Show of 5-7-2011

  • Best of Tech Talk Edition
    • Segments taken from previous shows.
  • Email and Forum Questions
    • Letter from Marshia: Dear Tech Talk. I am building a new home. How should I wire it for technology? Marshia
    • Tech Talk Answers: This is the best time to plan a wiring diagram. You need to consider your options: network and Internet, phone, TV distribution, audio distribution, home automation, security
    • First thing to do is to work out how many phone and network outlets you will need. I recommend two wall plates in most rooms, with two RJ45 network outlets and one RJ45 phone outlet on each.
    • Cable wall plates to your wiring center with Category 6 (Cat6) or better cable to ensure that you have future compatibility with Gigabit Ethernet (GigE). You might replace one of the RJ45 connectors with a coax (coaxial cable) connector if you intend to have cable or satellite television in the room. Use an Ethernet switch with integrated firewall in hour wiring center.
    • Terminate the incoming phone lines at one end of the phone patch panel. Patch from this socket to the desired outgoing connections to rooms.
    • Finally, the home server. This could be a standard computer (without monitor) remotely controlled across the network, or a dedicated NAS (Network Attached Storage) device. Either way, one or two Terabytes of capacity will get you started and cover you for a few years.
  • New Woodbridge Campus Update
    • Open House was held be May 5th.
      • Grand Open Speakers
      • State Delegate David Bulova and State Senator Linda Puller.
      • Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Prince William Board of Supervisors.
      • Bulova read letter from Governor Tim Kaine.
    • Building features
      • 43,000 square feet on three floors
      • Space plan with long vistas, high ceilings, proper light levels
    • Building is Green
      •  Hydronic HVAC
      • Smart lighting
      • On-demand air delivery based CO2 sensors.
      • Energy extraction from expelled air
      • On-demand hoods in kitchens
      • Variable speed motors (liquid loops and hoods)
    • Programs offered are: Culinary Arts, Health Science, Computer Information Systems, Business Administration, Accounting, Software Engineering, Information Systems, MBA.
  • Profiles in IT: Shigeru Miyamoto
    • Shigeru Miyamoto is a world-renowned game designer and has been called the father of modern video games and the Walt Disney of electronic gaming.
    • Miyamoto has been the creative mastermind behind Nintendo for the past thirty years.
    • He is responsible for Donkey Kong, Mario and The Legend of Zelda and most recently Wii.
    • Miyamoto was born November 16, 1952 in Sonebe , Japan , which is near Kyoto .
    • His father was school teacher. Miyamoto is the second child.
    • Growing up, Miyamoto wanted to make something that would astonish the world.
    • He considered being a puppeteer or painter, and later made toys his creative outlet.
    • In 1970, he enrolled in the Kanazawa College of Art and graduated five years later ? though he later remarked that his studies often took a backseat to drawing.
    • He studied industrial design and only attended class about half the time.
    • When he finally did graduate, Miyamoto did not want a regular 9 to 5 job.
    • Miyamoto had his father contact an old friend who ran a toy company. The friends name was Hiroshi Yamauchi. The company was Nintendo.
    • Employed by Nintendo as an artist in 1977.
    • He did not work on an electronic game until 1980 when he was given the task of working on one of their first coin-operated arcade games.
    • The resulting title was Radar Scope, which was not successful in the US .
    • Miyamoto later reused the game’s hardware and modified it into Donkey Kong, which was a huge success as well as a turning point in video game history.
    • The game’s lead character, Mario (then called Jumpman), became Nintendo’s mascot.
    • Miyamoto works with around four hundred people on a dozen or so projects at a time.
    • He was the driving force behind Wii, a device which revolutionized video games.
    • In the West, Mr. Miyamoto would have started his own company a long time ago.
    • Despite being royalty at Nintendo and a cult figure, he almost comes across as just another loyal employee.
    • He wants to build the Nintendo brand much as Disney built the Disney brand.
    • Miyamoto’s full title is senior managing director and general manager of Nintendo’s entertainment analysis and development division.
    • He has a wife and two school-age children at home near Kyoto .
    • In his spare time, Miyamoto plays the guitar and banjo.
