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How Apollo 11′s 1.024MHz guidance computer did a lot with very little

 

early 44 years ago computer hardware was in an entirely different place than it is now. The levels of performance don’t even fit on the same scale. The anniversary of the Apollo 11moon landing is upon us, and those brave space pioneers got by without a 3GHz multi-core CPU. The guidance computer used on the Apollo 11 mission ran at only 1.024 MHz.

The moon landing was the height of technological achievement at the time, and some of the rocket technology is still relevant today. That computer, though, has been left in the dust. In fact, it was well and truly obsolete a few years after the landing.

The Intel 8086 came about roughly ten years after the Apollo landing, marking the beginning of x86. Apollo 11’s computer had 4 registers — essentially slots for holding numeric values. The 8086 boosted that to eight 16-bit registers.

The IBM PC XT ran the next version of that chip, the famous 8088. This computer ran at 4.077MHz, which sounds incredibly slow by today’s standards, but is still four times faster than the Apollo 11computer. The XT also packed in eight times the memory used on Apollo 11.

The Apollo 11 guidance computer actually had some impressive software features for a system that didn’t even run a graphical interface. It could multitask up to 8 different operations, but it didn’t work the way we think of multitasking. Today’s operations use preemptive multitasking that allows the OS to distribute computing resources as needed. On Apollo 11, programs were in charge and had to give control back to the OS periodically. A kind of virtual machine was used to allow developers to mix hardware-level instructions with virtual machine commands within the same assembler code.

Inputting commands required translating the English words into “verb noun pairs,” which could be input as numbers. There was a handy sign in the cabin as a reminder. To top it all off, none of the computer’s systems were software upgradeable. All the code was stored in read-only memory. Several years after Apollo 11, Apollo 14 was forced to manually input the code to patch a system malfunction — it took 90 minutes just to type it in.

Maybe your computer is a little sluggish, and your smartphone is a couple years old, but you have it better than those astronauts

LG Launches Full HD LCD Panel for Super Thin Smartphone with size

LG Display has just showcased its newest display panel product that is claimed as a full HD panel for the world’s thinnest smartphone. By using the LCD panel, the size of a smartphone can be pressed into thinner again.

LCD panels are not only super-thin size. The panel also makes it easy to hold plus better screen quality. This panel has a size of 2.3 millimeters thick bezel is not less than 2.2 millimeters.

Currently, LG Display provides the panel with a size up to 5.2 inches. This panel is also claimed to improve the quality of the screen brightness as compared with the other panel on the market. This panel has RGB with 535 points nits brightness to its highest point.

Parties LG also said that they will continue to develop the LCD panel. By doing so, the LG can make a smartphone and tablet products with super slim size.

Thanko Quad-core Android SmartTV 2, PC Portable LCD TV to Change Android Devices Being Great

Want to feel the sensation of the Android experience to a jolly? If so, the latest portable PCs known as Thanko Quad-core Android SmartTV 2 this might be an alternative solution.

With features and capabilities that it has, you can use Android SmartTV Thanko Quad-core 2 is to convert non-Adroid devices such as LCD TV into an Android device.

PC portable measuring 122x175x121mm and weighs 250g is complemented by a 1.6GHz Quad Core CPU, operating system Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and a built-in 2GB memory. And thanks to the existence of two existing USB terminal, you can use it with a keyboard, mouse, portable HDD and so on.

While about prices in Japan itself, Thanko Quad-core Android SmartTV 2 priced around ¥ 14,800 or the equivalent of 1.5 million dollars per unit.

Share Printer Access Windows 8

Increasingly diverse operating systems. Therefore, do not be surprised if within a network can terdisi from a variety of devices. Plus, gadgets and electronic devices now have the ability to pass network connectivity.

If the operating system both Windows or Linux fellow, it’s still easy. For use can be done without much trouble. Well if there are some who use the operating system Windows 8 and some of them have access to a printer via the Linux how dong? Easy! This tutorial.

Step 1:

Workgroup liken this step similar to when we want to share files across operating systems. We must do this step in Windows 8:

1. Create Same Workgroup. On the Start screen, click System Settings on the right side and click on System in the left side. Click the Change Settings.

