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Posted By: Geoff Hannis The Latest Technology - 23/09/07 8:40 PM
The new ultra-fast USB 3.0 standard, which should have a data transfer rate of 600 mbps, is planned to launch early in 2008. It is being developed by Intel, HP, Microsoft, NEC, NXP Semiconductors and Texas Instruments (no British involvement there, as is usual these days, sadly).

USB 3.0 will be backwards-compatible with earlier versions but will also be "future-proofed", with optical cabling. Furthermore, it will be designed for lower power consumption.

The current technology, USB 2.0, which was released in 2000, has a maximum data rate of 60 mbps. USB 1.0 managed 192 kbps back in 1996. Which is plenty fast enough for keyboards, mice and joysticks (all of which are now referred to as human-interface devices, or HIDís, apparently). smile
Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 24/09/07 4:18 PM
... but meanwhile, let's hear it for the hundred dollar laptop! I particularly like the idea of a "geek key". There needs to be one of those on every keyboard! I'm also pleased to see that it runs on a Linux OS, that takes up only 130 Meg. No revenue stream to add to Mr. Gates' over-stuffed pockets, there, then. Plus a load of practical features, such as built-in Wi-Fi. A great bit of kit, I reckon! smile

I'm a great believer in appropriate technology, and strongly contend that this approach is the way to go with medical equipment too (can anyone cite any examples of that?). It doesn't always have to be the latest stuff. I still run a 475 MHz laptop with only 28 MB of RAM that has served me well for ten years of heavy usage. I also have a few (yes, more than one) old Toshiba 33-MHz laptops with 4 MB RAM, that I picked up off eBay for a few quid apiece. These are very rugged units, and handy for rough use when out and about. I wonder how soon it will be before we see those OLPC XO machines on eBay too? wink
Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 07/10/07 11:57 AM
Here's an interesting one that some of you may have missed. So what's next ... will the NHS be contracting with Microsoft for its patient records (could be a cheaper option than their current plans)? smile

Note that there's some nice feedback in the TalkBack section near the bottom of the linked page. Why not log-on and add your own comments (...here as well, of course)?
Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 08/10/07 5:15 PM
Not quite the latest technology, perhaps, but they're Red Goddesses now! smile
Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 10/10/07 9:53 AM
Here's something to make you think:- "A computer hard-disk reader ... is equivalent to a jet flying at a speed of 30,000 km/h, at a height of just one metre above the ground, and yet being able to see and catalogue every single blade of grass it passes over." smile
Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 10/10/07 6:24 PM
Looks like yet another "slow (no) news day" in EBME City, so let's see if anybody out there has anything to say about any of this stuff? smile
Posted By: Scottish Re: The Latest Technology - 10/10/07 7:33 PM
Does look like it mate. Guess most folk got a life.
Posted By: Scottish Re: The Latest Technology - 10/10/07 7:34 PM
.......... outside EBME that is. No offense intended grin
Posted By: Ivor D. Re: The Latest Technology - 10/10/07 7:53 PM
Evidently, none taken?
Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 10/10/07 8:01 PM
Yes, it's interesting to observe the comings and goings on this forum. It usually starts to light up at around nine in the morning, as all those hard-working biomed shops put on the kettle and boot-up the PC's. Conversely, it goes a bit quiet at knocking-off time. Very few come on over the weekends. There are a couple of night-owls (you know, those you don't give a hoot what time of day or night it is). And then there are those saddo's like myself, who, occasionally working at the computer(s) for days (nights, whatever) on end, are always lurking. And, of course, Huw (or one of his aliases) is always on too, or so it would seem.

The only thing that offends me (too strong a word, really, irritates would be more accurate), are those who come on here, ask their question(s), get their answer(s), and then scuttle away never to be heard from again. Until their next problem comes along, that is. It's always nice to hear how they got on, whether they "got a result" or not. But that's human nature for you. Some folks take, but never give. smile
Posted By: Huw Re: The Latest Technology - 10/10/07 9:25 PM
Originally Posted By: Geoff Hannis
And, of course, Huw (or one of his aliases) is always on too, or so it would seem.


In which case - why the need for an alias?
I don't have an alias - I really don't know why you would think I need one confused
Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 10/10/07 9:41 PM
Oh, of course! I forgot that Rust Never Sleeps! smile
Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 13/10/07 7:59 PM
Here's an interesting one. A silent PC, the size of a paperback! Might be useful for any of you "system integrators" out there! smile

Wonder how much they go for? US$ 285 doesn't sound much, does it?

