30 Dec 2008

First Little Prince On His Planet

Here's part of "The Little Prince" story video...it's really fun watching it with educational message with it! No wonder why it's a great tool for kids, young and adult to learn what is more than life on a planet.

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What is behind this little book that creates many translations ever. It's translated even into dialects in the world! What did you learn from this "Little Prince" story? Do you like reading it or watching it? Please share your thoughts and hearts from it! What's your perspective of the story?















From its official website you'll find "The Little Prince, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, has been translated into more than 180 languages and dialects."

HERE'S THE official link: http://www.lepetitprince.com/en/

HERE'S THE link for all the language translations: http://www.petit-prince.at/collection.htm
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27 Dec 2008

First Filipino Cop in South Australia

Do you think there will be more pinoys like him in Australia? He's doing a great job anyway and that's the most important news!

In the Philippines, the very common profession we often hear are nurses & doctors going to USA....what about this? A Filipino cop in Australia:

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22 Dec 2008

First of the Ford's Model Production Success

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What car do you stick on to?

My hubby sticks on Holden Commodore like Ford lovers especially this Ford Model T with its great success mass production in the world!

The Ford Model T (colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie and also the Flivver) was an automobile produced by Henry Ford's Ford Motor Company from 1908 through 1927.
The first production Model T was built on September 27, 1908, at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile.

The Ford Model T was named the world's most influential car of the twentieth century in an international poll. [3] Henry Ford said of the vehicle:

I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one - and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God's great open spaces.


Image Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Late_model_Ford_Model_T.jpg
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20 Dec 2008

First iPhone app approved by the Vatican

Are you an iPhone users?

The first iPhone approved by the Vatican:










Pity this iPhone is not for everyone. It is for particular niche users. It’s called iBreviary. It only costs $0.99. Follow the link below and grab for yourself if you're interested!



Source: http://www.intomobile.com/2008/12/15/ibreviary-first-iphone-app-approved-by-the-vatican.html
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18 Dec 2008

World's First Turkish Sportscar

Are you into sportscar? What sportscar that you really like?

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True Story
. In a car exhibition, 4 years ago, a Turkish businessman who wasn't allowed to inspect Lamborghini's latest sportscar decided to create his own. Turkey now has a new automobile manufacturer, and Etox (established 2006) has produced a prototype worth drooling over. The Zafer [Victory], a punchy two-seater which packs 272bhp with a top-of-the-range 3-liter V6 engine, was unveiled on 30th August - Victory Day in Turkey.

Etox is the first Turkish automobile manufacturer dedicated exclusively to building sports cars. Its first model, the Etox Zafer, will become the first ever Turkish sports car. Designing the Zafer took 6 months after testing and surveying among hundreds of other prototypes. The latest prototype was created by 46 Turkish engineers in 2 years. The 100,000 kilometer quality tests of the Etox Zafer are currently under way.

The license for mass production of the Etox Zafer has been granted by the Turkish Government and the company aims to produce 20 cars per annum in its first year of production. Etox is envisioning to produce up to 500 cars per annum in the coming years. Etox is almost 100% manufactured and assembled in Turkey. Only the engines are imported from a French auto manufacturer company. Etox is planning to develop its own engines within 2 years time.

The price tag? A modest $56,900.


Source:http://www.thethinkingblog.com/2007/09/unveiled-worlds-first-turkish-sportscar.html



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17 Dec 2008

History Of Mobile Phones

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iche Article Directory | Discover More About The History Of Mobile Phones.

Discover More About The History Of Mobile Phones

These days, everybody has a mobile phone. Whether they're on a contract or a pay as you go tariff, the mobile telephone has become essential for several people. this article will look at the the mobile phone's history - as well as its future - in order to learn more about the now-essential telecommunications device.

Forget all about alexander graeme bell. On 3 april 1973, dr martin cooper, a motorola employee, placed a call to rival Joel Engel, who was head of research at AT&T's Bell Labs. dr Martin made the call while he was walking the streets of new york city & did so through the first Motorola DynaTAC prototype in front of reporters. motorola has a rich history of making radios for vehicles, particularly two-way radios for cabs & police cars. although, recognisable mobile telephones have existed since the fifties at least.

