Phone Chargers To Be Standardized In 2011

The technical specifications for the connection are based on the microUSB connector that many mobile phone manufacturers are already using. You’ll find many of your favorite phone brands among the list of manufacturers that have agreed to adopt the standard, including Samsung, Apple, Nokia, and Research in Motion. My new phone has the microUSB connection and I just bought a 1ft USB to mircoUSB connection for my computer. I come to find out that the phone does not have the capability to transfer data from via the USB cable. ATT has restricted the phone to use their data network to transfer files on a phone that I own with no other way then for me to pay them for data. That mean that if I took a picture of my dog and wanted to put it on my computer I would have to media mail it from my phone to my email address then download it to my computer. I think it is ridiculous that I can not just plug my phone into my computer via a USB cable and transfer files back and forth. ATT has a history of making things difficult for their customers.

Here is an article that gives more details about phone charger standardization: http://hothardware.com/News/Phones-Chargers-To-Be-Standardized-In-2011/
This is the greatest news I have heard about cell phones for this year.

The technical specifications for the connection are based on the microUSB connector that many mobile phone manufacturers are already using. You’ll find many of your favorite phone brands among the list of manufacturers that have agreed to adopt the standard, including Samsung, Apple, Nokia, and Research in Motion. My new phone has the microUSB connection and I just bought a 1ft USB to mircoUSB connection for my computer. I come to find out that the phone does not have the capability to transfer data from via the USB cable. ATT has restricted the phone to use their data network to transfer files on a phone that I own with no other way then for me to pay them for data. That mean that if I took a picture of my dog and wanted to put it on my computer I would have to media mail it from my phone to my email address then download it to my computer. I think it is ridiculous that I can not just plug my phone into my computer via a USB cable and transfer files back and forth. ATT has a history of making things difficult for their customers.

Here is an article that gives more details about phone charger standardization: http://hothardware.com/News/Phones-Chargers-To-Be-Standardized-In-2011/
This is the greatest news I have heard about cell phones for this year.

Torchlight coming to XBLA!

Torchlight is coming to the Xbox live Arcade. It has a different user interface improved for the Xbox controllers. Looks like it should be released pretty soon. I will have the price and release date when that information is released. Hopefully they keep the price low like they did on the PC version maybe $10-$15 max price.

http://www.destructoid.com/torchlight-xbla-detailed-but-no-plans-for-ps3-version-190947.phtml

This is really exciting to see. I will get this when it comes out. I love Torchlight.

Torchlight II should be coming out hopefully second quarter of this year. Can’t wait for that with the new multiplayer and new characters.

Torchlight is coming to the Xbox live Arcade. It has a different user interface improved for the Xbox controllers. Looks like it should be released pretty soon. I will have the price and release date when that information is released. Hopefully they keep the price low like they did on the PC version maybe $10-$15 max price.

http://www.destructoid.com/torchlight-xbla-detailed-but-no-plans-for-ps3-version-190947.phtml

This is really exciting to see. I will get this when it comes out. I love Torchlight.

Torchlight II should be coming out hopefully second quarter of this year. Can’t wait for that with the new multiplayer and new characters.

Today’s $60 1TB drive would have cost $1 trillion in the ’50s

Hard disk drives sure have come a long way. In the 1950s, storage hardware was measured in feet and in tons. Back then, the era’s state-of-the-art computer drive was found in IBM’s RAMAC 305; it consisted of two refrigerator-size boxes that weighed about a ton each. One box held 40 24-inch dual-sided magnetic disk platters; a carriage with two recording heads suspended by compressed air moved up and down the stack to access the disks. The other cabinet contained the data processing unit, the magnetic process drum, magnetic core register and electronic logical and arithmetic circuits.

Today things are a bit different and for the better. Everything is smaller, faster, and uses less power.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/print/9201519/Computer_History_Museum_to_highlight_storage_from_RAMAC_to_microdrives?taxonomyName=Storage&taxonomyId=19

Hard disk drives sure have come a long way. In the 1950s, storage hardware was measured in feet and in tons. Back then, the era’s state-of-the-art computer drive was found in IBM’s RAMAC 305; it consisted of two refrigerator-size boxes that weighed about a ton each. One box held 40 24-inch dual-sided magnetic disk platters; a carriage with two recording heads suspended by compressed air moved up and down the stack to access the disks. The other cabinet contained the data processing unit, the magnetic process drum, magnetic core register and electronic logical and arithmetic circuits.

Today things are a bit different and for the better. Everything is smaller, faster, and uses less power.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/print/9201519/Computer_History_Museum_to_highlight_storage_from_RAMAC_to_microdrives?taxonomyName=Storage&taxonomyId=19

Store Every Movie Made This Year on Your Phone (With Room to Spare) Storage Breakthrough

Store Every Movie Made This Year on Your Phone (With Room to Spare). How can we do that? Well IBM has come up with a new way of storing information called “Racetrack memory.” Racetrack memory had the potential to store 100 times more information than they do now with faster speed in addition to utilizing less power. ExtremeTech has a run through of how the technology works but it may be several years before we see a product that can compete with today’s price per GB of storage.

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2374767,00.asp

Store Every Movie Made This Year on Your Phone (With Room to Spare). How can we do that? Well IBM has come up with a new way of storing information called “Racetrack memory.” Racetrack memory had the potential to store 100 times more information than they do now with faster speed in addition to utilizing less power. ExtremeTech has a run through of how the technology works but it may be several years before we see a product that can compete with today’s price per GB of storage.

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2374767,00.asp