It's made in Haifa, in Northern Israel. Interesting.
Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 15/10/07 10:27 AM
Check-out this one. Who has a million songs in their collection? I don't think even Bruce Springsteen has cut that many tracks! smile

But " ... read-write head of a hard drive two thousands times smaller than the width of a human hair". Well, that is amazing! Makes you wonder where it's all going to end.
Posted By: Jonathan Wells Re: The Latest Technology - 15/10/07 10:51 AM
Well, judging by the growth in the size of operating systems and application software on the average PC in the past 15 years, we WILL need terabyte hard drives just to do the same in the future as what we do today! frown
Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 15/10/07 10:59 AM
Bring back DOS. Now you're talking, Jon. But surely the most exciting thing about nanotechnology is the prospect of tiny tunneling machines (etc.) toiling away through the blocked arteries of Obese Britain? Yeah, let's hear it for the fattest nation this side of the Atlantic! smile
Posted By: Huw Re: The Latest Technology - 15/10/07 11:33 AM
Good to know I'm doing my bit!
Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 16/10/07 9:33 PM
Yeah, and now it looks like Wales is leading the world with the latest stuff! wink
Posted By: Huw Re: The Latest Technology - 17/10/07 10:22 AM
Hmmm... I'd need to bulk up a bit to compete with him!
2.5 times in fact wink
Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 17/10/07 11:42 AM
Don't worry Huw, no-one's blaming you, Mate. Nor anyone else, by the look of it!

Don't forget that we live in a "no-blame culture" now, where individuals don't have to take responsibility for anything! But that's OK, because Nanny is there to look after us. smile

Who was it who said "stop the planet, I want to get off"?
Posted By: Kawasaki Re: The Latest Technology - 17/10/07 12:48 PM
Did anyone see Michael Winner on Parkinson on Saturday?
He was promoting his new book "The Fat Pig Diet"!!!!
Essentially, the basis of the diet is that you can eat what you want but just cut down on the amount (sounds too logical).
Or as Jasper Carrott used to say " The reason people are fat is that this hole (pointing to mouth)is bigger than this hole (pointing to backside)"
Posted By: John Stewart Re: The Latest Technology - 17/10/07 1:33 PM
Here's a scary bit of new technology for you... boggle

http://www.newscientist.com/blog/invention/2007/10/microsoft-mind-reading.html

I've not read the full patent yet, don't know if I want to!

Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 17/10/07 1:59 PM
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Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 17/10/07 2:33 PM
Anyway, maybe we should be more concerned about this!

Why am I not surprised to learn that Automatic Number Plate Recognition was invented in Britain? frown

I sometimes wonder if I'm in the wrong line of work. Perhaps it would have been better to have shifted into a more thriving industry. You know, one with loads of resources available for the development of exciting new kit!
Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 30/04/08 7:44 PM
Well, not really the latest ... fifteen years old, in fact! smile
Posted By: Eddie Re: The Latest Technology - 30/04/08 8:41 PM
Take it or leave it but the next 10 years of technical progress is sitting on shelves waiting for the market to catch up!

Ed

PS why do a company like fluke make great kit but their PC interface software is so so older-saurus!

Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 30/04/08 9:03 PM
I was pondering earlier on today (as one does) about what impact the web has had (or is having, or will have ... whatever) on the practise of the tech support of in-service medical equipment. Just imagine, even being out in a remote part of the world, as long as you've got a connection to the web (not always guaranteed, of course), you've got a reasonable chance of getting some help, availability of spares, .pdf manuals, and all the rest. Not quite such a lonely existence out in the bush these days, I should imagine. On the other hand, if you still can't access the web ... smile


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Posted By: Eddie Re: The Latest Technology - 30/04/08 9:14 PM
Web? Telephone line? same? Chelsea, ManU? who knows these things?
Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 30/04/08 9:31 PM
Jambo! smile
Posted By: Lee S Re: The Latest Technology - 01/05/08 7:34 AM
When I worked out in the field the problem was always that of not being able to carry all the spares one needed, having to order the bit and then having to do a return journey for a 10 minute job (often involving a 6 hour round trip).

Lee
Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 01/05/08 8:37 AM
Indeed. The age-old problem! But the kind of field I had in mind has no manual, no phone, no nothing really. A different scenario entirely!

Personally, I have not been out in that sort of field since the web became available (if, in fact it is, "out there"). But I would be very interested to hear about the latest situation, as it were. smile
Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 01/05/08 10:39 AM
Meanwhile, here's something that's really new! smile
Posted By: Geoff Hannis Re: The Latest Technology - 08/11/18 6:23 PM

So ..."foldable technology" is here at last. smile

Interesting, for sure; it might even be able to wrap itself nicely around the "human form" (in the back pocket of jeans, and so forth). whistle

As usual, the Comments at both links are worth a scan.
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