Windows 8 Pricing

A new ZDNet article just revealed Windows 8 pricing. Although Microsoft still hasn’t officially released the price, it’s partner has. Based on what I’ve seen, the Windows 8 pricing is more palatable than previous editions. Users are more inclined to purchase since prices seem more reasonable. In addition, Microsoft has reduced and simplified the number of OS choices to just four. It’s amazing what simplicity does to lessen the user confusion. Here are the four choices:

The Newegg page lists four separate products:

  • Windows 8 Professional Upgrade – $69.99 (save $130)
  • Windows 8 Pro Pack – Product Key Card (no media) – $69.99 (save $30)
  • Windows 8 (Full Version) – OEM $99.99
  • Windows 8 Pro (Full Version) – OEM $139.99

The two OEM products are available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

I suggest you  get over to and pre-order Windows 8. They offer a $10.00 discount.

Finally, Windows 8 scheduled release date is October 26.

New Features of OS X Mountain Lion

What’s all the hype with OS X Mountain Lion? Will you upgrade to one for just a measly $30. That equates to about eight Starbux coffee drinks. That’s about a week’s worth of coffee to some people. If I can sum up all the new features in just a few words, they are: “iCloud, Notes, Reminders, iMessage, Notification Center, Power Nap, Dictation, Sharing, Facebook, Twitter, Airplay, Game Center, Gatekeeper, and Safari.” Got all that? All in all, over 200 new features.

If you have five minutes to spare, Apple just released this video at Youtube which goes over the new features of OS X Mountain Lion. Now the question is, will I upgrade to one? Yea, probably. Most likely. I just have to go for a week without any coffee. That’s a tougher task than I imagined.

Windows XP SP2 Days Are Numbered

The sooner Microsoft gets everyone to run Windows 7, the better. Windows XP SP2 will retire soon. July 13, 2010 to be exact. You can still use Windows XP SP2 as long as you want, but you won’t get any support or updates. That’s fine with a lot of people, but if you want support, you can always update to Windows XP SP3 which will be supported until April 2014.

Unix at 40

Unix is 40 years old today. It didn’t seem that long ago, but then again it seems like Unix has been around for a very long time. Now, take a look at this OS timeline here and you will see missed opportunities for Unix to get a foothold on the desktop computing in the early 1980’s. It’s too bad Unix could not take advantage of its opportunities before IBM and eventually Microsoft came along with their PC-DOS and Windows operating systems. Linux was born in 1991 when Finnish Linus Torvalds released an Unix-like kernel which subsequently turned into dozens of Linux distributions that we see today. Fast forward to now and the future, you see a world deeply entreched on the Windows. It’s still an uphill battle to get people to recognize that there is a third option to Windows and Apple operating systems. Unix and Linux in general have come a long way from its humble command-line beginnings to the current Gnome based GUIs.