Archive for November 2011

The Bloated Capacitors   Leave a comment

Yesterday, we were discussing about the Christmas decor in the office. Everyone is engaged and getting ready for the verdict on Wednesday. In IT dept., our boss suggested to use old machine parts. One of our colleagues made a Christmas tree and  a Christmas manger out of printer parts, mouse and cables. I suggested that I will make  the name tags for the three kings, Jesus, Mary and Joseph and another Christmas decor. I went home at around  4:00pm.

It’s Sunday, I wake up a little later than the usual. How wonderful weekend can be? I cooked and ate breakfast.After a few minutes, I  began to look at my old CPU and keyboard in storage. I got the mother board. I collected the bloated capacitors and short wires. I got illustration board, art papers, scissors, and glue. Ready?

First, I thought of making a quotation with Christmas greeting but changed my mind thinking that it may be “corny” 🙂 So, I thought of the simple message of Merry Christmas on the illustration board using the keys from the keyboard. Unfortunately, the keys will not be enough and the illustration board is short too. I think and think and think. Then I thought of “Love, Peace and Hope” These words are associated to what Christmas is or what the birth of Christ has given us. With these words, I chose “Peace” for its something I wish for everyone. I had some fun doing the decor. The Sunday with the bloated capacitors is worth it.

“Hey, hey, hey…it’s a beautiful day” 🙂

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Posted November 20, 2011 by writinglyyours in Uncategorized

A Sexier Interface   Leave a comment

Happy I am with my new computer. At least, I could finally download a huge file without sweat and do more multi tasking. Staring at another product of the Mr. Gates made me say “How time flies?” It’s seems like yesterday when our CS professor asked us to memorize both external and internal DOS commands. Oh, not just to memorize but he gave a practical exam with all the terrors in his eyes. Modesty aside, I got it all. Not that I’m good but my score was driven by fear of embarrassment. I don’t want to be embarrassed and so I seek divine intervention. So as I am always saying, it’s NOT me, it’s God. During those times there are no sexy interfaces. You have to live with a command prompt or command line interface (CLI). Those lines with c:> To anyone who is in limbo about these internal and external DOS commands—these are commands issues at the command line. Internal commands are simply “built-in” commands like Copy, Dir,  Delete etc. The external commands are executable files like .bat, .exe or the .com files. Examples of them are compiled programs done in Basic , Clipper,  Foxpro,  Pascal etc. Currently, you can still use them at the command prompt. After the era of Command Line Interface (CLI), the Graphical User Interface (GUI) was born. Operating system like Windows provides both CLI and GUI. The Apple Mac has it’s own GUI. Ease of use, better looking screens, more functionalities were offered with GUI. We enjoyed GUI for many years now. But with the iPhone and Android becoming popular, the Natural User Interface (NUI) is getting its shares of interface. NUI allows users to carry out relatively natural motions, movements or gestures that they quickly discover control the computer application or manipulate the on-screen content. The idea or the possibility of adapting NUI in electronic devices has been there for a long tim. Though, this was pushed through in 2006 when Christian Moore led a research community about the development related to NUI technologies. Nowadays, NUI is becoming the interface of our favorite devices. With NUI, it’s easier to level up from novice to an expert user.

From Command Line Interface(CLI), Graphical User Interface (GUI) to Natural User Interface(NUI), we are heading to more exciting electronic devices.

Posted November 7, 2011 by writinglyyours in Uncategorized