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What technology was way ahead of its time?

Adidas "Feet You Wear" technology basically introduced what most performance shoes are trying to achieve today. This was the first shoe line I can remember that created support by natural motion. Prior to this, with the exception of Reebok Pump technology, support came from straps all over the place, high ankle collars, and option lacing systems. Lines can be drawn from FYW to more recent innovations like Nike Free outsoles, Adidas Primeknit/Nike Flyknit, and clearly to Vibram FiveFingers.

It's fitting, pun completely intended, that Kobe Bryant was the poster child for FYW because he continued to introduce new innovations and trends with his Nike line. The Kobe 4s popularized low tops, the Kobe 9s started an interesting trend of ultra high(not really purposeful) collars, and the Kobe A.D. NXTs introduced a hidden lace lock system. But I digress.

https://sneakernews.com/2016/06/16/flashback-96-birth-adidas-feet-wear/
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Whenever I think of tech that was way ahead of its time, the first thing to come to mind is always the Apple Newton. If you're not familiar with the Newton, imagine an iPhone, but existing in the mid 90's. As one of the first handheld computers, it was innovative and had tremendous potential—but a variety of issues such as the size, cost, and technical limitations caused its demise.

Considering the astronomical success of the iPhone, it's clear that many of the Newton's concepts were solid; we just needed to wait 10 years for the technology to be capable of delivering on the vision. Which is why I think it's the poster child for tech that was way ahead of its time.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Ah buying back ones youth gets you into lots of trouble!

Or buying back Nostalgia!
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
I loved the Palm handwriting system much quicker than typing on a virtual keyboard!
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I miss user manuals
Subject of the week | Describe past technologies you miss.
While not quite a technology per se, it's certainly related to tech: what I really miss is the instruction manuals that used to come with software, hardware and especially, video games. That's right, I'm someone that used to RTFM.

Sure, now there's tons of integrated help, information available online, and books from 3rd party publishers, but nothing quite compares to when I used to pore over the manual that came with the product. I loved how it provided a convenient way to learn, get a solid overview of all the features, and pass the time while waiting for the install to finish. And video games were the best of all because there'd often be extra story details, artwork and more. I can even remember how I'd often go pick up a new game at Best Buy during my lunch break and read through the manual while eating, just biding my time until I'd finally get home after work to play.

These days, you're lucky if you even get a single slip of paper—and it's usually just an abbreviated license agreement!

What about you? Any fond memories of user manuals?
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by:Brian Matis
Here's an image of the Falcon 4.0 manual: http://i.imgur.com/0Boyg.jpg
They sure don't make 'em like that anymore! So awesome...
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by:Adalynn eEvans
No matter what we all say, with digitalization and all, manuals will always be an important part of every product. What if something happens to your computer and you don't have access to the downloaded pdf? Yes, you may have it stored on your iPad or phone, but wouldn't it be much easier if you had it nearby?Of course, there are many opinions in this regards.
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I finally decided to get one of these open source customizeable routers and I'm loving it. It's for advanced consumers and it is a bit pricey but it works well and is really fast.
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by:Brandon Lyon
I was going to order from Amazon but they ran out so I ordered from the same company on eBay. I tried waiting for the higher spec'd one but I couldn't wait any longer. It looks like they're back on Amazon now though.
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by:Kyle Santos
@Craig, you see this episode? haha
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAJbOygaJ0o
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Knowing the weakness link in blockchain. It is not totally infallible nor unhackable entity. It has soft spots too. Catch the Hot vs Cold wallet and the Hardware vs Software exposure that may leads it to be susceptible to be exploited.

http://www.securityweek.com/independence-now-and-forever-how-grow-blockchain-securely
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I'm starting to feel the itch to upgrade the CPU in mine... It's a tough call though, since I'd also need to update the motherboard to support the newer CPU's—and my overall system performance is still pretty great. And if I've got to swap out the motherboard too, then I start getting tempted to change other things, like the case.

Honestly though, what I dread most is dealing with making sure my Windows licensing doesn't get messed up in the hardware change...
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by:Andrew Leniart
Subscribed!  This newsletter subscription feature needs to be made a lot more visible to members in my opinion. I had no idea how to subscribe until I just read the subscribe link in this post.

Are copies of new newletters emailed to new subscribers? Or are members just notified of their release? If the latter, but what means? Email, On Site notifications or both?

Thanks..
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Andrew! I am so glad you are subscribed! The newsletter has been under a redesign lately and we are working with our engineers to update member email preferences on-site. Once the email preference center is finished, we will announce it and members will be able to opt-in and opt-out of specific email campaigns as well as the blog and newsletter!

New subscribers get the next newsletter if they missed the last one. Ultimately we will have a newsletter archive area on-site so you can go through them. Until then, our newsletters are being posted as articles. Check out the most recent one's content in the "newsletter" link in this post.

We do not have email or on-site notifications for newsletters. Subscribers just receive the newsletter in their inbox the next month or send after subscribing. Your first newsletter will come on September 7th!

Feel free to message me if you have any more questions! Thanks Andrew.
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What technology do you think is a fad that won’t last?
I like Apple products but Airpods and the touch bar on their latest MacBook are those fads that won't last.
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by:Katrina Donegan
I'm totally speaking hypocritically because I like my Apple machines. I understand their need to stay relevant but I have a feeling it will catch up to them if they don't come out with something revolutionary.
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by:Brian Matis
Yeah, I hear you on that! For such a long time they were the underdog and that helped them be really scrappy and daring. But now that they're such a powerhouse, there's a lot of fear that they could become like the Microsoft of old...
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I was just reading Andrew Leniart's entertaining tale of dealing with a client's network connection issue. (Go check it out... I'll wait...)
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Ok, cool, now that you've read it, I'm sure it's something many of you have encountered—user says that they restarted something, but clearly they didn't. Made me think that in the current era where smartphones with cameras are so ubiquitous, a way to verify that the device in question actually had power would be to have the client take a photo of it and send that to you. Then you could know if A.) they were looking at the right device and B.) the power lights were really on.

