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30 August 2010

World's First Microprocessor (1971): Intel 4004

In November, 1971, a company called Intel publicly introduced the world's first single chip microprocessor, the Intel 4004 (U.S. Patent #3,821,715), invented by Intel engineers Federico Faggin, Ted Hoff, and Stan Mazor. After the invention of integrated circuits revolutionized computer design, the only place to go was down -- in size that is. The Intel 4004 chip took the integrated circuit down one step further by placing all the parts that made a computer think (i.e. central processing unit, memory, input and output controls) on one small chip. Programming intelligence into inanimate objects had now become possible.

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27 August 2010

World's First MP3 Player

 Released in 1998, the Eiger Labs MPMan was the world's first MP3 player, boasting 32MB of internal memory -- expandable to 64MB. Available in F10 or F20 models, the latter boasting SmartMedia compatibility, this player set you back a mere $69 + shipping. It measures a slim 91 x 70 x 16.5 mm.
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24 August 2010

Rare Photos Collection PART - II

Ken Thompson (L)and Dennis Ritchie(R) ,creators of UNIX.
Dennis Ritchie improved on the B programming language and called it 'New B'.
B was created by Ken Thompson as a revision of the Bon programming language (named after his wife Bonnie)
He later called it C. 

Larry Page(L) and Sergey Brin(R), founders of Google.
Google was originally named 'Googol'.
After founders (Stanford graduates) Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor...
they received a cheque made out to 'Google' !...
So they kept name as GOOGLE 

Andreas Bechtolsheim , Bill Joy, Scott Mc Nealy and Vinod Khosla of SUN(StanfordUnivers ity Network) MicroSystems.
Founded by four StanfordUniversity buddies.
Andreas Bechtolsheim built a microcomputer;
Vinod Khosla recruited him;
Scott McNealy to manufacture computers based on it;
and Bill Joy to develop a UNIX-based OS for the computer...
SUN is the acronym for Stanford University Network .

They were looking at ashrani when he was doing practice first time with his funny Jailer's dress... ALONE on one rock..

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21 August 2010

Amazing Niagara Festival

Niagara Falls is one of the most visited sites in North America, but once a year, thousands of people flock to Niagara, not to see the thunderous falls, but to see the Winter Festival of Lights, Canada's foremost illumination festival.

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18 August 2010

Rare Photos Collection PART - I

Tim Berners Lee -- Founder of the World Wide Web
 Picture taken when microsoft was started (the one who is highlighted is Bill Gates

 Steve Woznaik(sitting) and Steve Jobs of APPLE Computers.
He was three months late in filing a name for the business because he didn't get any better name for his new company.
So one day he told to the staff: "If I'll not get better name by 5 o'clcok today, our company's name will be anything he likes..." so at 5 o'clcok nobody comeup with better name, and he was eating APPLE that time...
so he keep the name of the company 'Apple Computers


Bill Hewlett(L) and Dave Packard(R) of HP.
Behind them in the picture is the famous HP Garage.
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.
And the winner was NOT Bill... the winner was Dave. 

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15 August 2010

WHY I M 13...

In the 13 years old, has seen the first 50 Zhala Ha Cihuoenha Ci Huoen, who is from Rotherham, England, suffering from a rare hereditary disease known as metabolic disorder. The disease will lead to the support of adipose tissue, skin and even collapse, while the continued growth of the skin, often at an alarming rate. Only about 2,000 people in the world, is said to condition, but there is no known treatment. The impact of the disease has caused many problems and discomfort Hartshorn.

Unfortunately, lipid metabolism disorder is a family of Hartshorn: Zara's mother, Tracy, have the same genetic disease, making two Zara brothers and sisters. However, the impact of lipodystrophy, particularly evident in Prescott in 13, she looks older than her 21-year-old sister, Jolene.

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12 August 2010

Guatemala: What this Happened?

