Show of 01-28-2017

Tech Talk

January 28, 2017

Email and Forum Questions

  • Email from Doug in Baton Rouge: Dear DR. SHURTZ and JIM RUSS (with greetings to MR. BIG VOICE as well). Thanks for making the weekly Tech Talk podcast so interesting and entertaining! It is educational and a very intelligent show. Thank goodness that the website (Tech Talk) is so easy to navigate; it is one of the best around.
  • I was in one of our local computer shops last week getting a repair part for my laptop. While I was there, I asked for a cost of an extra memory stick for my computer. The salesman warned me about the problems of adding memory cards. He stated that since my laptop was about two years old that I should only add memory cards that are from the same year /production batch. He informed me that my existing computers memory stick and motherboard was two years old. That adding a new secondary memory stick of years apart or different productions runs could possibly cause parity errors. He went on to say that even installing the same manufacturers brand (Kingston), as the existing two year-old-memory, would not prevent the parity likelihood. Such as crashes, program lock-ups, program errors codes, etc. that would manifest itself unpredictable and randomly. His recommendation was to only install memory cards from the same manufacturer and from the same year and production runs, if possible. I will need to remove my current 4-Gb memory card and purchase an 8-Gb memory card (expensive). What is your wisdom, opinion and recommendation on this revelation? Thanks, Doug / Baton Rouge, LA
  • Tech Talk Responds: One of the most cost-effective upgrades to make your computer run faster is to simply add more RAM. It sounds like you have 4GB of RAM and would like to upgrade to 8GB. The hardest part is finding the correct memory for your system. Memory supplier Crucial offers handy tools to help you select the right memory. You can download a system scanner and let it find the upgrades available or simply choose your system from the Crucial Advisor tool. Link to site:
  • Memory should be added in pairs. That is because your system alternated between the memory slots and expects matching performance. If your laptop has two memory banks, and one of them is taken up by a 4GB chip, get a matching 4GB chip for the other, empty slot.
  • Email from Mike from Maryland: Hello Mr. Big Voice, At the CES 2017 show, Sony revealed a new technology. Their new television has a portion of the sound that comes through their TV screen. For example, I think as the actor walks from one side of the TV screen to the other side, if the actor is talking, that part of the TV screen projects that sound. I think this technology could be interesting. But to realize and enjoy this sound feature, I think that the TV screen would have to be a larger screen and the TV viewer would have to sit closer to the TV. Could you ask your two employees (Richard & Jim ) if this sound technology has any real potential or is this new technology going to go nowhere like 3-D did.
  • Whenever I hear Mrs. Mama Big Voice on the radio, her voice is irresistible. I would like to ask her out on a date, but I am hesitant because I am afraid that I might accidently be stepping on Jim’s turf. Please advise. Mike from Maryland
  • Tech Talk Responds: Taking advantage of the OLED’s backlight-less structure, Sony developed a new Acoustic Surface sound technology. The entire screen resonates with sound emanating directly from the screen itself. So audio from your movies and TV shows will sound like it’s coming directly from the display itself.
  • But will it sound good? Sony claims this approach “produces a wide sound and image synchronization from all angles, even off to the sides.” The idea isn’t altogether new, and similar implementations have sounded… less than great. But if you’re buying a TV this nice, odds are you’ve got or at least plan to get a sound system that does the picture half justice.
  • Email from Carl Tyler: Dear Dr. Shurtz: Sometime in the future I was thinking about switching from an iPhone to a Google Pixel. How big a hassle will it be and what can I expect to transfer from my iPhone to the other phone, for example music, podcasts, apps, etc.? Have you ever featured the Chinese software engineer, programmer, and former Executive Vice President at Microsoft Qi Lu? If you have not I think he would be a good candidate. Thanks for the great podcast you, Jim and Andrew produce each week. P. S. Is Mr. Big Voice’s mother any relation to Howard’s mom on the “Big Bang Theory”? They sound an awful lot alike. Carl Tyler
  • Tech Talk Resounds: You can copy data from your iPhone to the Pixel phone. You will have to plug the two phones together using the Quick Switch Adaptor. The just click on Copy the Data on your new Pixel. Make certain both devices are charged.
  • You can copy these from an iPhone during setup:
    • Texts and iMessages
    • Photos and videos
    • Music
    • Contacts
    • Calendars
  • Many free apps on iPhone have Android versions. When available, you can automatically get the Android versions from the Google Play Store.
  • What will not transfer
    • Music with iTunes Digital Rights Management protection will not transfer. Affected music was usually bought before April 2009.
    • Photos where an original isn’t stored on your iPhone. With the Optimize Storage setting on, original photos are in iCloud, not on your iPhone.
    • Files and documents stored in iCloud
    • Device settings, like wallpaper and Wi-Fi passwords

