T-minus

I’m kinda mesmerized by our countdown clock…

We’re announcing the name of Intel’s smallest IA processor ever… right here on this very blog when that clock expires.

This got me thinking of NASA and that baritoned announcer who says “T-minus 1 minute and counting…”. Or maybe some of those older Bond films where they’re counting down from some secret island or hidden volcano.

Intel Atom - Actual Size

But check this out… NASA has this great site on the famous countdown and each of the milestones that a “T” represents. Now… we’re not getting this fancy, but I’m envious of their ability to plan the launch of a complex space shuttle down to the second.

Intel innovation has helped to enable NASA’s “highly mobile” space program up in space and down here on Earth.

So here’s my prediction:

The first person to blog from outer-space will do so on one of these new mobile devices powered by this new Intel processor.

Any takers???

Update: Within 2 nano-seconds… this community informed me that Anousheh Ansari (of Ansari X Prize fame) was the first person to blog from outer space… she did it in August 2006.

But the question remains… what other corners of inner and outer space will these devices penetrate?

Any spelunkers out there? Caves… who has been the deepest blogger and do they need a device? :)

Bryan Rhoads

About Bryan Rhoads

Founding member of the Intel Social Media Center of Excellence. Global social media manager for our consumer audiences and brands. I helped pioneer social media techniques that laid the foundations for Intel to leverage Web 2.0. I designed and built this external blog at http://blogs.intel.com, establishing the infrastructure, legal, security and publishing guidelines that integrated social media into Intel's marketing mix. I led a 4-year research project with MIT that researched online trust and digital marketing strategies. My Intel and MIT researchers designed innovative approaches to increase user confidence and trust in online media experiences. I'm also the designer of the Intel Download Center and many highly-trafficked sections of Intel's web systems. Lecturer on digital innovation and social media at the Yale Center for Customer Insights, MIT Center for Digital Business, Innotech, SxSW Interactive, the Marketing Sciences Institute, the Experiential Marketing Summit, to name a few. Adjunct faculty at Portland State University, I also sit on the Executive Board of the Internet Strategy Forum, the Center for Consumer Research at St. Joseph's University, the Marketing Advisory Track at Northeastern University and a member of the City Club of Portland.

8 Responses to T-minus

  1. Hate to burst your bubble, but someone has already blogged from space:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anousheh_Ansari
    Anousheh Ansari (of Ansari X Prize fame) did it in August 2006.
    http://spaceblog.xprize.org/
    I don’t know what kind of computer she used. It wasn’t whatever-Silverthorne-is-going-to-be-branded, but there’s a better than even chance it was an Intel processor. ;-)
    Hmm. Now I want to ask her what kind of computer one uses to blog from space… :-)

  2. Bryan Rhoads says:

    Wow… Stand corrected… (man you guys are fast!! and I’m glad I didn’t specify the wager :) )
    What other blogging firsts will be acomplished? What about caves???
    Any spelunkers out there? Who’s been the deepest blogger?

  3. Ken Kaplan says:

    All of this and now I can’t stop the song playing in my head….”Ground control to Major Tom.” This timer is moving WAY too fast. Scary and wonderful. Happy lift off!

  4. Naveed Iqbal says:

    That is a very cool looking chip die. I wonder what those colours signify? Where do the blues and the yellows come from? Can I get my processor in Scarlett Red? :-)

  5. Naveed Iqbal says:

    A quick mouse over on the image reveals the name “Silverthorne”…oops did I just give your secret away ;-) may be not…

  6. Don says:

    dammit, last intel in space i heard about was these old 486-chips the nasa was reported to look after as used ones.
    back to the integrated graphics likein old times but at far lower energy consumption related to available but poorly scaleable (related to kernels software´ state of the art)processing power.
    the graphics- embedded P mmx have been absolutely stable, a xp sp 1 on a P1 with 128 mb edo-ram is running flawless for 6+ weeks operaating our sales display, p4 crash in after like max. 2-3 days, only vista holds this by software, so i hope the new all in one-architecture will define the way for more than just this and the next generation of cpu´s.
    by the way, did vista sp1 diverse the os into much more kernels with dedicated ram, some kind of virtualisation within itself it hadn´t had before ?
    i like the minwin-idea, but hell, i got along fine with 1 gb ram until that, now it´s like using my oldest laptop on xp.
    Anyways, silverthorne will not be the name it is sold- i suppose it´s fancy and foggy name of a town that may have a nice river to make a new desktop theme of it ;D