2. In the System Properties window go to the Computer Name tab and see the workgroup name there. Compare with information workgroup name in Windows 8. If the same, you can jump straight to step 4. If different, follow the first 3 steps.

3. Click the Change button that is on the Computer Name tab. After that, in the Computer Name Changes window, click the Workgroup menu in the box if the Member in the column below, the contents of the same name with a Linux workgroup. Press OK to save the changes. When prompted, restart the PC in order to connect with the new workgroup.

Next, use the same naming workgroup with Linux.

Step 2:

To put the printer on Windows 8

Divide and put the printer is not difficult to access. On the Start screen, type in Device and Printers, click Settings and then click the icon. Figure 4. Right-click the printer you want to dibagipakaikan then select “Printer Properties”. In the Properties window, select the Sharing tab and place a check in front of the “Share this printer”. Figure 5. Click “OK” to save changes.

Step 3:

Configuring Linux For Linux printer can be accessed through, it is time configuration on Linux. We will be using Ubuntu as the most popular Linux ditro. Here’s how:

1. Click the menu System> Administration> Printing to open the printer management window.

2. In the Printer Configuration window, click the “New” button. Ubuntu will search for the printer on the network.

3. Once the search is complete, Ubuntu will display all the printers on the network are detected. If printermu not listed, click the “Windows Printer via SAMBA” on the left panel. IN the right side window, type the workgroup name created in step 1, and then click “Browse”.

4. Explore the SMB workgroup that appears in the browser, select the computer name, then click on the name of the printer that has dibagipakaikan then click “OK”.

5. You will be taken back to the previous window. Click the “Verify ..” to ensure the printer can be accessed by Ubuntu. If successful, you will get the message “Print Share Verified” like in the picture. If at this stage you have failed, try to go back to step 2 to ensure the printer configuration has been done correctly.

6. Click “OK” and “Forward”.

7. Now you will see a window with three options: Choose the printer from the database, providing PPD file, or do a search in the printer driver

Choose the first option and then check whether the driver for printermu already teredia. If printermu not listed there, select the second option. After that select the PPD file that you have and then click Open. PPD file is a file that contains information such as the printer’s Windows driver which can be downloaded from the Internet. If the second alternative in this step you have problems too, just select the third option to force Ubuntu to find drivers on the Internet.

8. Click the “Forward” button to continue.

9. Enter the printer name information, description and location of the printer in the field provided. Click Apply to continue.

10. Ubuntu will ask you to test your printer. Click “Yes” to try to print to the printer.

11. After all steps finished, you will see the printer connected to the PC Windows 8 appears in the printer list Ubuntu.

Supermicro® 12x GPU FatTwin™ and Scalable High-Performance Server, Blade, Workstation and Storage Solutions at Siggraph 2013

Super Micro Computer, Inc. (SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing exhibits its lineup of systems optimized for computer graphics and interactive techniques at Siggraph 2013 in Anaheim, California this week. Server, blade, workstation and high-density storage solutions optimized for 3D, CG, VFX, render farm clusters, video wall control, VDI, CAD/CAM and advanced visualization applications will be highlighted at the show.

“Increased adoption of computer generated content and 3D visualization in media, entertainment and research fields is driving demand for higher performance computing and mass storage solutions,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “Our enterprise-class server, workstation and storage solutions support the widest range of graphics and simulation intensive applications with up to five GPUs in our SuperWorkstations, six GPUs in our 2U SuperServers, twelve GPUs in our FatTwin and twenty GPUs in our SuperBlade. With Supermicro’s 4U high-density, high-bandwidth 72 external hot-swap 3.5″ HDD storage server, instant access and high availability of even the largest files or data sets streamlines workflow and enhances productivity.”

Computing and Storage Solutions include:
SuperServers

  • SYS-F627G3-FT+ / G2-FT+ 4U FatTwin™ with 4x hot-plug nodes supporting 12x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors (3x per node). Available with front I/O and 2x 3.5″ or 6x 2.5″ hot-swap HDD bays. Features 1620W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies.
  • SYS-2027GR-TRF 2U SuperServer® supporting 6x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors (up to 130W TDP), up to 256GB memory and 10x hot-swap 2.5″ SATA3 HDD bays. Features 1800W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies and smart server management tools.
  • SYS-1027GR-TRT2+ 1U SuperServer® supporting 3x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors (up to 130W TDP), up to 512GB memory and 4x hot-swap 2.5″ SATA3 HDD bays. Features 1600W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies and smart server management tools.

