Sometime back I got thinking, I've been sitting around on my ass the last 4 years while the world of Computers has been going ahead at full gallop. Having entered CS after the dot-com boom in a period where the whole industry was entering a fresh period of stability, expansion, outsourcing and innovation; I decided I'd make an effort to list out what I consider are the big things that have happened to the field. So here goes (in no particular order).
[This is a work in progress]
- The Google expansion/invasion/phenomenon. google maps, mail, desktop, earth, picasa, scholar, suggest, reader, gtalk, news, personalised home, video, groups, directory. (half of these are google acquiring other companies)
- Flickr and the new paradigm for photo albums.(also Zooomr)
- Apple's ipod and the more recent revolution in ipod related products.
- Firefox and the rebirth of the browser war, triggerin the recent release of IE7.
- RSS/Atom feeds, podcasts, screencasts, newsfeeds, blogging.
- Wikipediathe revolution in collaborative, open, free editing and publishing.
- The veritable explosion of GNU/Linux distros bordering on the insane. Ports to PPC/Mac, Live CD's, Ubuntu, redhat's fedora makeover.
- The 'survival' of Windows against the onslaught of gnu/linux. Doomsday predictions for ms windows not coming true :P inspite of Windows XP turning 5 years old. Longhorn (vista beta) is out for a long time, waking up the taste buds but vista is delayed meaninglessly on security concerns and stuff until 2007.
- AJAX, triggering the mighty awesome happening that is Web 2.0 .Web based services have reached a whole new magnitude and ajax leads the lot in the creation of web-enabled products.
- The processor wars, Intel v/s AMD. 64 bit computing on the desktop, x64 kicking itanium in the ass, dual-core.
- The GPU wars, ATI v/s Nvidia. Massive logic on the graphics card that eclipses the fastest cpu chips. SLI technology, SIMD to use gpu as coprocessor.
- digg.com, last.fm, del.icio.us and scores other highly successful community sites dishing out services we never imagined possible.
- The continuin war against software patents (in europe). Meanwhile, DRM is up and about.
- Voip makes it out of skype and into gtalk, yahoo, msn and everybody. SIP is here.
- IBM who made the first PC, sell their entire pc business, lock stock and barrel to lenovo.
- Solaris goes open source. Sun gets into the free software bandwagon too late for their own good. Open Solaris is now out there.
- wi-fi and bluetooth come into their own.
- Mobile phones go HUGE in India. Mobile phones start having graphics cards and processors of the kind computers of a few years ago.
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