Computers (Page 2)

A software and External Hardware, Interfacing on LAN or USB or even WiGig when it comes. The hardware contains HDD/Flash, RAM and RAW Processing power. This is not like Hyper Threading or multi-core cpu, but addresses same issue.

USB or Ethernet Processing Boost

The Software sees resources load on PC and when it feels RAM, CPU or HDD is getting stressed; it moves some work to the external box which is on standby consuming low power. Like playing music is lesser priority then say checking email. The Software Resource manager moves the Music Player and dependencies open in RAM to the Resource outside via USB and makes a Glitch-less switch. This can be remembered as a setting and used whenever the external resource is plugged in. Like RAID but for Home/Small Office users to use redundant capacities. Hardware scales up/down with needs and does not hog electrical power.

A lot of Processing Power and other resources go waste, consuming valuable energy in the present desktops. How faster things can be if all peripherals were on TCP/IP and Wireless (optical). This way an external resource box can directly play the speakers or print too without taking Main CPU time.

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iGoogle the father of Web 2.0 – iGoogle shaped and inspired many technologies. To name a few, The Web UI Frameworks and the Community App Store Idea. Even though the “Desktop” was just a webpage and the apps were web widgets.

The API access could be any web app or Google Service. I made a Online Desktop in its memory. The Jot Desktop

iGoogle the father of Web 2

The Chumby Device posted earlier had this Chumby ARM Board. You could program the Widgets that could scroll or cycle thru the screen. Like News, Clock or Weather. The App Store was available but the device had to be configured unlike the Apps on the Phone today, which is much easier. This was the first App-Store that worked with a Touch-Screen.

Then ARM core deserves a lot of credit. but the 300MHz board you see below was an early step. The 1GHZ ARM that came a bit later makes the Tablet a powerful Web, Gaming, Office and Utility App Console.

Chumby ARM Board

The Desktop Computer wastes a lot of power but a HandHeld is green, sustainable. A 10″ Tablet is the best way. So do not wait buy some Tablets and Netbooks and use your Desktop Computer when necessary.

Please pay attention to an earnest plea from a person who has pulled cards and ram from xt-at 286-386 days. Some people are innovating, at least follow those lines. Help make Desktop Computing Obsolete.

Dockables and Convertibles that means Tablets that transform into Laptops and Desktops. Then the Abominable Laptop Hinge or Lid failure will not bother you.

Tablets, Nettops, Netbooks and Notebooks are the future. Low power consumption, wireless, light, modular, low voltage.

Desktop Computer Reforms

If you are still fanatic about Desktop Computers, here are the ways you can move in the right direction, from legacy to Futuristic !

  • Make the internals of a Desktop computer, Dust Free. 50 Microns particle, not any larger.
  • Make the Desktop Computer SMPS and design Earth Free, Two Wire Only, No Y caps.
  • Let it work on a 12-24 V DC Bus/Grid Standard, With External Connectors. Adapter Outside.
  • No Fan should be used, No moving or Rotating parts inside, No Wires, good connectors.
  • Modular Plugin, Stackable System to be used for External CDROM/DVD and HDD Drives.
  • Flash Integration Internal for main OS Firmware and External Flash like HDD Stackable.
  • DVD, HDD, Flash Expansion on USB Removable or SATA Stackable like Building Blocks.
  • For a Whooping One Grand, People deserve a Backplane Plugin Architecture in the Desktop.
  • Box, LCD/LED Monitor, HDD, Wi-Fi must not consume more than a Maximum of 50 Watts.
  • All Internal and External Modules and Devices should go to quiescent state, non-obtrusively.

More to come, as i try to fix and break some more …

Present Day Work Time Utilization of man using Desktop Computing. –

  • 30% Updates and Installation of The Operating System, Safety Issues.
  • 20% System Admin, Networking, Application Installation and Updates.
  • 10% Hardware Problems, Interfacing, Sharing, Wire and Port Issues.
  • 10% Physical and Mental Fatigue and Stress Caused by above, plus Coffee.
  • 30% Productive Work Done. Means work done in a Job or Profession.

delabs Notes 2004-2010

Wish we could Stop making Desktop Computers that are Energy Guzzlers by 2020. The Laptop/Notebook Electronics Design Architecture could be Ported to the Desktop Computer Physical Framework.

This makes Battery Operated Lean Desktops that can always be on Float Charge. Temporary mobility and convertibles are also possible. Power Failure proof.

A flexi ferrite table cover to wireless charge mouse, printer and keyboard batteries. An additional Lan with Wi-fi to network with all the Peripherals. This gets rid of the Cable Clutter and Device Drivers for Peripherals.

Desktop Computing Future

Device Interface

Wireless USB has not still been adopted as a standard for peripheral interface. (not to be confused with Wi-Fi USB sticks). BlueTooth is good but does not completely address Easy Peripheral Interface in terms of usability etc. This may help the Desktop Comp.

Nettops use less power and are the Desktops of Tomorrow, with cloud computing and wireless storage these are the essential devices to go to Green Computing and the Client-Server Architecture with the Cloud in mind. We need both Intranet-Cloud and Internet-Cloud.

Each PC should have Two Wi-Fi. One for Device Networking and the other is for Web and Networking. Device Networking means adding Smart Peripherals without Drivers. Example Wi-Fi External HDD and Wi-Fi Printer.

HardDisk

Rapid on off Power can Damage Hardisk. Transport of PC over rumbling Terrain, PC or Notebook drop on Hard Surface, Impulsive Jerks of Table on which Desktop Comp is placed; can mean, that your data and device is a goner. Maybe Desktops should use the more mobile Notebook Drives or external portable drives (technology), as these consume less power and are more robust.

old and new notes of mine since 2007 – delabs

An Early website HandHelds.org that was active in the days before the wave of Portable Devices you see today.  2003-2004. Advanced Portable devices are now in everybody’s hand.