SuperBlade®

  • 7U SuperBlade® Solution – The all-in-one SuperBlade features redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies and high bandwidth connectivity through network switch modules, including 56Gb/s FDR IB (SBM-IBS-F3616M), FC/FCoE (SBM-XEM-F8X4SM), 10GbE (SBM-XEM-X10SM) and 1/10GbE (SBM-GEM-X3S+). SBI-7127RG-E Blade supports 2x GPUs or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors, up to 256GB memory, 1x SSD or 1x SATA-DOM and onboard BMC for IPMI 2.0 support. 10x blades in 7U SuperBlade® chassis scale to best density (120x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors and 120x CPUs) and performance (188 TFLOPS theoretical) per 42U SuperRack®.

SuperWorkstations

  • SYS-7047AX-TRF 4U/Tower Hyper-Speed workstation features hardware and airflow optimizations to enhance the performance of dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors (up to 150W TDP). BIOS customization provides auto-recovery failsafe operation, adjustable frequencies, voltages and memory latencies. Supports up to 512GB memory, 8x hot-swap 3.5″ HDD bays, remote server management tools and features 1280W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (95%) digital switching power supplies.
  • SYS-7047GR-TRF Ultimate performance and expandability with support for up to 5x GPU or 4x Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors, up to 512GB memory and 8x hot-swap 3.5″ HDD bays. Features 1620W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%) power supplies.
  • SYS-7037A-i High-end, whisper-quiet (24db) workstation supports dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors, up to 512GB memory, 3x PCI-E 3.0 x16 expansion slots, 4x 3.5″ hot-swap HDD bays and optional 4x 2.5″ internal HDD/SDD bays.
  • SYS-5037A-i Entry-level, single processor workstation supporting Intel® Xeon® E5-1600/2600 series processors, up to 256GB memory, 2x PCI-E 3.0 x16 expansion slots, 4x 3.5″ hot-swap HDD bays and optional 4x 2.5″ internal HDD/SDD bays.

SuperStorage

  • SSG-6047R-E1R72L 4U high-density Double-Sided Storage® server features 72x 3.5″ external hot-swap HDDs with 2x internal fixed plus 2x optional external 2.5″ HDDs. Supports dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors, up to 512GB memory, 4x PCI-E 3.0 x8 expansion slots. Features triple 1280W (2+1) Platinum Level high-efficiency (95%) power supplies.

Visit Supermicro at Siggraph 2013, July 23 – 25 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Booth #321. For more information on Supermicro’s complete line of high performance computing and storage solutions, visit www.supermicro.com.

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About Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Supermicro® (SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.

Supermicro, FatTwin, SuperServer, SuperBlade, SuperRack, Double-Sided Storage and Building Block Solutions and We Keep IT Green are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Super Micro Computer, Inc.

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Acer Aspire V5-122 with AMD Temash

Jakarta-ultrabook exorbitant price makes it less attractive thin notebook. Despite having a number of advantages compared to notebooks in general, such as fast boot time and lightweight body, the average price is above USD 10 million to be a serious obstacle.

As an alternative, some computer vendors began marketing sense ultrabook notebook with a more affordable price. Call it VivoBook X202E Asus, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, Dell XPS 12, or Acer Aspire V5-122.

Yes, with many excellent features adopted from the ultrabook, notebook sold in the under $ 10 million. But in terms of performance is less than the true ultrabook. But the experience of computing an ultrabook can still be felt on the notebook.

In the past week, Tempo had tried Acer Aspire V5-122. Body is lightweight and thin making the Aspire V5 easily incorporated into the bag and convenient to carry anywhere. Interestingly, in the Aspire V5-122 grafted Temash low-power AMD processors.

