Daily Archives: September 18, 2014

Internet Killed the Video Star – (Part 1) Evolution of Video and Television

Why has there been a recent evolution regarding television moving to the personal computer?

Despite the common presence of computer-based appliances and applications such as DVD players, digital receivers and digital video recorders, some people still have mixed feelings regarding the thought of having a computer replace their traditional television. It is more of an aesthetic concern than anything else that has slowed the transition of the television to the personal computer. One may find it difficult to get used to the concept of having a computer as the focal point of their family room or main living area. Smaller devices like DVD players that play movies and DVR devices that record TV are less noticeable forms of computers and tend to blend in more to the rest of the home entertainment area.

However, in the last five years, the increasing amount of crossover among TV and computer technologies has sparked a larger interest within the general public to explore TV options online and computer/t.v. converging technologies. As computers work their way into almost every facet of our day to day lives, the usage of ones desktop or laptop as a device for TV has risen greatly.

I recently purchased a device that links my Apple MacBookPro with my HD TV. It is called Apple TV. It syncs to my laptop wirelessly and allows me to play anything that I downloaded in iTunes on my HD TV including movies and TV shows. It is really cool but it may take a while to download an entire HD movie, hence it is not nearly as fast as my cable TV’s on demand options.

Couch Potato vs. Mouse Potato

“Mouse potatoes,” or those who prefer relaxing in front of their personal laptop or desktop over a television, are a segment of the population that is quickly growing. Recently, I have slowly transitioned myself from the remote to the mouse and from the TV to my laptop as a means of entertainment. I use my laptop to run my home based business, so I am on my computer many hours each day. Lately, when I need a break and want to watch a TV program, catch the weather, sports, even watch a movie, I change applications and view whatever I feel like online. I am just one type of mouse potato since I have my computer with me at all times since I travel often, so its the convenience factor for myself.

For others, being a mouse potato is a generational characteristic. Most Generation Xers like myself or young adults, teenagers and tweens do not remember a time when they did not have a computer at their home or in their bedroom. Much of this has been due to the increasing affordability of computers as well as the general technological explosion of the late 90’s. Not only are the youngest generations more likely to have access to personal computers than older folks, but their knowledge of new services and applications on the internet is superb because it is a major part of their social culture, as well as their communicative and popular culture.

In conclusion, there seems to be a rapid transition of traditional TV capabilities switching over to the personal computer. As entertainment and information technology merge, the personal computer continues to take on more and more applications. In the near future there will no doubt be a universal computer that will make its way into all of our living rooms. Google wouldn’t have purchase YouTube for $ 1.65 Billion if they didn’t think people would watch video online. Whatever things we desire to see as entertainment, education, or shopping, will all be available in one sleek and efficient user friendly interactive internet accessible unit (my iPhone is pretty close).

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What Color Is Your War?

My war was jungle green. This one’s desert brown. Mine was not winnable. Neither is this one. Mine lasted twelve years until the parties finally went to Paris for discussions over coffee and croissants.

A Conversation With My Nephew, an Archaeology Student at Brown University

“Forty-three years ago North Vietnamese torpedo boats attacked a U.S. destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin. Two days later, the U.S. Navy reported to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara that a second American ship had been attacked. The first assault happened. The second was a lie to further bolster the Johnson Administration’s demand for a Congressional resolution that gave the White House a free hand to send over half a million troops to Southeast Asia. One of many compelling parallels to today’s debacle.”

“Stop comparing them. You can’t compare them. It was a different time.”

“Not so different as you might think. In the green war thousands of our local employees were loyal to us. They worked directly for us in non-sensitive positions: for the embassy, for USAID, for the military.”

“So?”

“So? Do you know what happened to those people when we left?”

“How the hell should I know? I wasn’t even born.”

“Aren’t you curious?

“Hey. I hardly see my girlfriend. I spend my time digging into civilizations that are even older than you! Er, just joking Auntie. But you know what I mean. Um, it looks like you’re going to tell me anyway.”

“Because the same thing is about to happen again. In the green war those who weren’t slaughtered when we deserted them were sent to the boonies to be communist indoctrinated. They suffered terribly. Six Vietnamese worked for me inside the embassy. We became good friends. We were like family. Only one made it out.”

“I know it must have been hard. But there’s no point living in the past.”

“You just don’t get it. Fifteen U.S. warships have just today entered the Persian Gulf for “maneuvers.” We have thousands of Iraqi civilians working for us, many as interpreters. We can’t operate effectively without them. They’re scared to death that they are being watched and earmarked for death. Isn’t it our moral responsibility to protect them? Do you think we are making contingency plans now to get them and their families out when we leave?”

“I hadn’t thought about it. I mean like … most Americans aren’t told these things. We never see the flag draped coffins coming off the planes. It’s only recently that we’re finding out about how poorly our wounded vets are being treated in outpatient care. That’s why nobody trusts government. They’re all liars.”

