Why is it that installing a major new application make you feel like your PC is different from every body else's? I tried to install the home version of Microsoft Vista last night as an upgrade from XP. It didn't work.
After three hours of "checking compatibility" and "installing" Vista - the two major steps of the upgrade - I went to bed with a solid green and the words "upgrading Windows." During the early steps, it warned me that a half dozen applications ""might" not run in Vista, but most of them were insignificant. I soldiered on and hit "next."
One thing is for sure - even the smoothest upgrade will take hours and Vista warned me of that. Guess what? The same "upgrading Windows" was frozen on the screen when I returned nine hours later. Maybe I should have waited longer and the warning should have been "this could take days" instead of hours. I shut the machine off and got the not so surprising message that the upgrade was not successful. Thankfully, I was automatically rolled back to XP so the machine is working.
I will try again, but when Vista hits the shelves, I am having a hard time imagining lots of users won't have the same experience as me. Could Vista be a disaster given all the delays so far and now this? Possibly. The configuration on Dell machine isn't much different than millions of others there. This should have been easy. Stay tuned.
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Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.