The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

Boot Times, A Retrospective

Back in 2010 I did a post, In Depth And Highly Scientific Comparison Between Microsoft Windows And Ubuntu, which was a comparision of the boot-up times of Ubuntu 10.04 and Windows Vista:

I have had a number of regular (free) upgrades to the Ubuntu system and it now running 14.10 and booting up about the same time ... well, maybe a little lag in step 2 (see below).

I've not had a Microsoft Windows machine since Vista but we do have a WIndows 7 laptop in the so I might also compare it ... one day.

On to my HP Chromebook (v40.0) - here's the deal:
  1. From boot to login: 8.5 seconds
  2. From entering my password and loading my Gmail: 10 seconds
  3. Logging out: 5 seconds
  4. Re-enter password and back to Gmail again: 7 seconds
  5. Restart (all the way back to the dual boot): n/a
How different 5 years can make; the biggest difference is in step 2, this from 5 years ago:
  • Ubuntu 10.04: 2mins 30secs
  • Windows Vista: 1min 5secs
Note that "loading my Gmail" on my Chromebook didn't need me to do anything as it just fired it up and there it was, thus taking away my "thinking and reaction time".

There are many reasons for the speedier times, there are many pros and cons for the technology shifts, but there's now getting away from the convenience that tech is now delivery at increasingly cheap rates ... a Brave New World or moving into the hands of Big Brother?


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