"This can't be real" was my first thought. Then I checked the source: The Guatemalan government. This sinkhole appeared last sunday in a street intersection of Ciudad de Guatemala. Just looking at the photo gives me vertigo.

A sinkhole is a natural depression caused by the removal of underground soil by water. Usually, it happens when the substrate is formed by limestone, carbonate rock, salt beds or any other rock that is easily eroded by water streams. The process could be slow, but sometimes the land just cracks open without notice. In this case, it happened suddenly, swallowing an entire house. The cause: Massive underground water torrents created by tropical storm Agatha.

Sinkholes' size ranges from low terrain depressions to hundred of meters. Unlike the similar sinkhole that killed two teens in 2007, there seems to be no victims. At least one local newspaper is reporting one person dead, but the authorities have not confirmed it. Some neighbors claim that a whole three-story building and a house fell into the hole.

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09 August 2010

Six-year-old girl with three hearts

At the age of six, Amy Ferguson is already on her third heart. She lost the first to a rare condition at the age of two and her body rejected the replacement, leading to a second transplant.  Several times she proved doctors wrong when they said they did not expect her to live.

Now she is in training for her school sports day next week - and determined to do well.
'After everything’s she’s been through she’s still a happy girl who just wants to get on with life,’ said her mother Veronica, 39. Amy fell ill in 2006 and was expected to die within 24 hours. Doctors diagnosed an infection of the aorta which was destroying her heart.

Battling through: Amy after her second heart transplant operation

She received a transplant at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. But, despite anti-rejection drugs her body would not accept the organ and two years later she was back in the same hospital, where her mother was told she needed another transplant. Despite severe complications, the nine-hour operation was a success and last week Amy returned to school in Dublin.  

To treat thousands of very sick children each year, Great Ormond Street Hospital needs to raise £50million annually from donations, over and above any funding it receives from the NHS.

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01 August 2010

Tata Motors to introduce Air Car Soon...

Tata Motors is taking giant strides and making history for itself. First the Landrover-Jaguar deal, then the world's cheapest car and now it is also set to introduce the car that runs on air, compressed air to be specific.

With fuel prices touching nearly $150 per barrel, it is about time we heard some breakthrough! India's largest automaker Tata Motors is set to start producing the world's
first commercial air-powered vehicle. The Air Car, developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy Nègre for Luxembourg-based MDI, uses compressed air, as opposed to the gas-and-oxygen explosions of internal-combustion models, to push its engine's pistons. Some 6000 zero-emissions Air Cars are scheduled to hit Indian streets by August of 2009.

The Air Car, called the MiniCAT could cost around Rs. 3,50,000 ($ 8177) in India and would have a range of around 300 km between refuels. The cost of a refill would be about Rs. 85 ($ 2). Tata motors also plans to launch the world's cheapest car, Tata Nano priced famously at One lakh rupees(£1200) by October.

The MiniCAT which is a simple, light urban car, with a tubular chassis that is glued not welded and a body of fiberglass powered by compressed air. Microcontrollers are used in every device in the car, so one tiny radio transmitter sends instructions to the lights, indicators etc.

There are no keys - just an access card which can be read by the car from your pocket. According to the designers, it costs less than 50 rupees per 100Km (about a tenth that of a petrol car). Its mileage is about double that of the most advanced electric car (200 to 300 km or 10 hours of driving), a factor which makes a perfect choice in cities where the 80% of motorists drive at less than 60Km. The car has a top speed of 105 kmph. Refilling the car will, once the market develops, take place at adapted petrol stations to administer compressed air. In two or three minutes, and at a cost of approximately 100 rupees, the car will be ready to go another 200-300 kilometers.

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The Phileas BRT Vehicle

The Phileas BRT (Bus Rapid Transport) vehicle, developed by the Dutch company
Advanced Public Transport Systems (APTS) can drive itself automatically on a
dedicated track as well as being manually driven on normal roads.

The Phileas system is already in use since 2004.

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