Category Archives: General Tech
For 20 years, I’ve lived in Florida until moving to Romania. Many of you are aware that hurricanes pass through that area. If you’re not, now you are! Often times, when a hurricane hits, it’s tough to get communications running again. As human beings, we feel the need to communicate not only because of the urgency of a situation, but also to feel connected with someone else. It helps quench the fear that something might go wrong. As über social apes, we can’t truly get around without some Internet or cellular juice to keep our lives running. That’s where LifeNet kicks in, and saves the day… Sort of…
I’m quite the fan of green stuff, but not exactly for the same reasons everyone else goes nuts after them. Anyhow, there are innovations in technology that reduce the fingerprint we create on the environment and we have to give recognition to everyone that has made the effort to walk the extra mile and make high-powered hardware that doesn’t guzzle down exorbitant amounts of power. Now, without further ado, The Tech Guy tips its hat to two companies that have made significant strides in developing solar-powered keyboards and mice that use little or no battery.
Unless technology advances far out of the reach of the 22-30 year old generation in a few decades, we’re looking at an era when parents catch up to their kids’ computer habits! The idea first came to me when I was thinking about how life would be for my son growing up. All sorts of possibilities started running through my head, and it suddenly dawned upon me that I’m not the only geek dad in the world. There are a lot of negative implications to this, and I’ll show you why.
We’ve all been there: As little kids, we loved playing with magnets. I especially loved swallowing them and then looking in amazement at how a spoon will just stick to the outside of my belly, or maybe that’s just me. Still, humanity has been amazed by magnets for hundreds of years. Why should it ever stop? Did you know that magnets can make shit fly? I certainly did, but did you? Engineers have used this concept to create enhanced methods of transportation (think: magnet trains).
I’m totally nuts about anything that helps you protect your devices and media, particularly because I have cats around the house and I myself don’t know how to properly treat my electronics. Ask my wife. For people like me, there’s nothing better than to wake up one morning and read on a press release somewhere that something like Liquipel exists. This thin coating can be applied to phones to completely water-proof them and I know at least two people who could really use this since they make a habit of “dropping” their phones in the bathtub or swimming pool.
First off, I want to say that if you were using Google Knol, there was a WAY better option over here. Second, we’re going to have to say goodbye to Google’s little unit of knowledge.
Nowadays, gadgets have been storing information in smaller spaces and condensing the information to compensate for a lack of circuit board space. Now, we finally have a solution that might make even the smallest smartphone store very huge volumes of data in a space as tiny as your fingernail. I’m not talking about something like a 16 GB microSD card. I’m talking about the potential for a 256 GB storage capacity in roughly the same space as the aforementioned card.
I know many have seen this already, but I’m posting this for those who haven’t. For those who don’t know what a Rube Goldberg machine is, it’s basically a machine that performs a simple task with an overly complex setup, like in those cartoons when a bunch of domino effects happen to throw a rock at one of the characters. Sometimes, engineering inefficiency can be an art, too.
I was just browsing a concept device website and found something that could actually save tons of lives: A system that relies on the energy of the waves to produce the power necessary to light up dangerous areas. Basically, the small device uses an impeller that rotates whenever small fluctuations in the water hit it. The impeller’s rotation will generate electrical energy that can be used to light up a large red LED.
Harald Haas presented a new and interesting concept, known as Li-Fi, which he says can replace conventional radio-based Wi-Fi communication. Li-Fi, as he calls it, uses the visual light spectrum instead of the radio spectrum to communicate. He addresses a problem happening currently in our mobile society: There are too many phones and too few radio antennas. Still, while I commend his effort to do this, I see some “light” problems with his idea.