Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Internet Of Things And Google's Participation

What does the future connected smart home look like? Janusz Bryzek, a vice-president at Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc., This will be potentially the biggest business opportunity in the history of people. We are changing the earth. This Internet of Things could be also be a tremendous cash cow for many tech companies, who are very eager to reap the benefits (research firm IDC predicts that nearly $9 trillion in annual sales will be generated by 2020). Three key areas that will particularly benefit are: Microchip circuit manufacturers (such as Intel), computer networking gear producers (such as routers and switches, like Cisco Systems Inc.) and software companies (because their coded instructions are essential for telling computerized gadgets what to do), like Oracle Corp. Billions of connected gadgets worldwide could produce, for example: Fewer plane crashes-Every part on every aircraft will be electronically monitored , enabling the plane parts to be quickly replaced at the first sign of failure. Wines, other beverages and food could get better; food manufacturers and vineyard operators would know exactly when to harvest the food. IDC further estimates that the number of Internet-connected things will grow to 212 billion by 2020 (with about 30 billion smart devices. A study by General Electric says that the Internet of Things, within the next 20 years, could potentially generate as much as $15 trillion to global GDP (Gross Domestic Product-it's the market value of all officially recognized goods and services produced in a country within a year or any other time period), roughly the size of the current U.S. economy. Google has plans to be at the forefront of this groundbreaking endeavor through its recent acquisition of the high-tech thermostat and smoke-detector maker Nest Labs (for the advent of the smart home). Some of the Net devices could be melded with existing Google services; such a move would also provide Google with the means to gather more insight that could be used to sell the digital advertising that generates most of the companys revenue (Nets co-founder Matt Rogers promised that customers personal information will be used only for providing and improving Nests products and services. Privacy will remain intact). Sources: Technologys next big driver-San Jose Mercury News-The (Sunday) Vindicator, January 12, 2014 and Google laying foundation for future of homes-Associated Press-The (Sunday) Vindicator, January 19, 2014
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Monday, February 17, 2014

only Fools And Horses - Why Is It So Popular?

Only Fools And Horses is one of the most popular British sitcoms ever made. Even though the show ended a few years ago it is still repeated all the time on the BBC and satellite channels because of it's endearing popularity. So why is this TV series so popular?

Well firstly I would say that as a sitcom it is genuinely funny. Pretty much every single episode in the entire series is laugh out loud funny, whether it's visual comedy, such as the infamous scene where Del Boy falls through the bar, for instance, or witty dialogue between the various lead characters.

Not only that but the storylines are also top drawer. There are lots of light-hearted episodes which are the traditional sitcom fare, but there are also quite serious and quite moving stories such as when Cassandra lost her baby, for instance, and when Del became a father for the first time. Even these serious scenes, which although very emotional, still have comedy moments often with just one funny one-liner.

Another reason I think it's so popular is because there is quite a large cast of characters and all of them are extremely likeable and funny in their own way. For example you have got characters such as Boycie, Marlene, Denzil and of course Trigger who are minor characters in many ways but it's always nice to see them when they appear, and as with all the other characters, there are always plenty of funny lines shared between them,

Then of course you've got the infamous catchphrases. Thanks to Only Fools And Horses, words such as plonker and mange tout have become part of our everyday vocabulary thanks to Del Boy trotting them out all the time.

Finally you've got brilliantly crafted lead characters such as Uncle Albert, Grandad, and of course Rodney and Del Boy. They struggle through life desperately trying to make some money and build a better life for themselves, and that's something we can all relate to. Eventually they did of course make it and ended up very wealthy but then they managed to lose it all again. However deep down I think Del Boy enjoys ducking and diving and being rich simply left him unfulfilled.

Only Fools And Horses ended a few years ago now but I think this is a series that will still be making future audiences laugh in 50 years time because it is so funny. It's a feel-good comedy with lovable characters and great storylines that are genuinely funny and it will undoubtedly remain a much-loved British sitcom for many years to come.