Inside Out!!

Inside Out!!Quirky stories, bon mots, jokes and funny things that happened on the way to the Web … Gink Kang sounds like some kind of root-based substance that does wonders for your love life, but actually it’s a proposed new foundry start-up in Taiwan which is backed by Core Pacific Securities of Taipei. So far it is reported to have raised over $151m. However, with Thai-based foundry hopeful Sub-Micron Technology folding before it processed a single wafer, with TSMC said to be running below capacity, and with UMC reported to be cutting prices, there is concern in Taiwan that the foundry rollercoaster may be petering out.
Bear necessities… Will Intel ‘grow a wall of glory’ this year and see its stock price surge to $110 plus? Or will it slump to $70 or less as a continued shift to cheap computers sees Intel abandoning its high-price/high-performance business model to compete in a low-margin commodity microprocessor market? Two respected Wall Street high-tech analysts, Tom Kurlak and Mark Edlestone, take diametrically opposed positions – Kurlak the bear and Edlestone the bull.
Steve Jobs has been working hard at Apple Computer, engineering its turnaround for no wages. While the multimillionaire is not short of a bob or two he is an ardent vegetarian and has been complaining about the food at Apple’s cafeteria. The solution for Jobs was to hire the chef of one of his favourite vegetarian restaurants to run the Apple cafeteria. Apple employees of the carnivorous kind, however, will have to run out to local fast food franchises.” Anthony Finkelstein , Professor of Software Systems Engineering at University College, London recalls being asked by a TV reporter who was interviewing him about the Millennium bug: “I don’t suppose you could take a computer apart and point out the bug to us.” When you’re a small company up against a giant in a legal matter, it pays to have good lawyers. At least, that is the thinking of Ron Jones, whose company makes inkjet cartridges and is involved in a legal dispute with Hewlett-Packard. Jones decided that O.J Simpson’s lawyer, Johnnie Cochran, would fit the bill. Cochran accepted, provided Jones stumped up a $50,000 retainer and agreed to his rate of $500 per hour. Jones is still negotiating with HP but says that Cochran certainly made an effect on HP’s lawyers.
The future of car electronics was demonstrated by SGS-Thomson Microelectronics last week. Set up in a very nice Lancia, a voice controlled electronic console contains a GSM phone, GPS navigation and a stereo system. Links via a CAN bus to the engine management, ABS and other systems give warnings if something goes wrong. Unfortunately, or perhaps predictably, after the first few demos the Lancia’s battery ran flat. The time machine… 1995: Don’t pull out of Europe The Federation of the Electronics Industry has repeated its warning to the Conservative Government about the consequences of any British pull-out from the European Union. Speaking at the FEI’s Annual Dinner in London last week president John Barrett said such an action would cause irreversible damage to Britain’s electronics and IT industries. “At stake would be this country’s potential leadership in developing the information superhighway in Europe,” Barrett added. “The electronics industry as a whole will be the largest in the UK by 2000 when the electronics sector alone will account for about ten per cent of the UK’s GDP.” Barrett cited Britain’s pioneering work on SuperJANET, the broadband university network, digital entertainment services, and the BBC’s debut of digital audio broadcasting in September this year, the first such service in Europe. Barrett also called for education quality issues in Britain to be tacked urgently.
Electronics Weekly, May 17 1995 Alexander Graham Bell is famous for inventing the telephone but he also held the world water speed record in 1918. In fact, so keen was he on high-speed water craft that he held four patents on hydrofoil design. Bell wasn’t an inventor by trade, his day job was as a speech teacher of deaf children. A legacy of this was that Bell Labs waived license fees when its original transistors were used in hearing aids. Bell was also Chairman of the National Geographic Society between 1898 and 1903. ” Some mistake surely . ‘The $1,299 iMac machine, Apple’s long-awaited answer to the sub-$1,000 computer’, is how the Wall Street Journal reported Steve Jobs’ new, translucent brainchild from the Apple stable. What next? The ?15,000 Mercedes in the long-awaited sub-?10,000 class? Steve Bush’s invention of the week
Fully electronic television was first demonstrated by Philip (originally Philo) Farnsworth in 1927. In 1922, as a 14 year-old Idaho farm boy, he sketched his idea for television on a black board for his stunned high-school science teacher. Farnsworth loved technology and was a voracious reader on the subject. He had first seen electrical machinery at the age of 11 and it became his hobby. A science fiction article involving sending live images fired his imagination and, spending hours in the fields operating a horse-drawn harvesting machinery, he pulled together the ideas that became television to relieve the boredom. Scotland’s Allan Swinton-Cambell was actually the first to propose a fully ele ctronic television system, using CRTs (Invention 8 – Karl Braun 1897) for transmission and reception in 1908. American Vladimir Zworykin invented the ‘iconoscope’ camera tube in 1919 and therefore was the first who could have made a TV system but he didn’t have the money.


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