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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Recession Laptop

1.            Now a days working on making a recession laptop…all by my self.The idea is not original,but the work is.What is Recession Laptop? Just a Buzz word to make people hear and turn back. Recession is the key word now a days every where…be it industries, employment, export, import, IT, real estate and so many other things…

2.            Recession laptop is actually PC in a brief case….yes…in a easily available SAFARI make suitcase….GAREEB ka Laptop actually.

3.            Will post all all details soon….i hope some one see’s and reads it!!! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

GUIYU : THE CONNECTION WITH E-WASTE

1. Have you ever thought where have all the 486 and Pentium machines vanished from your desktops at home and offices, what happens after your ink cartridge gets over and is thrown in the garbage, what happens to the discarded keyboards, mouse’s and all electronic accessories that u reject being obsolete. In 90% of the cases, they often end up in GUIYU, which may be the electronic-waste capital of the globe. Guiyu (pronounced GWAY-yoo), a few hours' drive northeast of Hong Kong, is by far China's biggest e-waste scrap heap. The city comprises 21 villages with City businesses processing 1.5 million tons of e-waste a year. As much as 80 percent of it comes from overseas.


2. China is believed to be the predominant recipient of the world's e-waste, with a roughly estimated one million tons of electronic waste being shipped there per year, mostly from the United States, Canada, Japan, and South Korea. It arrives via container ships through the ports of Hong Kong or that of Pearl River Delta such as Nanhai. From there it is trucked to informal e-waste processing centers. Guiyu receives more e-waste than any other area in China. Guiyu began receiving e-waste around 1995, slowly attracting peasant migrant workers from other provinces to work in processing it. There are an estimated 150,000 e-waste workers in Guiyu.


 

3. This obscure Chinese rice village is now the e-waste capital of the world - a place where bona fide mountains of keyboards and circuit boards tower over its inhabitants. The water here is undrinkable - it has been for years. Most of Guiyu makes their living by trashing outdated Dells with their bare hands. To access the cooking needs, for example, they roast circuit boards over coal-fired grills. Gold is obtained using acid strippers, whose sludge is later dumped into the local river.


4. During an undercover visit to Guiyu in December of 2001, representatives of the Basel Action Network, Seattle, saw and taped villagers manually cracking leaded-glass computer monitors to retrieve the copper yokes within. The men, women and children of Guiyu also conduct open burning of PVC-coated wire and cable; they “grill” circuit boards to melt the lead solder to remove chips; and they work with a 75 percent hydrochloric acid solution to separate precious metals from circuit boards.The amounts of scrap computers, monitors and printers is staggering, overflowing in large piles in the front and back yards of villagers who work from their homes or other small locations.The acid stripping operations, along with the open dumping of waste and ash residue into ditches and riverbeds, has rendered the well water and ground water of Guiyu undrinkable. For the past five years, water has been trucked in from distant villages.

5. "If you burn it, you can tell what kind of plastic it is," said the man, who gave only his surname, Wang. "They smell different. There are many kinds of plastic, probably 60 or 70 types."Six of Guiyu's villages specialize in circuit board disassembly, seven in plastics and metals reprocessing, and two in wire and cable disassembly.An average computer yields only $1.50 to $2 worth of commodities such as shredded plastic, copper and aluminum. 

6. The biggest obligation lies in the developed countries that export e-waste, instead of doing something about the problem ,they are just dumping the same in underdeveloped and developing countries. JUST TRANSFERING THE TRASH AND GETTING AWAY. 

7. Perniciousness is only one reason that recycling electronics is costly in the United States. Another is poor design. U.S. manufacturers haven't made products to facilitate disassembly. A report advises that investing $1 more in design costs per computer could save $4 for American recyclers in disassembly costs. Nor have manufacturers gone very far in finding "green" materials to replace toxic flame retardants.

 8. So whats the sole purpose of writing this and doing some cut paste from various utilitarian sites like wiki/ban.org and many others,the intention is to get educated on the subject. Nothing more. It is not in my or your hands to stop receiving e-waste from the so called developed countries, it is in the hands of the political big bosses who are busy pheroying jhanda’s of respective parties and are absolutely clueless. Where’s is the GUIYU town in India?????Any clue’s?

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

IRON KEY : World's Most Secure Pen Drives

1.         Pen drives are dangerous and have even been banned by few organizations including the prestigious armed forces after one scandal of security leak came to light few years back in navy.Is that the solution? Now it is like marta kya na karta wali baat….”i don’t have control over it so better ban it”.Good News for those who still desire to use pendrives in a much much safer way then available in the market.IRON KEYS have come to take care of the security issue of pendrives.What is IRON KEY? Read on…….. 


2.         The IronKey drives are very small, very portable, and very convenient. They come in configurations of 1Gb, 2Gb, 4Gb, and 8 Gb’s. IronKey’s Secure Flash Drive is similar to an iPod, as its hardware, software and online service all rolled into one product. The IronKey Cryptochip uses US government-approved AES, CBC-mode, 128-bit encryption at the hardware level. 


3.         All models come in a sleek, stainless-steel, waterproof case that is sturdier and heavier than other USB drives. The case has been injected with an epoxy compound that blankets the inner workings and keeps them dry and shock-resistant. Security-wise, the case would be extremely difficult to pry open without destroying what's inside. 

4.         IronKey has a password generator that can create passwords up to 99 characters in length at either normal strength with alphanumeric characters or stronger strength, which includes all keyboard characters. To use the IronKey flash drive, you need to activate an online account. This is a necessary step to enable certain services -- such as online password backup, device and software updates and to access IronKey's encrypted Web-surfing service, which uses Mozilla's Firefox. Besides creating an online username and password, you are asked to supply answers to three supplemental authentication questions that will verify your identity in case you ever lose your username or password. Failing to answer the questions accurately will lock you out of your account permanently. 

5.         IronKey e-mails an activation code that you must enter in a window to complete your online setup. IronKey allows you to change personal security information at any time by accessing account settings. If someone does happen to gain access to your flash drive and they fail to type in the correct password more than 10 times, IronKey will self-destruct, permanently locking out users and wiping out all the data on the drive. 

6.         From a speed standpoint, IronKey is fast. Hd Tach tests showed speeds well above the competition: IronKey's speed is 31MB/sec. burst speed; an average read rate of 29.6MB/sec., and a 6-millisecond random access rate. The CPU utilization rate is vastly higher than any other driver on the market by as much as 22%. SLC memory lasts about 100,000 write cycles and MLC memory lasts about 10,000 writes. 

7.         Special Solutions USA is an exclusive distributor of IronKey Secure USB flash drives for the Indian market. 

8.         More on https://www.ironkey.com/