- My Psion Netbook refused to die
Netbook still going strong. The HTC Shift was pre-ordered. A Vista capable portable computer with a second ARM processor running Windows Mobile 6. Guess what ..it's delayed, despite early samples production dating from Feb 2007. What are you doing HTC, get a grip! Until the Netbook keeps going. With its superb keyboard, colour screen, 7 hours of instant on battery powered existance and a comprehensive Applications, and Windows syncing, well what's not to like.
- PDA smartphone users still looking for a phone that works.
Uncle Steve [Jobs] was quite right in his iPhone announcement presentation. Windows Mobile users who have a PDA smartphone combo don't have it easy. Small screen, at best tempermental and slow cellphone, sluggish performance and serious usablility issues lead to the question. Why does it have to be this way? Well for 2007, it still does.
- Apple iPhone brilliant but walled
My best friend at work inadvertently bought a hacked iPhone. After months of coaching about the virtues of struggling along with a Windows Mobile 6 platform all it took was one short hands on iPhone session and he was converted. I share his sentiments too, the user interface is brilliant, the large average resolution screen renders brilliantly, and most importantly the applications work quickly and flawlessly. But the bad news is that any PDA functionality is carefully locked down. You can't legitimately write to the UNIX filesystem or install an any application. Are they kidding! I can't support such tyranny so for now the iPhone is off limits.
- Podcasts keep my sanity
Since restarting my working career [it seemed like a good idea at the time] I've had the opportunity to work in a really noisy environment. It's probably slightly more annoying than my time at Hams Hall Power Station Operators room, so noisy that stepping out to an all night rave would have been quieter. In the current environment not only is Internet streaming banned, but I sit opposite two defeningly loud Hindi Speakers. Behind me is a foghorn German man, and over the partition is a loud French man who swears about his Microsoft products every 5 minutes.
So only my trusty iPod Nano complete with a full days Podcasts keeps me sane and enable me to do at least some work. Speak thanks to Coverville, Podrunner, Groove Electric, Buzz Out Loud, Beyond Belief, The Archers, Friday Night Comedy, Some Assembly Required.
- Shimano gets very Lazy
Exactly how long must I wait for a Dura Ace groupset update! I've waited 2 years already and you only gave me a carbon fibre crankset or a minor Ultegra SL update.
- Porsche gets lazy, Audi got busy
Trust me Ferdinand, your company really could and should do better. 3 years of waiting and still you dont have a decent Double Clutch gearbox that I can get on a Golf GTI. You gave us a 911 convertible but forgot to add the SL (and now even Renault ) steel folding roofs. Meanwhile, Audi announced the R8, a drive every day car whose performance, gearbox, looks and style cannot be understated. Even the interior will give any 911 owner cause to cry. R8, I want one, I think I might even need one.
- Intel got quadruplingly fast
AMD's fall from grace has been suprising swift. Intel continues to come out with an avalanche of faster than AMD processors, and now the latest Barcelona and other AMD quad cores are either delayed or faulty, Intels dominance is almost set in stone. Personally from Pentium onward I always marvelled at the CISC instruction set that performed liked a RISC. With the AMD inspired Hardware Virtualisation now embedded into Intel things look very bright for 2008.
- Vista arrived and was troublesome
While some users have downgraded back to XP I have stuck it out with Vista. Whilst Vista does have notable benefits in terms of UI, facilities, Security and Networking there is no doubt that Vista users have not had a smooth ride. The ultimate responsibibility is of course Microsoft's even if they can point a legitimate finger at lazy vendors whose bugggy drivers (or lack of) don't quite work with Vista often bringing it to its knees. At the end of the day users with a difficult product just blame Microsoft, and since MS doesn't work in the Apple closed envrionment or the Linux "us against the world" OpenSource model, they really have to carry the shame. I hope things improve in 2008, lets just say with care you can build a bullit proof Vista, but you'll need to be careful.
- Linux did not take over the computer world
Remind me. This Linux is free, better then everything else, and my commercial company will sell it for free and just charge for support. But wait, if it's so user friendly and bug free, surely users won't need that much support?
As a Linux user of some 15 years I still love the Linux OS but it's not top of my list. As a way to practically look at programming techniques and kernel code .. fantastic. For Webserving and firewalls .. efficient. But as a solid, upgradeable (not reinstallable) platform with a small finite set of variants (distributions) ... failure big time.
- More technology moved from the providence of the few to the commodity of the many.
Even chavs can now own the following (although they clearly wouldn't know what they are using right!) ... Dual Core Processors, 3GB RAM, 1TB Hard drives, MP3 players, Portable GPS, Digital Hi-FI, Digital TV