Inside Out!!

Inside Out!!Quirky stories, bon mots, jokes and funny things that happened on the way to the Web …
Love is in the air… The Tamagotchi electronic pet for kids has been a smash hit and now comes a slightly different version for adults. Japanese adults are snapping up Lovegety, a small egg shaped device that fits into the palm of the hand and can be programmed to flash signals in light and sound. It is available in female and male versions and each responds to another Lovegety provided it is of the opposite sex and at least 15 feet away. This gives the painfully shy Japanese an excuse to meet each other. The trouble is that mostly men are buying the devices.
It is ten years since the compact disc killed off the vinyl LP, but it seems that the CD, far from being the ultimate hi-fi medium, may itself be a short-lived phenomenon. It is not DVDs that will knock the CD from its pedestal, but yes, you guessed it, the Internet.
It seems that the men in dark suits and expensive sunglasses who advise the world’s rock-stars are telling their clients to start downloading their music direct to the public over the Internet. The obvious attraction of this is that it misses out those people in the record companies, who make billions from CD sales and tie their artists to long-term contracts.
I wonder what Fluff makes of it?  The aggressive semiconductor fab building plans of Siemens’ 40 year old chip boss, Ulrich Schumacher have impressed many people. Last month he picked up Semiconductor International’s industry leadership award and in April he appeared in jeans and sports jacket on the cover of Business Week representing Europe’s new generation of managers.
Soon you will be able to buy a picture over the Internet of your backgarden shot from 120 miles up, thanks to a new service being offered by US firm Ariel Images.The company has a contract with the Russian Space Agency to use its former spy satellite cameras to photograph large areas worldwide. The resolution of the images is much better than other satellite photos and offer about 1m2 per pixel.Sample images can be seen at http://www.spin-2.com/ . The time machine… 1963: First transistor radar The first transistorised marine radar to go into mass production was announced in London last week by Decca Radar Ltd. The company anticipates a huge market for the equipment which features low power consumption, compactness and a low ?950 price. While the use of transistors has its benefits in the size and cost of the radar equipment, there are real benefits to be had from the new equipment’s reliability when compared with traditional valve-based radars. Decca’s confidence in the increased reliability brought about by extensive transistorisation – more than 30 valves have been dispensed with – is shown by the low cost of equipment maintainance contracts. The radar has been four years in development and has had rigorous reliability tests. One piece of equipment has been at sea for a year and has had no failure in 3,000 hours of operation. The first United Kingdom installation has been completed in the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s latest 48-ft self-righting lifeboat.
Electronics Weekly, June 5 1963 Large numbers of US workers are regularly visiting sexually explicit Web sites, according to a study from Elron Software which claims that sex site surfing has reached epidemic levels. About 62 per cent of companies surveyed had staff visiting sex sites on the Web. Over a quarter of the companies have taken action against their staff including sacking, loss of pay, and written or verbal warnings. “These results are staggering,” said Stephen Elliot, senior analyst at market research firm In-Stat. Some 100 companies ranging from 50 to 15,000 employees installed the Elron Internet Manager package on their networks as part of the survey. The software monitors Internet connections and tracks which Web sites were visited during a three-day period. Did IDT do its homework before giving its microprocessor the codename Cronus, after a Greek god? It seems this guy led a pretty unpleasant life. According to Cretan and Greek legend, Cronus was king of the Titans, son of Uranus and Gaea. After he castrated his dad – gulp – he married Rhea, his sister – naughty – and they had six kids – very naughty. To avoid being overthrown by his children, Cronus ate them – tasty. The only son he didn’t dine out on was Zeus, who came back to overthrow Cronus and became the boss of the Gods – hurrah. The dominion of the world was split between Zeus and his brothers Hades and Poseidon. Steve Bush’s invention of the week V=IR
Alessandro Volta’s invention of the battery in 1800 fired interest in the study of electricity. Before this only static charge and discharge was available for study. One of the young scientists in the wave of enthusiasm that followed Volta was Georg Simon Ohm. As a Professor at the Jesuit College of Cologne in 1827, Ohm showed experimentally that there was a simple relationship between resistance, current and voltage. He published V = IR in Die galvanische Kette, mathematisch bearbeitet the same year. He then tried to produce a mathematical description of electrical conduction. His work was ignored, possibly because it was not very good. He was either forced out or l eft Cologne in disgust and lived in poverty and isolation for a while before getting employment in N?remberg in 1833. Eventual recognition came in 1841 when the UK’s Royal Society awarded him the Copley Medal. He accepted a professorship again in 1849.


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