Back in the '90s, when I started working in the IT biz, Microsoft was still fighting for total supremacy of the server operating systems market. One of the challengers was IBM’s OS/2. There’s some history behind Microsoft and IBM’s battle for the desktop and server operating systems market but OS/2 faded away - or so I thought.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
On August 25, 1991, Linus Torvalds, a Finnish programmer, posted a message on an online forum about a free operating system kernel, Linux, he was working on. It was just meant to be a hobby project and he was looking for some input from his peers. Little did he know that his personal project would eventually turn into an operating system that changed the world. You probably interact with Linux every day without even realising it. Today, the operating system turns 25. We take a look at the evolution of the open source operating system over its 25 year history.
Global smartphone sales to end-users hit 344 million units in the second quarter of 2016, a year-on-year increase of 4.3 per cent, according to analyst firm Gartner. While five of the top 10 mobile phone vendors saw growth, overall unit sales contracted by 0.5 per cent. This could be attributed to consumers holding off on buying premium smartphones until the later half of the year when new devices come out. Here's a rundown of how the big phone vendors performed.
If you grew up in the 90s, chances are you remember Windows 95 fondly. The Microsoft operating system turned 20 in August last year and for those who are still pining for Windows 95, there is a novel way to bring it back to life by using a Nintendo 3DS handheld console, albeit with a few features missing.
Most Australian IT organisations are gagging to get on Windows 10 with only five per cent adamant they will not be upgrading to the new OS, a new Tech Research Asia study has revealed. If your business is boarding the early Windows 10 hype train, here are some facts that employees and managers need to be aware of.