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Amazing and incredible technology arriving from Japan in the near future!

You  will not be able to know what is ahead  until  you  have seen the four pictures
and read the  explanation of what  they are, our future is here, incredible! what  an age we live in.
Look closely and guess what they  could be…

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Are they pens with cameras?


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Any wild guesses? No clue  yet?


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Here  is how it works:Ladies  and gentlemen…. congratulations! You’ve  just looked into the future…
You’ve  just seen something that  will replace your PC in the near future.


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In the revolution of miniature  computers, scientists  have made great developments with blue tooth  technology…
This  is the forthcoming computers you  can  carry within your pockets .
This ‘pen sort of instrument’  produces both the monitor as well as the keyboard on any flat surfaces
from where you can  carry out functions you would normally do on  your desktop computer.

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This idea has been around for some time though


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But now, the light comes from the actual phone or PDA



I don’t think it will replace the Notebook as such, but in the future I can imagine that larger laptops will replce the desktop and the above computer might will replace the Notebook.

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Batteries in mobiles and laptops to run 100 times longer

A team of electrical engineers at Illinois University in the US believe their method will enable mobiles and laptops to run for up to 100 times longer between charges.

It focuses on changing the way a device’s digital memory works, as this consumes much of the charge.

At the moment mobile phone memories contain thin metal wires. Every time information is accessed, electricity is passed through them to retrieve the data.

The electrical engineers thought that if the size of the components used to store and retrieve the information could be reduced, so could the amount of electricity.

They have discovered a way of using carbon nanotubes – tiny tubes 10,000 times thinner than a human hair – instead.

The full article is in the Daily Telegraph

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Mobile phone companies charging new VAT for December

Take a look at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8286170/Mobile-phone-firms-charged-20-VAT-for-Decembers-calls.html

It seems like several cellphone companies are charging the new rate of 20% VAT a month earlier.

I am not accusing the companies of dishonest practice but of pure laziness of not wanting to work out which parts of the bill attracts which rate. But it should be noticed that they are erring in their favour not ours.

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Virgin Mobile don’t get it!

We have moved away from Labour, but not Virgin Mobile. They still think they are part of the nanny state.

They will not allow me to go into certain websites because they think they know better than I do of what is good for me.

I was born in 1939. I am 71 years of age, and they know this as my account on their website reflects my date of birth. However, recently I tried to go into a communication website from their mobile and it wouldn’t let me.

Now if this website was porn they might think they would have a case to stop a seventy-one year old from getting too excited! However, the only thing that truly excites me nowadays is the sexy black shiny bottle of South African Imoya VSOP Brandy!

When I emailed them, they took nearly a week to reply and all that was to say they I should use their secure website as then they would know that the email was from me.

I do understand that in some cases, this could well be a good idea. However, when a seventy-one year old who they know is seventy-one asks them to tweak their website to make sure it now recognises the seventy-one year old is seventy-one, a secure email is not needed. It could be Joseph Stalin, Adolph Hitler or Tony Blair sending them the email, but it would not matter. After all, it is just an email telling them to get their act together.

I will be writing further about companies acting like the previous government so please, dear reader, if you have had any difficulties with Virgin Mobile or, indeed any other company, please write and let me know.

I have given Virgin the right of reply as I believe this is the proper thing to do. However they have not replied but that could be due to the slowness of a Corporate. So if they reply, I will add it as a comment at a later stage.

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Telephones just matured

There are some interesting videos describing the new Google offering at:

http://www.google.com/googlevoice/about.html#

It is quite an amazing system but, alas, is not yet available in the United Kingdom. There are, no doubt, expensive costs and regulations to master before they can roll this out to other countries. I, personally, am hoping they roll this out to the UK as soon as possible.

It can do a number of things, but here are the things that will be useful to me. First of all, I would get my phone number from Google, an 020 number, although I would be able to get any exchange number in the UK.

Then I could direct all calls at certain times to either my home number, my work number or my cellphone at no cost.

If a message is left on the voicemail of any of the three numbers it would be sent to me as an email, which could be forwarded to my cellphone if I so wished.

I could leave different voicemail messages to different groups on my GMail contacts. So a worklike message could be given to my work contacts, and a relaxed message to my friends. I could leave a separate voicemail message to a single person. Imagine Jennifers face when she calls and hears: “Hi Jennifer, how are you?” a short gap and then “I’m not available right now but if you leave a message I promise I will ring you as soon as possible”.

SMS messages could be sent to me by email, I could reply on the email and the reply part would be sent back, also as an SMS messages at no charge.

Conference calls can easily be made, and it is a doddle to block callers!

Anyway, go watch the videos yourself and be patient.

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What is Open Source?

This is a computer software business model and is a growing success.

If we take a company which sells their software for £300 and they have five thousand customers and 20% of these take out a £150 a year support contract they will show a gross income of £M1.65. But, remember, they have to give limited support to all their other customers as well.

