Windows 8 – A Disaster In The Making

Even though Windows 8 brings many incremental improvements over its predecessor, Microsoft managed to bungle this release almost irreparably. This is one more example where great engineering is rendered futile by dumb marketing decisions and a lack of internal harmony.

In spite of having a better kernel, but due to a stubborn functional direction, Windows 8 has been, from the start, doomed to fade in the brightness of its predecessor. It’s probably one of the reasons why Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky was fired^– which is a questionable decision, since he was in charge of the previous Windows release as well.

The Optimal PC Building Guide for May 2012

Priceless suggestions for the PC of your dreams, carefully organized into four categories: basic use, gaming, software development and CAD & Rendering.

This is the 3rd episode of the Optimal System Building series of articles, a collection of advices for all of your PC purchasing needs, written by a qualified system builder. Within this article, you’ll find clear and concise information about the best parts you can choose when building your PC, or, when buying a pre-assembled/customizable PC.

The stars of this episode are Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 670 video card. Both these products are price game-changers and herald a few months when I can finally say that it’s a good time to buy a PC…

Saving Face for Social Networking

Ever since “Social Networking” became a popular term, there must have been hundreds if not thousands of articles bashing the likes of FaceBook, usually for, but not limited to, privacy issues. The catch-all term “Social Networking” became associated in the minds of the more tech-savvy with the exploitation of information about one’s life.

This is important because we, the tech-savvy, are the people who write about Social Networking and we have cast a shadow of mistrust over the concept. But let’s see if we can strike a blow in favor of this paradigm, to bring things back into balance, for the sake of objectivity…

The Case for Privacy

When about two weeks ago, CIA director David Petraeus made the admission about the agency’s interest^ in spying on people using the ever-increasing array of “smart” appliances in our homes, it became clearer than ever that one of the greatest battle to be fought these years will be the battle for our personal data.

And when you find out about how applications such as “Girls Around Me” use publicly shared data^ to put espionage in the hands of potential rapists, you can’t help but wonder what’s next. What can we do to reclaim our privacy? Do we even need to do something? Why does all of this matter so much? Let’s try and answer these questions…

The Optimal PC Building Guide for April 2012

Priceless suggestions for the PC of your dreams, carefully organized into four categories:
basic use, gaming, software development and CAD & Rendering
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This is the 2nd episode of the Optimal System Building series of articles, a collection of advices for all of your PC purchasing needs, written by a qualified system builder. Within this article, you’ll find clear and concise information about the best parts you can choose when building your PC, or, when buying a pre-assembled/customizable PC.

The highlight of this episode is Nvidia’s surprising resurgence. With its new GTX 680 video card, Nvidia captured the performance crown^ in all possible metrics, after years of being seriously challenged – and beaten, especially in the performance-per-watt charts – by AMD’s Radeons.

Nvidia Is Back!

After two years of lurking in the shadow of AMD’s Radeon, Nvidia is back with a vengeance, in the form of its new Kepler microarchitecture. Last week, the boys in green set loose their GeForce GTX 680 video card, sending AMD back to the drawing board. Now that the dust has settled a bit, there is plenty of data about the new GPU world order, so let’s look at it together.

During the past two years, Nvidia struggled to keep itself at the top, and only seldom succeeded, even then, by releasing massive, power-hungry chips. But no more of that, because last week’s launch of the first chip from the Kepler lineup was a major, game-changing event. To say that it was a surprise would be an understatement…

Can Google Keep It Up?

Is the company from Mountain View still the wonder-child of yesteryear? Google upset the status-quo of the tech landscape starting with an excellent search engine, working its way up with advertisement, all the way to patching together its very own Operating Systems, Android and Chrome OS.

But how much did Google actually innovate? And will it be able to keep its momentum? A former high ranking Googler believes^ that the company is beginning to stagnate, even worse, turning into something… not very friendly. And he’s probably right…

The State of x86

In the past few months, some rather important changes have started to become apparent in Intel’s research and marketing strategies. For us, the consumers, only some of these changes will turn out to be beneficial. The x86 technology which powers all of our desktops, laptops and soon, consoles too, is going through major transformations.

In this article, I’ll be touching on what brought on these events, and I will tell you what will follow and how this will affect what you’ll find in your retailer’s stocks, as well as inside your own devices in the following few years. Let’s start with a bit of history…

First Impressions about Windows 8 Emerge: And They Aren’t Good

Less than a month ago, I was writing^ a few thoughts I inferred from all the updates the Windows 8 Team released on their blog. Bottom line? The OS is in for a disappointing showing if the Windows 8 Team doesn’t change their rigid ways.

Now that the Consumer Preview has been released^, several pioneers and brave colonists decided to give it a try. Overall, they confirm my forecast: the OS is clumsy (at best) in its most important and profitable market: the PC…