Geeking Out is NOT just about PCs ….

Geeking Out is not just about computers. It’s also about the technology that surrounds us everywhere. I try to shed some light on some of the interesting discoveries, achievements and advancements that have affected our lives … and some warnings where the results aren’t so favorable.

2022 … the Year of the Electric Vehicle?

Since 2019, the sale of electric vehicles has grown worldwide from 2.5% to nearly 9%. (Now including me, so ask me about it sometime. I’ve yet to see another of the same car on the road?)

Some think 2022 will be the year when the march of battery-powered cars becomes unstoppable?

Unfortunately, this Hacking Update is NOT good news!

Sadly, hackers have now developed ways for “No-Click Hacking”?

This is typically happening when they exploit vulnerabilities in operating systems like Googles’ Android  o5 Apple’s iOS software.

BEWARE! Make sure you update those systems when security upgrades are available.

Why do babies fall asleep in moving cars?

This statement from another terrific novel from the pen of James Lee Burke:

“…the metal and seats is approximately in B-flat, the same as the hum of blood in the arteries of a pregnant woman? That’s why children sleep so easily in the backseat of an automobile.”​

No surprise considering the source … but it turns out there IS some truth in that. When you see the wave line of the AC (alternating current), that tells you that it oscillates tens of times per second.

Image via Wikipedia

Since most of the current running our lives is AC, here’s the next point:

In music, a note is governed by its pitch, which is based on the frequency of the sound. The higher the frequency, the higher the pitch. Generally speaking, a scale starts with A, which is 440 Hz. If you go an octave below, you’d get another A at 220 Hz. The next (lower) A is at 110 Hz, then at 55 Hz, and so on. Since the electrical hum depends on the frequency of the current, so the sound will pretty much have the same frequency as the current. In the US, the current frequency is 60 Hz tone. The 60 Hz tone is almost exactly halfway between A♯ (58.24 Hz) and B (61.68 Hz).

The rest (and most of this) is above my pay grade, but pretty cool to know, huh?

So, keep driving those babies around the block.

Why are Letters Shaped this Way?

This article should get your Geek on.

It turns out the linguistic games and research are finding connections in the shape and meaning of letter that goes beyond their inherent meaning in, say, spelling.

The Color Game was developed to stud the evolution of language and since it launched in 2018, the symbols have acquired meaning as if people were creating their own language.

There’s a lot here, but it’s a pretty fascinating story.