LOL, after proof reading, this is a little long. I hope you’ll hang in there to read it and I hope it is interesting and informative.
First section: my take on why different monitors were not adopted until decades later? Second section Linux.
Douglas Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute invented the first mouse prototype in 1963 with the assistance of his colleague Bill English, the builder of Engelbart’s original mouse. English later invented the ball mouse in 1972 while working for Xerox PARC.
But first, yet another XEROX blunder, this time it was the Zeus-like dealers of lighting that were at XPARC during the Alto days that are at fault. Surprisingly, this time, it was not the doofus’ in XEROX’s Stamford, CT Corporate Headquarters.
Even the demigods suffered from the Peter Principle at their level. One scientist there was infatuated with color; drawing things on the computer in color.
Up the road a piece, there were professors and art students and comp. sci. students from Stanford that were flocking to XPARK late at night to play on this gadget. Our scientist received lost of “it’s time to stop playing and get serious” static from the XPARC mgmt. that were myopic at the time and stuck in the black and white bit map arena.
Eventually the technology wound up George Lucas’ lap and then later, it wound up with Steve Jobs who later sold it to Disney for billions of dollars. It’s called PIXAR.
Virtually everything we buy; Monitors, Cameras, TV’s, Clothes and the choices we have is driven by the almighty $$.
Here are a just two examples:
If you know anything about photography then you know that color film (irrespective of the granularity) has layers, like a cake, that absorb and separate the different frequencies of light. At any given location on the frame of film, the light and the color saturation is vertical.
Enter the digital world with pixels. The lemmings of society; the world at large, are subject to careful, methodical conditioning and are led by the nose to purchase the latest and greatest “mega-pixel” cameras that machinery want you to buy. This, of course, accomplished by the corporate sponsored media outlets (New Magazine shows, Print Mags, Radio, etc.) that are funded by the giant corporations with either partial ownership or mega advertisement dollars.
Ask any one of the lemmings and they will tell you with their “expert” knowledge, gained from years of media hype, about how many there are, auto focus, swivel screens and blah, blah, blah, because they, most of them only know about one mainstream popular type of technology; They think bigger; more is better.
Enter the brilliant corporation; Foveon. http://www.foveon.com/article.php?a=67.
They don’t have the megabucks to sway the masses to their buy their technology. As a matter of fact, the people WITH the megabucks spend much of those dollars so that the lemmings never find out about Foveon’s technology.
Why? Because anyone with brains would immediately realize that Foveon’s technology is what ALL or MOST cameras SHOULD have installed in them. When you see their camera list you don’t see any Pentax, Sony, Samsung, Cannon, etc.
So the question: why are the lemmings never exposed to this?
Find out who spent the most amounts of R&D dollars on developing, promoting via advertising blitzes, maintaining public awareness to keep buying their stuff, etc., a substandard way of capturing light using silicon and you will have who is responsible for keeping the (lemmings) masses in inferior technology.
They don’t want to see those dollars go down the drain. It’s easier to make a new camera look prettier and add a few more bells and whistles to entice the lemmings to buy the NEW version than it is to scrap the entire technology and adopt a better way.
Many of the new bells and whistles were already built in and available. They were planned for future enhancements for the product life cycle; they just needed to be “activated” or “turned on”
Microsoft is NOTORIOUS for not being able to “cut bait and run” to simply scrap the bloated piece of ■■■■ they have and start completely, from the ground up. Fresh! Microsoft is probably the worst offender of keeping the masses in inferior software.
In the end, it just didn’t make sense for the monitor mfgs. to spend the money.
We are, just now, starting to hear about optical LED’s.
I can remember the time period; Spring of 2001 almost 10 years ago. I saw an article (almost a White Paper) on OLED’s. Long story short, I lost the link, I’ve never been able to find it again. So I have no recollection of where the source was from. I think, very fuzzily, from a U. in Colorado? Not sure.
I do remember the statistics.
could be created on sheets 100’ wide x 1000’s of feet long.
flexible (could be woven in fabric)
30%/60% brighter than current CRT/LED technology
Like the Foveon chip, ALL OLED’s have the full spectrum color range.
Resolutions of 10,000 x 10,000 pixels per viewing screen or any combination to configure (16x9) formats would be possible.
This technology will eventually come, but only when the Giant’s have exhausted the product life cycles for the products that are already on the market that they have spent billions of dollars to promote.
OLED’s: why would anyone NOT want to move forward with this as quickly as humanly possible with this?
If I had a company that was making standard LED technology I would be putting plans in place to immediately start developing this new technology as quickly as possible. The ability to manufacture sheets that are 1000’s of feet long? Like rolling out paper? The applications of flexible visual media are too staggering to imagine.
We won’t see OLED’s until the Giant’s who are phasing out CRT’s and still promoting the Plasma and LED’s decide that its time for us to have OLED’s.
In truth I’m waiting for the person that introduces biologicals into durable fabrics that behave like the well known cuttlefish. This would have an application for sofa’s, pillow cases, bed spreads, and curtains (for starters) than can be changed as easy as a PC background image for a new decor. It’s Christmas time and the walls can now have vista views of snow falling (OLEDS) and the drapes and sofa can have candy canes.
I can tell you for a fact that Linux has now come of age for the general user. Not all “distros” but many now are fully configured. I’m a Unix Guru from way back so the twiddling of the less than user friendly versions is not intimidating just a little tedious. They’re good for young people that are eager to learn a new OS. Me, I just want to USE these days; don’t want to spend hours in a terminal window doing things.
Getting back, I had reached a point of getting tired of fighting Microsoft’s lunacy and BSOD’s.
Did some basic research and found a good version called Ubuntu.
The home page just changed for testing the new release coming out soon.
New home page: http://www.ubuntu.com/
Old home page w/screen shots: http://www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu/910features
I initially ran the OS from the Live CD. It was much better than the Mepis Live CD version of Linux from 4 years ago. Ubuntu has a beautiful, well thought out interface.
Then I did the easy as pie installation. I opted for manual partitioning (but there are automatic options)
All of the basics, Ubuntu works right out of the box. You do have to load the proprietary Nvidia or ATI graphics drivers; but that’s about it. Lots of free software is available.
I like doing video, graphics, and sound so Ubuntu has to have lots of packages loaded to make it work for that. This was proving to be tedious so I found another version called Mint:
http://www.linuxmint.com/ that was advertised to be more fully configured.
Mint has a very pleasing Green look and feel and the task panels are pre-configured to have the Windows look and feel. Don’t download the larger DVD Universal Edition - it is not the one that configures everything up front; the CD image is what you want. This version, in my opinion, is the most completely configured version of Linux for the average user out there and has a great user community that is eager to help. It’s too is based of off Ubuntu. But it still wasn’t the magic bullet for me.
This is the one that I would recommend for someone that just wants to install Linux and start using it for every day use.
I, always being curious and never being satisfied until I can see all my options, migrated again, this time to Ubuntu Studio http://ubuntustudio.org/ a version that is specifically tailored to the multi media crowd. This version is the closest to being completely configured for the activities that I want to do.
To try it out simply download the Ubuntu or Mint Live CD iso images, you can boot up with that; play around with it to see if you like it before you install. It will probably work on your 14 year old machine.
I’m currently in XP and now that I have my 500 GB West Digital drive working I’m going back to the Ubuntu world.
The only reason I have to ever come back to the XP world is when I have to modify one of the very complex Access Databases I have developed that uses VBA scripting.