Saturday, May 16, 2015

Do Not Take Your Laptop to Your Vacation!

Dear readers, today I'm going to discuss a crucial geek's dilema: you're planning to go on a vacation away from home, and struggle with yourself: "should I leave my precious toy behind or should I stick with it even when I'm on a vacation?".

I can find a few arguments for you to stick with your plastic baby. no matter what:

First, it's a disgrace for a geek to abandon his/her laptop and just enjoy. For a geek to do such a thing is like for a troop to leave his weapon behind. Shame on you for even considering it!

Second, no vacation can be a real one without some decent gaming time without anyone around nagging you. Once a geek, always a geek.

So taking the laptop on a vacation? some serious arguments against it:

First, a computer is for work. A vacation is the opposite of work. The two just don't mix. If you're on a vacation, you don't involve with objects relating to work.

Second, every minute you spend on your laptop, is minute you don't do what you're supposed to do on a vacation: resting, relaxing, sight-seeing , dancing, eating decently and above all - forgeting about everything..

Third, if you take your laptop with you, your Skype or Messenger will tell all your work colleagues that you're available, and then your so called "vacation" will be over..

My decision - leave the little attention-sucker at home and dedicate the vacation for yourself & for your family. Make the most of your free time because you don't have much!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Desktop Applications - The End?

Recent years have seen a gradual transit from desktop applications (such that are installed on the computer) to web applications (such that reside on a web page).

Why should we think that the web is about to take the primacy in the software world?

First, the social networks niche which has become the most popular use of the PC, taking captive tens of millions of enslaved fans who actually live online.

Second, the growing capacity of the web of hosting large size data platforms, like: file-sharing platforms (i.e Emule) or video-sharing platforms (i.e Youtube).

Third, Rich Internet Applications (RIA), like: Flash or Silverlight, that give the user graphic quality equal to that of desktop applications.

Forth, users nowadays prefer logging in to their applications from everywhere (including mobile phones), so applications that are attached to a PC frequently may be conceived as old-fashioned.

So why are desktop applications still with us? I can think of a few reasons:

First, the power of the habit: people are used to downloading stuff to their computers, and among computer geeks or gamers downloading is simply a ritual. An entire industry of downloading and file-sharing is still alive and in full strength.

Second, the physical network (the communication lines) are way behind the size of data which is needed to go through them, especially in developing countries. This means that heavy applications get stuck in the way, giving desktop applications a chance of remaining relevant.

In short, the web becomes more and more dominant within the PC use and the desktop applications will become more and more expandable, but this process may take decades.

Do you think differently? Tell me!