Archive for March, 2010

Dell 3-25-10

March 25, 2010

What was the original name of Michael Dell’s company?

PCs limited

How much money did he have to start the company?


What was the speed of the 8088 processor that was in the “Turbo PC?”

8 MHz

When did the company change its name?

In 1988

When did Dell start selling computers on the internet?

In 1996, Dell began selling computers via its web site

What company did Dell buy in 2006?

Dell purchased the computer hardware manufacturer Alienware

What was Dell’s gross sales in 2007?

gross sales of $14.4 billion

What’s the name of the guy who started the company?

Michael Dell


Topic 3-11-10

March 11, 2010


Wikipedia articles

Blu-ray info

A blue ray disc is an optical disc storage medium designed to supersede the standard DVD format.

Blu-ray summary

Blu-ray is the type of disc used for play station3 games and for playing high-definition (HD) movies, formerly competing against the now obsolete HD DVD format.

optical disc

optical disc is a flat, usually circular disc which encode binary data in the form of pits (binary value of 0 or off, due to lack of reflection when read) and lands (binary value of 1 or on, due to a reflection when read) on a special material (often aluminum) on one of its flat surfaces.

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how blu-ray works

With their high storage capacity, Blu-ray discs can hold and play back large quantities of high-definition video and audio, as well as photos, data and other digital content. It explains how the blu-ray disc works and how it was developed.

reading data

The Blu-ray disc overcomes DVD-reading issues by placing the data on top of a 1.1-mm-thick polycarbonate layer. Having the data on top prevents birefringence and therefore prevents readability problems.

Blu-ray also known as Blu-ray Disc (BD), is the name of a next-generation optical disc format jointly developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), a group of the world’s leading consumer electronics, personal computer and media manufacturers

What is blu-ray

A blu ray is a digital video disk that can record, store and play back high definition video, digital audio and computer data.

An introduction

Blu-ray discs are exactly the same size as DVDs, which are themselves the same size as CDs. How do Blu-rays store more than DVDs? How do DVDs store more than CDs?

Blu-ray works

By contrast, Blu-ray discs are the latest addition to the collection of optical data storing devices.


Now, in the next millennium, high definition video demands a new solution. History proved that a significant 5-10 x increase in storage capacity and the ability to play previous generation formats are key elements for a new format to succeed.

Links 3-10-10

March 10, 2010


This web page can help you preserve and plant your sunflowers and has events of the National Sunflower Associaton.

What is a sunflower

This wikipedia site tells you the different kinds of sunflowers and history.


This site has cool photos of sunflowers at different angles.

Insert picture 3-9-10

March 9, 2010

This giraffe is really tall. The giraffe eats leaves.

This is a giraffes face. His eyes are really far apart.

Two giraffes walking together. They are in Africa

Two giraffes walking together. They live in Africa.

Snopes 3-8-10

March 8, 2010

1. Developmentally disabled adult captures delivery person, Jehova witness, or sales person.

2. The look of Tinker Bell in Peter Pan was based on Maryln Monroe

3.Police have documented cases of people randomly distributing poisoned goodies to children on Halloween.

4. German chocolate cake come from Germany

5. Fortune cookies originated in China

1. Ceasar Salad was invented by, or named after, Julius Ceasar

2. A munchkins on set suicide captured on film

3. Camel hunting is specifically prohibited by law in Arizona

4. Sending cash through U.S mail is illegal.

5. A condemned prisoner is legally entitled to go free if the first attempt to execute him fails

Instructables 3-5-10

March 5, 2010

1. What is the coolest free project?

Fast arm warmers

2. What is a cheap project that you might do?

Dr. Seuss science experiment

3. Is there a project you want to do for this class?

Giant button

Technology timeline

March 4, 2010

150-100 BC– abacus, the slide rule, the astrolabe and the Antikythera mechanism

10–70 AD– The Hero of Alexandria He built a mechanical theater which performed a play lasting 10 minutes and was operated by a complex system of ropes and drums

1206 AD– astronomical clock invented by Al-Jazari , first known programmable analog computer

1623 AD-Wilhelm Schickard made a mechanical calculator

1930s-they invented digital computers

1801 – Joseph Marie Jacquard used punched paper cardsto tell his textile loom what kind of pattern to weave. This means the loom was programmable.

May 1941- Zuse Z3 invented, electro mechanical device

1950’s- computers were built out of mostly vacuum tubes

2008- the category of smartphones are included in the numbers of computers in the world

Taks Test???? 2-2-10

March 2, 2010

I don’t like the task test. It is a boring cruel and horrible test. I don’t think that it should determine whether or not someone should move from one grade to another or even whether or not you graduate, I think that is too much power for one single test. I don’t support test like the Task because some people might be good at work and might not be good at taking tests. It all depends on the person, and it is easier to make a mistake on the test because it gets you nervous because it holds your whole future so you can easily make a dumb obvious mistake.

Test we take, are valid because the way they make it, it basically determines our whole future. That’s why they make our finals about everything we have learned, but how do they expect us to remember that. It seems people are judging it on whether your smart or not, like the SAT. If you get a good score, than you get into the best colleges. They do seem valid, but they do not show how much you have learned because some things are easier to forget, and hard to remember in that instant.


March 1, 2010

I found out that I don’t know what I want to do in the future. I am not millenial I got a 49. Gen Xer is what it is what it is called. Whatever. I only use 12% of technology. I am more likely to be single and divorced, than married. My work ethic is 11%, I think I work harder than that. 6% smarter, which is a small number, to me. You can see that more  people are getting liberal over the years. It’s definitely interesting.