The evolution of the computer revolution

The modern computer age began with the computation machine of Charles Babbage and the mathematical processes of Aida Lovelace. From that beginning, we moved to a Machine called the Eniac. Erica was developed by IBM to help with several larger calculations required for moving troops and other activities during World War II. ENIAC was the size of most houses, and honestly slower than the cell phone you have in your hand or pocket. Slow, in the computation reality. Still faster than a human being, but slow in terms of what we expect from computers today. People always argue the next big leap occurred with the rise of cloud computing but I don’t think that.

The next change was the explosion of non-mainframe mail systems. Profs was a mainframe mail system that many companies used for internal mail. The rise of X.400 addressing made it possible for one company to send mail to another. The ARPA Net or what was later to be called DARPA Net was the first connected network to help people doing research and development for the various US government Department of Defense agencies. At the same time the MOD’s of Canada, the UK, many countries in the Society Block of that time and so on were all building networks so that computers could talk to each other. This gave rise to the next big thing, IP or Internet protocol.

IP suddenly allowed multiple computers to exist on the same network. In the days of Token Ring networks, there was an absolute limit to the number of devices that could be on a Token Ring. One more joined, and one of the already connected computers was kicked off. It was called a beaconing ring. When too many devices were on the token ring. The rise of IP addressing, the rise of ethernet doomed Token Ring. Now computers could be unique on a network. In the late 1980s, the Swiss Research facility known as CERN created what I consider to be the 4th computing revolution. The scientists were looking for a way that a reach project could quickly connect with other projects and share information. At that point, it was called the Hypertext Transfer Protocol. Using a computer program you could ask for Http and type in an address. A web page appeared. As more and more IP connected devices appeared, HTTP added the additional we now as WWW or world wide web.

More to come!

The first four Computer Revolutions

1.Computational Machines (Lovelace and Babbage)

2.Mainframes (Government and many others)

3.PC and Email

4.The World Wide Web

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Doing introductions

One of the things that I am always curious about is the “who” of the online conversation. Based on my post of yesterday talking about the reality of the not yet here information age, I would share a little of who I am, to help people get started. It isn’t a challenge, just an opportunity to create a greater connection.

First off, I work in the IT world and have for most of the last 30 years. I have had various leadership positions over the years, based on that some of my suggestions come across as orders. I promise they are not meant as orders, always suggestions.  I run a team of people; sometimes, I forget that I need to throttle back a little.

I live in the US. (in the comments, where do you live) I have lived in what traditionally called the middle of the US (Born near Chicago, lived in India and Ohio). I have been to all 50 US states so far and more than 60 countries of the world. I’ve logged over  1.5 million miles flown and spent more than 1000 nights in various hotels all around the world.

I am a parent. I am also a husband. Now more than eight years ago, we packed up the family and moved to Maryland (on the Eastern Coast of the US).

Thanks for reading! Now you know a little more about me. During the workweek, I get up at 3:30 in the morning so that I can get a jump on the day’s activities!

Will you share more about you in the comments?

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We, are not in the Information age.

Pundits call this age we are in “The Information Age,” I argue that and have argued that since it first started to appear ten years ago. We are not in the information age yet. There are too many issues that prohibit information.

1. There is no global and universal intellectual capital protection. China is notorious for copying technology.

2. There is no universal information validation.

3. There is way too much information stored on hard drives of users that have never seen the light of day!

Twenty years ago, we were closer to a true information age on the internet than we are today. That was before the decline of peer-reviewed journals. The value of an SME driven (SME = subject matter expert. That is not a self-appointed title, and it comes from experience or college education. Experts reviewed articles before publication. That meant that if you saw it in one of the peers reviewed journals at least 3 or 4 people verified the information before placing it. Yesterday I talked about the fact the 5g is coming to speed up networks. I got some great comments, but one of the interesting themes was that of information overload. I suspect the reality isn’t overload.

I suspect the reality is the nature of information in this the pre-information age. Why are we in the pre-information age? First, because we are transitioning. There are people who grew without information at their fingertips and people that grew up with information at their fingertips. Just because someone says it on the internet, however, doesn’t mean its true (my twins and I often argue the quality of a source). Do invalid sources sometimes have the correct information, yes! But do they often have misinformation or disinformation, yes! My father always taught me to consider the source. If a source of information doesn’t prove reliable or consistent over time, get a new source.

Always follow my grandfather’s rule, “trust but verify.” The information has value. But, in this pre-information age, the quality of the data, is critical. The reason we aren’t in a true information age is you can’t search the internet and get known good information. The search will return sites that are popular or sites that have paid the search engine to be listed. Just that alone pushes the information age a bit further out.

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5g is now in Washington DC

5th Generation or 5g networks were made available in the US National Mall. The National Mall is the field where many of the Smithsonian Museums are, and it is also a part of Washington DC where you can watch movies live, on your cellular phone. There is less lag now there than anywhere else in the US. 1.4-gigabyte speed has been recorded on a 5g connected cellular device. Just to put that into perspective, the best bandwidth you can get at home is the Museums gig. 1.0, not 1.4! You can buy a 4g/5g portable hub, and away you go. The number of 5g cities is increasing every single day.

One of the smart things trends I’ve noticed, lately, is the growing number of the connected device. While I realize that most people are not lining up (or running out) to buy new connected devices, I did want to point a couple of critical things out.

1. If you have the internet at home, to connect all these devices requires bandwidth. Your router is a single point of access to the internet. That means your connected devices all rush to the router to get out.

2. Many devices have two types of communication that they share – one is the I am an alive conversation; the other is net new data.

Based on that most home routers, can support 100 or so devices before there becomes an issue. One hundred devices seem like a lot I know, but in the end, it isn’t.  Most connected weather stations are two, or event here devices. The more devices you have that connection, the more you need bandwidth at the router level… 

5g gets you closer.