    • At the Game Developers Choice Awards, on March 7, 2007, Shigeru Miyamoto received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
    • Shigeru Miyamoto was chosen as one of the 100 TIME Magazine’s 2007 Most Influential People of the Year. He topped the list in 2008.
    • Nintendo has become one of the most valuable companies in Japan .
    • With a net worth of around $8 billion, Nintendo’s former chairman, Hiroshi Yamauchi, is now the richest man in Japan , according to Forbes magazine.
    • Nintendo does not disclose Mr. Miyamoto’s compensation, but it appears that he has not joined the ranks of the superrich.
  • Email and Forum Questions
    • Email from John: Dear Tech Talk, I’m running out of storage space on my hard drive. On a tight budget, I’m considering using a free online storage tool to offload some files. But which ones do you recommend? Love the show, John
    • Tech Talk Answers:. If you’re looking for a way to free up space on your hard drive while still being able to access your files on demand, then consider signing up for a free online storage account.
      • Google Docs — This application allows you to store up to 5,000 documents and/or presentations with file size limitations of 500K for the document and up to 2MB per image that is embedded in the file. You can also store up to 1,000 spreadsheets in Google Docs with a maximum spreadsheet file size of 200,000 cells or 100 sheets.
      • Sky Drive — This Microsoft application gives you up to 25GB of free storage. It is integrated with Xbox Live, Messenger and Hotmail, so if you have an account with one of the programs already then you can use your username and password from one of these accounts to access your Sky Drive account.
      • ADrive — ADrive is a simple free online storage option. You are given 50GB of storage space to use for movie files, documents and music files. Not only can you store your files on this site, but you can also edit documents and other files from the A Drive website.
      • Badongo — Badongo is a free online storage program that is set up like a social networking website. Not only do you get an unlimited amount of storage, but you can also create photo albums, music playlists and publish documents to share with other Badongo users.
      • MediaFire — MediaFire is one of the few free online storage programs that gives you unlimited storage. However, while you can store as many files here as you want, there is a maximum file size of 100MB.
  • What is in a Name?
    • Adobe — It came from name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock.
    • Apache — It got its name because its founders got started by applying patches to code that was written for NCSA’s server. The result was ‘A Patchy’ server — thus, the name Apache.
    • Apple Computers — Derived from favorite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn’t suggest a better name by 5 o’clock.
    • CISCO — Its not an acronymn but the short for San Francisco .
    • Corel — Derived from the founder’s name Dr. Michael Cowpland. It stands for Cowpland Research Laboratory.
    • Google – It was originally named ‘Googol’, a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders -Stanford grad students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project toan angel investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google’!
    • Hotmail — Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in mail’ and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters "html".
    • ORACLE — Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the CIA. The code name for the project was called Oracle. The CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions.
    • SUN– Founded by 4 Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym for Stanford University Network.
  • Food Science: Cooking Vegetables
    • A recent study conducted in the U.K. showed boiling vegetables that are members of the cruciferous family, including cabbage, broccoli, and brussel sprouts, significantly reduces their anticancer properties.
    • The active anticancer ingredient which is destroyed by the boiling process is called glucosinolate.
    • Glucosinolate is an important compound that converts inside the body to a cancer fighting chemical called isothiocynate which helps to remove cancer causing components from our system.
    • When cruciferous vegetables are boiled, most of this important compound is destroyed along with the cancer protective properties.
    • Do you lose ALL the important vitamins and nutrients from our vegetables when we boil them?
    • The preponderance of evidence suggests there is some truth to this.
    • It’s been shown when we boil vegetables, a considerable amount of the vitamins leech out into the cooking water are poured down the drain.
    • This will vary depending on how much water is used in the cooking process as well as how long the vegetables are exposed to hot water.
    • It seems disheartening to eat your vegetables as recommended and not get the full anticancer and vitamin protection!
    • What can you do to retain the healthy vitamins and cancer protecting agents?
    • Probably the best method for preparing vegetables to preserve their vitamin and anticancer properties is to steam them in a metal or bamboo steamer.
    • Using one of these devices, your vegetables are elevated above the boiling water which means they never have direct contact with it. If you don’t have access to a steamer, you can try stir frying or microwaving your vegetables since the U.K. study showed these cooking methods had little effect on the vegetables they studied.