Once upon a time, there was a young upstart company called “Microsoft” that set out to destroy the monopoly held by the giant of the computer world… a company called… IBM! Little Microsoft made some fairly smooth and innovative moves back then, and the giant IBM fell! The masses cheered that the giant was dead, and the young, more friendly, upstart was heralded as “the next big thing!”
This may sound like a fairy tale today… but I remember this story! It REALLY happened! Microsoft used to be an insignificant upstart compared to IBM. Now, IBM has “eased out” of Personal Computing (even selling their popular ThinkPads to Chinese Lenovo!) NOW, Microsoft is the giant that everyone hates… and Google is the up-and-coming upstart. Will history repeat itself?
Google’s Plan to Take Over the World!
I say, “Probably so!” Especially if Google comes out with a Google Linux Desktop with integrated WiFi. Dewd. Hide and watch!
I am beginning to get questions via e-mail about computers, technology and the web… it occurs to me that I could incorporate the questions and answers into the “Dr. Bill: The Computer Curmudgeon” podcast. I think it will make a great segment. Send me your questions at: DrBill [at] TheComputerCurmudgeon.com Of course replace the “[at]” with an “@” sign. I am trying to keep the spammers at bay… this way they can’t automagically grab the e-mail address.
Anyway, go for it!
Spyware and Ad-Ware is evil! It installs on your system without permission and then slows your PC down! In most cases, it “tracks” your movements on the web and reports those movements to it’s evil masters. Arrrgh! Spyware is EVIL! However, given the user’s frenzy to get RID of Spyware, the bad guys have now taken a new tact. They are creating “Spyware removal programs” that DON’T actually find Spyware, but rather, install it! Talk about EVIL!
List of BAD Spyware “Removers”
So, if you are tempted to use any of the above… don’t! Instead, here are the one’s that the Doctor recommends these excellent, FREE tools:
Spybot Search & Destroy
In this computer/technological age, do you think that we (that is, humans generally) are getting smarter, because we have developed and use complicated technologies, or “dumber,” because we overly depend on said complicated technologies? This is a question that Dr. Mike Merzenich, a neuroscientist, is considering:
Smarter or Dumber
What do YOU think? I vote for smarter. But… then, I would!
I have a new URL for the Blog. The old one will still work, so if you have it bookmarked, never fear. However, I now have “TheComputerCurmudgeon.com” domain set for the Blog. And, you can reach me at DrBill [at] TheComputerCurmudgeon.com (of course, substituting a “@” for the “[at]” in the address… don’t want those nasty spammers to get that e-mail, you know!)
On another note of interest, it seems that after only two weeks, the “Dr. Bill: The Computer Curmudgeon” Podcast is ranked number 32 among tech oriented podcasts in BlogShares.com. Dewd! I am amazed and humbled. And, it takes a lot to humble the good Doctor! [GRIN!]
Interesting premise. M$ stands to actually have REAL competition with Mac OSX running on Intel, and of course… Linux! So, this pundit asks, “What if Microsoft gave away Vista?” It would be an interesting “marketing ploy.”
Give Away Vista?
Of course, M$ would never do anything this radical, or innovative, so, I believe, the future should be Microsoft free! (We can only hope!)
This is pretty wild! This robotic device moves untethered… yet it is super small! Check out the picture of it on the surface of a penny!
Smallest Mobile Robot!
Nanotechnology is getting pretty amazing! Imagine what will be possible one day… like super-tiny robots that can repair blood vessels!
IPTV is the idea of TV shows shown over the Internet (TCP/IP,) therefore, “IP-TV.” Imagine watching whatever show you want to watch, whenever you want to watch it!
Report on IPTV
It also allows for “narrowcasting,” that is, providing content for a potentially small, but very dedicated, audience. Like say, us Trekkers! That is why I like early IPTV efforts like “Star Trek: New Voyages” and “Star Trek: Hidden Frontier,” which I have mentioned before. Mark my words! You will be hearing about “IPTV!”
Now Google has a feature that allows you to search the “Blogoshere” on topics. Interesting.
Google Blog Search
So, does that mean that all our blogged musings have become part of the “great universal conscienceness of the planet.” Ah, no. But we might get our 15 minutes of fame!
John C. Dvorak can give me a bit of a “run for my money” as a Computer Curmudgeon! I used to watch Dvorak on his TechTV program called, “Silicon Spin.” Even before that, I always read his articles in the computer industry magazines… even going back to my old VAX/VMS system days! But until recently, he didn’t GET Podcasting!
Dvorak Finally “Gets” Podcasting!
However, now that he is a part of the most popular podcast, “This Week in Tech,” he does “get it!” Way to go, John! Those of us that podcast appreciate your analysis of what we already knew! (By the way, The Spirit of Faith Podcast is available here:)
The Spirit of Faith Netcast