When Toyota took over from General Motors as the world largest producer of motor vehicles in 2007 it was largely thanks to a reputation for durability that had been forged over decades. Toyota’s brand values have little to do with excitement or driving pleasure and everything to do with the comforting knowledge that this car will get you from A to B with a minimum of fuss and bother.
2008 is coming to an end and various publications will be getting out their crystal balls to make wild predictions about what the buzz-techs of 2009 will be.
Here’s my look into 2009, along with a look back at developments in 21st century technology (funny how 21st century technology used to conjure up images of spaceships and sci-fi). It’s quite amazing to see how far we’ve come in less than a decade
With the introduction of the new Macbook and the new Macbook Pro at Apple’s Macbook 2008 Media event, one has to ponder about the history of the Macbook. Where has it gone? What has it seen? Check out this awesome timeline of the history of the Macbook and the Macbook Pro.
From the other side of the world comes a report that Windows Vista Service Pack 2 will bereleased to manufacturing in April 2009, roughly a year 14 months after SP1. The Malaysian website TechARP has a pretty good track record with this sort of prediction, and my sources tell me that schedule sounds about right.
Meanwhile, here in the U.S.A., some people are inferring more Vista doom and gloom from this schedule. My buddy Dwight Silverman at the Houston Chronicle says “SP2 is being rushed out the door” to keep up Vista’s momentum. Eweek’s Channel Insider calls SP2 a “last-ditch attempt to drum up sales for [the] beleaguered [Vista] operating system.” The Register says “Microsoftseems to be in a hurry with this release.”
In the history of consumer products the history of video games is a relatively short one. But it has had a significant impact on how people play games especially X generation and millennial children. Nowadays many people who are interested in video games aren’t children at all and the fastest growing segment has actually been adults. Let’s have a look at the brief history of landmark video games and video consoles to trace the roots of this large industry.
It all started with a German engineer named Ralph Baer. He created a console called “brown box” in 1967 that had a chasing game where you could chase each other’s dots on the screen. This was later turned into the first mass market console known as “The Oddyssy” which sold over 300,000 units including a light gun game. PONG actually came out later and was originally played in the arcade game format. The original first person shooter was called “Maze Wars” and came out in 1972.