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Nvidia is going to launch a new graphics card – the 9800xt. And as usual Nvidia will proudly show off its “phenomenal pixel processing power” that enables “cinema quality realism” in your games. While this is true in its eternity, wait just four months and Nvidia will launch another graphics card that will offer “never seen before realism. And since all the new games launched after that would be built to the standard of the newest card, you will be left with two options: either upgrade if you want to play the new games or just stick with your current games. And the worst part: if a new DirectX standard comes, your graphics card is “aged”. And then comes a time when to play a new game you have to upgrade your configuration. And unless you have inherited a lot of cash from your ancestors, you are out if luck.

This brings me to happy part of the gaming society: the people who are proud owners of gaming consoles. You buy a console, pop in a disc, and you are ready to smash your foes. It can’t get any easier. And you don’t have to worry about upgrades (and drivers and viruses). Even your 4 year old brother (if you have one) can operate a console. Gamers couldn’t ask for more.

So, if you are an insanely rich gamer, go and upgrade your pc every four months or so. If not (just like me!), then you have the option to sell one of your kidneys. Or you can just buy (or beg or steal) a console and make your way to gaming nirvana.

P.S. – If you want to see a gamer happy, please donate. I am planning to buy a PS3 (:->) but I don’t have enough greenery in my wallet. (:-<)

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The common man is in trouble. Reason? He wants to buy a new computer. To do so, he picks up a newspaper and looks for a computer ad. And he gets terribly confused at the terminology used in the ads. What are 32 and 64 bit processors? What is a Pentium? A Celeron? An AMD Athlon or Sempron? Which one is better? And why 2.0 GHz AMD is better than a 3.2 GHz Intel? The problem does not end here. What is DDR RAM? What is DDR2 RAM? What is SD RAM? Which one is better? And what is a SATA hard disk? Is it better than PATA? And what is a combo drive? What is centrino? Is it a processor? Or a motherboard? Likewise, what is a Turion? And what the hell is a SMPS? How much do I need – 300 or 400 W? And the motherboard is the birthplace of terminology. Nforce ultra? SLI? Crossfire? RAID with all the numbers (0, 1, 0+1, and 5)? Socket 939? Socket 940? Why my computer needs a graphics card? The computer at my office does not have one, so why should my PC have? And what is DirectX? What are pixel and vertex shaders? What are AA and AF?

And the list does not end here. This list is never ending. Why the IT companies are determined to make the life of the common man worse than ever? Result of all this – the common man ends up purchasing a computer for a hefty price which is not fit for his purpose. Technology is meant to make the life of the common man easier, not difficult. Somebody told that when technology makes progress, the terminology takes over it. And it seems to be holding true. God help the common man…

Google is rolling out new services as if there would be no tomorrow. Now they have recently launched Google Spreadsheet – an online spreadsheet application. What is Google planning for? Total world domination? Jokes apart, but the speed at which Google is introducing new application may be the cause of worry for a few companies (you know what I am talking about…). Just have a look at the Google Labs page and you will understand the situation. They have applications for almost any purpose. The question arises – “Why is Google introducing new applications so fast?” Well, we can only guess. My first guess (may sound weird) is that Google has too much money and cannot figure out the way to spend it. That’s why they have rolled out an “almost useless service” named Google Mars. I mean who wants (apart from a few crack headed scientists) to know that how many holes the surface of mars has? My second guess is that Google wants to dominate the Internet world. They have rolled out the best web-based e-mail service, their search engine is second to none and they have numerous AJAX based online applications that behave like desktop applications (Notebook, Reader, Page Creator, Writely, Spreadsheet, Maps…).

And a website (The Register) even says that Google is planning for “Orbital Mind Control”. It may sound impossible and you might even say “oh, come on, Google won’t do that, you dumb man”, i would suggest you to look at the image below which the website says “The proof for this diabolical scheme for world domination (operational mantra: “If it can’t be indexed it must be destroyed”) comes from a photograph of a whiteboard in the Google Campus’ “Building 43″ – the cyber-equivalent of Area 51, which acts as the search monolith’s black ops brainstorming facility”. View The complete article at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/03/08/you_only_search_twice/

That Google world domination whiteboard in full

So, the question arises “What should we do?”. The answer is simple: just wait for Google to launch more applications that make our life easier and better (not for some IT companies, the heads of which might be tearing their hair apart). Afterall, in this “almost full-scale cold war” between these IT companies, the one who stand to gain the most are the users. So, cheers! We don’t have anything to lose (unless you are one of the heads of those IT companies). Just pray that Google does not launches “Orbital Mind Control”…