The Development of Miniaturization and Microelectronics
Man has always wanted to make his gadgets smaller and lighter. This makes things more convenient as miniaturized devices are easier to carry around, store, and occupy less space.
Perhaps one of the earliest applications of the concept of miniaturization is the book. While they began as bulky and heavy stone, wood, and clay tablets, the discovery and development of papyrus eventually transformed them into scrolls, which were later supplanted by the codices. Today, thousands of books can be stored in an electronic device whose height and width are only 37 percent of that of the Gutenberg Bible, and with a depth of less than 10 mm.
This, of course, has been made possible with the development of microelectronics. Microelectronics is a subfield of electronics which uses the same components –transistors, capacitors, resistors, diodes, etc— except that they come in very tiny models.
One impetus that pushed the growth of the miniaturization of electronic gadgets, and therefore of microelectronics, is the Space Race between the USA and the USSR that began in the 1950s. Satellites, spacecrafts, space stations, rockets, and guidance systems needed to be sturdy yet lightweight. This necessitated researches into how to reduce the weight and size of the equipment, gadgets, and devices carried into space. This led to the development of new materials, such as new type of plastics that do not melt even in extreme heat, rubbers that are resistant to both cold and heat, ceramics that do not break, and alloys that are lightweight yet tough.
While these did not have any immediate commercial application, over time they were adopted by private commercial enterprises that created new miniaturized products relying on microelectronic systems. Cameras became smaller, stereo systems shrank, TVs were reduced to a thickness of a few inches, and, of course the ENIAC, which took an entire room, was transformed into a tablet you can carry in your purse.
Microelectronics in My Life
I woke up to Michael Buble singing Sway on the compact speaker perched on my headboard. I had set my MP3 player the previous night to come alive at 5:00 am as it was a Sunday and I was scheduled to go on my long run before embedding it into the speaker’s dock. Crawling out of bed, I noticed that I failed to turn off the Kindle again.
As I threw off my blanket, I felt the room was still cool from the air conditioner, but, as I listened more closely, I realized that the remote thermostat has already turned it off. Before going out my room, I strapped on my wireless GPS-enabled sports watch. It can tell me exactly how far and how fast my runs are. It even includes a heart rate monitor so I know if I am exerting too much effort.
I remembered I was running with a buddy that day, so I picked up my smart phone and called to make sure he was up and about. I told him I’d be picking him up in half an hour. I didn’t bother turning the lights on in the garage as I knew exactly where I left the remote garage door opener. Simultaneously, I opened the garage and car doors with their own remotes.
In the car, I attached my smart phone to the wireless FM transmitter and continued listening to Michael Buble. This time he was belting out Moondance on the car’s speakers.
We did 21k, or a half-marathon, in 1:40:50. Not bad at all. Thanks to my GPS watch, we knew exactly how fast and how far we ran, and all the while listening to music for running on my Bluetooth stereo ear buds as it picked up the signal from my smart phone.
It was time for breakfast. We dropped by a drive-thru deli and ordered bagels, egg sandwiches, and OJ through their speakerphone. Back home, I demolished my breakfast while browsing through the different TV channels with the remote control. I settled on the news. During the advertisements, I wondered how life was when there was no microelectronics.
Capture Ocean Wildlife with Waterproof Digital Cameras
I went to Bohol, Philippines last summer for a conference in chemistry. Aside from scholarly talks and activities we planned to tour the city. Bohol boasts of white sand beaches, caves, the Chocolate hills, a beautiful river and interesting wildlife. The moment we arrived, we hired a van to take us around the city for some sightseeing. After the three-day conference we packed our bags and headed to the beach.
