Monthly Archives: August 2012

Windows 8 RTM

So it sounds like more and more buzz is being released about the up-and-coming release by Microsoft. Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 both seem to be fairly popular these days and for good reason. The developers at Microsoft seem to have decided to take a different approach to their OS, mainly copying both their competition as well as their Mobile phone version of Windows 7. The “Metro” screen that everyone seems to be talking about seems to be one of those features they don’t want you to turn off. When Microsoft decides to make a decision like this it makes you start to wonder who really calls the shots up there.

I have got my hands on a beta version of the OS, wasn’t too impressed by the workstation or server version myself. Of course they have probably done some improvements since then but the question remains, will it be better than Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2? Only time will tell, once they release the RTM (Release to manufacturing) I’d be curious to see who starts to pick up the product first. There are many businesses out there still running Wndows XP and Server 2003, might be hard for them to convince the money holders to cough up a wad of dough so they can have the latest and greatest.

Olympics and Internet Access

I was reading up on the Olympics and trying to find something interesting in terms of tech that has been affecting the games and stumbled upon something very interesting. I read this article (http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/08/02/tech-ioc-wifi-hotspots-banned.html) that basically goes over the fact that the Olympic officials are banning 3G/4G access points at the games. There has been a lot of talk about this and how it infringes on peoples rights, but you also need to look at it in terms of the reality as to what happens when multiple users have their own WiFi hotspot lying around.

One issue that is caused by multiple access points in a small area is the WiFi will start cancelling each other out. When you have multiple access points broadcasting on the same frequency you get interference that basically makes all traffic impossible. This is a large factor in why they don’t want people setting up their own networks, it detracts from the official Olympic WiFi that is used for important communication between sites and events.

The article also stated that there is a specific team that go around with directional antennas to search out the hotspots that don’t belong. This is totally legitimate since it is not doing the users of the hotspot much good and it is diminishing the performance of the Olympics.

Something else that was brought up was that they were also limiting the use of social media applications. This would also casue a large problem if everyone at the games was twittering the same thing over and over, the network would get over flooded and therefore the Olympic use of the network would be nearly impossible.

I believe that both new rules of the games have a right to be a part of the games. Our world is changing very rapidly, sometimes our technology doesn’t always work the way people perceive it to work.