The very first mobile telephones were called first generation telephones, often referred to as 1-g. The 1-g era lasted from the late 1970s through to the 1980s. these items were the first real mobile telephones, although they were then known as cellular mobile radio telephones, & were based on analogue signalling. the use of an analogue signal was the difference between these first generation mobile telephones & their second generation cousins, which came out a few years later.

Second generation, also called 2g, mobile telephones were introduced in the nineties. 2g mobile phone systems were characterised by their use of digital circuit transmission and the introduction of advanced and fast mobile phone to network signals.

The birth of 2g systems saw telephones move from friendly 1g telephones to teeny hand held devices, which were much more moveable. this change was possible through technological improvements including more advanced batteries and energy saving electronics.


The second generation mobile telephones had a number of advantages over 1g devices. These included text messaging, which became possible on gsm networks initially and eventually on most digital networks. the earliest machine-sent sms text message was sent in the uk in 1991. the earliest person-to-person sms message was sent in finland in 1993. sms soon became the communication method of choice and the general public prefer sending text messages to making voice calls.

3g is the term given to the third generation of mobile mobile phone standards & technology. 3g follows 2-g mobile mobile phone technology.

The invention of 3g technologies allow network operators such as Vodafone give their users a bigger range of more advanced services. These include video calls& broadband internet.


Even though 3g was introduced successfully all over the world, complaints have been made by both 3g providers & users, comprising of costly phones. in addition to this, there's numerous differences in the terms of licencing.

Following 3g, we can look forward to the debut of 4g technology, which promises to be the best and most advanced mobile telephone technology to date.


Thanks for perusing our article about the invention of mobile phones. as you probably know, the mobile telephone has come a long way since it was first launched and chances are, it'll be developed further still.


Author Resource: by Maria Literral has worked in telecoms for over 20 years having spent time developing mobile communications and wireless telecommuncation devices

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16 Dec 2008

World's first working $100 Laptop

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Hmmm...what happens if all the children of the world using the $100 laptop? Would you advise your kids if you are parents or what?

Source: http://money.cnn.com/2005/11/16/technology/laptop_fortune/

Nick Negroponte would like to sell you a $100 laptop, especially if you're head of state in a large developing country. NEW YORK (FORTUNE)

Negroponte's message has a seductive simplicity. As he puts it in an interview: "One laptop per child: Children are your most precious resource, and they can do a lot of self-learning and peer-to-peer teaching. Bingo. End of story."
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World's First Money

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Do you think people still barter items today in some way especially on the Internet?

Source: http://www.collectsource.com/worlds.htm

Coins weren't invented until about the 7th century B.C. Before there were coins, barter was the means of trade throughout the ancient world. But it can get to be quite tiresome if you have to barter for everything.

Perhaps as a means to facilitate small transactions, the Ancient Sumerians---the same folks who invented the wheel and writing---invented money. About 3500 B.C. they began cutting sections from cone shaped shells, and, after the sections were polished, folks carried them around their necks on strings, using the shells to pay for small items.

It was such a useful invention that Sumerian Shell Money caught on quickly---archaeological evidence suggests it circulated throughout the fertile crescent of the Mid East about 5000 years ago---when Sumerian culture was at it's zenith.

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World's Oldest Inhabitants

Who do you think the oldest inhabitants or one of the oldest inhabitants in the world? What does the word "aboriginal" mean? Do you have aboriginals in your own country? In the Philippines, we call the indigenous "Aetas". I believe whatever colour we have on our skin, we all have first forefathers who breed us in different wonderful skin colours.

From this source:
http://www.apex.net.au/~mhumphry/aborigin.html

The word "aboriginal" means "the first" or "earliest known". The word was first used in Italy and Greece to describe people who lived there, natives or old inhabitants, not newcomers, or invaders.

Australia may well be the home of the worlds first people. Stone tools discovered in a quarry near Penrith, New South Wales, in 1971 show that humans lived in Australia at least twelve thousand years before they appeared in Europe.

So far three early sites have been discovered in Australia, the Penrith one being dated about forty-seven thousand years old, a Western Australian site forty thousand years old and another in Lake Mungo, New South Wales, thirty-five thousand years old.

