What Really Counts: Awesome Quiz





You don't actually have to take the quiz. Just read straight through, and you'll get the point, an awesome one. .....


Take this quiz:
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are
no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel, appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you. Easier?

The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not
the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.
Pass this on to those people who have made a difference in your life.

Molecules That Behave Like Robots Created

In a breakthrough study, researchers have created and programmed robots the size of single molecule that can move independently across a nano-scale track.

The development, by Researchers from Columbia University, Arizona State University, the University of Michigan and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), marks an important advancement in the nascent fields of molecular computing and robotics.

And the feat could someday lead to molecular robots that can fix individual cells or assemble nanotechnology products.

Led by Milan N. Stojanovic, the project involved reprogramming DNA molecules to perform in specific ways.

“Can you instruct a biomolecule to move and function in a certain way–researchers at the interface of computer science, chemistry, biology and engineering are attempting to do just that,” Nature quoted Mitra Basu as saying.

Recent molecular robotics work has produced so-called DNA walkers, or strings of reprogrammed DNA with ”legs” that enabled them to briefly walk.

Now the researchers has shown these molecular robotic spiders can in fact move autonomously through a specially-created, two-dimensional landscape.

The spiders acted in rudimentary robotic ways, showing they are capable of starting motion, walking for awhile, turning, and stopping.

In addition to be incredibly small–about 4 nanometers in diameter–the walkers are also move slowly, covering 100 nanometers in times ranging 30 minutes to a full hour by taking approximately 100 steps.

This is a significant improvement over previous DNA walkers that were capable of only about three steps.

While the field of molecular robotics is still emerging, it is possible that these tiny creations may someday have important medical applications.

“This work one day may lead to effective control of chronic diseases such as diabetes or cancer,” said Basu.

The study was published in the latest edition of the journal Nature.

Google Live Transit: Know When Your Ride Will Actually Arrive (VIDEO)

Google can’t guarantee you’ll always be on time, but they may have done the next best thing.

Google company unveiled Google Live Transit, a Google Maps service that alerts public transportation travelers of precisely when their ride is “actually going to arrive.”

According to software engineer Sasha Gontmakher, Google partnered with transit agencies in six cities — Boston, Portland, Ore., San Diego, San Francisco, Madrid and Turin — to develop a real time update system for public transportation. The service will tell you if your bus or train has encountered a detour, construction or any other delay.

Users can also use the tool, which Google intends to bring to additional cities, to click on any Google Maps station icon and scroll through live departure times and traffic alerts.

The service is available for desktop and mobile devices operating on Android 1.6 or greater.


Via huffington post

BBM (and RIM as a whole) probably just died because of iMessage

Monday was the day of Apple’s WWDC 2011 keynote. Among the announcements of OS X Lion and iCloud, Scott Forstall, the Senior Vice President of iPhone Software for Apple, gave a preview of iOS 5. One of the introduced features was iMessage, Apple’s “BBM-killer.”

Why do I say that? Well, during the keynote, Scott also told the crowd that in the relatively short time that iOS and the subsequent devices that run the operating system have been around, the company has sold over 200 million devices. That’s insane, and it’s obviously not slowing down for a very long time. Meanwhile, BlackBerry devices are shrinking in sales. One of the most important features for the BlackBerry diehard is BBM, but with this major announcement, I’m not so sure it’s that big of a deal anymore.

iMessage will work across all iDevices that can run iOS 5. It works almost exactly like BBM, too. You can send text, pictures, videos, and locations, and even contacts. It definitely is something that was needed for iOS devices, and starting this fall, it will be installed on those devices, too. And that’s when the hell starts for RIM and its BlackBerry line.This is just a prediction, but I’m almost 100% sure that RIM will see a huge decline in sales. Let’s face it: RIM is dying. And unless QNX is put on their phones really soon, other things are tweaked just a bit, and maybe even certain developers start getting paid to develop for their platform, RIM will continue its streak of dying and will eventually . . . die.

You might say that BlackBerry phones have other features that set them apart from others. But I’d argue that most of those are for business. And the competition is catching up. Rapidly.

Say what you want, but the BlackBerry name is sort of a dirty word in the tech blogosphere these days. Nothing seems to go right for their co-CEOs, either. They don’t innovate, and they’re so arrogant that anything their customers suggest go in one ear and out the other.

With everything I’ve said going straight against them, I’ll be surprised if RIM makes it into 2012 while still being financially viable. What do you think?

nPower PEG: Use Your Body Energy to Recharge Gadgets

Recharging your portable devices and gadgetshas always been challenging work, especially if you’re always on the move. If that’s you, then you might want to check out this new device from nPower named PEG.

