Many, Many, Little Pieces Means Big Performance

Are you seeing the trend for increasing performance? Computing Intel CPU multicore (currently, 8 cores) NVIDIA/AMD GPU multicore (currently, hundreds of cores) Storage Fusion-IO Drive multiple flash RAM modules (currently, hundreds of modules) Power Tesla Motors vehicle power pack made up of multiple batteries (currently, hundreds of batteries) Many little pieces working efficiently together with … Continue reading “Many, Many, Little Pieces Means Big Performance”

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Are you seeing the trend for increasing performance?

Computing

  • Intel CPU multicore (currently, 8 cores)
  • NVIDIA/AMD GPU multicore (currently, hundreds of cores)

Storage

  • Fusion-IO Drive multiple flash RAM modules (currently, hundreds of modules)

Power

  • Tesla Motors vehicle power pack made up of multiple batteries (currently, hundreds of batteries)

Many little pieces working efficiently together with a controller is the formula.  Whether for computing, storage, networking, or high-performance batteries.  This is the future.  Monolithic designs cannot work indefinitely.  I suspect that this is similar to having a team of smart individuals overtaking one brilliant person.  Divide-and-conquer.  With teamwork many simple workers can create more efficiency than one complex worker. Continue reading “Many, Many, Little Pieces Means Big Performance”

iPhone 3

The rumor mill has been buzzing, once again, about the possibility of a new iPhone.  Apple’s Senior VP, Phil Schiller, mentioned that June is the normal release time for new iPhones, and the last 2 years have been right around that timeframe.  So what is next?  What could Apple possibly change to make us want … Continue reading “iPhone 3”

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The rumor mill has been buzzing, once again, about the possibility of a new iPhone.  Apple’s Senior VP, Phil Schiller, mentioned that June is the normal release time for new iPhones, and the last 2 years have been right around that timeframe.  So what is next?  What could Apple possibly change to make us want the iPhone 3?  Here are some ideas:

  • Faster Computing – Utilize technologies to be introduced in Mac OS X Snow Leopard in iPhone OS X: GrandCentral, OpenCL, OpenGL ES on the iPhone for task management and much greater performance using multiple cores from the CPU and GPU.  The new GPU could be the NVIDIA Tegra, which includes the latest ARM processor, or Apple could be designing its own custom ARM processor with its acquisition of P.A. Semi.  Whatever the new technology that is implemented could possibly shake up the entire mobile industry, not only for smartphones and PDAs, but also for handheld game consoles.
  • Faster Networking – Upgrade to 3G HSUPA in addition to the HSDPA.
  • More Storage – Bump to 32GB.
  • Multitasking – Utilize GrandCentral to help multitask efficiently in conjuntion with saving battery life.  This would allow multiple background tasks to be running while using minimal resources.  Push Notification can be used for tasks that do not need to be actively running.  This “polling” system will work to preserve even more battery life.
  • Front-Facing Camera to allow iChat AV – Compatible with iChat AV for Mac.
  • Haptic Tactile Feedback
  • GPS turn-by-turn voice directions.
  • Additionally, the much requested copy-and-paste feature, which I think might be more difficult gesture-wise than at first glance.

What do you think Apple will unveil for the iPhone 3, in June, if anything at all?

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The Apple Netbook / Mac Tablet $699

Talk in the rumor mill keeps flying to the topic of Apple needing to release a Netbook to survive this economic downturn.  There have also been ongoing rumors that Apple will release a Mac Tablet – essentially a large version of the iPod Touch or iPhone.  These rumors could become reality if Apple decides to … Continue reading “The Apple Netbook / Mac Tablet $699”

Macbook Air

Talk in the rumor mill keeps flying to the topic of Apple needing to release a Netbook to survive this economic downturn.  There have also been ongoing rumors that Apple will release a Mac Tablet – essentially a large version of the iPod Touch or iPhone.  These rumors could become reality if Apple decides to combine the two.

Apple has realized that almost 40% of its income now comes from the iPhone!  If it can create a Mac Tablet that is always Internet-connected, like the iPhone 3G, it would be a “netbook.”  In addition, Apple would be able to charge an extremely, low, upfront-price by having telecommunication carriers subsidize its Mac Tablet.  In these times, people are looking to cut costs, so a low-cost Mac with a built-in Internet connection would be an attractive item.  I suspect, Steve Jobs has this ace up his sleeve.  Success from the iPhone should make its way into the Mac line.  What do you think?