To put this in perspective, so that we can appreciate the time scales, since the first fleet arrived in 1788 there have only been 8 generations of settlers. On the other hand, there have been in excess of 18,500 generations of aboriginals!

First Sightings

The first recorded sighting of Australia was in 1606 by the Dutch captain of "Duyfken" William Jansz who described the natives as "...savage, cruel, black barbarians who slew some of our sailors". In the same year the Spaniard, Luis Vaez de Torres sailed around the strait that bears his name. He described the natives as "...very corpulent and naked. Their arms were lances, arrows, and clubs of stone ill fashioned". Jan Carstenz in 1623 described several armed encounters with Aboriginals, and judged the country "...the most arid and barren region that could be found anywhere on earth; the inhabitants too, are the most wretched and poorest creatures that I have ever seen in my age or time". As a result of such reports the Dutch government decided the land that was not suitable for colonisation.

Macassans: The First Visitors?

In northern Arnhem Land, and on Melville and Bathurst Islands, the Aboriginals carved special wooden grave posts. These posts were adapted from the masts of the Macassan boats that visited the northern coast each year from Macassar and Celedes to collect trepang.

The Macassan visitors came in what the Aboriginals regard as historic times, and their camps were both large and well organised. The campsites are still marked by tamarind trees, which grew from the seeds of the fruit, dropped by the fishermen.

The Macassan introduced the dugout canoes and taught the Aboriginals the use of steel in making knives, spear blades and tomahawks. The Aboriginals watched or took part in the entertainment and ceremonies; they learned to play cards, and began to adapt their song rhythms to the strange tunes and sounds of foreign musical instruments.

The Aboriginals learned more about the culture of the visitors by travelling to Macassar with the fishermen, returning with the fleet the following season; some of them remained in Macassar. The Aboriginals adopted some Macassan words into their own languages; for example compass directions, names of tools and parts of the boats. The names of Macassans are still remembered, and Aboriginals often adopted Macassan names as well as their own.


Aboriginal Flag

Aboriginal Flag

The Aboriginal flag is divided horizontally into two equal halves of black (top) and red (bottom), with a yellow circle in the centre. The black symbolises Aboriginal people and the yellow represents the sun, the constant renewer of life. Red depicts the earth and also represents ochre, which is used by Aboriginal People in ceremonies.

The flag - designed by Harold Thomas - was first flown at Victoria Square, Adelaide, on National Aborigines' Day on 12 July 1971. It was used later at the Tent Embassy in Canberra in 1972.

Today the flag has been adopted by all Aboriginal groups and is flown or displayed permanently at Aboriginal centres throughout Australia.


Torres Strait Islander Flag

Torres Flag

The Torres Strait Islander flag - designed by the late Bernard Namok - stands for the unity and identity of all Torres Strait Islanders.

It features three horizontal coloured stripes, with green at the top and bottom and blue in between - divided by thin black lines.

A white dhari (headdress) sits in the centre, with a five-pointed white underneath it. The colour green is for the land, and the dhari is a symbol of all Torres Strait Islanders. The black represents the people and the blue is for the sea. The five-pointed start represents the island groups. Used in navigation, the star is also an important symbol for the seafaring Torres Strait Islander people. The colour white of the star represents peace.

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First Valve for Coffee Packing

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Do you have valve on your coffee pack? Check it out, if this may interests you!

This weekend I was storing my hubby's ground coffee to another bottle and I saw this valve that got me curious where's its made from...I finally saw the name labelled on this very small valve and what is it for? Such small engineering but it keeps the coffee taste great...like having a coffee drink from fresh roasted coffee bean!






"It was Fres-co who invented the degassing valve for coffee, which allowed the packaging of the coffee to be done immediately after roasting to insure the freshest possible taste. The valve allows for the CO2 to exit the package, but will not allow oxygen or other gases back in. (CO2) and if the valve is not used, coffee needs up to 24 hours to fully degas before being packaged in a hermetically sealed container. During this degassing process the coffee my be subject to degradation due to oxygen, which quickly makes the coffee go stale."*





INNER VALVE






OUTER VALVE - The original version, designed to be seen on the package surface.







