Solving The Traffic Problem Using Mobile Apps

The traffic problem is getting worse. As population rise, traffic will become an everyday issue for all of us. Transportation is key to economic growth that is why governments spend huge amounts of money to build bigger roads, sky ways and having electric trains for the future.

So how exactly a mobile app can solve the traffic problem? One word: “Crowdsourcing.” By harnessing the crowd, we can make data be useful and powerful information on how we decide where to go.

As we where coming home from a mall, I noticed an app used by drivers to know which roads are having heavy congestion and which aren’t. So, I asked him how this is possible? He told me that there are buttons which they press to alert all drivers (using the app) where there is low, medium and heavy traffic, and only registered drivers can use this added feature. I was thinking back then that there is already an existing solution to an ubiquitous dilemma.

Therefore, let’s say we design two mobile apps, one for traffic enforcers, and one for the drivers. The app for traffic enforces presses a button about the status of his current location designated to him/her. This data goes to the headquarters for monitoring all of the traffic status on a map. Then, this gives the drivers important information which way to go to their destination. It can also give the time of arrival, if the roads are inundated with floods, road accidents data, and maybe a nationwide breaking news notifications.

This is an effective and most affordable solution that is already existing and proven that governments may adopt to solve traffic crisis.

Partition Backups: Golden Rule

One golden rule in digital computing is to backup, backup, and backup your important data to another drive in case a ransomware attack takes place. In any scenario, backups can even save lives whether you’re working in healthcare or medical institution that is crucial and life threatening.

Backing up documents, spreadsheets and some data is often cared of, but what about the time it cost to reinstall the OS and all the applications needed to function normally? This will drain the working hours just to recover from an eventuality that’s why Partition backups are essential.

Partition backups are backups that stores everything from a hard drive into another disk including the operating system, applications, files and everything. If you need to restore from the backup, you just need one click and wait for it to transfer everything to a new computer and everything will be exactly in its place just like before! The downside is that you may have created the backup WITH the malware installed and so render it quite useless when restoring it. BUT, you can copy individual files from the backup to a stable location.

In the mobile computing age, this kind of backups are rare since there are no (or few I don’t know of?) solution that people actually use. Do you know any device that directly do partition backups of your smartphone or tablet? It will always need a desktop or laptop to do this and thus making the backup redundant (which is not always a bad thing). However, the cost of having another computer just to do partition backups is quite annoying and cumbersome since you have to backup both.

Isn’t there a clever way to streamline the process? Cheaper and more convenient? Like an external hard drive that connects via USB-C at a click of a button?

Ransomware: The Rise of Devices

We all know what we’ve read and heard: Ransomware the scourge that cost the world 10 Billion dollars. This menace should be solved because it’s causing widespread havoc in our offices and personal lives; it’s causing us to be scared, losing trust in the miracle of the Internet age.

The World Wide Web, or Internet should be the answer to almost all question you desire to ask. It must help us learn and open our eyes to a world of knowledge and truth. If that truth is bent, and if that knowledge is corrupted, then the Internet is doomed.

Ransomware is a form of malware that installs in our PCs and does terrible and irrevocable damage. Even if we paid the ransom, it is not certain if your computer will free up encrypted data and let us continue to move on to our lives. There MUST be a solution! Antivirus software is a step behind (well, not always), and it’s not always updated to catch these undisclosed, or undiscovered definitions, so its purpose is quite limited but kind of helpful.

Everyday, I sit with a hot coffee beside me while reading with my Kindle and found a solution with a different approach.

We all work in the office, and everyday we use specialized applications or tools that make us do our work. This maybe an Office Suite and some client-server application that we use to do our work everyday and nothing more.

I look at my Kindle, and I love how simple and easy to do its basic task: Read eBooks AND nothing more. Computers nowadays become a multi-purpose device that do all kinds of things because of “convergence.” We use computers to make documents, spreadsheets, presentations, play games, develop software, chat with our friends, etc. This made computers so valuable that it became a Swiss army knife of some sort. However, this brought some problems. Because it can run ANY software, it brought us to malware infections that cripple our machines turning it into a paper weight. Do you see what I’m getting at?

If computers in offices just runs the “essentials” and nothing more (like locking down) to very specific tasks, and can ONLY run the software we need, then it becomes more secure from outside attacks. We should make operating systems that are NOT full blown systems but rather, specialized, customized systems that run applications that only needed for us to do our work in offices.

I don’t think eBook readers will get infected since it’s literally locked-down to just reading eBooks. PCs that are locked-down to running, creating office documents only. PCs that are locked-down to reading email, and etc.