Did I inspire Bill Gates’ bgC3 logo?

I incorporated a start-up company called 3oc, Inc., in Kirkland, WA, a few years ago.  However, the name, 3oc, often was confusing to explain.  Is it 3oc, threeoc, three0c, etc.  The venture has since been re-incorporated under a different name (and still in development mode).  However, the logo that was made for 3oc, Inc. looks … Continue reading “Did I inspire Bill Gates’ bgC3 logo?”

I incorporated a start-up company called 3oc, Inc., in Kirkland, WA, a few years ago.  However, the name, 3oc, often was confusing to explain.  Is it 3oc, threeoc, three0c, etc.  The venture has since been re-incorporated under a different name (and still in development mode).  However, the logo that was made for 3oc, Inc. looks eerily similar to Bill Gates’ logo for his new company, bgC3 LLC, also in Kirkland, WA.

Check them out, side-by-side. 3oc, Inc. on the left, bgC3 LLC on the right.

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Coincidence?  I personally think mine looks a little bit better 🙂  What do you think?

Techspansion Closes; Discontinues VisualHub & AudialHub

 Techspansion announces it’s “closing its virtual doors.” According to the developer…”VisualHub, AudialHub, and iSquint have been discontinued. The Support Forum and Support E-mail will be available for a while longer to take care of any remaining issues for you. If you have VisualHub or AudialHub, here are directions on how to back them up for … Continue reading “Techspansion Closes; Discontinues VisualHub & AudialHub”

Techspansion Logo Techspansion announces it’s “closing its virtual doors.” According to the developer…”VisualHub, AudialHub, and iSquint have been discontinued. The Support Forum and Support E-mail will be available for a while longer to take care of any remaining issues for you. If you have VisualHub or AudialHub, here are directions on how to back them up for safe keeping: How to Back Up VisualHub and AudialHub. Thanks for all your support. It’s been a fun ride.”It’s sad to seem them close, as I just bought their products, AudialHub and VisualHub, which, in my opinion, are the BEST video and audio converters for the Mac platform. iSquint is Free, and converts many files for iPod, quickly and easily. You might still be able to download them via MacUpdateiSquint ; AudialHub ; VisualHub.Perhaps another development company will purchase the source code and further develop these fine programs for future releases of OS X. Fairwell Techspansion, thanks for the encoding memories!VisualHub LogoAudialHub Logo VisualHub ScreenshotAudialHub ScreenshotTo learn more about technology, photography, video, design, web, Mac software, OS X tips and tricks, listen to podcasts and watch video screencast tutorials, visit VizualClassroom.com, a new website by Vizual Graphix.

Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge: Podcast Interview

 Podcast interview (Listen Now!) with world-renowned, wildlife, landscape, and travel photographer Art Wolfe, as he talks about season two of his PBS TV series, “Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge.” This season he travels to 12 different countries and captures truly magnificent images. Art also talks about his conversion from film to digital and his … Continue reading “Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge: Podcast Interview”

Art Wolfe Podcast interview (Listen Now!) with world-renowned, wildlife, landscape, and travel photographer Art Wolfe, as he talks about season two of his PBS TV series, “Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge.” This season he travels to 12 different countries and captures truly magnificent images. Art also talks about his conversion from film to digital and his most beloved topic, conservation of our environment. To subscribe to more podcasts, get OS X tips and tricks, or learn other things about photography, video, and design, visit VizualClassroom.com.

Spore: A New Start in Gaming

  Spore is, without a doubt, the future of the gaming industry. That isn’t to say that it has its draw backs, but it is the first non-MMO that I have played to date that is so intertwined with the next evolution in gaming, user generated content. It has been talked about for years and … Continue reading “Spore: A New Start in Gaming”

 

Spore

Spore is, without a doubt, the future of the gaming industry. That isn’t to say that it has its draw backs, but it is the first non-MMO that I have played to date that is so intertwined with the next evolution in gaming, user generated content. It has been talked about for years and some games have touched it, but no game, that I am aware of, has grasped it as fully as Spore.

