While cleaning out some boxes in the closet I came across and issue of CPU (Computer Power User) from February 2006. I really don’t think about it much, but 5+ year in the tech world is a very long time. I’m going to highlight a few things from the magazine which I found most interesting.
The editorial by Chris Trumble talks about AMD and Intel going beyond dual-core, the upcoming release of a new version of Windows (Windows Vista which was release in November) and the newly release XBOX 360 (has it really been that long since it was released?). Page nine talks about Google Analytics being released and Google not accepting new accounts at the time the magazine went to press.
On page 12 it speculates that by 2010 nearly 63 million people would have tried podcasting, Edison Research published in 2010 “The Current State Of Podcasting” with numbers around 70 million people (that’s a pretty close estimation if you ask me).
Top 10 Bluetooth Gadgets (page 58) puts the HP iPAQ hw6515 as the number one gadget which ran for $500 with a service contract and had a 1.3MP Camera.
Upgrades (page 73), I used to look forward to this section every month and it looks like in February 2006 there were a few must have upgrades to apply:
- Firefox 1.5
- Google Talk 220.127.116.11 Beta
- (Unofficial) Win98 SE Service Pack 2.1a
- ATI Catalyst 5.11 (I used to hate dealing with ATI drivers)
Unleash your Inner Torrent by Chris Pirillo (page 79) mentions uTorrent as a new product which “is poised to become the leading Windows-based BitTorrent client”. It also mentions Azureus (now Vuze) as “the client that most BitTorrent neophytes go for”.
I find it amazing how much technology changes in a very short time. This is one of the reasons I decided to make my career in this field. There is always something new and if you don’t keep up, you’ll be left behind. I’ve come across many individuals who are very sharp, but are unable to compete for new positions/jobs because they lack the ambition to keep up with current tech. One of my best tools to keep current is Google Reader where my average list of sites I follow fluctuates between 150 and 200.