We can drive innovation here by inventing devices that do specific tasks only. And limiting devices doesn’t mean lost productivity but preventive measures that will keep our lives humming.

 

The Story About Privacy

This is a hot topic since the Cambridge Analytica scandal and people around the world are wondering if privacy is still a human right.

I was playing a PC game called, “Orwell” and it answers some difficult questions that raises from its plot and even gives you a view on how surveillance is done. In this game, you are a state operative whose job is to get information about a suspect, listen to conversations, view their emails, and read messages in order to help the police digest these data and make decisions or warrant an arrest for those suspects and even save citizens from another bomb explosion or terror act. It will compel you to conclude that surveillance IS necessary to bring justice and save lives. But, the catch is the terror suspects in the game became radical of a group that protested state surveillance and thus led to their criminal acts.

So, it brings us to the question, “Is state surveillance can be trusted?” If there are criminals who would do harm and we seek help from authorities to avoid fatalities then it is. On the other hand, if the state is oppressive, and corrupt, it is hard to imagine how surveillance from the crooked can help the citizens who are honest and thus result to exploitation and injustice.

Then I guess, the solution might be you.

People have the right to be free, free what they wanted to be, but not free to do anything. There are just things that we cannot and should not do, thus the ten commandments. Ten commandments are crude in a sense it’s for a time and age that don’t have privacy issues in a massive scale. Therefore, comes the New commands. In the new testament, it is written that we should mind our own business. Nobody should invade the privacy of others because we don’t want to be invaded ourselves and it’s also applicable on-line. Breaking a person’s privacy is like walking on the street naked; we don’t want others to know things we don’t want others to know. Pictures of your secret girl friend, exchanges between couples’ problems, or hiding the number of your business accounts. Sometimes, we want to keep it between ourselves, and sometimes we want to be more transparent. Social media has given us the tools that is very powerful and so can be dangerous if used unwisely.

Now, the only way to keep their business from our own business is to control ourselves. We should be careful and vigilant at all times when on-line because what is on-line is a mirror of our face.

Call to Action: Invent something that will protect us from surveillance for nefarious purposes and protect us from the avalanche of IoT (Internet of Things) devices.

 

 

How To Repel Rats At Home Cheaply

Just this month, 153 people have died of Leptospirosis. This disease is plaguing our country for years and has claimed men, women and children. This is the result of people getting infected by having contact with rat urine which is prevalent since widespread flooding has begun, and thousands of lives is at stake.

I was doing a little research and prayed that God would lead me to a solution. Just the other night, I was reading Nikola Tesla’s biography and some people who contributed to society by their discoveries, and I came about a solution called, “Carbolic Acid.”

Carbolic Acid is used for treating wounds so people won’t get infected to avoid amputation. Now, this may be quite unrelated but it is when I Google searched this chemical. While typing on the search bar, Carboxylic Acid turned up unexpectedly which controls rat infestation.

Carboxylic Acid, on the other hand, is also quite unrelated but has given me a clue about on how to make vinegar. Further search gave me the answer that the cheap, old remedy  vinegar is something that rats flee from because of its smell and acidic nature.

Finally, I found proof that vinegar will keep rats away from homes especially where families live. Another good thing about this is its affordability, environment friendly while very effective on repelling rats for poorer communities.

Please check this link: Vinegar Keep Rats Away.

 

One Engine Jet Airplane

I remember the time when we were visiting our family abroad and sitting inside the airport for hours waiting for the airplane to arrive. There is this huge window that gives a view of the planes taxing outside a sunny day.

While waiting for the doctor appointment, I saw this newly designed electric fan that blows air from a tube below as a base, upwards and horizontally beside are small holes that pushes the air outwards. Then, it struck me. Why not build a single jet engine at the rear of an airplane which pulls air from vents at the sides. This will lessen the energy to lift the plane.

Here is a rendering of a crude design I built:

One Engine Jet

2D Rendering of a one-engine commercial jet airplane.

one_engine_jet_airplane

Here is a more accurate 3-D rendering.

 

Raspberry Pi Like Laptop

I’ve been dabbling previously with a Raspberry Pi single-board computer, and amazed on how this tiny computer can do so many things. You can add sensors like temperature sensor to monitor the environment and record this in a file where you can review its data. Or, you can attach a servo so you can turn on the light switch by Tweeting a command online, anywhere!

The only problem is it is a mini desktop and you need to plug it in an electrical outlet. Therefore, portability is a problem.

An idea just switched on me since Raspberry Pi is an Internet Of Things computer, why not create a laptop that has IO board you can attach to a USB port or Thunderbolt ports, and you can now use this laptop just like a Raspberry Pi!

This is super useful for students and teachers alike, and it would be great to do so much more and even save the world!