The chips are down for Moore’s law

09 February 2016:

The semiconductor industry will soon abandon its pursuit of Moore’s law. Now things could get a lot more interesting.

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Next month, the worldwide semiconductor industry will formally acknowledge what has become increasingly obvious to everyone involved: Moore’s law, the principle that has powered the information-technology revolution since the 1960s, is nearing its end.

A rule of thumb that has come to dominate computing, Moore’s law states that the number of transistors on a microprocessor chip will double every two years or so — which has generally meant that the chip’s performance will, too. The exponential improvement that the law describes transformed the first crude home computers of the 1970s into the sophisticated machines of the 1980s and 1990s, and from there gave rise to high-speed Internet, smartphones and the wired-up cars, refrigerators and thermostats that are becoming prevalent today.

None of this was inevitable: chip makers deliberately chose to stay on the Moore’s law track. At every stage, software developers came up with applications that strained the capabilities of existing chips; consumers asked more of their devices; and manufacturers rushed to meet that demand with next-generation chips. Since the 1990s, in fact, the semiconductor industry has released a research road map every two years to coordinate what its hundreds of manufacturers and suppliers are doing to stay in step with the law — a strategy sometimes called More Moore. It has been largely thanks to this road map that computers have followed the law’s exponential demands.

To read the rest of this story,  follow the source at the link below

http://www.nature.com/news/the-chips-are-down-for-moore-s-law-1.19338

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Windows 10 high data usage?

Having updated my computer from Windows 8.1, to Windows 10, I noticed that my data usage went up, considerably.

Upon researching online, I found an answer, on a Microsoft Community board.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-files/high-data-usage-with-windows-10/68b4863d-aa3c-4b2c-ad3a-2c2d5bf6e881?page=2&auth=1

The gist of the answer, I found, concerns the settings on Windows 10, that shares the Updates with other users.

“In windows 10, Go to Setting >  Update & Security > Advanced Options > Choose How Updates Are Delivered.

It says with the option enabled you allow your computer to send parts of previously windows updates to other people on LAN, and on the internet.

This means, when you downloaded Windows 10. You are helping seed it to others now. Unless you turn it off. Then you are back to your regular usage.

Hope it helps!”

I tried changing this setting, and it works…

My laptop, that came with Windows 8, I later upgraded to Windows 8.1. After the upgrade to Windows 10, it seems to be faster, and it certainly starts up up quicker. It takes some learning, and playing with various settings, to get it how you want it though.

Colin (KC9PDY)

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In This Day In History – 1838 – Morse demonstrates telegraph

Okay, so I am a day late with this item. But this would be of interest to Ham Radio Operators, around the world.

From http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/morse-demonstrates-telegraph

On This Day In History, January 6th, 1838.

On this day in 1838, Samuel Morse’s telegraph system is demonstrated for the first time at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey. The telegraph, a device which used electric impulses to transmit encoded messages over a wire, would eventually revolutionize long-distance communication, reaching the height of its popularity in the 1920s and 1930s.

Samuel Finley Breese Morse was born April 27, 1791, in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He attended Yale University, where he was interested in art, as well as electricity, still in its infancy at the time. After college, Morse became a painter. In 1832, while sailing home from Europe, he heard about the newly discovered electromagnet and came up with an idea for an electric telegraph. He had no idea that other inventors were already at work on the concept.

Morse spent the next several years developing a prototype and took on two partners, Leonard Gale and Alfred Vail, to help him. In 1838, he demonstrated his invention using Morse code, in which dots and dashes represented letters and numbers. In 1843, Morse finally convinced a skeptical Congress to fund the construction of the first telegraph line in the United States, from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore. In May 1844, Morse sent the first official telegram over the line, with the message: “What hath God wrought!”

Over the next few years, private companies, using Morse’s patent, set up telegraph lines around the Northeast. In 1851, the New York and Mississippi Valley Printing Telegraph Company was founded; it would later change its name to Western Union. In 1861, Western Union finished the first transcontinental line across the United States. Five years later, the first successful permanent line across the Atlantic Ocean was constructed and by the end of the century telegraph systems were in place in Africa, Asia and Australia.

Because telegraph companies typically charged by the word, telegrams became known for their succinct prose–whether they contained happy or sad news. The word “stop,” which was free, was used in place of a period, for which there was a charge. In 1933, Western Union introduced singing telegrams. During World War II, Americans came to dread the sight of Western Union couriers because the military used telegrams to inform families about soldiers’ deaths.

Over the course of the 20th century, telegraph messages were largely replaced by cheap long-distance phone service, faxes and email. Western Union delivered its final telegram in January 2006.

Samuel Morse died wealthy and famous in New York City on April 2, 1872, at age 80.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/morse-demonstrates-telegraph

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E.F. Johnson Messenger 123A CB radio

Dating from around 1975, this is a 23 channel radio, made in the United States, for the Citizens Band. I bought it from the local Goodwill store, during their monthly half price Saturday sale, and only paid $2.00 for it. I plugged it in and tested it, it works! It is going to need some TLC, but what else can you expect for a two dollar, forty year old radio?

