Some non-gratuitous Windows bashing: Now that Windows 7 is out, you know Microsoft is going to pull the plug on XP soon. And here's another thing that may force XP users to move: New hard drives won't work with XP soon.
All hard drive makers have committed to adopting the 4K advanced format by the end of January 2011.
Hard drive makers have begun an education and awareness campaign to let people know about the advanced format and to warn about the problems it could inflict on users of older operating systems such as Windows XP.
This is because Windows XP was released before the 4K format was decided upon.
"The 512 byte sector assumption is ensconced into a lot of the aspects of computer architecture," said Mr Burks from Seagate.
By contrast, Windows 7, Vista, OS X Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard and versions of the Linux kernel released after September 2009 are all 4K aware.
We're less than two months away from the next Ubuntu release, and what most people will notice is a color shift from a long-derided brown (you can change defaults, ya know) to purple. More substantively, again one goal is faster boot time. But some embedded Linux applications (example: car dashboards) can boot as fast as one second.
Yet another guide to distributions, and here's away around the 21 bars in Iowa City: a Linux beer cooler.