Saturday, June 28, 2008

Nokia releases Supernova series

Today, Nokia announced its Supernova series of new generation cellphones. They are certainly looking hot and ready to grab attention. Currently, there are four cellphones released in this category. They are named 7210, 7310, 7510 and 7610.

Nokia had already released the 7210 and 7610 models some years before, it seems like Nokia is running out of model numbers to name their phones!

Out of the four phones, one is a slider, a flip phone, and to candybar ones. The phones are scheduled to hit the market by 2Q and 3Q of 2008.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Bill Gates leaves Microsoft

Today, Bill Gates bade goodbye to his multi million dollar company Microsoft to join Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a charity organization founded by him. He had been heading Microsoft for the last 33 years, a joint venture of him and his childhood friend Paul Allen.

"There won't be a day in my life when I won't be thinking about Microsoft, the great things that we're doing and wanting to help," said Gates, who wiped away tears while addressing his employees at Microsoft's headquarters, Washington.

Born in Seattle, Washington in 1956, William Henry III Gates was an ordinary boy. He started his education in a local Public School. Bill studied in this school till sixth grade, before entering Seattle’s Exclusive Lakeside School, from where he continued his remaining education. That year Lakeside bought a Teletype machine that connected to a mainframe computer over phone lines. Seattle’s Exclusive Lakeside School was one of the few schools provided the students access to computers then. Gates was introduced to computers 1968 when he was in eighth grade. During this period, he met Paul Allen who was also studying along with Bill. Like Bill, Allen too was interested in computers.

Bill studied till tenth grade. After completing their schooling he, Allen, and some others succeeded in convincing a local computer company to give them free access to PDP-10, a new minicomputer made by Digital Equipment Corporation. This was one of the initial and crucial steps taken by Gates in his career. During the mean time he and his friends tried to find flaws in the PDP-10; whereas at the same time Bill spent much of his time learning the programming languages namely, LISP, BASIC and Fortran.

In 1972, Gates and Allen founded Traf-O-Data, a company that designed and built computerized car counting machines for the purpose of traffic analysis. The project introduced them to the programmable 8008 microprocessor from Intel Corporation. Bill joined the Harvard University in 1975.While attending the university he teamed with Allen to develop a version of the programming language, BASIC for a company called Altair 8800. After a period of some years he founded Microsoft. The purpose of the establishment of this company was basically to provide developed programming languages such as BASIC to other major companies.

Microsoft dealt with International Business Machines (IBM) in 1980 for providing Operating Systems to their products. Microsoft provided IBM with its first operating system, MS-DOS. IBM’s success made MS-DOS an industry standard product. Consequently, MS-DOS’s demand increased rapidly and Microsoft’s revenues skyrocketed. At that time, Microsoft was the fastest growing company in America. In 1986, Bill Gates took a crucial step of offering his stock to the public. And lo! The rapid appreciation of Microsoft’s operating systems by the public made Bill Gates the youngest ever self-made billionaire in the entire world in no time.

By the 1990’s Microsoft conquered the IT field all over the world. But this was the beginning. Soon, Microsoft developed another operating system namely, Windows and an Office suite. These products achieved dominance and Bill Gates amassed a fortune worth Billions of dollars. It is said that his total worth today is almost equal to the total worth of all the billionaires put together ten years ago. Bill Gates is also the author of two books, The road ahead (1995, 1996 revised) which dealt his vision of technology’s role in society and Business @ the speed of thought; discussing the role of technology in running business.

The extent of his single mindedness to be the major force can be seen by the fact that he is the member of his one time archrival Apple. Today he is the chief software architect and the chairman of Microsoft as well as one of the most influential figures in the history of computers.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Dialup woes

Why do I have to waaaiiiittt sooo much?
Dialup sucks!

Right now I am trying to download Autopatcher with a dialup connection and it is such a heck.

The download speed barely crosses the 10kbps mark, on the top of it the network connection gets idle from time to time. So, you have to check it all the time if everything is working fine. The real problem is that you cant leave it to download all the stuff on its own. The whole download would have took approximately 18 to 20 hours, phew! So I aborted it in despair. This is the same ol' story I guess for everyone who uses (or has to use!) a dialup connection for surfing. You want to download something, but cant.

I've been thinking of getting a broadband internet connection. But that is not possible, because the connection guys dont provide service in my area. So what I have to do is just wait for my colony to get urban enough to get a broadband connection.
So a long wait ahead I guess!

And yeah, this is my first post!
I'll be posting about computers, internet, games, gadgets, tips and tricks, automobiles, and whatever else I like.

Happy surfing!