Author: Richard Cartwright

We are serving Raspberry Pi

Let  me take you back to a time when Bill Gates couldn’t get a date, dialing a phone was more than just an expression, and most of the world still thought an apple was just a fruit. Yes, I am talking about the dawn of the  personal computing and mobile tech era, that late 70s and early 80s . In those days hobbyist kits roamed the earth because if you wanted to play with this newfangled “computing”, and did not work for Government or IBM, you had to build your own computer and program it as well. Even after...

Read More

We have a new Nano-SIM-just what it is remains to be seen

The  European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has decided the next standard for the Subscriber Identification Module or SIM card that handset users will be using going forward. True to form, all we really know is that the new card will be forty percent smaller than the current micro-SIM.  While the technical documents are only available to ETSI members, the Financial Times and the Verge have been following this issue, which has had more than enough twists and turns to be worthy of an American soap-opera or a reality television show. Back in March, it was  reported that American tech giant Apple was proposing one standard and...

Read More

Why we may see an iPad Mini in the UK before we see a Kindle Fire

A year ago most serious tech pundits would have laughed at the idea of a “mini” iPad out of Apple. The late Steve Jobs made it clear that the idea of a seven inch (17.8 cm) iPad was not on as such a “tweener” between the iPhone and the larger iPad was not wanted and would be “DOA”. However the rumors never quite died out and since Jobs passing in October 2011, have taken on new life.  Now, sources as diverse as CNET, Digitimes, Boy Genus Report and Wired are all suggesting that Apple will release a smaller tablet with a smaller screen...

Read More

Is Grok Jeff Hawkins Third Act?

Computer systems today are often called on to make predictions based on data provided to them. Sales forecasts, power usage, the weather, and even the little lights that come on in posher cars that tell you something is starting to go wonky are all based on software that is in turn based on predictive algorithms. This is how Amazon constantly changes what it thinks you might buy, and Goggle can creep you out by offering to sell you what you are searching about. The crafting of such programs are calls for laborious and highly skilled coding and constant fine tuning of the factors used to make the predictions.  Each system has to be customized for each situation and is very expensive to maintain. We are a long way away from the Star Trek world of telling the computer what you want analysed or having Mr. Spock work it out. Perhaps we are not that far away after all, OGs (Original Geeks) know that Jeff Hawkins was the mastermind behind the first successful  handheld computer, the Palm Pilot, the grandfather of all Palm PDAs. He then went on to co develop the Treo, the first smartphone. Since 2005, he has been working with Numenta following what was actually his first love, neuroscience. Hawkins has since been seeking a solution that has dogged artificial intelligence developers since day one, how to make computers learn and understand without all the tweaking it takes now.  Grok, a prediction engine, now in private beta seeks to do...

Read More

What you need to know about Ivy Bridge-Is it worth waiting for?

Intel recently released its Ivy Bridge family of processors and anyone who likes gadgets should be asking the question -is it a good idea to upgrade? True, its always a good idea to upgrade but sometimes neither the purse, nor the bank manager (my wife hates me calling her that) will yield the necessary quid. In this case, unless your system is more than two or three years old, it might be worth waiting, especially if you are running a Sandy Bridge processor based desktop. The marketing mavens at Intel have come up with describing processor updates as “tick” or “tock”,...

Read More