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$5 trillion growth by 2014, what is it?

Twice the estimated GDP of China and India com by 2014. What is it?

A $5 trillion rise for current income, according to World Bank estimates. Tbined. What is it?

Read on and find out… Read the rest of this entry »

What is the data transfer speed of devices like SATA, USB, Firewire, Ethernet?

Just because I keep forgetting and because they measure them in bits or bytes depending on whether they think it is storage or comms.

Just remember that approximately 1B (Byte) is made up of 10bits (because of start and stop bit, parity, etc.) (Here /s means per second)

I have attempted to order this list of devices in decreasing transfer speeds/rates/bandwidth…

SATA 300 300MB/s 3000Mb/s (Serial ATA)
SATA 150 150MB/s 1500Mb/s
GigaBit Ethernet 100MB/s 1000Mb/s
Firewire 800 (Firewire 2) 80MB/s 800Mb/s
USB 2.0 48MB/s 480Mb/s (i.e. USB dongle or data pen)
Firewire 400 40MB/s 400Mb/s
ATA Hard disk (PATA/ Parallel IDE) 33MB/s 330Mb/s
100Mbit Ethernet 10MB/s 100Mb/s
USB 1.0 1.2MB/s 12Mb/s
10Base T 1MB/s 10Mb/s
1Mbit ADSL downstream 100KB/s 1Mb/s (broadband)
ADSL upstream (i.e. 256Kb) 25.6KB/s 256Kb/s
MP3 file encoded at 256Kb/s 25.6KB/s 256Kb/s
MP3 file encoded at 128Kb/s 12.8KB/s 128Kb/s (yes that’s why audio was so bad in dial up modem days, hence Realaudio and their voice style 8Kb/s data rates, which was amazing for the time.)
56Kb dial up modem 5.6KB/s 56Kb/s

DV Camera (I think it was 5MB/sec for 720 30 frame raw video – I need to verify this when I am awake.

1 minute of Mono 16 bits CD quality audio (44.1Khz sample rate) 5MB/min 50Mb/min
[aka 44,100 Hertz (sample rate) x 2 for 16 bit x 60 seconds in a minute = 5,292,000 = 5.2MB/min]

1 minute of Stereo 16 bits CD quality audio (44.1Khz sample rate) 10MB/s 100Mb/s

48x CD
2x DVD
Floppy disk (1.44MB 3.5″) 0.06 MB/s 0.06Mb/s (yep 24+ seconds to fill a disk)

Knightrider on LSD

OK so they seem to be in totally different keys (out of tune) but try listening to this a few times!

David Hasslehoff (KnightRider, BayWatch) , smiling but apparently with a slight cold and a very different foldback monitor feed to the band 😉 does a rendition of a classic song to an unusual sounding backing.

The visuals are equally disturbing.

However, all that said, listen to it a few times and then tell me if you are actually going to trash it or not?

Click to see the video, but watch it at least 3 times over a few days and see… Read the rest of this entry »

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Bertrum Panda RIP

On the 24th of October 2007, my 2 day old Virtual Pet Panda (Facebook Fluff friend) DIED in a database crash.

In the short time I had him, I let him down badly 🙁 Read the rest of this entry »