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There is a Comet heading our way! This comet named C/2012 S1 IOSN is supposed to be
and incredible site come November 2013. ISON's icy nucleus measurement is approximately
5 kilometers (3 miles) across. The head of Comet ISON is around 5,000 kilometers (3,100
miles) across and the tail is already extending at approximately 92,000 kilometers (57,000
miles). There will be some great viewing of the skies come this winter.
The New Windows 8 is Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. It's an
all-new touch interface. It's a new Windows for new devices. And it's your chance to be one of the first to try it out. You
can try the New Windows 8 Consumer Preview for free. Microsoft is offering consumers a chance to see, use and
explore the new operating system. For more information and download links etc... click on the following link.
Windows 8 CP
Windows 8 Consumer Preview
To most of the people reading this it may come as a surprise that
the first electric car was designed between 1832 and 1839. The
exact year is not really known, but falls in the mentioned time
period. The inventor was Anyos Yedlik. As we look at the
perception of electric cars today, we are astounded to find them
thought of as "new", when in fact they are a 180 year old
technology. In 1895 America began to get into the electric vehicle
business with an electric tricycle invented by A.L. Ryker. In 1897
New York had a fleet of electric taxis built by the Electric Carriage
and Wagon Company of Philadelphia.
In the early 1900's America was going "full steam" ahead with electric, steam and gasoline vehicles, and the electric cars
were out selling all the others, especially in 1902 with the Phaeton built by the Woods Motor Vehicle Company of
Chicago. This vehicle had a range of 18 miles, a top speed of 14 mph, and cost $2,000. That was 110 years ago,
reiteration is necessary as you must realize, that was 110 years ago!
So ask yourself this, why are we not all driving electric cars now? Why was this technology not developed and used in
this country and around the world? How far could, or should, this technology be by now? Well it is pretty simple
actually. Electric transportation lacks a producer business incentive, that which will render a great need of customer
reiteration, that which will create long term paying customers - it lacks gasoline. Is it such a strange concept to imagine a
world were electric cars would be what we all drove, not stopping at a pump to pay to use something you already
bought? We shouldn't look at gas sitting just below $4 per gallon, and think, that is "cheap". We shouldn't look at a
"Ford Fiesta" commercial that advertises 40 miles per gallon and think that is "good". If you do, you must be ignorant of
the past, and we request that you do research. We should look at dollars per mile, we should look at the progress we
should have made by now, and the efficiency possible - with gasoline combustion engines as well, but especially with the
electric motor. Imagine the progress we should have by now!
The removal (which, economically, must be done slowly) of the internal combustion engine would yield a different world,
it is most certain that different demographics would be responsible for yacht sales. Most importantly however, there
would be fewer resources consumed only to get where we need to go, which leaves more resources to actually do what
we set out on a trip for - progress.
The EV or Electric Vehicle
If one searches for the perfect display to own immediately, one will face a challenge. This is due to the fact that among the
types of displays widely available - there is no single ultimate option. LCD displays are currently dominating the market
due to their flexibility (literally in certain cases), though plasma display technology is a concurrently available option.
Before the Liquid Crystal Display was the Cathode Ray Tube (the large and heavy displays), which to generate its image
excited a phosphorous coating with an electron gun, which generates color. The benefits of this technology were made
clear with introduction of the LCD that surmounted the CRT, which although was overall superior, initially lacked qualities
the proven CRT had. The color LCD initially (early 1980's) suffered from motion blur and lack of reliability. Dead pixels
and overall fragility contributed to what was that lack of reliability in LCD displays. Even the first LCD's, however, were
very lightweight, and relatively power efficient. LCD's have greatly improved since.
The LCD generates its image by accurately filtering a white back light to produce specific colors in specific areas on the
screen. This is done by the use of liquid crystals, which under an impressed voltage, rotate to allow or not allow light to
pass through a polarized filter. There is a thin film filter of many blocks of red, green, and blue bars tiled across the screen
that filters light as it passes through to a specific color. Behind each red, green, and blue bar, is a transistor that passes
electricity to the crystals, causing them to rotate and allow, disallow, or partially allow, light to pass through them to the
color filter. Each red, green, and blue bar, forms a pixel, and with combinations of these three colors, almost any color can
be formed, per pixel. Millions of the pixels combine to form an image. Under magnification, an LCD displaying an image
will appear as typically vertical bars, and is easiest to see in an area of the screen where only red, green, or blue is shown.
But at a distance, it appears only as a window to somewhere else - this is the crux, the motivation, the beauty behind
display technology. LCD's, due to the nature of the technology, are not susceptible to image burn in, and are not effected
by magnetic interference - this avoids some problems CRT's had. The LCD display is produced in many forms, the most
common TN, and the highest quality IPS.
