Byte for November, 2008
Hello PC Clubbers,
The next meeting of your club
meets this coming Saturday, November 15th at 9 A.M. at the
Now on with the Byte
Item 1: Can Windows replace Windows?
Look, lets forget the damn Linux netbooks for a moment and concentrate on the more important issues – What is going to be the best and most value-added choice for an end-user OS going into the next decade, accepting the fact that all of us are going to be tightening our belts at least for the next several years? If we could all afford to spend twice as much on hardware and were willing to put up with all the proprietary and platform-restrictive gotchas that go along with the Macintosh, I’d say the answer should probably be Mac OS X. But we can’t all afford to buy Macs, and we certainly can’t all afford to buy new software licenses every time Microsoft spins a new version of Windows. If Windows Vista’s “success” is any indication, I have my doubts if the next version of “Windows” can replace Windows, let alone Linux.
Read the "Talk Backs" because it gives you lots of opinions.
Item 2: Computer crash - data loss?
On the personal computing side, I can’t tell you how many times this year I’ve been called by a friend or family member to help fix a computer that has “crashed” or is unrecoverable. My first question is the obvious one - “So, how do you handle your backups?” I frequently get blank stares as a response, and that’s when I know we’re in big trouble.
And be sure to read all the "Talk Backs". There's lots of information there.
Item 3: Using your cell phone for your computer. Here is an interesting article about using your cell phone as a modem to hitch your computer to the net.
An approved way to use the
iPhone 3G as a wireless modem for computers is expected soon, but there's no
definite timetable and it will most likely cost more per month. In the near future, customers
will be able to use Apple's iPhone 3G as a wireless modem for computers, an
AT&T (NYSE: T) executive said. During an interview at the Web 2.0 Summit in
Item 4: Just so you know: Have a pacemaker or an implanted defibrillator? Don't keep your iPod earbuds in your shirt pocket or draped around your neck — even when they're disconnected. A study finds that some headphones can interfere with heart devices if held very close to them.
Item 5: The future of your computing may be hand held.
Sales of smart phones are expected to overtake those of laptops in the next 12 to 18 months as the mobile phone completes its transition from voice communications device to multimedia computer.
Convergence has been the Holy Grail for mobile phone makers, software and hardware partners, as well as consumers, for more than a decade. And, for the first time the rhetoric of companies like Nokia, Samsung and Motorola, who have boasted of putting a multimedia computer in your pocket, no longer seems far fetched.
Item 6: Google and mobile devices
Google has made no secret of its ambitions in the mobile space. There are mobile versions of all its key services, such as search, e-mail and calendar. But the company is going much further. At the end of 2007 it lifted the lid on Android, an open mobile operating system that is being used to power a new generation of devices under the Open Handset Alliance, a group which involves firms like HTC and chip designer ARM.
(There's some in-depth stuff here if you read on.)
Item 7: All the good stuff
All the good stuff can be found
P.S., By the way, our annual membership drive continues this month. Ken Booth will be collecting your dues and issuing membership cards. Dues for 2009 will remain at $30 or 16,500 colonies. Please make life easier for Ken by bringing the exact amount.