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internet data usage: 2010

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Ever wondered the amount of Internet data you upload and download through your ISP? With just a 384 kbps connection plan, here is a chart I created for my Internet data usage in 2010.What is your annual usage? Technorati Tags: ,,,,,,,,,

the adventures of tintin

I have been a fan of Tintin since childhood, but then who isn’t? And then I watched Tintin today, done by Spielberg. I was not exactly impressed.The story opens steady – it is like the director trying to freshen up in the viewers’ mind, the looks of characters from the comics, a job very well done. Then again it moves forwards to introduce Tintin, the faithful Snowy, the ship Unicorn, Thomson & Thompson and of course Captain Haddock.Daniel Craig voices Sakharine, the main villain of the film. Captain Archibald Haddock (and also his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock) is enacted and voiced by the brilliant Andy Serkis (aka Gollum and King Kong). Tintin himself is portrayed by Jamie Bell, a promising young actor. This movie is of course 3D; with better experience as compared to other concurrent ones. Well done!Given that this story is done out of three comic books (The Secret of the Unicorn, Red Rackham’s Treasure and The Crab with the Golden Claws), it is a nicely done plot, with a cliff…

the advent of wireless electricity

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Qi, according to ancient Chinese philosophy of medicine, is the energy that flows throughout, in and around us. Qi is what is responsible for all things alive.Now, building around this philosophy, the Wireless Power Consortium has done some remarkable research into inductive charging behaviour. Unlike traditional conductive charging, that makes use of wires, this new technology is able to generate electricity without the use of wires. As a result, devices can be charged wirelessly.Here’s how it works, basically: There two coils, a transmitter coil and a receiver coil. An alternating current in the transmitter coil generates a magnetic field which induces a voltage in the receiver coil.This new technology is at the present, targeted towards low-powered devices, such as mobile phones, that require less than or equal to 5 Watts. But further research into inductive charging is able to produce as close as 120 Watts. Wireless Powerless Consortium has in its alliance, leading consumer brands…