“At the hardware level, we embrace any device that can reasonably be considered a handheld computer. We are product and architecture neutral. Software development on an open-ended set of handheld computers is welcome within the context of our group and our website. These projects include both individual efforts and work sponsored and organized by individuals, groups or companies. ”

Handhelds - Open Source OS Handheld Devices

“At the operating system level, our focus is on “Unix-like” systems, including Linux and the various flavors of BSD Unix (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, etc.). Among these alternative operating systems, healthy and energetic competition results in better software for everyone.”


My Notes –

I feel HandHeld Computers range from Advanced Calculators to Laptops, The have to be driven by batteries, charged by Mains, Solar, Wind Power or Dynamos. They can be carried around by a single human being or may be part of a Vehicle he uses. It can have a Wireless Web Connectivity or may just be a passive multimedia or games player.

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The Computer PC !

Any Device with Computing Abilities and an Integrated Screen of Size 7 Inches or more can be called a Pad, Tablet, Netbook, Laptop, Notebook or Desktop according to the size and use.

In this Professional, Serious and Productive Work can be done.

The All-in-One Low Power Desktop PC or the Nettop clinging behind the Monitor are the “Heir Apparent” of your Erstwhile Power Hungry Tower PC.

The 14-15 inch Notebooks with or without being convertible to Touch-Tablet is the clear winning computing device.

Innovate Next Notepad

The Mousepad and Mouse have to be Integrated in the side of the keyboard. The Touchpad has to be replaced by some Invention.

Evolving the Notebook PC with GesturePad

We could slide a tray on the right of the Laptop, which becomes the Mousepad or GesturePad. A low profile flat wireless mouse docked at the bottom of the Laptop (wireless charging on dock) is removed and put on the Pad. The Mouse is back …..life is much much better.

It could also be just a GesturePad as big as a mouse pad, A sturdy thin unbreakable reinforced poly carbonate pad that slides into the Notebook when not in use.

To use it, keep the entire palm on the pad and make Touch-Screen like Gestures, The three main fingers all can tap to simulate click/double-click and even the page scroll with middle finger.

Computing Conclusion

An Embedded Device less than 5 Inches is a Portable Communication and Gaming Device only. This is not good enough as a Computing Device.

What we now need is the GesturePad that slides from the right of the Laptop along with TouchScreen Laptops that have already arrived.

(First posted around April 2015)

I could find that many HandHeld Computers are Difficult to use and the User Experience is a bit like wearing Shoes two Sizes Smaller.

So i thought i make a Feedback about how small a computer could be without any Compromise from the Present PC OS or Program Base. So we can use the same things we have on the Home PC.

That lead to a Open Concept Design which is Quite Possible, I noted the Points that can give some relief from the Suffocation of small Sizes, still maintaining mobility for people used to wearing Big Coats.

Coat Pocket Computer

Coat Pocket Computer – dapj Open Design – Thursday, October 11, 2007
This post is mirrored here as it is related to software too


Sharp Willcom W-ZERO3

I saw a Review of Sharp/Willcom W-ZERO3. Image below, the layout is good but size is a bit small. If it is 60% bigger then it could use a regular Desktop OS and Programs (muntzed). As HDD, CPU and Batteries has become smaller, efficient and Better. I think this is close to the ideal handheld.

Ideas of delabs 2007

Wireless Charging is a Reality today, it was first conceived by me in the 90s. The first page published related to that in my netscape site.

This was conceived to get rid of cables for data and power on my desktop. I felt if we use Optics for Data and Wireless Ferrite Contact Plates to transfer power, there would be no wires at all on the desk. I even experimented with RS232 Serial Port and Ferrite Slices below thin Acrylic Plastic Sheet, it worked.

I did not patent any of my concepts, but it is offered to all humanity as an Open Design, like all my other work.

Here is a planar transformer which has PCB tracks for winding. This show that there is more scope of innovation in such ferrite transformers for short range wireless power.

PC User Interface and Wireless Power

Objects kept on a electromagnetic table must be able to draw energy from that. A Notebook or tablet can be just placed on this table to get charged.

The optic ball-less mouse is a great step in mice-tech user-interface. This mouse consumes more power, for a wireless mouse a capacitive sensor matrix based sensing may be better.

Touch Screen on PC is not common place. A combination of Touch screen and Mouse is excellent for all age-groups. Large monitors can have at least two inches of touch screen area at bottom.

Laptops, LCD Monitors make UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) last longer and it reduces electricity costs.

Wireless Power for Wireless Peripherals

Wireless Mouse with capacitive sensors may consume less power, no batteries works on a Supercap, Connector-less ferrite dock for recharging

Wireless mouse rechargeable battery can recharge while moving on the Mouse Pad made of Ferrite/Ceramic 1? Sq with Power Hot Spots every 3?

Flexible Ferrite, Silicone & Ferrite based Solid emulsion. Can be made as computer table mats to charge the supercaps of peripherals.

The Energy Efficient Wireless Peripherals can just be placed on this mat to draw the power without wires. Wireless power and Wireless Data.

Usability and Ergonomics Review
Aggregated Notes from 2008-12

Usability and Ergonomics of Electronic Consumer Equipment, product risks and safety are best studied with very old and very young people.

Optical Rotary Encoders, Magnetic/Eddy/Capacitive/Hall Effect based Non-Contact Joysticks, Makes Human An analog Interface with Digital Output.

For the people who type with two fingers; A Circular Keyboard is right. A Capacitive Touch Gesture Pad can replace the Mouse. Health & Ergo.

Personal Computers, Netbooks, Portable Communicating Devices, Remote Controls are where Usability Issues abound, and can be studied/remedied

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