The case of the Phoebus cartel and the missing 100,000 hour bulb

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2019 - 12:33 PM |
Tagged: lightbulb, led, lies

You don't often notice a light bulb until it goes out and any disassembly on your part was likely violent and accidental, but there is some interesting tech in LED bulbs.  Hackaday were interested in what happened to shorten the lifespan of these type of bulbs which were originally marketed to last much longer than current models; indeed much longer than the actual bulbs ever managed to do.  They took a look at what is inside current generations of bulbs to see what differences exist between a bulb marketed for 15,000 hours versus one claiming 25,000 hours.

Along the way you will learn about the light bulb cartel which artificially limited the lifespan of incandescent bulbs and the famous Centennial Bulb which has been continuously burning for well over 1,000,000 hours. 

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"So, what happened to those 100,000 hour residential LED bulbs? Were the initial estimates just over-optimistic? Was it all marketing hype? Or, did we not know enough about LED aging to predict the true useful life of a bulb?"

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Source: Hackaday

Microsoft will chop bits off of Office on WinRT

Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2012 - 01:53 PM |
Tagged: arm, office 2013, winRT, lies

Microsoft has done an about face which is going to disappoint office workers who were planning on switching to ARM based hardware running WinRT, which includes Microsoft's Surface tablet/laptop.  Though this was promised to us, The Register now has heard that macros, 3rd party add-ons, and support for VBA will not exist on Office 2013 for ARM.  Since that removes any possible automation from Office as well as damaging the productivity of those users who depend on 3rd party add-ons the Surface suddenly seems a lot less attractive.  For those who fervently believe that PowerPoint is the only Office application there will likely be no effect whatsoever.

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"If true, it would be something of an about-face for the software giant. At a press event announcing the Office 2013 Preview in July, Microsoft honcho Steve Ballmer said that Redmond was committed to providing the full Office experience on Surface and other devices running Windows RT.

"You'll see this as we and our partners ship PCs and Surface devices with ARM chips in them," Ballmer said. "Full Word. Full PowerPoint. Full Excel. You give up nothing of the rich capabilities of Microsoft Office when you embrace a Windows 8 ARM device."

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Source: The Register