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TechWeekEurope UK: Windows 8.1 Update Adds Mouse And Keyboard Improvements And Enterprise Mobility Options

05 Apr

TechWeekEurope UK: Windows 8.1 Update Adds Mouse And Keyboard Improvements And Enterprise Mobility Options.


Save your data forever – The M-DISC™

12 Oct


As technology rapidly advances, we’re living longer, doing more, creating more memories and recording more data. Every scrapbooker, business owner, photographer, every person fears losing the legacy they have spent their lifetime creating. M-DISC™ eliminates that fear. Once written, your documents, medical records, photos, videos and data will last up to 1,000 years. “Just M-Disc™ and Forget It!”



M-DISC™ is the only data storage solution to withstand rigorous testing by the U.S. Department of Defense. Even today’s leading archival optical discs weren’t up to the challenge. M-DISC™ is resistant to extreme conditions of light, temperature, Read the rest of this entry »


The case of the missing Index

15 Nov



Just wanted to share this very well written article from RedGate, mainly of interest to those who manage & administer databases.

Enjoy !


Hans Camenzind, Father of the NE555, Dies at the Age of 78

07 Sep

Last month one of the unsung heroes of electronics has passed away. Hans Camenzind, father of one of the most famous integrated circuit of all times, the Signetics timer NE555, timed out at the age of 78. Being a gifted analog designer, Swiss-born Monsieur Camenzind is also credited to be the father of class-D amplifiers and he has introduced the concept of the Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) in ICs. During his rather productive career he designed over 140 ICs, wrote several books and many articles and his name is attached to some twenty patents.

When a famous artists dies you will hear his or her greatest hits on every radio or see his or her best films on every TV channel. Therefore, as a tribute to one of the great electronics inventors of our century we will play here Hans Camenzind’s most successful composition: NE555 in bipolar.


Steve Jobs – Passed Away

06 Oct

Rest in Peace, Steve. You have been an inspiration, an original innovator. Thanks for the good things you did for us..


My first C/C++ learning environment – Quincy

30 Oct

When I was about to start learning C programming back in college many years ago, I took a peek at what was about to come my way. I had some issues understanding the ‘cryptic’ syntax. I was familiar with Turbo BASIC from Borland Corp and could program quite well in it. I started looking around for some good book to learn C. I found a very nice book named ‘Al Stevens Teaches C’, it was an interactive tutorial that accompanied a C interpreter with it. This is the same Al Stevens who used to write great articles in Dr. Dobb’s journal. I enjoyed the way he took me through the core concepts and simplified approach to C syntax. The interpreter allowed very quick testing of the code I produced and it was pure fun.

You might be thinking why a post on such an old thing, well the interpreter created by Al was special, I loved it and I have recently been looking for it. I didn’t find the original text based version, but I was able to locate a newer GUI version that runs on windows or WINE on top of Linux. This specific version was produced in 2005 and works like a breeze. Its not an interpreter anymore. It is now more of an IDE built around the GNU C compiler. Its something nice for those who wish to No need for those bulky commercial compilers for newbies anymore, just get your hands on Quincy and get on with your learning with the power of open source.

By the way, I must mention that Quincy was named after the adorable cat of the author of the book, I wonder if the cat still lives? You’ll find a photo of her in the program logo.

You can download Quincy from this link.

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CMOS Fuel Cells?

16 Oct

A German microchip vendor Micronas AG has come up with something revolutionary. It is a chip that contains 42 micro fuel cells integrated on it. It ws created in collaboration with University of Freibur, Germany.

The power generated is regulated at a nominal voltage of 3.3volts by a regulating circuit that is powered by 4 additional fuel cells on chip. With a lifetime of about one year at nominal load in the triple-digit microwatt range, the device could eventually power smart autonomous systems in applications where no conventional power source is available. In the lead research scientist of the university Mr. Hoffmann’s view, energy harvesting devices and the chip-level fuel cell are not mutually competitive, but can instead be regarded as complimentary technologies, For instance, the fuel cell could be used as a power buffer for periods when energy harvesting methods don’t generate enough power.

An article detailing the research and device can be found here.


NVIDIA® Tesla™ C1060 Computing Processor

19 Jul

If you remember the long gone legendary parallel computing elements known as Transputers, behold.. they have been revived.. 🙂 nVidia have come up with a supercomputing processor that plugs into a PCI-Express slot and gives your computer an astonishing performance capability of more than 933 GFLOPS. It contains a massively parallel 240 core GPU that allows it to achieve such performance at a clock speed of around 1.2GHz.

The NVIDIA® Tesla™ C1060 computing processor board is a PCI Express 2.0 fullheight
(4.376 inches by 10.50 inches) form factor computing add-in card based on
the NVIDIA Tesla T10 graphics processing unit (GPU). This board is targeted as
high-performance computing (HPC) solution for PCI Express systems.
The Tesla C1060 is capable of 933 GFLOPs/s of processing performance and
comes standard with 4 GB of GDDR3 memory at 102 GB/s bandwith.

To add more firepower to your personal super computer, ASUS P6T7 WS Supercomputer motherboard provides 7 PCI express 2.0 slots, so you can actually accomodate as many Teslas in it as your pocket allows.

This amazing feat has been made possible through the groundbreaking computing architecture termed as CUDA by nVidia. CUDA allows a variable number of comoute cores in the system and thus permits extreme scalability to 240 cores and beyond.

The image below shows the CUDA architecture..


Intel Parallel Studio Beta Available Now

30 Jan

Until recently, parallelism was used for technical and high performance computing (HPC), but was not critical for most desktop/client applications. But today, as businesses and consumers invest in multicore hardware, demand is growing for software that takes advantage of these new processor core capabilities.
Parallelism is simply the ability to perform multiple functions simultaneously. Without hardware support for parallelism available in Intel® multicore processors—there was little or no benefit to writing parallel programs. Now, Intel brings 25 years of parallelism experience in high performance computing to more developers with products that complement and extend Microsoft Visual Studio* for parallelism.

Intel® Parallel Studio includes Parallel Composer, Parallel Inspector, and Parallel Amplifier, providing the most  comprehensive set of development tools for parallelism. Below is a brief description of each of these components.

Developers who will benefit most from Intel Parallel Studio software products are:

• C/C++ developers who are driven by schedules to include new features and functions in their software releases
• Developers who want to take advantage of multicore, but are concerned about supporting software on multiple  generations of microprocessors and multiple releases of Microsoft Windows.
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Intel Core i7

23 Nov
Intel Core i7 Logo

Intel Core i7 Logo

Intel has come up with a promising new core design that does a few very innovative things. It is the fastest desktop x86 processor available today. It has made this feat possible via the following.

1.   It eliminates the notorious FSB (front side bus) and the bottlenecks caused by it.
2.   It makes use of three channel DDR3 RAM, the memory controller is on the processor die.

3.   The cores are intelligently over-clockable by upto 400MHz. So the performance hungry applications can get extra CPU cycles when needed the most.
4. Ensures greener computing by switching off idle cores when they are idle. Read the rest of this entry »