Think it'd work? You ever try anything like that? Oh, and if you've got a similar SysAdmin tale, be sure to go comment on that same post!
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Would you purchase Sony's Koov for your child? It's definitely a cool concept and I love the look of the "pixel" blocks, but the high price point is definitely a deterrent with more affordable competing products available. 

https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/20/sony-soft-launches-an-educational-robotics-coding-kit-on-indiegogo/
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by:Daniella Barion
Sometimes in the Internet World, the recognized brands charge a lot to show how "Great" are their products.  This is the space for startups to have a chance.
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by:Brian Matis
I love seeing these kind of products; this stuff is so cool! I've really been wanting to get something like this for myself, but I'm more inclined towards going with Lego's Mindstorms since they've been around so long and been through many revisions. Plus, they're Lego; can't go wrong with Lego!
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by:Lucas Bishop
Guess the success of the Nintendo Classic put the bug in their ear.
http://www.nintendo.com/nes-classic/

There is an email link on the homepage that can be used for dev inquiries:
https://www.ataribox.com/

mailto:dev@ataribox.com?subject=I’m a developer and want to know more about your platform

Open in new window


Who wants to inquire and report back?
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by:Starr Duskk
Now why would I want to answer this question and give away my age? ;)
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ASUS X551MAV notebook Windows 8.1 64-bit - display stopped working, no bios, just black screen.  An external monitor does work with it.  Tried to download drivers from Asus website; unplugged and pressed power button for at least a minute; opened up Asus notebook to remove battery and again press power button for at least a minute.  Removed the monitor in hardware listing  and restarted.  Ran antivirus and antispyware scans.  
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.
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by:dbrunton
If the external monitor works then your display has gone.  Either the inverter or the screen or one of the components there.

Time for the repair shop.
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by:Brian B
You have entered this as a post, which means that most Experts won't see it. You might want to resubmit as a question (use the "Ask a Question" button at the top of the page.)

Thanks,
Brian
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As if I needed another reason to get excited for the Olympics--take a peek at Toyota's flying "car" that is planned to deliver the Olympic torch in 2020. It's a bumpy ride in the video, but its only a matter of time before our current modes of transportation are obsolete.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/04/toyotas-flying-car-project-takes-a-tentative-test-flight/
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by:Daniella Barion
I am glad they have enough time to practice.
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by:Brian Matis
Well, we might feel less good about all that practice time if Skynet ever comes online and takes over ;-)
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When a tech company stops servicing a particular program, software, or piece of hardware, consumers still using the outdated equipment are usually left to fend off security measures, bugs, and other problems that come their way on their own.
 
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What are your thoughts on the Surface Pro series? I don't like the single USB port and find the included stylus a waste of time. Performance-wise they are pretty quick but with my work, we've had a few that needed to be blown away already. I've run into issues where it won't recognize the keyboard, etc. When everything works great, they are pretty cool, though.
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by:Brandon Lyon
Jackie you're thinking of the Surface Laptop, not the Surface Pro
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by:Jackie Man
But for the customers, Surface Laptop is the latest product for Surface product line offering and it is my impression that MS has already stopped the research and development of Surface Pro as there is no Surface Pro 5.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/04/why-is-microsoft-trying-to-turn-its-surface-business-into-the-next-nokia/
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by:Juana Villa
I love the color of the computer <3
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Last week I loved San Luis Obispo company Farmbot.  This week I love San Luis Obispo based company iFixit. (and of course I love SLO company EE). This is a great article in the latest issue of Inc Magazine re: their company - and why Apple hates them.  Relevant here at EE for hardware / software types.

http://www.inc.com/magazine/201704/david-whitford/ifixit-repair-men.html
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by:Ryan Kilimnik
Great article Matt. We have a couple friends over at IFixit. They love it!
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by:Lucas Bishop
Apple doesn't like iFixit, because iFixit writes its own in-house versions of Apple's top-secret repair manuals and shares them with all comers.

Then again, iFixit doesn't like Apple either. At iFixit headquarters in San Luis Obispo, California, the recycling goes in cans labeled with iFixit's logo--it resembles a Phillips screw head--while the cans with the Apple logo are for trash.

Wot!? Seems like a bit of sensationalism here...
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We have 3 Microsoft Hololens' at our office and have been writing simple applications specific to our business.  This technology, and it's future, is amazing.

https://youtu.be/qPEVtqtKw0A
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by:Brian Matis
Agreed! This AR stuff is so incredibly cool. Looking forward to when the hardware gets smaller and cheaper so it can be used as a general consumer product. I know I'd love to have a head's up display. Could really help if you forget someone's name! Plus, Pokemon Go would be so much more immersive. ;-)

I'm curious, Matt, what sort of simple applications are you using it for? (Or is that a secret right now?)
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by:Brandon Lyon
That sounds like great information which our community would love to read about. Someday you should write an article about it.
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by:Brian Matis
Wow, that's great! I love seeing positive stories like this. So often it does seems like the internet can be a cesspool of negativity, but we've got to remember how well it can help communities come together and pull off some nice things for each other.
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