Technology

Information At Your Finger Tips

There is not a person alive today who would refute the idea that in today’s fast-paced world filled with technology, having information at our finger tips is a horrible thing. Far from it, everyone uses this technology in their own daily lives for all sorts of purposes. Krauss (2012) states that this generation is creating a “culture of distraction.” Just take a look around you if you want some evidence of the truth of this statement. Having gaps in your day for thinking have been replaced by people always wanting to feel connected with others, if just indirectly.

Technology and information is a great thing to be able to easily retrieve, if we use it intelligently. What disaster recovery services do, is to back up data that may otherwise be lost or destroyed in case of a disaster. Scotten (2012) states that “any company, large or small, that’s running business-critical… Continue reading

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Electronic brain tools, the most commercially accessible of which is the Synchro Energizer. Patented in 1980 by the Cleveland bioresearcher Denis Gorges, the SE consists of a goggle lined on the inside with tiny lights, headphones that pulse with New Age music and a carrier tone.

The SE slips the user into a daydreamy theta state similar to relaxing presleep moments. Judith Hooper and Dick Teresi’s Would the Buddha Wear a Walkman? (1990) describes a plethora of such “consciousness tech”-contraptions like the Somatron, Graham Potentializer, the Tranquilite, Binaural Signal Generator, and Cerebrex.

Consciousness can also be expanded through psychological software, light and sound machines, esoteric therapies, biofeedback machinery, isolation tanks, repetitious sound, rebirthing centers, and assorted flotsam and jetsam of the new spirituality. The “cyber zine” Fringeware Review offers an alternative shopping service for such items.

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Direct Satellite System

System for delivering crisp images and CD-quality sound to television viewers via a digital-signal broadcast, thus threatening cable. Also called DSS (Direct Satellite System), the orbiting satellite beams down a signal containing more than 140 television channels and 40 radio channels (although local programming is largely absent).

Each television program and movie is coded with a digital title that includes the show’s name, length, stars, and–shades of the V-chip–rating.

The first system was set aloft in a $750 million GM-RCA venture called DirecTV that has paid off handsomely, with more than half a million people signing up within the first six months of operations in 1994 (nearly 3 million by 1997, toward a goal of 20 million by 2000).

A competing system, Primestar, has the backing of the cable industry but uses older technology; a third, USSB, uses the same satellites as DirecTV but offers different programming.

In Europe, Rupert… Continue reading