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Posted on: Apr, 27th 2011
typewriter
Because of the close of the last factory of typewriter (Godrej and Boyce), I'm going to talk about the distribution of the keys on a computer keyboard, because they have inhereted the distribution of its keys. This is a fateful contribution to the computer world, do you want to know why? Learn more about "Why that position of the keys?"

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Posted on: Sep, 17th 2010
Monitor with giant cactus
Formerly, when still the CRT (Cathodic Ray Tube) monitors were in use, emerge the myth of cactus that absorb the monitor radiations. This swindle probably was thought by some illuminated herbalist that saw the bulky filters antiradiaton that was putting in front of the screen. Surely though that he can win a lot of money selling cactus as substitute of this filters, because a cactus is a lot of more nice and friendly than an authentic filter antiradiation. Follow reading if you want to know why this belief is absurd. Don't left of read the rest of "The myth of the antiradiation cactus"

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Posted on: Mar, 15th 2011
Alan Turing
The same as others disciplines as mathematics, the informatics don't have Nobel prize. So a equivalent award, had to be invented in computer science, called Turing prize, in honor to Alan Turing, that did important contributions to the computer science in the beginning of it. Read the rest of "Turing prize (the Nobel of the computer science)"

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Posted on: Jun, 27th 2011
Today I'm going to dedicate the post to explain some basic concepts about the files that the 99% of the people that use a computer don't understand it very well.
Some users know that the last letters that there are at the end of a file (the extension), identifies the type of file, so, for instance, an archive ended in .JPG is a type of file of image and another ended in .GIF is a different image format with other characteristics. This, is true for most cases, but causes confusion in the cases where the extension isn't of a concrete format, unless of a format container. Continue discovering "Differences between extension and format in a file"

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Posted on: Sep, 7th 2010
Cover of the movie The Matrix
The hypothesis of that we are in a universe simulated by big supercomputer can't be proven because, if true, never will could see outside of the simulation, although is a funny mental experiment do speculation about this. Don't miss the rest of "How would be our universe if it would be generated by Matrix?"

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Posted on: Dec, 24th 2010
optical fiber
The Christmas arrived, the streets are full of led diodes of high luminescence, the house of Christmas trees of optical fiber, the computers of USB ornaments and Santa Claus brings robots and computers to the children. A lot of technology to celebrate the born of Isaac Newton as must be. In this post I'm going to talk about how works the Christmas trees of optical fiber. Surprise yourself with the rest of "Christmas tree of optical fiber"

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Posted on: Mar, 1st 2011
Arroba
When Ray Tomlinson invented the e-mail in 1971, surely he didn't thought that the at sign, will convert in an Internet symbol (Arpanet in that moment). Finish reading "History of the at sign"

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Posted on: Oct, 19th 2010
DTT logo
Never I watch television, but all that is related to the digital technologies I find it interesting, so, today, I'm going to talk about the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT).
Here you will discover all the advantadges and disadvantages that have the DTT. Deep in "How works the DTT?"

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Posted on: Jan, 11th 2011
IPv6 protocol
According to the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority), the organization that assign the IP addresses, in February of 2011 all the IP addresses will be occupied. The solution to this problem is being implanted, approximately from the year 2000 and will follow implanting during a lot of years more. This consists in replace all the software and hardware that use the IPv4 protocol to another that use the IPv6 protocol. Learn more about "What will happen when the IPv4 addresses will be exhausted?"

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Posted on: Apr, 21st 2011
Computer easter egg
Often the programmers hide surprises in its programs, hided by key combinations or strange actions. These surprises usually consist in unusual functionalities, credit titles or any other rare thing. The name that recieve these surprises is "easter eggs". Continue reading "The best easter eggs"

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Posted on: Jul, 20th 2010
The vitruvian Bender
Not a lot of time ago has been resumed one of my favourite series, Futurama, realized by Matt Groenning, the creator of the Simpson.
Between the scriptwriters of Futurama are involved several scientist that provides continuously references to the science. In this post I'm going to explain the cryptography used in the series for code some alien inscriptions. Read all about of "The Futurama code: First part"
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