Did I ever mention how expensive cell phones are here, or Keitai as the Japanese call them? I had this thought in the back of my mind that I would get a cell phone and then use it back in the United States also. The cell phones here are years ahead of anythings we have in the USA. Keitai have dictionaries, great email service, maps and directions, high-quality cameras, advanced messaging capabilities, and really large LCD screens. Completely different companies provide keitai in Japan such as Docomo and Vodafone. The…

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I went to the Internet connection meeting last night. It was a long meeting. Here is what is going to happen. NTT (Nihon Telephone and Telegraph) will be installing the connections this month and I might be able to get access by the end of the month. We have to rent the modem and they have to come and check out the PC because they will only make a contract with a person who has a computer that was manufactured by a company that has a service center in Japan.…

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Takayasu Sakurai, a professor at the University of Tokyo's Institute of Industrial Science and his team has developed artificial skin for robots. Many believe that robots will need to look more human in order to be accepted, particularly if they work in households or care facilities or play an emotional role such as companion.  However, robots shouldn’t look too human.  There's a 'creep' factor if a robot looks too real. The robot skin is made up of several layers, including a plastic film, a rubbery material, and a thin metallic…

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Copyrights exist to protect creative works. This protection is given so that authors of these works can continue to create new content and to ensure that they are properly compensated for their work. If people are not properly compensated for their work, many will cease to produce it. Those who continue to produce without compensation will do it for the pure enjoyment of creation much like freeware is today. In a society without copyright protection, the proliferation of these creative works would not be as great because the creator’s concern…

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File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is an easy way to share files.  For those of you with Windows 2000 or Windows XP, setting up an FTP server is actually pretty easy.  Here are some steps to help you set one up on your computer.  By the way, if you are using Windows 95/98, there is a completely different method that is not covered here. Got to Add Remove Programs Click on the Add remove Windows Components tab Click Internet Information Services and then details Check File Transfer Protocol. Windows will also…

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The Internet changes everything it touches and touches almost everything.  Worldwide e-commerce revenues are expected to reach $2.7 trillion.  $721 billion of which will take place in the US.  The companies generating this revenue are called Internet companies.  These companies face new challenges as well as opportunities.  The Internet has changed the way companies interact with their customers. It has also made customers more price sensitive because of the large supply of products with little or no differentiation.  Internet companies need to be able to price competitively and make a…

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Dave Roger created the Electronic Commerce Network (ECN.W) 18 months ago to solve the problem of internet transaction processing.  Due to a lack of talent in the industry, IT personnel with experience with transaction processing were in high demand.  In order to save companies money, ECN.W provides transaction processing for clients so that they do not have to go to the expense of hiring experienced IT personnel. ECN.W is seeking additional capital in the way of loans, but the new investors require more information in order to grant these loans. …

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How to convert Binary to Decimal 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1 Total Value 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 158 Above you can see the number 10011110.  To find the decimal equivalent, simply add the value of each place containing a “1”. 128+0+0+16+8+4+2+0=158 How to convert Decimal to Binary 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1 Let’s take the number 245 and convert it to Binary. …

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I was out for a birthday lunch today and a friend asked what a pixel is. After fumbling around for a good description, I figured I would put the more refined version here for you all to read. The smallest part of the video monitor display is a tiny rectangular or square dot called a pixel. The word pixel is a combination of two common words, picture, and element. A pixel is best described as a relative, rather than discrete unit because the physical size of an individual pixel is…

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In considering art, you only know what you like according to what you know. The history of art is also the history of ideas, which are dynamically changing through time.  I started asking myself some questions about what art can do and here were some of my answers. expression of consciousness visual expression documenting truth (record keeping) commemorate event documenting experiences communication propaganda enhance religious ritual So how does this concept of art shape the emerging art of the digital world?