“That’s exactly my point. We have a reputation for using people, then leaving them to fend for themselves, including our own vets. Does the flag mean anything to you?”

“Oh come on Auntie. You’re about to preach that patriotic crap.”

“You mean you don’t believe in the spirit of this Democracy, in the Constitution; that the Democracy is greater than the sum of all its parts; that the Founders passed on a Spirit that lives inside every American soldier who has gone to war?”

“Give me a break. I know for a fact that many GIs join up to get a better education so they can get out of the nowhere town they’re stuck in and move up the economic ladder. I know that for a fact.”

“True. But I know for a fact that, except for society’s inevitable losers, once the majority of our young people put on that uniform, and go through training, something happens besides bonding. I think it’s Spirit. You see it in their faces. You hear it from every news correspondent who has observed them in the war zone. Unfortunately when the soldier is exposed to the most horrifying aspects of war when the physical body gets broken or disfigured, often the spirit too can suffer severe psychiatric illness.”

“I’ll grant you that. Institutions like Walter Reed and VA Hospitals are supposed to be places of healing.

“Yes. But I’m getting a little off point here. I’m trying to make you see-to care about the insanity of what is happening today. That it’s no different from what I experienced when the Vietnamization team was called Combined Operations Rural Development Support (CORDS). Neil Sheehan wrote about it in his book, “A Bright Shining Lie.” In Iraq’s version of CORDS, the Bush Administration wants to double the number of Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) to rebuild basic services. Today’s “surge” is not to win an unwinnable war, but to provide political cover for defeat, to lay the foundation for blaming the inevitable bloodbath on the Iraqis when we leave, while we bask in the eternal sunshine of another spotless lie.”

“That’s your traditional liberal thinking and this is not Vietnam. How can you be so sure we’ll fail? I’m having trouble seeing your point of view.”

“Because you’re not looking. Our diplomats have many fences to mend. Being an American today is very different than when I was welcomed and safe in every country I served as a diplomat. You can go and be an archaeologist or anything you want. But if your generation ignores the country’s history, it will continue to repeat its mistakes. If you remain apathetic, some day you might find yourself digging in the wrong place at the wrong time, and unlike my own experience, your American passport will not get you out of it.”

“Auntie, you’re a love, and in some ways you make sense, but I don’t agree with everything you say. You’re too yesterday. Anyway, I always hated modern history. Let’s continue this at lunch. Maybe I can make you see a different perspective. I’m starving.”

“Right. I’m buying. But off campus. Last time gave me indigestion.”

My website is under reconstruction until 2010. Meanwhile, you can find me at http://newagejournal.com/2007/spirituality/the-eternal-search-for-who-am-i

You can also read two chapters of my novel, The Sword and the Chrysanthemum, Journey of the Heart at http://www.samurai-archives.com/guestart.html

2010 Rolls-Royce White Ghost Limited

The Swiss refining experts from Mansory have recently launched a new stylish upgrade package for the Rolls Royce Ghost which was called the White Ghost Limited. In terms of its exterior, this part is redesigned in terms of front bumper, new side skirts, new vents in the front fenders, and a rear apron. It was also equipped with modern LED daytime running lights, a truck mounted spoiler and a new set of bespoke 22″ wheels that are covered in high performance Dunlop SP SportMaxx tires.

 

In terms of its interior, the car’s interior was also altered and features leather and Alcantara upholstery, a special bamboo wood trim, and a new sports steering wheel. Moreover, thanks to a new high performance exhaust system the car got a small power boost. After these upgrades were finished, the 6.6L V12 twin turbo engine can offer 629 bhp and 860 Nm of torque, 67 bhp and 80 Nm more than the standard model. In addition, the car can accelerate 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds and to a top speed of 290 km/h. However, only three of these Mansory Rolls Royce White Ghost Limited will be manufactured with the price of 119,800 Euros.

 

Tuning firm, Mansory, has made the Ghost luxury sedan look even sportier and more elegant ever, and this new Ghost White Limited includes engine and aerodynamic upgrades

 

The interior gets high grade leather with a cross-stitched pattern, headliner and dash board made of Alcantara, and sports steering wheel with bamboo inserts

 

Because of changes in the interior, this model just looks a bit too brown

 

Even though the car weighs nearly 2.4 tons, it can do 0 to 100 km/h in only 4,5 seconds and it speed can go up to 290 km/h

 

This edition also comes with additional LED daytime running lights and vertical air outlets

 

Mansory wanted to enhance the car’s luxury features and also add a bit of sportiness

 

Apart form the body and cabin, the engine is also upgraded. They call this “Sophisticated Elegance”

 

The exterior package is finished by 22″ diamond-polished wheels

 

 

Related links:

The Rolls Royce Mascot

The Royce of Rolls Royce

10 Facts about Rolls Royce

This edition have made a great impression on me. This is such a amazing tuning car that I can not give my eyes off it