Tech Niblets 2

Another set of bite-sized nuggets from the world of technology:

  1. CTrambler is pretty clear in his dismay at Microsoft’s apparent decision to release eight versions of the upcoming Windows Vista operating system. If true, this could be terrible news for developers and users alike. Depending on just how different the eight versions of Windows are, it could well be that different versions of applications would need to be released to cater to the different capabilities. Instructions and howto’s might also only apply to some of the versions. Of course this hasn’t quite happened with XP home and professional but the variation amongst the eight different versions is likely to be more pronounced.
  2. It transpires that Google is negotiating a one billion dollar deal to pre-install software on Dell machines. That’s a lot of money and is indicative of a fairly significant piece of software. Marc Orchant believes that the software in question could well be a Google branded version of StarOffice. The reason?
    • StarOffice is reasonably low-cost and highly customisable – this would allow Google to insert all sorts of Googly Goodies.
    • Google and Sun (the chaps who brought us StarOffice) ain’t exactly best buds with Microsoft.. see the synergy here? ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. This post by Roland Piquepaille describes recent research progress in which carbon nanotubes are used to store hydrogen safely. Possibly a step in the direction of cheaper fuel-cell powered cars.
  4. Another interesting issue to follow is the dispute between Google and “Perfect 10”, a porn site which claims that Google has been indexing websites set up by copyright pirates to distribute illicit copies of images obtained from Perfect 10. The charge is that thumbnailed images returned in the search results provide quality that is similar to that produced by another Perfect 10 related service, “FoneStarz”. Read in greater detail at the above link. Should be interesting to see how this one plays out ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. This looks like it’s going to be super fun to try out, but also not trivial. Recording it here for future reference.

1 Comment »

  1. Very great info you got there tech niblets, but i think i am just going to stick with my xp proffesional.

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