Showing posts from July, 2013

Wintel World

Wintel was the word used to describe the happy co-existence of Intel microprocessors and the Windows operating system. With an 'Intel Inside' the PC became the standard computer for a generation with over 90% of the market for both processor and desktop. The x86 series, based on the original 8086 Intel processor, has defined personal and corporate computing. On the road to 64 bit computing AMD created a new architecture but Intel have pretty much followed the trend. Most servers in the Enterprise are now Intel 64 processors running a Windows server operating system. Intel chips were somewhat power hungry beasts. Mostly they worked best when a PC had a mains power supply. Laptops and notebook PCs had notoriously poor battery life and struggled to work a whole day on one battery charge. However this mostly didn't matter because the Windows PC was king for 20 plus years. Meanwhile in Cambridge during the late 1980s the Acorn Risc Machine was born. A powerful processor using le

Nokia's 41 Megapixel Smartphone

Nokia announced a smartphone with a 41 megapixel camera. The idea is to capture everything so you can dispense with a huge lens but still benefit from a great zoom capability. The actual pictures will be uploaded to photo sites at a 'sensible' 5 megapixels. The interesting thing will be how the technology press cover this. My guess will be that while the image capability will be praised they will suffer because it is a Windowsphone. Had Nokia released an Android phone or if Apple had added a Nokia-like camera to their phone then this would be called  a game changer. Nokia has actually added a great deal to the Windowsphone ecosystem. Their maps application, drive and transit apps plus the superb digital imaging mean that Nokia sells 80% of all Windowsphone devices. In some ways Nokia is more committed to Windowsphone than Microsoft because it has moved the whole company's strategy to these devices. So it's not an iPhone and it's not Android but it's a great piec

Technet Subscriptions are no more

Many IT Pros, including me, subscribe to Microsoft TechNet . For just under £100 per year you get access to licenses that permit downloading virtually any mainstream Microsoft product and installing it for test and evaluation purposes. Many IT Pros have a small server at home and have replicated a Active Directory business environment for serious testing of the latest software