Yep, using the Qualcomm. Not that many people these days are intimately familiar with Qualcomm. They are one of those pioneer 1980’s companies from the beginning of the Personal Computer era, you now, 8-bit processors and a mindboggling 64Kb of RAM, running CP/M of course and equipped with a proper front panel with switches and lights. Blinkenlights! A proper computer has many switches and many blinkenlights of course.
Not understanding that is racist. So there. No protests, I am entitled to say something “progressive” every now and then too.
From that same era are the mainframes I grew up with. Ah, sweet memories. At least in those days one could put ones coffee mug on the CPU enclosure which was the size of a small truck. And you needed coffee. I mean, these things were slow. As in slooowww. On one side we had a small copper plaque, that read “kick here”. Next to that was another one, that read something fairly close to this:
ALLES TURISTEN UND NONTEKNISCHEN LOOKENPEEPERS!
DAS KOMPUTERMASCHINE IST NICHT FÜR DER GEFINGERPOKEN UND MITTENGRABEN! ODERWISE IST EASY TO SCHNAPPEN DER SPRINGENWERK, BLOWENFUSEN UND POPPENCORKEN MIT SPITZENSPARKEN.
IST NICHT FÜR GEWERKEN BEI DUMMKOPFEN. DER RUBBERNECKEN SIGHTSEEREN KEEPEN DAS COTTONPICKEN HÄNDER IN DAS POCKETS MUSS.
ALLZO RELAXEN UND HAPPI WATSCHEN DER BLINKENLICHTEN.”
And that’s what they did. Watschen der Blinkenlichten. Yep. Those were the days.
Anyway. I digress. What does this idiotic story from your disastrous past have to do with an impossible word like schützengrabenvernichtungspanzerkraftwagen, you might ask. Well a lot. As that was my password for access to the acoustic modem that connected the mainframe to other systems. With an incredible 110 baud the data was thundering to its destination. So now you know one of my old passwords. Fear not, I am not using it anymore. It wasn’t that practical after all.
Anyway. I digress again. That old steam-and-coal powered acoustic modem was a Qualcomm modem.
Qualcomm has come a long way of course since those days. And, surprisingly, they have a lot to do with energy and energy transfer technology these days. Wireless, that is. Robert Llewellyn, more or less of “Fully Charged” fame made a nice episode about it on YouTube, that I didn’t want you guys to miss.
A nice episode here where Qualcomm wireless power transfer technology is showcased using a normal Renault personenkraftwagen. (a motor car, in other words). Sorry, I’m in one of those moods and couldn’t resist.