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Oberon Community Technology Centre Predictions for 2008 December 19, 2007

Posted by ctcoberon in Uncategorized.
  • As this is our last article for 2007 lets take a look at what might happen in 2008.
  • First we should see the switching-off of the CDMA network and the turning-on of the Telstra 3G network, and later in the year, with the Vodafone and Optus 3G networks.
  • We should see the first planning stages of the Federal Government’s much talk about Fast Broadband Network.
  • Microsoft will release two very important Service Patches i.e. Windows Vista SP1 and Windows XP SP3. Mozilla will release their new web-browser, FireFox 3.0.
  • The question about which format i.e. Blu-ray or HD-DVD will replace the DVD could be answered (our guess is it will be Blu-ray).
  • Solid-State Drives (SSD) could and should become more affordable for both notebooks and desktop computers. 
  • USB Flash Drives will reach 64GB.
  • Prices for LCD monitor will continue to fall and 24” will become the new standard, currently its 22”.
  • Graphic cards with have increased memory upwards of 2GB or more, current maximum is 768MB.
  • Intel will release 8-Core and 16-Core CPUs (Central Processing Units).
  • Software manufacturers will release applications (programs) designed to work with Multi-Core Processors, not just Single-Core processors.
  • Wireless in both the Home and Business will replace many wired networks and become the network standard of choice.
  • The average amount of memory (RAM – Random Access Memory) in computers will increase from today’s 1GB to 4GB.

Now, the bad news!

In 2008 there will be more malicious code created, more phishing scams, more rootkits infections and more online criminal activity, and therefore, it will be more important than ever that we all have necessary security software installed on our computer(s) with automatic updates enabled. To help people better understand what is required when it comes to computer and Internet safety we have produced a 12-page booklet titled “Home & Small Office Guide to PC Security & Good Housekeeping” which for a small investment ($5) can be obtain from the CTC/VIC.

During the year we have tried to provide you with some helpful tips on how to get the best out of your computer, which we hope you have enjoyed. 

Now for today’s tip. When installing or updating software there may come a time when you are asked to press “Any” key in order to continue the process however, for safety reasons we suggest you press the “Space” key or bar at the bottom of your keyboard. By pressing only the “Space” key or bar you will not inadvertently cancel or activate any other process that may be running in the background.

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