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Anand Lal Shimpi, posted his article “Gigabyte’s i-RAM: Affordable Solid State Storage” on http://www.anandtech.com. Shimpi discusses the new invention by Gigabyte, a computer motherboard manufacture, that innovated RAM chips to be used for extremely fast (and cheap) harddrives. Shimpi is extremely excited for this product because nothing else like it has been invented before. Computer savoy people, enthusiasts, and geeks, would all alike be interested in this article that demonstrates the performance and reliability of this new product.

This article caught my attention because I, being a computer geek, enjoy learning all the different hardware out there that you can use to speed up your computer. Shimpi made it extremely descriptive by including actual benchmarks of the product, also by clocking the speed difference in real life situations. He also mentioned the more in depth look on how it ran by mentioning the processor that made everything possible which leaves me to assume Shimpi is highly educated about computers.

What techniques does the author use to make this information easy to understand?

Shimpi used real life examples on how fast this product really was instead of just stating the speed being DDR200, which made information extremely easy to grasp.

Jasmyn Caredio, a senior at our high school, wrote “Teenage Unemployment on the Rise” on the schools online news site. Caredio was informing us on the current unemployment rate in California, and partly Los Banos. Her objective tone makes it formal, although I personally believe that it would be taken a little more seriously if an urgent tone was used more frequently like in her lead.

Teenagers would be likely to read this article. I personally read it because I have been passively looking for a job with no luck, and now I understand why I haven’t had any luck so far. Just a little over 30% of unemployment for us teenagers seems a little ridiculous. I would imagine teens want their first job and show that they want it by making the effort to find one. Teens have to be legally supported by their parents but a teen wanting to find a job shows he really wants to be “grown up.”

Are any of the real life situations or people that you read about in your material for today similar to situations that you have experienced before in life? How were they similar? How were they different? What information surprised you?

Teens not getting employed is directly related to my situation of not being able to get a job. The odds are only one and three teens, which was very surprising, but in real life odds seem lower.

Caeenage Unemployment on the Rise

Roni Caryn Rabin, a writer for the New York Times, informs readers about a bad experience with a laser pointer in his story “Hazards: Watch Where You Point That Laser.”

As being a DIY person, and wanting to build my own high power laser, I decided to read this article anticipating that I will better understand how dangerous lasers can be. Rabin wrote about a 15 year old boy who burn his eye, severely altering his vision. The boy was only a few feet away from the laser which makes me a little more cautious on how a strong lasers can be, also how a stupid mistake can be life changing.

This article was intended for anyone interested in technology and also for owners of these high powered lasers, and I highly recommend reading this article if you are not currently familiar with the safety hazards of lasers. The boy could not count fingers more than a three feet away after accidentally shinning the laser in his eyes causing him to be considered legally blind.

What did you learn today as you read that you did not know before? What surprised you? Explain why it surprised you?

Today I learned from the experience of a 15 year old boy the effects of shinning a high powered laser in your eyes. What surprised me is the effects of simple laser to the human eye because, I don’t believe a 150mw laser to be very powerful considering I was looking on making a 1000mw laser. I should reevaluate if my project of building a powerful laser is really worth the risks.