Sunday, August 15, 2004

Read this and have a good laugh - 64 bit computing

Came across this article while I was googling for 64 bit Computing-

You will certainly have a good laugh if you have been following the desktop/server Operating system market or the chip market

Kindly note that it was written on May 22, 2001- so it has been more than 3 years now and we are still not sure when the 64 bit Windows Server will arrive ;o)

The Register has this intresting bit of information on 64 bit Servers

Thursday, August 12, 2004

SUSE 9.1 - Kopete

I have been trying to run Kopte ( IM clinet ) on my SUSE 9.1 since last 4 hours.

Ok, I was not enthusiastic about running Kopte because I ususally stick with Gaim ( even in Windows environment ) but when my attempts to run gaim failed I switched to Kopte. Everything was fine, it connects using my hotmail and icq client but the yahoo connection fails. So natuturally I googled about a bit and figured out that this was due to the recent protocol changes by yahoo and a new version was available. So downloaded the new version of Kopte. It gave me loads of dependency errors, begininning with 'gcc'

So got to the Suse sote downloaded the required GCC. Again errors of C++ Deelp library . Got those - Then some Xfree86 errors. Got these .. some freetypes errors.. got these some QT errors. There are multiple QT downloads. Could not figure out which one to get. Got some .. error still there.

Will go off to sleep now ( after having some Tea ;o)

Sometimes I feel installation in Windows is so much easier. If the installation does not go through, you cant do anything about it . Peace ..

Reminds me of a comment that I read during my googling today -

MSFT will win the OS war based on just one factor - To install you need to double-click the .exe, click Next a coupel of times and Press Finish. Wonder why they havent pickd this up for their marketing pitch ;o)

Will tackle the question - Is GNU/Linux reaaaady for Desktop in a later posting ..

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Windows pricing begins to buckle

The register reports today that MSFT would be coming out with a starter version of O/S which would be capable of running 3 applications.

It reports -

"Is three applications a hindrance? If one is a combined mail client and browser, another an IM application, and the third a music player, then that covers most of what home users do with their PCs most of the time."

I wonder if 3 applications are enough?
Arent we forgetting about the constantly running anti-virus software.

And what abt the IM clients. Most people that I see around use Yahoo messenger and MSN simultanelously.

So what will happen is that softwares like Gaim ( will become popular ( yes, not only in GNU/Linux world but even in Windows world) Gaim and other such products are able to integrate multiple IM clinets within themselves.

Conclusion - 3 applications is too limited.

Another phenomena will be that in other markets MSFT might have to offer such deals. So one thing is clear, prices of MSFT softwares can only head in one direction - downwards.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

What this is all about

Technolgy is an exciting sector? There are loads of happenings every week. Most people find it difficult to follow the market dDynamics and ultimatly need an answere to -

Whats in it for me ?

How does is affect my technological investment ?

How do the products/technologies stack against each other.

This blog is my attempt at answering some of these issues. My focus will be on the software (OS, Server market) , hardware ( PCs, Server ) and Telekom ( Operators, Mobile handset and smartphone operators)

Comments invited