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Technology Artist for Cumulus Technology, Inc - the We Are Technology people.... Technical Writer, Artistic Consultant, Strategist,....and WebDeveloper. That's a lot of hats. :)

I Want One!!!

What is it?   ….it’s a camera ball!  I just found this little techno gem on the BBC website and it looks like great fun.  I can just imagine something like this being used for social media fun, but I can also imagine it could be useful in exploration purposes such as examining caves or crevices that a human cannot access safely but a small object could be lowered safely down instead.  Perhaps lowering one down into the Amazon Rain forest to capture photos of plants and animals in the tree tops to give a real life feeling of what it would be like to be in the trees. Click below for the BBC article and video footage. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25926300 Or even better go to this link and click on the company’s “watch the video” icon and get the whole story about the camera and its creation and possibilities for capturing life’s wonderful moments. http://www.panono.com/ballcamera/ G. Winkler ©2014 Technology Artist Cumulus Technology

Nanostructuring in Glass – sounds like Star Trek

I get asked many times if I like my job.  The answer to this question is a very much “YES” – and a big part of what I like is the fact that I get to see, work with and contribute to leading cutting edge technology on almost a daily basis.  It has been said by my team that a lot of today’s tech may relate to the television show “Star Trek” as life imitating art. While life may feel like it we still don’t have our Warp Drive ships.  We are, however, seeing devices that were presented as science fiction in the early 1990’s when the second franchise of the show aired as “Star Trek: The Next Generation”.  Out of that today we have fully networked computers, the Internet’s World Wide Web (the Internet itself existed during the start of the show, however, the Word Wild Web was developed about halfway through its run.)   Things like mobile phones and tablet computers have also appeared on the general landscape since then. One bit of technology from the show relates to the amount of storage and retrieval that type of a computer system would require.  Today on average a computer has around a terabyte of storage, and you can readily buy capacity in the 3-4 terabyte range.  Current storage in that range consists of mechanical storage devices that use platters that spin to store information.  The estimate maximum life of this type of storage is estimated to a few decades maximum, and in many cases due to mechanical failure and accidents is much shorter.  It looks like this fact may be changing, and like the television show in a way that wouldn’t of been perceived of

By |January 16th, 2014|Categories: Data Storage, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Nanostructuring in Glass – sounds like Star Trek

On Radio today!

Today at 4pm Pacific Standard time William Sikkens, our Technology Expert, will be chatting with Dan Mason on his KOH Newstalk radio show.  You can access the radio show via the web by just going to KKOH.COM   There is a red link button in the upper right hand corner of the website that says "Listen Live".  Click that button and it will start the stream.  The topic today should be the latest trends and advancements in technology.

Smart Phones keep getting smarter

Smart phones are such a growing important part of our lives and we, the technology hounds at Cumulus, love seeing how the technology for these devices advance and change each year.    Apparently, Corning has created an anti-bacterial glass for cell phones, which if you have ever had a cold and had to carry around your phone and use it, you know that you have probably covered your treasured communication device with all sorts of stuff that you don't want to share with another or re-introduce into your own body system.  The glass is made with silver, which is a long used metal for preventing the spread of germs.  Does that surprise you?  Have you ever heard of the idea that someone was born with a silver spoon in their mouth?  Well, silver baby spoons were preferred to protect the health of young children since their bodies were more fragile to the ravages of illnesses.  It was better to prevent it and that was the reason why parents would use silver spoons for the their young children. I think the introduction of this kind of glass will only enhance the practicality of using smart phones and other devices that require hours of personal interaction with human beings.  I know that after I had recovered from being sick, I would take anti-bacterial disposable wipes and clean my keyboard and mouse to prevent the spread and re-introduction of germs. Please enjoy the article, CES 2014: Anti-bacteria Gorilla Glass announced, by the BBC - they are excellent writers. G.Winkler (c) 2014 Cumulus Technology, Inc.

By |January 6th, 2014|Categories: Smart Phones, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Smart Phones keep getting smarter

Spyware – everywhere?

I have to thank the BBC again for writing about stuff I never see here at home.  And I am sure that I might find articles like these somewhere if I dig into the depths of informational websites that only hard core programmers frequent, but what about our clients, who for the most part are business people that just want to protect their company's digital systems.  Spyware, malware, and viruses are a business nightmare and can cause all kinds work related issues, legal problems, and lose of clientele.   Nobody wants any of these things to happen. But this article steps into a darker and more mysterious realm of what these nasty negative softwares can be related to.  It seems that some of it is not just the common criminal or hacker wanting to make a name for himself.  This is actual spy stuff - like James Bond and international intrigue. So if you want to know more about what could be lurking out there in the cyber world of international politics, just click on this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25054229 G. Winkler (c) 2013

By |December 5th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Spyware – everywhere?