Posts tagged computing

See-through electronics developed.

imageThis postage stamp sized piece of glass is actually a thin-film transistor, capable of speeds matching some traditional silicon transistors. Its developers hope it will be able to be used to

Sightsmap is a neat use of Google Maps data.
Sightsmap.com shows the places people like, based on the number of panoramio photos at each place in the world. The dark areas have few photos, the red areas have more and the yellow areas have a large number of photos geotagged.
The hottest places have markers linking photos, streetview, wikipedia, wikivoyage, foursquare and google plus articles about the site. The place names are selected by the wikipedia readership numbers and foursquare checkins. Area populations are based on the geonames database.

Sightsmap is a neat use of Google Maps data.

Sightsmap.com shows the places people like, based on the number of panoramio photos at each place in the world. The dark areas have few photos, the red areas have more and the yellow areas have a large number of photos geotagged.

The hottest places have markers linking photos, streetview, wikipedia, wikivoyage, foursquare and google plus articles about the site. The place names are selected by the wikipedia readership numbers and foursquare checkins. Area populations are based on the geonames database.

61% of web traffic is non-human.
A study by Incapsula reports that bots account for 61.5 of all web traffic - up from 51% last year.
50.5% of the non-human traffic was from “good” sources, such as search engines.
The study sourced data from 20,000 sites worldwide, observing 1.45 billion visits.

61% of web traffic is non-human.

study by Incapsula reports that bots account for 61.5 of all web traffic - up from 51% last year.

50.5% of the non-human traffic was from “good” sources, such as search engines.

The study sourced data from 20,000 sites worldwide, observing 1.45 billion visits.

Wanna see what Windows 1.01 was like?
With the 30th anniversary of Windows this week, and the recent update to Windows 8.1, it’s a good time to see just how far things have come.
This Windows 1.01 emulator runs right in your browser window, so you can jump straight into the ‘action’. 

Wanna see what Windows 1.01 was like?

With the 30th anniversary of Windows this week, and the recent update to Windows 8.1, it’s a good time to see just how far things have come.

This Windows 1.01 emulator runs right in your browser window, so you can jump straight into the ‘action’. 

HGST producing helium filled hard drives.
The storage drive company this week announced it is producing hard drives filled with helium, which works to reduce errors in the drive caused by disrupted airflow, allowing for drives with higher capacity and less energy usage.
The model pictured above is able to fit seven platters rather than the usual five, and is able to use more space on each platter, allowing for 50% more storage and a 20% reduction in energy usage according to the company.
The industry has been looking into helium since the 1970’s but until now it’s proved to be too difficult to seal the gas inside the drive, a problem which HGST claims to have sorted, saying the drives are guaranteed to last at least five years.

HGST producing helium filled hard drives.

The storage drive company this week announced it is producing hard drives filled with helium, which works to reduce errors in the drive caused by disrupted airflow, allowing for drives with higher capacity and less energy usage.

The model pictured above is able to fit seven platters rather than the usual five, and is able to use more space on each platter, allowing for 50% more storage and a 20% reduction in energy usage according to the company.

The industry has been looking into helium since the 1970’s but until now it’s proved to be too difficult to seal the gas inside the drive, a problem which HGST claims to have sorted, saying the drives are guaranteed to last at least five years.

Found this coffee mug in my work staff room. Think it needs an upgrade.

Found this coffee mug in my work staff room. Think it needs an upgrade.

Qualcomm shows off neural processing units

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The US semiconductor company has shown off their new generation of neural processing units (NPU’s) which are modelled on the human brain. The new generation of chips and design tools will be available to developers next year and the company thinks they will lead to some pretty exciting new products.