The current generation of chips aren't that much better than the previous, and the pace of progress is now slowing dramatically. At least as far as computing is concerned, we’re starting to look at a mature technological base. It’s possible your children will grow up with computers that are not much faster than you yourself are used to today. But that doesn’t mean that the computing is going to look the same. The beauty of a mature technological base is that we can finally take stock of what we’ve accomplished over the last fifty years and learn to use it well. The beauty of capable computing, computing that is good enough, and cheap enough, is that it can be used in ways that expensive computing can’t. Cheap, capable, computing will enable a host of uses that were never possible before. After all, if your computing is cheap enough to throw away, what is it that you will be able to do tomorrow that you couldn’t do yesterday?Source: The End of Moore's Law Might Not Be A Bad Thing I used to upgrade my PC every few years. Each time I could see a big change in how it ran and what it was able to do. Last time I bought a new PC I noticed there wasn't much change. Then, a couple of years later, when I would usually have upgraded... I didn't see the point. The computer I have was already as good and better than the computers for sale. So, I'm at the end of my upgrading. Unless something goes wrong and I actually need to replace more than just a hardware part, I don't see any need to upgrade my PC again. It's nice to be on an affordable plateau. Of course, I'm still not buying into cell phones which I see as glorified email, nothing more.
Category: "The Internet Unplugged"
I've been saying newsletters are not worth anyone's time for awhile. When did you last really read a newsletter from your email inbox? I've nearly given up on email itself, so newsletters tend to go right to the outbox.
Speaking of boxes... have you noticed the trend to getting themed boxes of stuff sent through the mail? Snail mail, not email.I've found a few so far, without really looking hard:
Today I found something bigger, smarter and very interesting, Quarterly.
I had read SeaMonkey was retired in 2005. Mozilla wanted to focus on Firefox. But... here it is! Updated and alive as of this month (in the current year)! SeaMonkey was like the last breath of life from Netscape to the world. I hope it's still good. It was able to do quite a lot more than the average web browser. I wonder how much of the features from the suite are still here (and working). Source: The SeaMonkey® Project
An attention grabbing name for a foodie site. Too bad this one was abandoned in 2006. Have you ever thought of a really great name for a site, so great you didn't actually dare to use it yourself? Source: Knife-wielding Feminists
I was reading online and came across a post about NeoPets. It was an old post so I'm not linking to it. But, I remember NeoPets. I used to play it with my nephew when he was a little boy. I had to go back and take a look. I wondered if it would still be an active site, it is. I found my account - remembered what my user name had been and then reset the password. I'd long forgotten what my pets looked like, or how the site worked. But, I poked around, found where I had stashed my inventory (not in the actual inventory). I had a lot of neopoints to spend in my bank. I spent some on books for my pets to read, food for them too so they aren't listed as dying. But, the books seemed more important and more interesting for me. Not a lot has changed on the site in the years since Nickelodeon bought it. A shame because there was always masses of new stuff before when the English people ran it. Anyway, still a fun site and still kid friendly. Here are my NeoPets: Bewildery and Merrizilla. Guides for NeoPet Players: JellyNeo SunnyNeo The Daily NeoPets