Friday, November 5

Technology - we all use it, right?

But how many of us can actually keep up with the damn thing? I remember the time of simple comparisons: there were two numbers we all understood - processor family and clock speed. Say, 80386 running at 33MHz, or a 80486DX2 @ 66Mhz, and so on. Life was simple. There were distinct successors in graphic adapters - Hercules was replaced by a CGA adapter, then EGA, which expanded into VGA (wow look at the colors!!) and then there was SVGA and life ceased to be simple.

Enter Pentium and different bus speeds, multipliers, overclocking and the whole industry became a cruel race. Most of us mortals just couldn't keep up with the changes, unless we devoted ourselves to it full time. Different standards started to compete for market dominance (remember VLB and PCI? I do. I had bought a VLB motherboard along with an S3 graphics adapter which I was sooo proud of, and then PCI won.)

Recently (last 5 years) there are so many chipsets, clocks, buses, whatevers to consider when you are looking to buy a new piece of hardware, that it becoms an arduous task of researching sites like anandtech and Tom's hardware (thank you for your existence) and asking your guru friends for reccomendations.
Just now I witnessed two of my colleagues engaged in a discussion which digital camera one should buy. The abundance of features even in such a simple item as a camera has become so vast, that you can't simply go out and buy one, without fearing that within a few months it will become obsolete. OK, such speedy progress is good, right? I suppose it means that we get better and more interesting gadgets sooner, but in a few years we will need to incorporate some sort of tech-class into elementary education in order to have consumers competent to operate (even understand) those new toys.

And I don't even want to begin talking about Asimov.

Thursday, November 4

Tuesday, November 2


This morning I felt like I did in Thessaloniki a couple of years back... You see, I had cash flow problems for the past 10 days, and yesterday I got paid. This means that now I can buy smokes, go out on my lunch break, and be a happier individual in general. The situation reminded me of times in Greece when we ate spaghetti or potatoes since we couldn't afford anything else, and then shoveled gyro down our throats when we got cash...

Another thing that happened this morning (It is now 0930):
I was passing by a store that sells kids' school stuff, and the window was filled with pink bags, pink notebooks, pink book covers, pink shoes, pink _______, (you name it - it was there and it was pink). Sad. I mean, I understand that pink is/was the "in" color this season, but we have to draw a line somewhere...

Still no word from John. I'm worried. Thinking about calling his mum or dad...