Google’s Choice of Operating System
Following hot on the heels of my discussion of Cloud Computing, I see that Google are abandoning Windows operating systems in preference for Macs, at least for new employees who need a computer. Clearly this is a brilliant public relations coup, but will they go further? Are Google planning to develop their own Chrome client operating system?
My friend ‘Mad’ Mick and I have been pondering how easy it would be for Google to develop a new operating system. We also wonder if it could it be role-reversal. Perhaps just as Microsoft cannot penetrate the search engine market, so Google will struggle to break into the operating system market. Before I get too carried away, a quick reality check. 90% of all client operating systems are still Windows, with Macs only attracting 6% (Guy guessed they would be about 15% – wrong). And what of Linux? 10 years ago that operating system was heralded as the alternative to Windows, but why has Linux stalled at only 1.5% market share?
Seeking an operating system that is virus and hacker free is a worthy goal, but is it fool’s gold? Despite what critics may think Microsoft does spend a huge effort on security measures. One chink in the critics’ logic is that even if hackers were to bring down Windows, surely they wouldn’t stop there, but turn their nefarious skills on Window’s successor. Conclusion: the future is still looking good forCloud Computing.
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Five Little Utilities
Here are five programs recommended by readers.
- VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms.
- Kindle Wireless Reading Device If you have notes on your PC, or other documents, by using the now default save to PDF feature of MS Word, you can easily transfer your valuable information as PDF’s onto your Kindle. See also Windows 8 Reader.
- Try Fences for creating little areas on your desktop and group your icons as you want? Really good.
- Ninite. No toolbars or junk. No clicking Next. Just the apps you want, fast.
- Snagit New Version Screen capture Snagit 10 Take a picture of anything you see on your PC screen. Edit and combine your captures, then share them anywhere.
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Will and Guy’s Humour
Two elderly guests, Martin and Chris, attended a party given by a business associate to mark his daughter’s engagement to a man she had been living with for three years, were grumbling about the decline in moral standards.
‘All these people sleeping together before they’re married,’ Martin muttered indignantly. ‘I didn’t sleep with my wife before we were married. Did you?’
‘I don’t know,’ answered Chris thoughtfully. ‘What was her maiden name? See more ‘Senior Moments’ humour.