We went to the beach around five in the morning and quickly boarded a small motor boat to go island hopping. We were heading to the ocean to go dolphin watching. The ocean was peaceful and serene, and we were able to catch a glimpse of the first rays of sunlight. At around seven, the dolphins came in packs, jumping and crashing back to the sea. It was an amazing and exhilarating experience. After the dolphin watching, we headed to the marine sanctuary to go snorkeling. We were lucky that two of our companions who were studying marine biology brought waterproof digital cameras. The moment we snorkeled to the area with a deep sea vent, hundreds of colorful fishes swam below our feet. It was like watching the National Geographic – it seemed like a different world out there.
It was a truly memorable experience. The Olympus underwater camera of my friend captured it all.
Used Cell Phones Guide
With over four billion cell phones worldwide, virtually everybody in the developed countries own one. A powerful incentive for you to buy your own. Apart from that, of course, is your need to keep in touch with your family, friends, and business colleagues wherever you are.
You may be thinking of buying a second phone, or you are getting bored with your present one, or it may dying. If this is the case, consider a pre-owned unit. You can always find a used cell phones guide on the Internet that can help you locate one that suits your preferences and budget.
There are good reasons to buy a pre-owned cell phone. Foremost is the cost savings. You can save as much as 30 to 60% of the brand new price. If you cannot get at least 30%, go the next store. Keeping one used cell phone from joining the millions that are already in the landfills is another good reason to buy and recycle one. One cell phone may not seem to make a difference, but remember that big things are ultimately made of small things. Finally, if you are the kind who feels attached and comfortable with your cell phone, or if you are technologically challenged, you may not want to buy a newer model with different features when your unit finally bites the dust.
You will want to exercise caution when buying a used cell phone. The first thing you should remember is to buy only from reputable companies. Do some research to find out if any complaints have been leveled against the seller. Often, these data can be found on the Internet. If you are buying a refurbished phone, be sure it was refurbished by the original manufacturer, or a reputable third-party repair shop.
In either case, do not forget to ask about the warranty. These may be shorter than those given for brand new units, but you should be allowed a reasonable amount of time to try the phone out and return it should you be dissatisfied. If the seller doesn’t give you this, go back to the used cell phones guide and look for another seller.
Fabulous Earrings on My Earring Tree
One of the most precious things to me is my earring collection. I have been an avid jewelry collector and some of the pieces that I have held on to date back to the renaissance period, worn by royalty and passed down from generation to generation. As I look back on the many experiences I had in order to collect such finery I remember some special moments that I spent in London and in Whales just attending auctions and trying to bid on these elegant and opulent pieces.
There was one time that I had to bid against a Baroness on a particular choker that was owned by the late Princess Anne. It was a diamond and emerald encrusted 8 stud choker with peridot inlays and blue sapphires encrusting a big sapphire in the middle. It was truly a one of a kind piece. As elegant and magnanimous this necklace was, I have to say my favorite piece would be the Victorian diamond earrings that I won of a DeBeers auction last year. I keep it in my earring tree now to remind me of the sacrifices that I make in order to collect these jewelry pieces that I love so much.
The Importance of Getting a Health Insurance Quote
I used to be annoyed at people selling insurance because a lot of them are relentlessly persistent and some are pushy. Moreover, there are a few cases of bogus insurance companies and I don’t want to be duped; and the recent recession forced a lot of companies to close down, which may put my invested money in danger. However, I saw the importance of health insurance when I had my own family, specifically, after the birth of my daughter. Before that, the only insurance I knew and had was a car insurance.
You can never know when emergencies or illness will strike, and it is very scary not to be prepared. After my daughter was born, I had several health insurance quotes faxed to me and studied the various packages that they offer.
I opted for an individual health insurance plan since I am a business owner. I chose a major medical insurance plan with a permanent healthcare coverage with benefits including coverage for family members, vision and dental benefits, drug and office visit co-pays, and maternity benefits.
The things to remember before getting an insurance is to choose a reputable company with a clean, tried and tested track record; review the packages first if it offers what you need; and check for flexible and easy payment plans. This can be done by getting a health insurance quote first.