The Evolution of the Computer Display
Plasma, rather than having a back light and a complex filter, still has red, green, and blue, but rather, cells of phosphorous
material, mercury, and noble gasses. Electricity is passed through the cell, vaporizing the mercury which is then (plasma)
excited by passing electrons and emits UV radiation which then collides with the phosphorous lining of the cell, which then
receives the energy, is excited, and then releases energy as primarily infra-red, but also visible light of a color according the
the given red, green, or blue cell. The voltage is varied to achieve varying amounts of each color. The primary release of
infra-red energy (heat) from the phosphorous attributes to the over-heating and short lifespan labels often attached to
plasma displays. Phosphorous is back into play from CRT's, however, magnets have not the same effect as they did with
CRT's. Plasmas improve upon the contrast and brightness of LCD's - due largely in part to the fact that each "cell" is either
"on" or "off", meaning near black per pixel can be achieved, because there is no constant on back light as with LCD's.
Plasmas however, tend to have a slightly less fine image quality (lower dot-pitch), because the pixels aren't just crystals
and film, but plasma cells.
Last and upcoming, the LED display has been possible for a very long time, and just as the first LCD may have been
created in 1936, a technology often needs and or uses time to mature. The LED is a diode, that emits light when electricity
is passed through it. Requiring no filters, no back light, no plasma and no high voltages (as with plasma), and generating
heat, but in amounts that can be easily attenuated. In LED displays, the light is generated directly by its individual elements.
Meaning, you could (not necessarily easily as this is not meant to happen) take an LED out of an LED display, power it,
and have a light of the corresponding color you chose!
The same cannot be said of an LCD, nor a plasma. LED's are a very efficient method of generating light, and when used in
a display can yield great results. LED's are used in tail lights, because they turn on instantly, and are very bright. They are
very small devices, and can be used to make a very thin display. LED displays generate very vivid, sharp, and bright
Due to the lack of back light, LED's are capable of near black "off" states per pixel. LED displays improve upon the
power efficiency, reliability, and image quality of LCD's and plasma displays. So, what is to stop the LED from being
ultimate? A high quality accurately colored LED can cost beyond a dollar - that would only build one third of a pixel, and
one would required millions for only the LED's of an LED display. Cost is the con. For the market today, LCD remains
the most cost effective display technology available, and at increasing quality.
Note: LED back lit is not LED, modern LCD displays are LED back lit, which is an improvement, primarily in efficiency.
A tablet is a form of computer, the ubiquitous multipurpose processing machine. A form that is attempting to fill a void that
arguably exists. The form factor targets those who want their computing device to be easy to use, but don't want a
keyboard. It aptly suits the individual seeking portability, that does not want their device to fit in a pocket. Perfect for
those who want games, movies, and music - but not too much games, movies, and music.
In the year 2012 one's computing device can arrive in many different shapes and sizes. The smallest being the
"smartphone". The "smartphone" is a vague, loose, and terrible, name given to a device that makes use of wireless
infrastructural networks to operate as a portable telephone that is also capable of common, basic computer tasks. It must
fit in your pocket, make calls, and browse the internet. The next largest is the tablet, some make use of cell phone
networks though primarily broadband local wireless networks are utilized for the device's communication. It must not fit in
your pocket, and browse the internet. The tablet is a display with buttons, usually less than the size of a sheet of paper,
and interacted with using its capacitive touch screen (as is also typical for also the "smartphone"). Losing even more
portability is the laptop. Netbook? - laptop. Notebook? - laptop. Ultrabook? - laptop. Macbook? - laptop. One easily
can make use of a cell phone network, though likely to be used with a local wireless network. It must not fit in your
pocket, it may be as small as a tablet, and it must browse the internet, make use of Adobe Flash applications, and
typically will have a fully functioning operating system. An example of an operating system would be Windows, or Mac
OS. Last but not least, and the least likely to succumb to drop damage - the desktop. This is the machine form factor from
which all other devices make compromises for portability. Unlike all other devices, this type of machine does not have an
output display or battery built in. It can be smaller, though usually of greater girth, than a tablet, it must browse the internet,
make use of Adobe Flash applications, and will typically have a fully functioning operating system.
The tablet sits right between the over-capable cell phone and the laptop in terms of portability, hardware speed, and
overall computing ability. Why not get a "smartphone"? Because, you don't want it to be too easy to move around. A
display you cannot wall mount or see from the couch that can store some of your movies would be better. Why not just
get a laptop? Because, upgrading is a hassle - you don't want to be able to do that. A computer that's not very good at
computing would be better, too much proficiency can be overwhelming. All you need to do is browse the web, anyway,
right? As one might deduct, the tablet fills a crucial void, a definite need. There are many manufacturers out to develop the
tablet to catch your funds, some good, some poor. They all target the same discerning audience, but strive to be better
than or cheaper than the rest. Tablets will often differ in display size, memory configuration, connectivity, hardware
configuration and build quality. But the one quality a tablet manufacturer will never omit from the final product, is
A brief History of the Tablet Computer