HIGH FLOW VALVE





HIGH PRESSURE VALVE





*Source: http://www.fresco.com/valves.html
*Image Source: http://www.goglio.it/valvole/Packaging_solution.cfm?IdCategoriaProdotti=28&IdSchedaProdotto=2
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11 Dec 2008

FIRST LOVE with lyrics - Avalon

Do you have first love? I do have first love, second's my husband! Listen to the song and enjoy your day!


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9 Dec 2008

World's First Coffee Discovery

When was the first time you tasted coffee?

Timeline
(Source: http://www.cappuccino.net/html/triviae.html )

c 850
First known discovery of coffee berries. Legend of goat herder Kaldi of Ethiopia who notices goats are friskier after eating red berries of a local shrub. Experiments with the berries himself and begins to feel happier.

c 1100
The coffee first trees are cultivated on the Arabian peninsula. Coffee is first roasted and boiled by Arabs making "qahwa" --- a beverage made from plants.

1475
The worlds first coffee shop opens in Constantinople. It is followed by the establishment of two coffee houses in 1554.

c 1600
Coffee enters Europe through the port of Venice. The first coffeehouse opens in Italy in 1654.

1607
Coffee is introduced to the New World by Captain John Smith, founder of Virginia at Jamestown... Some Canadian historians claim it arrived in previously settled Canada.

1652
The first coffeehouse opens in England. Coffeehouses are called "penny universities" (a penny is charged for admission and a cup of coffee). Edward Lloyd's coffeehouse opens in 1688. It eventually becomes Lloyd's of London, the world's best known insurance company. The word “TIPS” is coined in an English coffee house: A sign reading “To Insure Prompt Service” (TIPS) was place by a cup. Those desiring prompt service and better seating threw a coin into a tin.

1672
The opening of the first Parisian cafe dedicated to serving coffee. In 1713, King Louis XIV is presented with a coffee tree. It is believed that sugar was first used as an additive in his court.

1683
The first coffeehouse opens in Vienna. The Turks, defeated in battle, leave sacks of coffee behind.

1690
The Dutch become the first to transport and cultivate coffee commercially. Coffee is smuggled out of the Arab port of Mocha and transported to Ceylon and East Indies for cultivation.

1721
The first coffeehouse opens in Berlin.

1723
Coffee Plants are introduced in the Americas for cultivation. Gabriel de Clieu, a French naval officer, transports a seedling to Martinique. By 1777, 1920 million coffee plants are cultivated on the island.

1727
The Brazilian coffee industry gets its start from seedlings smuggled out of Paris.

1750
One of Europe's first coffeehouses, Cafe Greco, opens in Rome. By 1763, Venice has over 2,000 coffee shops.

1822
The prototype of the first espresso machine is created in France.

1885
A process of using natural gas and hot air becomes the most popular method of roasting coffee.

c 1900
Kaffeeklatsch, afternoon coffee, becomes popular in Germany.

1905
The first commercial espresso machine is manufactured in Italy.

1908
The invention of the worlds first drip coffeemaker. Melitta Bentz makes a filter using blotting paper.

1933
Dr. Ernest Illy develops the first automatic espresso machine.

1938
Nescaf� instant coffee is invented by the Nestl� company as it assists the Brazilian government in solving its coffee surplus problem.

1945
Achilles Gaggia perfects the espresso machine with a piston that creates a high pressure extraction to produce a thick layer of crema.

1991
Caff� Carissimi Canada, a network of espresso service providers is formed in Canada, modeled after a visit to Franco Carissimi (roaster and equipment manufacturer) in Bergamo Italy. It becomes the fastest growing network of private and independant super automatic machines providers in Canada.

1995
Coffee is the worlds most popular beverage. More than 400 billion cups are consumed each year. It is a world commodity that is second only to oil.


Source:

http://www.koffeekorner.com/koffeehistory.htm
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World's First Mobile Phone

What was the first mobile phone did you have?

DynaTAC 8000X - the World's First Mobile Phone*

These days we often speculate about what we did before we had a mobile phone. Well, before 6 March, 1983, the thought of being able to communicate anytime, anyplace, anywhere hadn't even begun to surface in most people's minds when Motorola launched the DynaTAC1 8000X.

