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Digits and Digital Technology

Updated on October 27, 2011

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This article was originally going to be dedicated to my 100th hub when I reach it, but since I couldn't think of another idea for a hub at present I thought why not write it now? I mean 100 is only a number and I am only 5 away from it, it is a marker point to say you have done a large quantity of hubs and 3 digits which are grouped together but say nothing about the actual amount of hard work you have put into each individual hub.

Many people come to Hubpages and rush in without learning any traffic building tips from other more experienced hubbers, they seem to think it is quantity and quantity alone that will bring them revenue. Also Hubpages has 2 distinct types of members, one's who constantly write about Keyword/Product related topics and others who are deeply passionate about creative/journalist topics. I suppose I am in fact the 3rd type of writer because I like to mix and match between these writing styles and would like to make a small earning otherwise I might not be able to keep writing!

However the last paragraph has wandered slightly off topic, I am in fact here to talk about digits and digital technology which is constantly a part of our everyday modern life!

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Digital Box

OK, so I'll start with my daily routine where I get up for work, what is the first thing I see? I in fact set 2 alarm clocks and the alarm on my mobile phone to wake me up! In a haze I scramble towards this 'digital box' which is ringing extremely loud like a fire alarm, desperately trying to turn it off before I wake my other housemates up. I actually tend to see more of a blur like the photograph below which means I already have digits intruding on my sub conscious!

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Technology Digital

Secondly I switch on my computer to check my Hubpage account and AdSense earnings. This includes monitoring large numbers of digits & statistics such as my pages views, my hubscore, my AdSense impressions, and even check certain forum thread comment totals to see if someone has commented in my favorite threads!

After this I might take a trip over to my online banking to arrange my 2 different bank account funds, see a pattern emerging? Maybe it is just because I work with data entry that I have had an overdose of digits! My daytime job has my mind spinning in a whirl with numbers like the picture below by clocking out time, having spent my whole day counting stock and entering the quantities into the computer system on a digital display screen.

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Analog Digital

Some of you may be wondering how your digital accessories work compared to analog, well a good example being an analog tape recorder where a sound wave is used in it's original form. It gets sent from your microphone as an analog wave and the wave on the tape is also analog, however this sound can degrade over time. However, with digital recording, the analog recording is sampled at some point and gets converted to numbers which are stored on a digital device. To then hear the music the numbers are turned back to a voltage wave which represents the approximate original analog wave.

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Digital Cameras

Above I have included an example of a digital camera which I found attractive, mainly because it has all the benefits of modern technology and with a retro designed outer casing.

Specifications are:

36-108mm f/1:2.8-4.8 lens, Optical viewfinder, 2.4" preview screen, ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 8.1 megapixels, The3x optical zoom, 8x digital zoom with autofocus, anti-shake function and face detection.

Vivitar camera can be found for $80- $199 online and at Urban Outfitters in the High Street, however, shop around because many websites and shops like to put a added charge just because the camera has a bohemian style.

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Digital Zoom

Unlike with the traditional optical lens zoom on a camera, digital zoom does not work by projecting light rays using various movable glass parts within the camera, instead it works with the data that has already been captured on screen or within the original long distance shot. On a digital zoom camera, you select the zoom area and all of the pixels are re-sized to fill the frame which leaves various blocks of data missing. Based on the surrounding pixels the camera guesses what the next pixel color might be, the combination of captured pixels and introduced pixels form a final zoomed picture.

Many people still use traditional zoom lenses because they offer better quality than the digital technique, however some digital camera's have been developed which use a combination of the glass lenses which reflect the light rays onto a sensor which transmits them to digital data.

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Digital Photography

There are many benefits to digital photography over a old fashioned film camera as you might already know because you can upload photographs instantly everyday straight to your personal computer rather than waiting for them to develop. Also you don't have to waste space on your camera or phone because if you don't like the picture you have just captured you can delete it instantaneously, but if you do like it you have the option of emailing it directly from your phone.

Your digital camera is also programmed with lots of added 'editing' features such as brightness/contrast, red eye reduction, various flash lighting, black & white or sepia tones and these are just a few I could remember!

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Digital Television

Many of you might still wonder what was wrong with the older analog TV sets and why you have been forced to purchase a digital viewing box? well here's a brief explanation:

At a TV recording studio the camera films your favorite shows and the picture is made up of approximately 500 pixels per lie on your screen which are converted into a signal. The signal is then beamed into the air via a antenna tower which is in turn picked up and received by the little antenna on top of your TV set. Digital signal works in much the same way but as we have already explained earlier, the method of converting the recording to numbers is much more reliable and faster because patterns which emerge in the digital signal can often be grouped and sent together.

Cable Digital

So now I come to my conclusion of how digits effect our everyday life, as you can see they play an immense roll often behind the scenes and sometimes raising to the forefront. One part which could affect you greatly is if you use a DSL internet connection, this stands for 'Digital Subscriber Line'. It uses regular telephone lines which consist of 2 copper wires installed in your home by the phone company which have more capacity for sending more than just telephone conversation. If you require fast internet connection, high capacity for traffic allowed and download speed(for example 'online gaming') this may be the way forward for you!

I hope this article has been both educational and informative, it really was something which has been playing on my mind in recent weeks, I thought I needed to share my feelings on this issue and it seemed only appropriate since I am verging on that big digit of 100 hubs.

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