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Politics

How do you feel about China purging all the non-Chinese hardware and software from their government operations?

I don’t really know how they can do it. Especially for software.

-Windows is a US product (Microsoft). It runs on more than 90%+ of computers.

-MacOS / iOS is also a US product (Apple)

-Microsoft Office is a US product

-Adobe Photoshop / Premiere / Final Cut Pro are US products

-Every popular programming language comes from the West except for Ruby. Python, Java, JavaScript, C, C++, etc were all invented in America and thus use English in their syntax.

-Almost all computer processors are designed by Intel or AMD (American)

-A good chunk of mobile processors are designed by Qualcomm (American). But China has HiSilicon so they might be ok here.

-Network communications including WIFI and Bluetooth modules are usually designed by Qualcomm, Broadcom or Intel (all American)

-A major player in managing team workflows is Atlassian which is an Australian company. They make Confluence and Jira, which are widely used by Chinese companies.

-So are communication tools like Slack and Skype (both American)

-RAM modules are usually made by SK Hynix (Korean), Kingston, Micron, Corsair etc (American)

-Hard drives are made by Hitachi, Toshiba (Japanese) or Samsung (Korean) or Seagate, WD (American)

-Audio chips are designed by Cirrus Logic, Wolfson, ESS Tech (American) or Asahi Kasei (Japan)

-Camera sensors are made by Sony (Japan)

-Displays are usually made by LG or Samsung (Korea)

-Motherboards are made by Asus, Gigabyte, Biostar, MSI (Taiwan)

-Graphics cards are designed by Intel, Nvidia or AMD (American)

Unless the article means banning products made in America (which there isn’t really many stuff made in USA anymore) and using strictly Chinese software (already happening) then that’s already been happening for past few years. Otherwise, its kinda impossible to ban software/hardware that are US designed since that’s in everything including the fabric of TCP/IP and the Internet itself which originally came from the US military.

 

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Tech

What’s the most underrated tech brand?

The most underrated tech brand is Sony.

Many people have this image of Sony as being a company that was once innovative, but has since fallen from grace and is now mostly known for gaming (Playstation), Music (Sony Music) and Movies (Columbia Pictures), the latter two not particularly related to tech.

Let me explain why Sony is still innovative in fact, at a higher level than Apple or Samsung or most other tech companies right now.

Firstly, Sony has been one of the most innovative tech companies of all time. The list of their accomplishments cannot be understated:

Trinitron – Wikipedia televisions, whose superior design ( the single-gun three-cathode picture tube, and the vertically aligned aperture grill) made it reign supreme as one of the best color televisions on the market for over 20 years

-the Betamax – Wikipedia video format in the 1970s

-the first portable music player, the Walkman – Wikipedia in the late 70s

-SDDS format, a competitor to the Dolby surround sound format

S/PDIF – Wikipedia interface (the S stands for Sony)

-the Super Audio CD – Wikipedia (Super Audio CD), still used today in some high end audiophile systems

-Sony and Philips also jointly developed the Compact disc – Wikipedia

-Sony introduced the 3.5″ floppy disk, which lasted for a good 2 decades after their introduction

-the Blu-ray – Wikipedia format, was primarily spearheaded by Sony and still used today

-Other more forgotten physical media formats (all proprietary to Sony): UMD, Memory stick, PS Vita memory etc

-the first popular CD based video game console, the Playstation (yes the Sega CD and Turbographx CD came before, but it was the PSOne that popularized the format for video games)

-the best selling video game console of all time (and most people’s first DVD player), the PlayStation 2 – Wikipedia

-the Vaio – Wikipedia line of laptops which amongst other innovations introduced the first LED backlit displays (became standard on all laptops after that), chiclet style keyboards (way before Apple and others did), thin and light designs (years before the MacBook Air), and switchable graphics (now standard on entry level gaming laptops)

-the first consumer OLED TV (the Sony XEL-1 – Wikipedia)

-the first popular robotic companions (AIBO – Wikipedia) and oddities such as the Sony Rolly – Wikipedia

-the first truly immersive head mounted displays (Sony Glasstron, HMZ-T1 – Wikipedia, T2, and T3) – its designs are still being used today by smaller companies in the HMD niche

-The first handheld gaming console to use exclusively digital games and no physical releases (PSP Go – way ahead of its time)

-The first handheld gaming console with an OLED display (PlayStation Vita – Wikipedia)

-the LDAC (codec) – Wikipedia high res wireless audio codec

That’s a heck of a lot of innovations for any tech company. But most people think Sony’s innovations have come and gone, and just like post Steve Jobs Apple, their products have languished since – and they couldn’t be more wrong! Sony is still innovating, they just have been very low key in marketing their more cooler products.