Now, from an I am a little paranoid when it comes to security, you also need to have a device that watches your network. I highly recommend the Fing device. It is not expensive, and it notifies you any time someone or something connects to your network. That is critical when it comes to having and using your bandwidth. If someone gets control of your wifi other than you, they control when and how much bandwidth you will have.

Don’t forget, when you consider devices remote devices you connect to, that also requires a level of bandwidth. From Netflix to Virily, there is a growing network need.

The connection is important, but it can easily be lost.

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A question about Virily…

I have noticed a couple of things about Virily lately and wanted to see if it was just me or if this is a trend overall. The first part is I’ve noticed over the past four weekends usually on Saturday overnight but one time Friday overnight a huge number of my old posts get red. No comments, but they Virils for the posts being read are in my account. Has anyone else seen that? As in 35 or more of your older posts read on, for the most part, Saturday night? If you are, please note that in the comments section!

The other thing I’ve noticed is that there are many more posts on Virily every day. I want to personally apologize to many people. I am not getting to as many posts and people as I was. Like most of you, I am limiting my time online. I am only able to read about 35 posts every day. I know because I find them later that I am missing posts of people and I wish o apologize!

I did also want to say something to the Virily Community as a whole. I wanted to say several things, so the list follows below:

1.I have sent our request and the FAQ’s we built to the admin team. Thanks to all who helped, added, and wondered!

2.I operate by a set of rules. I share my rules with the world, but I don’t expect anyone else to ever follow my rules. They are my rules, and I have been on this earth long enough to know that everyone has their own rules. So when I post things that I do, it is not a requirement, it is simply what I do.

3.That is why I live by the Reddit Rule. Remember the human. The author or commenter is also a human just like me (or you!)

My grandfather always said today is the day to make changes. Waiting until tomorrow doesn’t work. Changes you try to make yesterday fail. You can’t change yesterday (and neither can I). I haven’t started a new Virily Movers project, because as you can see from the first two questions I asked, I’ve been watching the patterns of Virily use.

A long time ago, Albert and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out if there was an optimal time to post on Virily. We never really figured it out, but it was fun trying. I suspect I will restart the mover’s project in the fall.

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my review of the Voyager (polycom) headset!

I have two cellular phones. One is the work provided and is an Android device. The other is my cellular phone. Recently for my work PC and my work phone, I’ve been using the Polycom Voyager. I am a huge fan of over the ears headphones. The Voyager fits that bill quite well. I also like headsets that offer noise canceling (what I hear) and noise-canceling (what people were calling me to hear).  Since I have a softphone (using Jabber), and I am frequently on either WebEx or Zoom meetings, I often use the headset to communicate with people. The Voyager allows for that easily. First off the included USB key allows you to connect Voyager to your PC.

The other part is pairing, via Bluetooth with your computer. That is accomplished by simply turning on the Voyager, and pressing the power on button to the very top of the slide. That puts the headset into pairing mode, You then capture it with your phone or Bluetooth enabled tablet, and away you go! You can listen to music, take calls, and participate in UC and other Voice over IP conversations like Skype. The important thing for me is easy over the ear abilities of the headsets. I prefer that the headset support over the ear. I know, I should like the in the ear headsets more, I do like the other in the ear headset I reviewed, but that is one ear only (the Polycom 5200 UC).

Voyager is nice as it covers both ears. It also has a comfortable covering over the headset earpieces. I like to walk when I am on calls with my cell phone. The thing about headsets is they get a sweat on them. Part A is are they easy to clean (the Voyagers are). The other part is done they at least breathe and allow some airflow so that your ears don’t get sweaty (the voyagers do). The issue of sweaty ears is probably my problem. I like to walk around outside when I am on my cell phone. I don’t like pressing my phone against my head. Having headsets like the Polycom Voyager makes all the difference.

My rating of the Voyager headset is a solid 10 out of 10!

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I am a weather geek

July 2019 was one of the hottest July’s ever. Of the last recorded hottest July’s in recorded history ten have comes since 2005. 9 of 10 in 14 years is a little scary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMk9mz6wrkg is a link to my daily time-lapse weather feed.

https://www.mylot.com/post/3298607/yesterdays-snarky-weaeterh-forecast-provided-today is the link to my MyLot post from today.

I am a huge weather geek. Recently a friend of mine shared a new home weather station (I now, you only need one) with me and I thought I would share a review of the new Smart Weather Systems. I am always intrigued with weather systems that connect to my iPhone, android or another portal, electronic systems to use as both storages (of data) and display. The other things I am interested in is getting more and more weather data. The picture shared with today’s post came from my weather station. It has been only for a month give or take a few days. The data collected is presented in an easy to use screen, but you can also go to a more detailed screen to bet additional data.

• Current UV

• Last time lightning was detected near you.

• Rainfall and rainfall rate.

• Temperature and so on.

You can also share your station directly with others. The interesting thing for me with this station is the lightning strike near me information. That is not new for this particular weather station. It always let me know when there is a thunderstorm rolling in from the mountains.

Setup of the station was easy. The first thing you do is plug in the indoor module. Add the solar array to the outside exposed unit and then the batteries to the hidden outdoor unit. One of the things that I get frustrated with Bloomsky is that they don’t have a separate outdoor temperature gauge. So no matter what you get a high temperature on my videos that is an in the sun temperature.

In-the-sun is not air temperature; it is always 3-5 degrees more.

Local or personal weather is important for two factors. The first is that most NWS stations are located in the city. Where I live in Maryland is not a big city, but there is enough concrete that downtown is 2-3 degrees warmer than where I am.

My overall rating for the Smart Weather Station is 9 out of 10.

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