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2007: An Eventful Year

2007 has been a rather eventful year. It is scary to think that we are almost done with the first decade in the 21st century soon.

New Directions

This year I got new hardware, a new laptop in the spring and a new desktop just a couple of weeks ago now. 10 years ago I never would of thought that I would have a desktop with 4 processors and over a terabyte worth of disk space.

This year I think has been an important year for computing. We saw quad core processors back in the summer, the stupid SCO case with Unix and Linux is finally over, Linux on the desktop and the laptop has become closer to a reality, people realizing they don't want the same thing in a new shiny wrapper and more.

I have been running Linux on my laptop since June and haven't had any problems doing any of my work. I do use VirtualBox so I can run some Windows apps occasionally like Visio but other than that, I can play games, use the web, IM, music, etc. fine.

The next generation HD optical format war has gone no where, mainly because, dare I say, people are starting to actually pay attention. For most people going to blu-ray or HD DVD, isn't that noticeable of an improvement. Especially now that upscaling DVD players can be found for less than a 100 dollars these days. While it will be nice if there is a clear winner, but I'm not totally sure that is going to happen. I think in 2008 we will see combo players, one drive that can read both types. Then it won't really matter if a movie (or anything else) is HD DVD or blu-ray you just stick it in the same drive.

Decent Entertainment

Over the summer there was actually a fair amount of decent movies. Live Free or Die Hard might have been a little silly from a computer perspective but it stayed true to the Die Hard series: explosions, gun battles and kicking ass. Transformers was pretty cool and decently done, it could have been a whole lot worse. I saw an R-rated trailer for Super Bad back in the spring and sadly for me, that ruined a lot of the jokes. I still thought the movie was entertaining but it would have been better if they hadn't used all the good lines in the trailer.

My favorite movie of the summer was The Bourne Ultimatum though. It was just so awesome and really tied the movies together.

We even got a fix of Battlestar Galactica with the Razor movie. Which I thought was actually pretty good. I wanted to see season four more than the movie but I thought they did a good job with the movie. I'm curious to see how this is supposed to tie in with season four more.

Sequels That Don't Suck

This year we finally got to play Team Fortress 2. It only took like 5 years. At least it was worth the wait, TF2 is a lot of fun to play. As much as TFC was to play all those years ago. (Jeez I can't believe it has been so long since it was new) And I have to say, the Orange Box is definitely the best deal in gaming history. 5 great games for 50 bucks, its practically a steal.

Call of Duty 4 came out this fall as well. And they didn't screw the pooch either. CoD multiplayer has always been awesome and the newest incarnation doesn't disappoint. The single player, while being able to beat it in around 8-9 hours of work, is a lot of fun. The graphics are well done if you can run it on high.

Posted on: Jan 1, 2008 at 6:04 pm - (0) comments.

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