Let’s take a look at Sony’s current tech portfolio now, shall we? Some things may surprise you

-Sony’s most well known product right now is the PlayStation 4 – Wikipedia, and its the best selling console of its generation

-Sony’s Mirrorless Sony α – Wikipedia Cameras have completely upended the DSLR market and as a result forced Canon and Nikon and other camera makers to move to mirrorless as well

-Sony’s OLED TVs (like the A9F and A9G) have the speaker built into the display itself; no other television maker has done this

-Sony’s Sony Xperia – Wikipedia phones are perennially underrated; they were one of the first smartphones to have water resistance (IP67+) and support high res audio and currently are the only smartphones on the market with a 21:9 cinema aspect ratio display.

-Sony’s high end Walkmans and Headphones (like the WM1Z and Z1R) compete with the best of the best from other high end audio, each costing over $2k+ – as a high end audio brand, Sony is as respected as any other company which is impressive for a company who dabbles in basically every price range. Sony SA-Z1 Hi-Res Near Field Powered Speaker System Signature Series their latest speaker, an unheard of design that projects near-field sound to the listener, retails for over $6k.

-Sony’s action cameras (AS300, X3000 etc) were the first on the market with optical image stabilization (OIS) – its competitors like GoPro were still using EIS (Electronic image stabilization)

-They have a line of very successful noise cancelling wireless headphones (WH-1000XM3) as well as the first ever noise cancelling wireless earbuds (WF-1000X) as well. The fact that they caught up to Bose in noise cancellation technology is astonishing considering that Bose specialized in that technology for years while Sony has their hands in every industry.

-Just other generally cool stuff that other companies do not care to try; Sony Glass Sound Speaker a glass speaker that doubles as a lamp? Sure.
A projector that can project touch surfaces onto any area? Xperia Touch Official Website – Sony Mobile (Global English) this is astonishing technology, and I can just imagine if Apple made something like this it would grab headlines everywhere. But Sony as usual, keeps their cool stuff low key.

-And lets not forget, they are still making aibo robots as well (again, which other company is doing this???).

Sony should be getting much more appreciation for their innovation. They are still one of the most innovative companies on the market yet people always forget about them. It’s very rare that a company does so many things so well, and for so long. That’s why Sony tends to charge a premium for their devices.

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General

What are some of the most incredible technologies that became lost in time?

Palm Pilots / PDAs – before smartphones, people carried these around to take notes and keep track of appointments

iPod Classic. When I first saw these I was amazed that such a small device could fit so many songs – and the clickwheel was magic – it moves the navigation when you move your thumb around it how amazing is that!

VCRs. Back in the day you could put in a blank tape, and whatever you are watching on your TV be it your favorite movie or TV show, can be recorded onto your very own VHS tape. You can even schedule it to do that when you are at work or school. That’s amazing isn’t it? I don’t think DVDs or Blurays have that capability these days – at least not standard in those players

Sony Walkman.. before the Walkman came out, people listened to music at home through LPs and a record player. They could not carry that with them when they were outside. The Walkman changed music listening habits forever

Car Phones. Before cellphones, how else could you contact someone while you were driving?

Typewriters. Before computers, this is what people used to submit their homework.

Film Cameras. Before digital cameras, you had to take your film to a dark room to be developed. You had no way of previewing the image like you do now.

Portable DVD players. Replaced by iPads now.

Portable electronic dictionary. Replaced by smarphones now

Portable GPS. Also replaced by smartphones

Ball mice

CRT monitors

Pagers – used to be all the rage in the 1990s

8 track tape – ask your father

The venerable floppy disk which has now just become the save icon on your menu bar

Record player.. this is not entirely obsolete but lets just say its now a *niche* item

Payphones.. replaced by cellphones now

Slide Ruler – replaced by calculators

Instant Messengers – replaced by mobile messengers now

all these technologies will be lost in time… like tears in the rain