Friday, June 10, 2005

Technology and you. And you. Simultaneously.

So, I suppose today is a good day to start talking about technology. There's been some pretty big news lately, and even more importantly, I have an hour long break at work ahead of me! :)

So, there have been a couple of big things happening lately. First, a new release of Gaim is out today. Lovely news, as always, with a few new security fixes and whatnot. For those of you who haven't tried it, Gaim is a multi-protocol instant messaging client. In other words, it can handle all of your screennames, buddies, and messages from AIM, Yahoo, MSN, IRC, and others, for those of you who are just too indy to go with the crowd. I highly recommend it. Yahoo's official IM client is also pretty respectable, as are Trillian and Miranda. I highly suggest you try one of them out, and IM me, if you don't on a frequent basis already. "Lucky and Pozzo" on AIM, and "blackrose572" on Yahoo.

Next on the list of important tech is the PS3. The official announcement just came in that the PS3 w/hard drive will be shipping with Linux PRE-INSTALLED. That's right, not just compatible, not just hackable, completely pre-ready for your amusement and computing needs. For those of you who don't know, I'm kind of into Linux, especially lately, so this is definitely good news in my book. Also exciting, because that means that the Cell processor, the next-gen processor shipping with the PS3, will be very Linux-friendly. I'm hoping to see one available from IBM for a reasonable price within the next couple of years. For those of you who are tech oriented, there's a great article about the Cell here.

That, I suppose, brings me nicely up to the OS wars. Most people are most familiar with the various Windows operating systems, made by Microsoft. The most current is XP, with Longhorn coming out...eventually. The "runner up" in most people's minds, is Mac OSX. Macs are more expensive, and also a little bit easier to use. Until recently, I would say that the average geek looked down upon anyone who used a Mac, because they're just so damnably user-friendly.
Fewer people are familiar with the various open-source operating systems, with Linux being arguably the most popular. I'm sure that I'll post more about Linux stuff later, but trust me, for those of you who like a little playtime with your computers Linux is your best bet.

I guess that's a good start for now. Seeya.

--Lewis

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