DESIGN

Thin, lightweight, and stylish. That first impression when touched obtained Tempo Acer Aspire V5-122. Body wrapped in metallic silver color adds an elegant notebook with a 11.6-inch wide screen. While at the bottom, cover plastic dark black plated.

Every corner of the Aspire V5-122 made rounded. While the keyboard on the inside of the black chiclet design. Fairly wide spacing between the keys making it comfortable to use for fast typing.

Touch pad size is not too big, but it’s not a problem. Therefore, Aspire V5-122 is equipped with a touch screen that is able to respond to ten touch points. The touch screen was optimal when used with the Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft.

Like ultrabook, Aspire V5-122 also brought the concept of unibodi. That is, the types of Li-ion battery 3-cell it carries can not be removed. But you do not need to worry because Acer ensure the battery life is long enough.

Connectivity

Like most new output notebooks, Aspire V5-122 is equipped with the latest features for connectivity. One of which is USB 3.0 is capable of transferring and receiving data 10 times faster than USB 2.0. USB 3.0 port is located on the left side.

In addition to USB 3.0, Aspire V5-122 is equipped with a USB 2.0 port is on the right side. In addition there is a card reader slot. As for the wireless connectivity, Acer presents Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0.

SCREEN

Screen Aspire V5-122 is able to produce high levels of brightness. Using glossy reflective technology, the Aspire V5-122 black color makes it look more dense and the resulting image sharpness deeper than the regular screen.

Only, with a relatively cheap price than the ultrabook, Acer just immerse the display with a standard resolution, 1,366 x 768 pixels only. That is, watch the video with 1080p high definition resolution was less than optimal on-screen Aspire V5-122’s.

Moreover, with the use of the Windows 8 operating system and the increasing number of applications that require content HD screen resolution, screen technology Aspire V5-122 feels a little left behind.

PERFORMANCE

Acer Aspire V5-122 is equipped with AMD processors Jaguar Temash APU A6-1450 quad-core processors with speeds up to 1 GHz of computing processes. As for the graphics processing embedded AMD Radeon HD 8280G which has a thermal design power (TDP), only 8 watts.

Jaguar AMD A6-1450 APU processor is the new output. This low-power processor platform is the successor of Zacate and Ontario, the first generation processor which is equipped with power-saving features with four cores.

Low power consumption that makes the battery life to be quite long. During the trial, Tempo get the battery can last up to 5 hours with normal use and use the Wi-Fi connectivity.

To support the performance of the processor, Acer relies DDR 3 RAM memory of 6 GB with a storage capacity of 500 GB hard-disk. Hard-disk usage is what makes the Aspire V5-122 can not be called as an ultrabook, but of course the use processors made by AMD.

CONCLUSION

Pegged at a relatively affordable price, about Rp 5.5 million, Acer Aspire V5-122 can be regarded as a substitute for the ultrabook much cheaper price. Elegant design and weighs only 1.3 pounds, this slim notebook comfortable to carry around.

As a colleague, Aspire V5-122 can be relied upon, especially he amplified output low-power processors AMD. In the market, the Aspire V5-122 directly compete with VivoBook S200E Asus, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130 and Sony Vaio SVE 1111.

Use Google Glass, Larry Page Feeling the Future

Jakarta – Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Google, Larry Page, said he likes to wear Google Glass although not as often as his fellow founders, Sergey Brin ie.

“It was like living in the future,” he said when presenting the company’s performance for the second quarter via teleconference. “It really makes me excited.” At a wedding in Croatia, Larry is seen wearing smart glasses.

“For some people, working on crazy projects are very challenging,” he continued. “Attempting to change the world with ten co-workers.”

Some projects that turned into a popular product used by many people in the world like Gmail, Chrome, and Android. “I see the results of our work on a number of projects and I feel satisfied.”

Several other projects are being worked on is the smart glasses Glass, Google Now, Project Loon, and a vehicle without a driver. “Misrepresentation if we assume the technology will be static,” he said.