Now supposing the company gives the software, and the source code (their intellectual rights) away free, and their five thousand customers grow to a hundred thousand customers. Supposing only 15% of these take out a support contract. This will mean an income of £M2.25. In addition, because the software is free, the company would not be required to give limited support which could mean more people may purchase a support contract. In addition to this, the company would establish a support forum where the customers would be willing to help each other. And before you scoff at this, it is happening everywhere, all the time.

Further to this, because the source code is available, others would add extra function to the program. The software licence would ask people who added functionality to send the code to the company who might add it to the next version. So there is less work for the support engineers and more can be employed in servicing support contracts.

Although I don’t have the actual figures (Canonical who wrote Ubuntu in 1955 is a private limited company) and released the software and the intellectual property rights (the source code) into the public arena, was a small company with less than half a dozen employees. However, as at July 2010, they have 350 employees in twenty-six different countries. All by giving their software product away free.

Canonical must make money or it wouldn’t survive and, as in my previous example, they make their money with company support contracts, training and proficiency certificates.

A lot of people say that businesses will never use Linux. This is a very outdated idea. For example, there are more servers in the world running Linux than running Windows. Out of the 500 “super computers” in the world, 94% run Linux and only 1% run Windows. With mobile telephones, The open source Android operating system from Google is expanding at a rapid rate and is due this month to overtake Windows Mobile in sheer volume.

I have recently learned that the French Gendarmes have moved 70,000 PCs over to Ubuntu, and are scheduled to move a further 30,000 this year. Spain have 500,000 Ubuntu PCs spread across their schools, colleges, universities and educational departments. Citroen have moved 100 servers and 20,000 desktops over to SuSE Linux.

Last week I attended a seminar in London called “Ubuntu in Business” where I learned of some major business software writers writing CRM and other large business programs for the Corporate marketplace.

We had short presentations from

  • Chris Puttick of “Oxford Archaeology” one of the largest independent archaeology and heritage practices in Europe who took the strategic decision to adopt Ubuntu.”
  • Colin McMillan of “Publicus Solutions” running Open SourceERP solutions on Ubuntu, success indeed in the distribution sector”
  • Alan Lord of “Open Learning Centre” real and implemented Open Source solutions In The SME Sector”
  • David Hopwood of “DSNetworx Ltd” making it easier for smaller business to move to open source”
  • Jeff Nott of “Alfresco” complete content management systems
  • Michael Judd of “Akuna Ltd” deploying a multi-site retail operations platform using Ubuntu, OpenbravoPOS, ADempiere & Pentaho for the retail sector
  • Steve Young of “Likewise” a company extending Open Source into the enterprise’

One such program, “OpenERP” is a business management application, or ERP system, which consists of an integrated set of modules comprising of areas like accounting, manufacturing, stock management, CRM, sales management, logistics, and project management. This is a fully Open Source product consisting of over 350 modules and sold in over 45 countries.

Although the British Government have been slow in adopting Linux than their European counterparts, I have heard from one or two MPs that they are now looking at this more seriously.

There will be a second part to this story later when I have gone through all my notes of the meeting, but it will be after I have published the August edition of our newspaper at the end of this month.

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Should I buy a mobile phone on contract?

I hate paying out anything on a regular contract. I hate borrowing money, and I hate incurring interest of any sort. All my credit cards are paid off each month by direct debit so that, if there is any error, it is the error of the credit card company.

So, as you can imagine, I always paid cash for my mobile phones and pay as I go.

But this time around, I decided to look into the figures. As I have been with Virgin from the beginning, I decided to check them out and as my previous phone was the HTC Hero, and I didn’t like the iPhone, I decided on the faster HTC Desire..

First of all, a 24 month contract cost £840 (payable at £35 a month for two years). For this I get 1,000 free minutes (£200 at PAYG rate), 3,000 free texts (£300 at PAYG rates) and one Gigabyte of Internet (£9 at PAYG rates).

However, I wanted to pay £25 a month and found I could pay £149.99 up front and get the monthly tariff lowered to £25 a month, but my free calls came down to 600 a month, and everything else stayed the same. This was OK with me as there is no way I can make 600 calls a month and over the months have never even reached half way, and I use it all the time! 3,000 texts is just ridiculous! And a gigabyte of Internet is more than generous. Virgin had evidently made an error with the up-front payment as they have since raised it to £199.99.

Looking at this another way. The phone was £460 at Amazon when it came out – and when I got mine. Although it is under £400 now. I am paying 24 x £25 plus the one off payment of £149.99. So over two years I will have paid out £749.99. If we deduct the Amazon price for the new phone from this figure we are left with £289.99, or £12.08 a month.

So, in real terms, in buying under contract, I am saving 2.5% interest on my £460 – reducing with each month, but still a saving. (Tesco Bank pay 2.5%)

And, I am getting 600 minutes to any cellphone or land-line, 3,000 texts, and a Gigabyte of Internet, all for £12.08 a month.

Or around 20 minutes talk, 100 texts and 33 Megabytes of Internet a day.

It was only after I worked all this out that I decided to bite the bullet and take out the contract.

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