PEG stand for Personal Energy Generator and it is used to charge all of your portable devices, such as cellphones, mp3 players and so on. But what really special about this charger is that it charges while you’re moving it. All that you have to do is to put this device in your briefcase or a bag and simply walk and it will recharge over time. How is this possible ? Simply enough, nPower PEG uses kinetic energy that you make by moving and performing all sorts of daily activities such as walking or running. All that you have to do is to put it vertically in your bag and if you ever run out of battery you just have to hook up your device to it and press the charge button. It’s simple as it can be.Creators of PEG say that this universal charger will be compatible with more than 3000 devices out there on the market so you don’t have to worry about compatibility. Official information says that PEG will work with 90% of handheld devices so we’ll just have to wait and see if that’s true.No additional information has been released about this device, but we know that it will hit stores in June with a pricetag of $149.

Internet Running Out of Addresses

The world will soon run out of Internet addresses as the number of devices connected to the Web explodes unless organisations move to a new Internet Protocol version, the head of the body that allocates IP addresses said.

Rod Beckstrom, chief executive of ICANN, said only 8 or 9 percent of ipv4 addresses were left, and companies needed to switch to the new standard of ipv6 as quickly as possible.

“We are running out,” he told Reuters in an interview. “That move really needs to be made, we’re seeing this scarce resource run down.”

Ipv4, used ever since the Internet became public in the 1980s, was created with space for only a few billion addresses, whereas ipv6 has trillions.

A multitude of gadgets including cameras, music players and video-game consoles are joining computers and mobile phones in being connected to the Web, and each needs its own IP address.

Hans Vestberg, the chief executive of telecoms equipment maker Ericsson, predicted earlier this year there would be 50 billion connected devices by 2020.

Beckstrom said: “It’s a big management task and network operations task… but it’s going to have to happen because we humans are inventing so many devices that use the Internet now.”

World-wide Internet

Beckstrom was in Moscow to officially hand over the first international domain name in the Cyrillic alphabet to Russia. Instead of having to use the Latin domain .ru, Russian organizations will now be able to use the Cyrillic equivalent.

ICANN approved the gradual introduction of internationalized domain names last year. Nations can now apply for country-level domain names in other scripts, such as Arabic or Chinese, but eventually this will be expanded to all Internet address names.

So far, as well Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have won ICANN approval to use their national language scripts on the top-level domain, or last part of the address after the dot.

“It’s a very big move. The Internet’s been around roughly for four decades and this is the first time that domain names are opening up to people’s native tongues and scripts,” Beckstrom said.

He said ICANN had received about 21 requests so far for international domain names (IDNs) from countries.

Beckstrom said it had taken 11 years of technical work to find a way to bring in other languages.

“When the Internet was invented and when the standards were initially developed they wanted to have it available for all scripts but there wasn’t a standard back then so they used ASCII or Latinate characters as a standard,” he said.

ASCII is an encoding scheme that translates letters of the Latin alphabet, numbers and other symbols into the 1s and 0s that computers can understand.

“The Internet’s been accessible to a lot of young people who are comfortable learning new languages or other characters but there are many people who aren’t that comfortable working in other languages and character sets,” said Beckstrom.

“We see it really opening up to all of the world and actually the Internet becoming more truly global.”

You Love Devices with an Antique Look ? Go For the Victorian Laptop

As all the geeks and gadget lovers are in love with every device that’s given a Steampunk look, then this concept is strictly made to suite your tastes. Victorian laptop concept, as it is tagged, is the most beautiful craftsmanship revealing the stylish looks and creative use of technology

Unlike any other laptops, this one has a beautiful wooden box covering  by Jeremy Hopkin, with a Hewlett-Packard ZT1000 laptop with a 15? active matrix screen, while the keyboard and the touchpad are made of copper. Using the leftovers of all the clock pieces and broken or old watches, an antique key is created to switch on this device, just something that looks similar to the keys on a musical box.

to make the usage easy, it also has a leather wrist pad and decorative gears with a glass top. Going for a retro look, this laptop’s speaker grills are crafted like the F-holes of a violin, that’s covered with a black cloth, behind which rests the main power switch in the center.

Going towards the technical features, this laptop has the capacity of 512 MB ram, 40 GB HD, CD/DVD drive, while a copper button is used to open the optical drive. Thus, while the wooden box is closed, this masterpiece looks just like an antique with a classic look, and well, you can consider it as one given its steampunkish looks.

For other such stylish laptop concepts, check out the Foldable Touch screen Laptop or the Wii Laptop Case Mod.