Honey, I Shrunk the Chip!

Written by Mike Banks Valentine

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Why get small? Microsystems clearly cost less in raw materials, many of which are plastic. All cost less to power since they are lightweight and tiny. Some even have miniature power plants built right in their itty bitty machinery. Many ofrepparttar same benefits accrue to carbon tube nanocomputers being tested now on a pinhead sized platform.

Now comesrepparttar 133574 fun part! What happens when tiny machines powered by tiny microprocessors are humming away in tiny corners of every appliance making them work better, faster, cheaper and more efficiently? Ubiquitous computing is here! There's even a conference on this infant technology that is just over two years old and still in diapers, but growing fast as it approaches it's third event in September 2002.


The idea here is not to make computers a noticable part of our lives, but to make them disappear entirely while making everything easier. Is that clear-as-mud in a really tiny river?

Not only will all devices, furniture and even clothing be computing constantly, but they'll each be connected to each other and torepparttar 133575 internet to make life easier for everyone. As with all utopian dreams, there is a dark side to this wondrous little liliputian world.

What about privacy?

With our underwear talking to global positioning satellites, it may be possible to have a really tiny big brother sewn intorepparttar 133576 elastic in your shorts. Wearable computers are available now with blood pressure monitors and tiny insulin- injecting pumps for those who need them. A microprocessor controlled artificial leg allowed Curtis Grimsley to escaperepparttar 133577 70th floor ofrepparttar 133578 World Trade Center on September 11.

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/03 echnology/circuits/03KNEE.html

When all of these tiny computers can talk with each other and be connected torepparttar 133579 web, it's time to take a serious look at who has access to which microprocessor and when.

I propose that we do that now, before privacy concern becomes a giant issue in a shrinking world.

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Product Reviews: Windows XP

Written by Richard Lowe

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Better device support - You will find that Windows XP supports more types of devices than ever before straight out ofrepparttar box. CD/RW, DVD, USB and many others simply just work.

Onrepparttar 133573 downside, though, arerepparttar 133574 following:

Older programs and games - While Windows XP does make a strong effort to be compatible withrepparttar 133575 older operating systems, you will probably find that many games and other programs simply no longer work.

Older hardware - You may have difficulties if you attempt to install windows XP on older hardware or use older equipment. Windows XP does need much more power (CPU, disk and memory) than repparttar 133576 earlier Windows operating systems. In fact, don't believerepparttar 133577 promotional materials about minimum configurations - get plenty of memory, a fast CPU and as much disk as you can afford.

To sum it all up in a simple paragraph, Windows XP seems to work almost perfectly out ofrepparttar 133578 box. It is stable and performs well given plenty of hardware. And that'srepparttar 133579 way a home operating system should work.

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