Just saw the headline that says, ‘Comcast needs to be bigger to compete.’ Now that’s an interesting thought. Come again. Comcast needs to be bigger to compete. To compete with what? By itself? In some part of the US, Comcast has the sole possession of the cable internet market. Cox and others that may give Comcast a run for their money, but seriously it’s not really a race. And then there’s always a threat of Google becoming a major competitor, but that’s years down the line if it comes to fruition. So the argument saying Comcast needs to be bigger to compete. It’s not much of a competition at this point in time.
Ubuntu One is officially shutdown. It’s one of a few failed ventures of Ubuntu parent company Canonical over the years. Canonical said it will focus on other areas of the business. Ubuntu One was supposed to be a competitor for Dropbox. It didn’t really take off as Canonical thought it would be. If you are a Ubuntu One user, you have until the end of July 2014 to move your data somewhere else.
You can now Livestream an event using Google Glass. How cool is that! Except that Google Glass sucks. At the moment, yes. Maybe, Google can make it better and affordable. By the way, Livestream now has apps for iOS, Android and now Glass.
Today is the day Windows XP is going to be orphaned. It won’t get anymore security updates from Microsoft. Zilch. Nada. Of course, Windows XP users can still use their machines, with maybe some annoying popup message saying it’s no longer supported and please upgrade. I’m sure users will find ways to disable the popup reminder. Windows XP is probably the best operating system Microsoft has ever had followed by Windows 7. And there were many flops before and after. The famous one of all is, of course Vista. Windows 8 seems to be following in the footsteps of Vista. It’s getting lots of user resistance. Some users still look for the previous version of Windows 7. Windows XP is officially retired, except that it’s still runs for a little while longer.
The love affair with Windows 8 didn’t last long. I’m back with Windows 7. I don’t think it’s the difficulty of getting around Windows 8 that was the trouble. It’s just that Windows 7 just works for most people and it certainly did for me. I don’t know why Microsoft decided to change the entire look and feel of a product when people were just getting comfortable to it. Why change a successful product? Beats me. Another misstep from Redmond.
It has been close to a decade since my last Windows machine. We are talking about during the days when Windows XP ruled the world. I just finished installing Windows 8.1 on an older PC that was running Ubuntu Linux server. It’s still runs Ubuntu on its own hard drive. I found an old 60GB IDE hard drive that was collecting dust.
So, I decided to add it on my PC. So, now I have two hard drives. I ended up installing Windows 8.1 on it. I can still boot to either OS. I just have to enter the BIOS setup each time, when I want to switch OS, and select the appropriate drive as primary. The Windows 8.1 installation took a while. The setup also took some time to finish. The first order of business was install Google Chrome. The second was to install Avast Antivirus.
I don’t know what the fuss is all about with Windows 8. I took me a few seconds to get to the original desktop. I heard from a lot of people that Windows 7 was better. I don’t have much an opinion for or against Windows 8. So far, so good. The only gripe I have is, I wished that old 60GB drive was quieter, but that is not Windows fault. With much ado, here’s my first post from Windows 8.1.
Microsoft is offering Office 365 Personal for $7 per month. Essentially, you’ll have access to Word, Excel and Powerpoint. As a bonus Microsoft is including 60 minutes of free Skype calls and 20GB of additional OneDrive. And you’ll always get the current version of Office because it’s cloud-based. In addition, there’s also the Office 365 Home Premium for $99 per year or about $8.25 per month.
EvLeaks, well you guessed it, is leaking information about Google’s Smartwatch. The smart watch will have 1.65 inch LCD screen with a screen resolution of 280 x 280 pixels. The device will have 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Based on an artist’s rendering, Google may offer two designs, round and square. I say, go for the square one because every screen I’ve seen and known is rectangular. It will be very odd to see a round LCD screen.
Amazon’s prime membership just went up to $100. Personally, I don’t have a prime membership. I don’t really shop at Amazon that much. Maybe, about 10 times in a year. It’s a lot less now. I don’t shop that much enough to warrant spending that much money to save money. I’m not a movie watcher either, so I’m not really missing anything. I’m ok with Netflix $8 per month. Lately, I have been considering of not shopping at Amazon because it has gotten more expensive. Not only they apply sales taxes now, but the number of items that come with free shipping have gone down. I’ve bought items before from other online retailers because it was free shipping and they didn’t charge me sales tax. That’s Amazon loss.
Now, you can go down the Colorado river using Google street view. Well, that takes the fun out of it. Anyways, Google is making the whole experience of going down the river available to your desktop. With just a few scrolls of your mouse, you can drift down the Colorado without ever lifting a finger. You can complete the entire river experience in a matter of minutes at zero cost, and without ever getting out of your chair. I just wonder if they will still call it Street View? Shouldn’t they be calling it River View? Next on the line is the Riverwalk in San Antonio, except that people faces will all be blurred.