January 14th, 2011
OK, there was no such contest, but I used the 3 launchers: Launchy, Keylink and SlickRun for the about one week each as I mentioned here, and here is my summary.
Single winner is SlickRun. My only previous issue with SlickRun was that it was showing up in taskbar, and when I would Alt Tab, it would show up in the list of programs. The launcher was getting in the way. That turned out to be just a default setting. Simply click on Options in Setup, and check the box “AutoHide SlickRun” and that goes away.
Launchy is a close second – my only gripe with it was that sometimes it was taking too much CPU, but that may not be a general problem.
As a direct comparison between Launchy and SlickRun – Launchy starts off by building a neat catalog, but SlickRun is easier to use in terms of defining a new alias (magic word). From my perspective, SlickRun is a winner in the longer term as you can build your aliases based on what you use more often.
Keylink is a distant third – I don’t recommend it.
January 10th, 2011
(Let the fantasies begin – Armchair futurists unite!)
What will cell phones look like in year 2020? Here are a few predictions – set in stone, so you can check in a few years time how close or how far these were from the reality. To start off things, the cell phones in 2020 will be called something different, to reflect that making calls is just one function they do. “Handy” might just do it.
- Dimensions: 4in x 2in x 0.5 in (Very similar to today, but read notes about screen size/usage below).
- Screen Size: 4in x 2in that unfolds to 4 in x 8 in
- Hard Drive: ~ 10 TB of hard drive space
- CPU: ~ 120 GHz Processor
- RAM: ~ 32-128 GB of RAM
- Battery Life: 2 days of working on full load, > 7 days on “light” mode
- Communication: 4-7 Gbps, using a variety of technologies, that works around the world, all flat fee based.
- Usage: (This is where it gets interesting) Every cell phone will be the complete computing/storage requirements for a person – RAM, hard disk, CPU. When you go from home to work, car, hotel room, cab, cafe, club, etc, you will be able to plugin your cellphone to a “multimedia outlet”, which has larger screens, speakers, video camera, olfactory output, all inbuilt into the screen. So, you won’t have an office “computer”, you will just have an office media outlet that serves as magnifying your handy in a multimedia sense. The multimedia outlets will come in a variety of shapes and sizes (and with varying costs), but they will all feature a “smart cradle”, which will connect to different types of handy sets with no setting changes – (USB 6.0?). The different kinds of outlets will be an extension of current HD TVs and 3D TVs, and will be a major growth industry in this decade. These outlets will represent growth of brands such as Samsung, which have both phones and multimedia outputs already in place in 2010. Hotels and hotel rooms will also distinguish themselves from each other by the kinds of media outlets they have.
Banal changes in behavior:
- You will be able to shop with your phone – in store, and online (one-click-buy sites will become super common). This idea has been around – see the CNN video from March 2010 – over next few years, it will get implemented.
- Similarly, you will be able to use phone as your identification – drivers license, passport, etc (an aspect in which cell phones will compete against biometric devices), but this aspect will experience adoption at different rates due to bureaucratic hurdles.
- What will go away? There will be no “synchronization” devices/software for your computer and phone, since your phone will have everything it needs. There will be a “backup” feature that will continuously backup your handy with your carrier.
- What happens if you lose your phone? You can just call your carrier and have a new phone delivered the next day. The new phone will have everything replicated already, and other than some activation requirement, it will be good to go. The old phone will not compromise your data/credit, with some combination of remote locking and passwords.
Are you sure these are predictions for 2020, not 2012?
Some of these predictions may be true for some phones today, but the prediction/fantasy is that these specs will be ubiquitous by 2020.
[I will keep refining this post for at least a few more days as I think of more things, but it will be set in stone sometime before June 2011.]