For years Motorola had been at the forefront of portable communications. In 1930 they had produced the first commercially successful car radio, which they developed into the two-way radios which became standard for the allies during the Second World War. After the war they then developed pagers, car radiotelephones and radio transponders. As a result it was Motorola technology that relayed Neil Armstrong's famous words from the Moon in 1969. However, in 1968 the next breakthrough had already been made. Based on 'cells' that would enable the same radio frequencies to be reused simultaneously in other areas, they started to look into the possibility of mobile cellular phones.

Birth of the Mobile

Over the next 15 years $100 million was invested in the research and development of cellular technology. The DynaTAC 8000X weighed 785g (28 ounces) and measured a colossal 300x44x89mm (13x1.75x3.5"). It only boasted one hour of talk time and eight hours of standby time, so that if you wanted it on 24 hours a day you would have to charge up three sets of batteries every day. However, it only had an LED display instead of an LCD, which was only just starting to be used in the digital watches of the time. There was a 150mm (6") aerial protruding from the top of it and you could also manage to save the princely total of 30 numbers in the memory of the phone.

The young rich kid who had everything, in 1983, could be seen with a mobile phone, that is if they were able to pay the $3995 for the privilege. One problem you might have encountered though was that there was very limited signal coverage to enable you to use it. So a lot of the time it was mainly used for posing2. The phone may have resembled a brick in size but by the end of 1984 there were 300,000 users worldwide. It may be a mere drop in the ocean compared to the 1.2 billion mobile phone users today but at that price it is an impressive number.

Moving On

Since then of course mobiles have become cheaper, lighter and longer lasting. They have gained more features including phone books, calendars, games, internet access, cameras and now even video. They have become an essential everyday item in most developed nations. Before they came along we all carried our emergency coins to call from a payphone. Now the mobile's rise has led to the demise of the familiar payphone on many of our street corners. The DynaTAC 8000X is a dinosaur in today's eyes but a landmark on the road to today's highly connected world.

It may be seen as a great step in personal identity or maybe the last breach of personal privacy but the day of the mobile phone has come since that first 'brick' of a 'phone in 1983. Where next is up to the imaginations of those who want to give us even greater access.

The Impact on Culture

Here are just some phone-related film and television events that show the impact of the mobile phone:

  • 1982 - A year before launch of the DynaTAX 800X, ET: The Extra Terrestrial has to use a normal landline to call home.

  • 1984 - The film 16 Candles is the first to feature the DynaTAC 8000X. Samantha Baker's love interest Jake Ryan has a cellular phone in his dad's Rolls Royce. Still a rich kid's toy.

  • 1987 - In the first Lethal Weapon film Sergeant Roger Murtagh uses one of the early, large portable phones from its shoulder mounted carry case to discuss with a psychologist that he suspects that Sargent Martin Riggs, his partner, is insane.

  • 1990 - In Beverley Hills 90210 there is a division between the rich and poor kids at Beverley Hills High based on who has their own mobile and who doesn't.

  • 1990 - Viv (played by Julia Roberts) in Pretty Woman is out shopping when she passes two guys in a car trying to hold on to their greater-than-fist-sized phones. And they think they are so cool, but not today.


1 'Dynamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage' for the interested.
2 A lot of the early 'I'm on the Train' conversations overheard during rush hours were quite probably show-offs, as out of city centres the phones would not have given good coverage.
*Source:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A1082521
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First Web Browser and WYSIWYG HTML editor

First World's Web Browser and WYSIWYG HTML Editor

Wikipedia reports:

WorldWideWeb was the world's first web browser and WYSIWYG HTML editor. It was introduced on February 26, 1991 by British scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and ran on the NeXTSTEP platform. It was later renamed Nexus to avoid confusion with the World Wide Web.

WorldWideWeb (WWW) was the first program which used not only the common File Transfer Protocol but also the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, invented by Berners-Lee in 1989. At the time it was written, WorldWideWeb was the only way to view the Web.

The source code was released into the public domain in 1993.[*1][*2] Some of the code still resides on Berners-Lee's NeXTcube in the CERN museum and has not been able to be recovered due to the computer's status as a historical artifact.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WorldWideWeb

*1 http://www.w3.org/History/1991-WWW-NeXT/Implementation/

*2 http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/FAQ.html#browser
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