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Intel NUC5I7RYHR – the Best Computer That Fits in Your Palm

ENIAC

Once upon a time, in a different spatial-temporal universe, a computer was as big as a building. The famous ENIAC, the very first digitally programmable computer, had 30 m in length and 27 tons in weight. It consumed 160 KW 1)Techonomics: The Theory of Industrial Evolution” by H. Lee Martin, book published in CRC Press in 2006. If you think that’s a pretty much high energy consumption, just imagine what it was like in 1946, when the production of electric energy was incomparably much lower than it is nowadays. Joke or no joke, it is said that the citizens of Philadelphia knew, in the evening, when the Giant Brain (as they called it) was on, because their light bulbs would become less bright 2)Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong” by Robert Bryce, book published in PublicAffairs in 2014. And to think all these calculations can now be done by your mobile phone in a blink of an eye.

Since then, the computers have considerably reduced in size. However, if you think about it a little, the majority of them are still too big. The reason for this is the popular standard ATX, launched by Intel in 1995, which, even two decades later, is still in the game. Among other aspects, this standard establishes the dimensions of the motherboard. When you intend on building a case, you can’t just do it whatever size you want, but it has to fit the motherboard. And, as long as ATX still enjoys its success, the majority of the computers are relatively big in size, as you well know.

However, the pressure for miniaturizing is constantly growing. Initially, the cases were “full-tower”. Then, they got smaller – but not miraculously small – to “mid-tower” and “mini-tower”. Then, some smaller cases made their appearance, with different standards for the motherboards, for example the “micro-tower”. Even if the difference in size is still obvious, nonetheless, you have to allocate them a considerable space.

But are there any better solutions? Let’s find out!

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1. Techonomics: The Theory of Industrial Evolution” by H. Lee Martin, book published in CRC Press in 2006
2. Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong” by Robert Bryce, book published in PublicAffairs in 2014

What Steve Jobs Told the Stanford Graduates

Do you remember how you felt at your graduation? No matter how you slice it, it’s a memorable moment. Even when you graduate from kindergarten.

Some are lucky enough that, in such an exciting moment (i.e. just when the mind is more receptive, as a psychologist would say), they get to listen to the speech of an important guest. Someone who really has something to say. Someone who can influence their evolution.

This happened in 2005 when the graduates of the prestigious Stanford University in California had the privilege to listen to Steve Jobs. At that time, Mac devices were back after passing to OS X a few years earlier, and iPods were on the roll.

Looking back, Steve Jobs’ speech was an anthological one. And time passing gives it different shades. Here he is – with annotations that will surprise you…

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Simon Morris – the Levitation Man (with a Lit-up Floating Lightbulb)

Science has found many ways to achieve levitation. It’s still astonishing, even when you realize how it’s done. And yet, you wonder why we don’t see this more often?

That’s the same question Simon Morris asked himself. So he decided to make it his life’s goal to bring levitation to you. How you ask? Wait and see…

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7 Ways in Which Levitation Is Possible

From the beginning of time, man has dreamed of lifting up off the ground. For thousands of years, birds have been the center of envy and admiration!

If man was not able to grow wings, then he would use the ace up his sleeve: intelligence. At first, man flew only in his dreams, until his dreams became the means of flying.

Even though many car makes and models exist, they are not so different from one another. Same for bikes or motorcycles. But when it comes to flying, diversity is extraordinary: aircrafts, helicopters, hang gliders and paragliders, sky-rockets and drones, flying balloons and flying backpacks, and many others. Man even flew in outer space, where no bird has ever gone!

However, there is something more fascinating than flying: levitation. The cancellation of gravity, which sometimes makes things appear to lift up off the ground and float in the air, it looks like some form of magic.

Is levitation really possible or is it all just an illusion? Let’s find out!

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Flow Hive – from the Hive to the Jar, an Invention of Millions (Literally)

Gods lick their fingers after they take delight in ambrosia. We mortals, content ourselves with an amazing product of nature: honey.

But have you ever put yourself in the bee’s place when collecting honey? Believe me, they do not enjoy themselves in these moments. Wouldn’t it bother you that after you worked so hard to prepare your food, here comes a giant and throws you out of your house, empties your pantry, and also produces some damage to you?

Recently, there was an invention made that changed things. Of course, it still leaves the bees without honey, but they escape the stress and damages. It’s a great invention that could revolutionize beekeeping. Is it attractive enough to read further? But that’s not all! Wait until you see what an incredible turn the story took!

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