I wasn’t sure how this would play out in the game. I’ve never really played any game that allowed me to design my character as extensively as Spore. Most game players are used to some level of customization in MMO’s and RPG games. While Spore doesn’t come close to a game like Second Life in the realm of user generated content it exceeds it by providing a wide range of flexibility and still offering a linear game path with increasingly difficult goals. Plus, it’s easy to play, my wife can play Spore, and she is not a gamer.

Spore is one of the first games to come out that has the ability to provide game companies with a way to combat privacy, but support the purchasers as well. User generated content could be an extremely powerful tool for games in the future because to get this data you need to contact centralized servers controlled by the company that built the game. This offers up several authentication options that games of the past just couldn’t offer. (I will be expanding on these in my third article about Spore).

Now I know that this game has raised a huge up-roar with the anti Digital Rights Management (DRM) crowd. But the arguments that are made against it only impact an extremely small margin of the potential user base. On top of that it would be easy for EA to release a patch that removes the DRM from the game entirely (something that has been done on many games already). I don’t find the issues people are having with the DRM to be a valid argument for not purchasing the game.

In the end sales numbers will probably determine if Spore has the potential to change the industry. While this has its own good and bad points I think companies that have games in the works should take note of what Spore allows the user to do, regardless of its success. There are many IP’s that could receive a huge boost by following Spores example (I will be talking about one of my personal favorites in my next post).

I give Spore a thumbs up to people that are thinking about purchasing the game. It is extremely fun, it is easy on machine requirements for those of you that haven’t upgraded in a while, and if you have a stable machine and are not reinstalling your OS every few weeks the DRM isn’t going to be a problem for you. If you do happen to have issues with the DRM, well, I guess you’re out of luck until EA decides to patch it out of the game.

Uptime: Cloud Computing vs. Desktop

I just read The New York Times article, As Web Traffic Grows, Crashes Take Bigger Toll.  While it is true that there is more significant and monetary damage that occurs when a web page or cloud computing servers go down than there used to be, it is not unlike its desktop computing counterparts.  When is … Continue reading “Uptime: Cloud Computing vs. Desktop”

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I just read The New York Times article, As Web Traffic Grows, Crashes Take Bigger Toll.  While it is true that there is more significant and monetary damage that occurs when a web page or cloud computing servers go down than there used to be, it is not unlike its desktop computing counterparts.  When is the last time your desktop got hit by a hardware failure or software malfunction – virus, spyware, etc. – that detoured you and kept you from doing what you normally do?  What about a software or hardware upgrade?

Now, some of you out there are tech savvy.  By that, I mean, you keep your anti-spyware, anti-virus, firewalls, encryption, sniffers, defragmentation, web browsers, operating systems all up-to-date and maintained.  But, maintenance takes time, right?  So I would say, by moving that maintenance cost to the cloud can, and often does, save you significant resources.

However, I think the author of the article was right in saying that as Web traffic grows, we must consider trying to reach better uptime.  Businesses, organizations, and individuals are dependent on the Web more than ever.  So reliability will be just as important as performance increases as the Web continues to mature.  In fact, reliability may be more important than performance, as long as performance is decent.

Apple’s Revenue Streams

Apple has multiple revenue streams.  The items that are most often noted are: Macs, iPods, and iPhones.  However, there are other things that contribute to Apple’s bottom line.  The diagram below gives an overview: [Blue = hardware; Orange = software/services]

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Apple has multiple revenue streams.  The items that are most often noted are: Macs, iPods, and iPhones.  However, there are other things that contribute to Apple’s bottom line.  The diagram below gives an overview:

Apple Revenue Streams

[Blue = hardware; Orange = software/services]

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Which Microsoft Monopoly Will Fall First?

Microsoft has several products that are monopolies and hold dominant market share positions: Windows Office Internet Explorer As the Microsoft Empire continues to march on we are beginning to see the chinks in the armor. In the past we have written about The Downfall Of The Microsoft Empire. As we begin seeing increased competition, let … Continue reading “Which Microsoft Monopoly Will Fall First?”

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Microsoft has several products that are monopolies and hold dominant market share positions:

  1. Windows
  2. Office
  3. Internet Explorer

As the Microsoft Empire continues to march on we are beginning to see the chinks in the armor. In the past we have written about The Downfall Of The Microsoft Empire. As we begin seeing increased competition, let us examine which of these products are beginning to show the most wear and which one is mostly likely to fall first. Continue reading “Which Microsoft Monopoly Will Fall First?”