Click on the picture below, to visit Flickr, to see the rest of the pictures of this vintage radio.

E.F. Johnson Messenger 123A CB radio

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Amateur Radio at the Movies – The Anderson Tapes

The Anderson Tapes

The Anderson Tapes

Amateur Radio at the Movies

Bob Cashdollar, NR8U

The Anderson Tapes, 1971, Rated PG   1hr, 39 min.

The Anderson Tapes is a cops and robbers movie with a paranoiac twist.  A con, Sean Connery, fresh out of prison, gets the idea to rob a whole building. The only problem is all the public safety agencies; from the Internal Revenue to the local New York police have the building under audio and video surveillance because of the building’s various inhabitants. Wherever Duke, Connery’s character goes, some agency is watching.

In one of the apartments the robbers enter is a boy who is an asthmatic and paraplegic. The boy convinces the robbers that he could not be a threat to them and they leave him alone in his room. As soon as the robbers leave, the boy scoots out of bed and gets in a wheelchair to get to a closet in his room. In the closet is a 1971 or so vintage Heathkit transceiver with a microphone. Using the callsign WA2UYC he broadcasts blindly that someone is robbing his building. (WA2UYC is not in the QRZ database) Later in the movie, a ham from Wichita Falls, Kansas calls the New York police department to report the robbery. Still later another ham is reported calling the police from Portland, Maine. Nothing in the credits mentions any ham radio involvement in the production. The movie “introduces” Christopher Walken in possibly his first movie role and if you look real close you will see the “Wicked Witch of the West” in one of the apartment scenes. The movie also features a group of other recognizable actors in various roles as cops or robbers.

From the K9YA Telegraph, it is worth reading, and available free from a site i recommend http://www.k9ya.org/

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2M Coffee Can Antenna

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RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores | TechCrunch

via RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores | TechCrunch.

Today, while reporting its 2013 fourth quarter results RadioShack announced plans to close 1,100 of its 4,000 stores in a bid to stem losses. The parts drawer and the RC toys and the various different types of solder and breadboards. RadioShack. It is quickly dying.

RadioShack reported a loss of $191.4 million during this quarter, compared with a year-earlier loss of $63.3 million. Revenue declined 20% to just $935.4 million.

“Our fourth quarter financial results were driven by a holiday season characterized by lower store traffic, intense promotional activity particularly in consumer electronics, a very soft mobility marketplace and a few operational issues,” said Joseph C. Magnacca, RadioShack CEO. “Even in this environment, we’re continuing to make progress on the five pillars of our turnaround plan: repositioning the brand, revamping the product assortment, reinvigorating the stores, operational efficiency and financial flexibility.”

The company is currently trying to rebrand its self from its former DIY self to what it calls, “Do It Together”. But RadioShack is on borrowed time.

RadioShack has long been a retailer without a soul. About 10 years ago it turned away from the then-dead DIY scene and started hawking cell phones. As a staple in the American mall, this kept the company afloat but clearly didn’t set the stage for long-term growth. The rise of Best Buy Mobile stores didn’t help this strategy either.

The current RadioShack is looking to be the portable electronics headquarters with an intense focus on products with a strong brand identity. The no-name RC toys do not have a spot under this retail plan and the parts drawer is a relic of a forgotten era.

The company’s brought on a former Walgreens executive to retool the branding and the stores. Under his helm, the stores look more modern and fresh and anything but a musty store that sells diodes and ham radios. But will RadioShack ever be the destination it once was? No.

via RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores | TechCrunch.

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The International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet

NATO phonetic alphabet

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO_phonetic_alphabet

Not to be confused with International Phonetic Alphabet.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO_phonetic_alphabet

So now you know…

Colin KC9PDY

Kilo Charlie Nine Papa Delta Yankee

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Active Desktop Recovery in Windows XP

I was searching for a solution to an active desktop recovery error, on my computer, and found this, and thought I would share:-

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/3c4358d1-d9d6-4296-8e28-a5e2248ae318/active-desktop-recovery-error?forum=itproxpsp

1– OPEN NOTEPAD

2– COPY PASTE

HKEY_CURRENT_USER = &H80000001

strComputer = “.”
Set objReg = GetObject(“winmgmts:\\” & strComputer & “\root\default:StdRegProv”)
strKeyPath = “Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\Components”
strValue = “0”
ValueName = “DeskHtmlVersion”
objReg.SetDWORDValue HKEY_CURRENT_USER, strKeyPath, ValueName, strValue

3– SAVE AS Yourname.VBS

4– DOUBLE CLICK THE VBS FILE 

5– REFRESH DESKTOP AND TADA ACTIVE DESKTOP GONE FISHING……..  :-)

 

I hope this works as well for you, as it did for me…

Colin KC9PDY

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Amateur Radio Today

Original from 2003, still an interesting article detailing just what amateur radio is all about, and what it can do…

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