Computers – with help from software, they can be whatever you want them to be. It could let you use it as a calculator, a canvas, a document space, a library, a personal assistant; you name it and chances are it exists in the form of a software. They’ve advanced so much you could have an entire computer system on one. But is that all? Is the transition between hardware and software unidirectional? Well, there’s apparently one that has taken the reverse path. Does anyone know what holding an Instagram feels like?
No, I don’t suck at computers. You do, statistically. Those words above are what you should remind yourself when I’m around. I’m the computer expert.
What you should do before calling me to “catch-up”…
Why I’m planning on not having children…
Yeah! I’m lazy and I try shooting multiple targets with one bullet all the time. This time it is three. Achievement unlocked – “Three birds in the hand.” So, let’s get to the elaboration of the three titles, but first a warning. None of it will make sense(it might; but I’ve been told it usually doesn’t, so I’m going with not) at first but all of it will be explained in fragments.
[Update: There’s a newer article that will cover both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 for installation of unsigned drivers, including the directive screenshots.]
Most consumer devices that computer-syncable usually use the USB port for tethering. The devices have their own controllers, that are automatically installed on your PC during the first time it is plugged in. In Windows, they’re called drivers. Each device has different modes of operations on the hardware level, that the software doesn’t need to know the specifics of. All the software does, is command, and your hardware does what it has to; a driver is like an instruction manual for the hardware. As you can probably imagine, I happen to have at least one of every such thing you can speak of – mice, keyboards, printers, flash drives, wireless XBox game controller, phones, tablets, hard drives, and developer electronic stuff.
A whole new/updated range of iOS and Mac OS devices were launched by Apple this year. They brought the iPad with Retina display and everyone rejoiced. The people who bought them would later regret it as it was replaced by the newer iPad with Retina display; seriously they need to find a better way to name it. The October 2012 version had a higher speed processor and the Lightning connector and port which was pretty neat. It is noteworthy that while the earlier retina iPad is no longer sold, the older iPad 2 is still available, which means the former has no backed resale value. But that is not all.
After making a custom stylus for capacitive screens, I decided to go try the same on devices other than my own. At present the only touchscreen device I own is a Nokia Lumia 800 that I couldn’t use it both as a camera and the test device. The iPad mini would make a good testbed, if I had one. So, a friend offered to let me use his device to test out the stylus. He also helped me make the video and I thank him for that. As soon as he decides to stop being anonymous you’ll know who to thank too.