Fuji Xerox Printer Delivers for PPAT and Notaries

Jakarta – Fuji Xerox as a maker of laser printers provide printing solutions for the needs of a Land Deed Official (PPAT) and notarized by presenting a tech A3 laser printer engine and auto-duplex, the DocuPrint 3105.
This laser printer comes following provisions of National Defense Agency No. 8 of 2012 which states starting in 2013 the preparation and manufacture of blank PPAT deed done by each PPAT, PPAT replacement, temporary PPAT and PPAT special. Of this provision, the PPAT and notaries are required to print your own blank deed and land services they need improvement.
Notary PPAT and this in turn requires the land deed blank printer A3 size and auto-duplex. »They also need a leading print solutions and terandal, the durable quality legal documents, but at an affordable cost and high performance,” said Teddy Susanto, Country Sales Manager of Fuji Xerox Printer Channel Indonesia in Jakarta, Monday, July 29, 2013.
Teddy says DocuPrint 3105 has been launched in May 2012 at a price of Rp 8.9 million. »DocuPrint 3105 presents the features, functions, and enterprise-class innovations at affordable prices,” he said.
DocuPrint 3105 can print up to 32 pages per minute for A4 size and 17 pages per minute in A3 size. This device also has a resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi and can be increased up to 2400 dpi prints through processing technology. Compact dimensions save space office desk.
Features Toner Save on the DocuPrint 3105 claimed saving toner consumption. This feature has four levels of savings that can be tailored to user needs. This benefits users maximize toner cartridge age, save costs, and consumables.
This printer also offers security features to help protect confidential legal information. Secure Print function to save documents in the hard disk drive up to the document owner to enter the password in the control panel. For additional security, the printer does encryption on the data before it is sent over the network. This printer also includes a system to remove the disk overwrite data in memory after printing is complete. Check out other techno news here.

Microsoft Combining 3 Monitor 4K to Play Games, Rework 1.5 Billion Pixels Per Second

Monitor resolution of 3840×2160 pixels, aka 4K is still expensive, but it seems to have become one of the dream stuff PC users. This week Microsoft decided to show off a PC that is designed to run 3 monitors into a single 4K display using AMD Eyefinity technology.
The three monitors are the 32-inch 4K monitor Sharp PN-K321, each of which cost nearly U.S. $ 5,000 (U.S. $ 51.3 million). AMD HD7970 graphics card uses DirectCU II. After playing a racing game Dirt 3 on Windows 8 in the third screen with a refresh rate of 30Hz, Microsoft decided to run the game in 60Hz mode and three monitors combined into one display. AMD actually create a custom driver package, add two graphics cards and a custom power systems. They even expressed do not try it at home.
As a result, they were able to run the game Dirt 3 with framerate 62-67 frames per second in all three Sharp 4K monitor with a refresh rate of 60Hz setting and the overall setting in High mode except shadow detail and particles. That is, the total resolution is 11520×2160 pixels (24.9 megapixels). Multiplied by 60 fps, meaning that every second there are 1.492992 billion pixels processed fruit.

WiFi Modem Router Linksys X3500 Officially Released

JAKARTA – Linksys announced the latest WiFi router modem from the line of X-Series, X3500. Comes with Dual-band support that work simultaneously, the device is claimed to be able to deliver speeds up to 450Mbps +300 Mbps internet.

“Dual-band functioned to reduce clashes WiFi signal, the modem can also be connected to a line, ASDL or cable / fiber optic” said Sales Manager Kevin Kurniawan Networking Linksys to Techno Okezone, Wednesday (07/17/2013).

Problem design, Linksys brings a modern look. WiFi modem router is also optimized by setting and managing quite easy. Users simply connect a variety of devices, smartphones, tablets, consoles, and SmartTV simply by pressing the WPS button on both devices would be connected and mobile apps Linksys.

“Technological developments prompted some devices that can connect to the internet. At home, many people want to create their own WiFi network to improve the comfort of surfing, “said Kevin.

“Linksys router can connect a variety of devices to help consumers more easily and provide a better solution to do video streaming,” he continued.

Meanwhile, the X3500 has several key features, namely Dual-band, can be connected to ADSL and cable, dock four Gigabit LAN, USB virtual storage to shared storage media or print documents wirelessly, DLNA support, parental control, and is compatible with IPv6.

“It can also be used as a mini server at home, just plug in an external hard drive on the modem, then all can access the storage media, either to access multimedia content and documents,” he said.