Flat Iron for Sleek, Straight Hair
A lot of people with curly or wavy hair desire to have a sleek and shiny hair. I guess it is already man’s innate nature to want what we don’t have. Because of this, a number of people with curly hair go to beauty salons and have their hair relaxed, straightened, or rebonded. Chemical hair straightening can transform your dry, frizzy curls to sleek, straight, shiny hair. However, all chemical treatments damage hair in the long run, making it dull and lifeless. Furthermore, you are not allowed to wash your hair for a few days after a treatment, and it is also discouraged to put your hair up into a ponytail or to tuck it behind your ear since it will form dents.
An alternative to chemical hair straightening treatments is by using a flat iron. A flat iron is a tong-like device with ceramic or metal plates which uses heat to straighten your hair. I tried using one when having long, pin-straight hair was still the trend. In just a few minutes, my messy hair was transformed into straight, smooth and shiny. The good thing is that it’s only temporary. If you have naturally wavy and or curly hair, just shampoo and you have your old hair back.
However, all treatments, whether permanent or temporary, causes hair damage. It is still best to love your natural crowning glory, and enhance and take good care of it.
A Locksmith Will Be Great Help For Any Business
In whatever business, security is always and should really be a major concern. It is important to invest in the security of your business, whether it be an office or a store in the mall or a commercial building you may be renting.
Whether you are in the bank or finance business or not, you should always make sure that you have the best security system for your business. You should not wait until you become a victim before you start implementing a security system for your establishment.
As early as starting your business, you should invest and purchase the best lock systems in the market. Dallas commercial locksmiths is a trusted company that takes care of your security. From simple door locks to the high end security system, Dallas commercial locksmiths has it for you. You can choose from variety of security solutions like door closure, exit hardware, deadbolts, mortise and cylindrical, camera system, keypad locks, electronic locks and a lot more. They also offer other services such replacement, repair, and re-keying of your old locks.
Contact Dallas commercial locksmiths for all your security needs and you will be sure that you and your business is secured. You can look them up online too.
Dallas Chminey Sweep Service
The Dallas chimney sweep service may have declined thru the years but there is still a significant market you can tap. Any house that has a wood stove or fireplace used for warming purposes is under a regulatory requirement to clear carbon and creosote from their chimneys at least once every other year to prevent it from becoming a fire hazard.
This is an opportunity for you to generate extra income or replace a job that you have lost. Chimney sweeping is a specialized task and you will need to apprentice under an expert. You wouldn’t want to leave soot tracks on your client’s floor in doing the job do you? This job takes like a couple of hours work and pays rather fairly.
What you will need to do is create a good marketing plan to make your business work. Run an advertisement in the local newspaper that you are offering this service. You can also go door to door during the late summer or early fall season and offer your services. You have to show efficiency and diligence in your job so you can get referrals and a steady list of local clients. Show up promptly for appointments. Give your clients a courtesy call if ever you will be unavoidably late.
Rustic House with San Antonio Oriental Rugs
My great aunt is a very big fan of antique furniture. Her house is rustic, and she loves heavily ornate wooden furniture, antique items and memorabilia like old telephones, phonographs and paintings. She even has a historic and authentic wooden carriage wheels in her front yard, dated during the late 1800s. The floor of her living room, dining room, and bedroom are all covered with elaborately designed San Antonio oriental rugs. All her children are living abroad, and one of them resides in Texas. She got the rugs from a well-known furniture shop in San Antonio.
The rugs were crafted tastefully and with the highest quality from the finest New Zealand wool. The rug in her living room has a Persian inspired pattern, while the one in her dining room is Chinese-inspired. In her bedroom, the Oriental rug on the floor has a safari theme with leopard prints strewn all over. It matches the bedspread and comforter on her wispy mosquito net-covered canopy bed, which have cheetah and tiger prints.
I find her house a little over decorated and scary because of all those antiques. But visiting her house is always an enjoyable experience for me because it feels like going to a museum, and playing poker with my cousins while sitting on her San Antonio oriental rugs is always fun.