Author: Andy

The Kalinin K-7 Experimental Aircraft

Designed in 1930, the Kalinin K-7 heavy experimental aircraft was an unique plane. With a large wingspan close to that of a B-52 and a much greater wing area, the K-7 was one of the biggest aircraft built before the jet age. Powered by six tractor engines on the wing leading edge and a single engine in pusher configuration at the rear. The K-7 could attain speeds of up to 21 knots (140 mph).

One of the most striking features of the plane were the large underwing pods. These housed the landing gear along with machinegun turrets, with room inside each for several people. The area inside the wings was also physically accessible with enough space to arrange passenger seats lengthways.

The K-7 first flew on 11 August 1933. There were initial issues with vibration and instability, after these were resolved the aircraft saw seven successful test flights before a crash due to a structural failure of one of the tail booms.


The Usage Of Computer Graphics Cards

PC graphics cards are often underestimated in their usage. While they are used for videogames and much of their marketing is geared towards this, they also give a computer user many other benefits.

One such benefit is their ability to increase the performance of your PC when running programs such as Photoshop or SketchUp 3D. Running these programs on a computer that has a graphics card is highly recommended. With the focus of creative programs like these on a creative process, making that process run smoothly at a high frame rate all the time will streamline your entire working method.

Some programs even require a graphics card to run. These include hardware intensive rendering and modelling programs as well as video editing software.

If you are considering a computer graphics card, consider what you will need it for as there are many models available. While it is rare that you wont be able to run the latest software with a latest graphics card, there is considerable choice in cards. With increasing specifications giving increasing performance.

Modifying Plotting Machines For Other Uses

Many industry standard plotting machines can be modified for use on a variety of jobs. This is can be great for businesses that can’t afford to invest in new machines or as a method of making use of unused plotting machines.

The modification can be done by purchasing a kit for the modification you want. There are many kits available, from robot drawing modification kits to 3d constructor paint kits. All of these kits are installed in the same way and work to change the way the plotting machine was used previously.

As mentioned, the kits will need to be installed using pieces of the plotting machine and the components of the kit. Because of this a degree of technical knowledge is required in order to get the machine up and running.

Its important to make sure the modification kit is compatible with the plotting machine you want to modify. There are many variations available so mistakes can easily be made.

The Surge Of LED Light Technology

The light bulb is a great hallmark in human technological advancement, even used so far as symbol of invention. But there is a new player in the game of powered illumination and that is the Light-emitting diode.

A light-emitting diode (LED) is a two-lead semiconductor light source. It is a p-n junction diode, which emits light when activated. A LED light is also a huge improvement over the traditional light bulb, in many different ways.

More energy efficient, more reliable, more robust, and smaller, LED lights host many formidable advantages. However it’s not all good. LED lights have a high initial price and are more expensive per lumen, on an initial capital cost basis, than most conventional lighting technologies. They are also dependent on a consistent flow of electricity for optimum operation. A fluctuating current can reduce the lifetime of an LED light greatly.


The Driving Force Behind Technological Change

Technology tends to follow necessity. Throughout history humans have continuously come up against challenges. Plagues, wars, natural disasters, climate change. All these influences haven driven technological advancement.

You could also argue that the dreams of man have also been challenges within themselves. To have a burning desire in your heart means to be challenged by following it every day.

It is from these challenges that technology has risen. While World War II induced a horrible loss of human life, there remains the fact that it increased the development of technology across the world.

Most people see problems and disadvantages as just that, negative denominators on successful change. But it couldn’t be further from the truth. The very fact those disadvantages exist is to provide a country or person with the drive, the antagonist to contend with. The very thing that ‘hinders’ the change is the goal to shoot for.

The Advancement Of Technology Throughout History

Technology is a vast and flexible human creation. It began when the first intelligent humans started assembling basic tools and continues to grow into the information age we live in currently.

There has always been one common trend throughout this whole process though. That’s the fact that since the beginning of it all there has always been a reason to advance technology.

Humans have always had to struggle against something. Whether it was the harsh weather, the dark nights, the unfriendly animals. The struggle for survival has always been in the forefront of our minds up until historically very recently.

It’s in this need to handle an issue that humans have come up with the greatest advancements in technology. The emotional drive to live well and be successful gives humans energy to create incredible things.

To this day humans are still conquering new grounds in many areas of life. The insatiable need to solve problems is one of humanity’s greatest strengths and one of our unfortunate weaknesses.