Profiles in IT: Qi Lu

  • Qi Lu is a Chinese software engineer and programmer best known for leading the search engine development at Yahoo and then a Microsoft.
  • Qi was born September 3, 1961 in Shanghai, China.
  • Facing persecution during China’s Cultural Revolution, his parents sent him from their Shanghai home to live with his grandfather in a tiny village five hours away.
  • Lu lived without electricity or plumbing. Meat was a once-a-year luxury.
  • His slight build left him short of government weight mandates for a shipbuilding job.
  • His eyesight was too poor to pass requirements for becoming a physicist.
  • His intelligence got him into Fudan University in Shanghai to study Computer S.
  • After earning a BS and MS, he was assigned to a $10 a month teaching job at Fudan.
  • One weekend a rainstorm prevented his weekly bike ride home to see his parents. He was in his dorm room when a student pleaded with him to attend a talk by Carnegie Mellon professor Edmund M. Clark since only a few students had showed up.
  • Impressed with Lu’s questions, Clark asked to see his research papers and offered him a scholarship to earn his PhD, waiving the $45 app fee. Lu could afford it.
  • In 1996, Qi graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon U.
  • In 1996, Qi worked in one of IBM’s research labs.
  • In 1998, Qi was hired by Yahoo. He played a leading role in building Yahoo’s Internet search and advertising technologies, eventually leading 3,000 engineers.
  • He prefers to be in his office between 5 and 6 am to have uninterrupted time to prepare for his day. He is often sending e-mail to his staff until midnight or later.
  • Lu’s sleeps three to four hours a night. One most weekdays, he wakes up around 4 a.m., goes through his e-mail and runs four miles on a treadmill while listening to classical music or watching the news.
  • In 2008, Qi departed from Yahoo! to seek opportunities in venture capital and perhaps even return to China.
  • On his last day at Yahoo, a problem came up with a database, and he worked side by side with his engineers trying to fix it. He stayed until midnight.
  • But he changed his plans after Mr. Ballmer flew to Silicon Valley with two Microsoft engineering executives to meet Mr. Lu to informally discuss the search business.
  • In 2008, he joined MS to drive its search business. He worked diligently with his team to engineer a sweeping and complex partnership with Yahoo.
  • Qi Lu eventually led MS’s applications and services unit and helped to orchestrate the push into AI and bots. A bicycle accident led to his early exit in September 2016.
  • In January 2017, Qi joined Baidu as Group President and Chief Operating Officer, in charge of products, technology, sales, marketing and operations.
  • His challenge will be to push the company further in AI.

Tech Talk Tenth Anniversary Celebration

  • Tech Talk has been in existence since 2000
  • The show started at WMAL, then WJFK, and finally Federal New Radio
  • The show has been at FNR for the past then years and this is our anniversary show.
  • Special surprise guest: Mr. David Burd, the first Tech Talk co-host. Dave reminisced about past shows and wanted some tech advise for his media center.
  • Special surprise feature: A vignette of past shows starting with the first one FNR.