Space Hotel

A Spain company is constructing a space project for whoever that has $4.4 million to spend.  This company plans to build a space hotel, and it will cost you $4.4 million for the three-night stay.  Before you can become a space hotel’s guest, you need to be trained in an eight-week training course on a tropical island.  The company will start accepting paying guests in 2012.  Don’t be shy if you have the money, because on a space hotel you get to see the sun rise 15 times a day, orbit around the earth every 80 minutes, and enjoy zero gravity environment.  Are you brave enough even though you have $4.4 million to spend to travel the earth every 80 minutes and eating food in zero gravity?  Source.


Ubuntu In The Past And Now

I have been using Ubuntu for a very long time.  In the old day, Ubuntu was my choice because it was friendlier than most Linux’s distributions.  I still recommend Ubuntu over anything else really, because it’s still better looking and friendlier than most Linux’s distributions!  If you are like me who is a Ubuntu fanatic, then you must have some good memory about using it.  I found a YouTube’s video clip that shows screenshots of the past versions of Ubuntu Desktop and the current version which is Ubuntu 9.10.

Ford's Inflatable Seat Belt Improves Safety

The car market is not so nice to the American made cars, but Ford has done much better than most American car-makers.  In an attempt to enhance Ford’s image and to boost safety reputation among car-makers, Ford announces that by next year, the company will mass produce rear inflatable seat belts and place these into the next generation Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle.  Ford claims that from researches, an inflatable seat belt provides better safety.  The claim goes that inflatable seat belt allows the crash force to spread to more areas of the body, and this reduces the concentration of a crash force to one area of the body.  Let hope Ford and more car-makers continue to push for better safety — to come up with more futuristic technology in improving the overall safety for car’s users.  Source.

The Next iPhone May Equip With RFID

Here is somewhat a futuristic idea that you may have seen in futuristic movies — the part people use fingerprints to pay for just about anything through a computer system; on a similar note, Apple is not using fingerprint but RFID technology to allow RFID-equipped iPhone acts as a credit card device, a driving license, a dot on a GPS that can be tracked down, and countless other ideas that RFID is applicable for.  It sounds great and convenient, but the idea is somewhat scary.  Hackers love iPhone!  iPhone can be stole easily as it’s easy for you to misplace your iPhone.  If hackers have a way to read and scan the RFID’s signal, iPhone’s users will be in great risk of losing their identities and confidential information.  It may have come to encryption technology to save RFID from hackers.

What’s RFID?  RFID has been around for decades.  The Soviet Union applied an earlier form of RFID technology to a spy tool (the Great Seal bug).  Quoting from Wikipedia,

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is the use of an object (typically referred to as an RFID tag) applied to or incorporated into a product, animal, or person for the purpose of identification and tracking using radio waves. Some tags can be read from several meters away and beyond the line of sight of the reader.

As technology advances, engineers can reduce the size of the RFID chips.  RFID is also getting cheaper.  If the rumor is true, let hope Apple smartly applies RFID in a way that makes it really hard for hackers to do their things.  Source.