the outside of the structure will allow multi-color lights to play across its surface. While in use, the building will use sustainable power provided by a solar thermal energy system consisting of heat-collecting tubes on the roof that provide power to heat water and generate electricity in the building.

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