Pain, sorrow, struggles, and victory filled this past year, the former three occurring predominantly during the conclusion of the year. From Mozilla Firefox gaining about 10% share of the internet, to the RIAA continuing its jihad against Americans to the MPAA joining them, the year was eventful. 2005 was the beginning of a blog, a crib to be exact. The crib moved twice but has hopefully found a permanent home at Weblogs.us. We survived the death of a pope and a Supreme Court justice, and the wrath of two hurricanes as our friends overseas dealt with several mass transit terrorist attacks (Madrid, Spain and London, United Kingdom). A record number of hurricanes developed in the Atlantic this year. Most importantly, the RIAA reported a ‘record’ low sale of music this year.
I never really enjoyed this year. Many things were accomplished, such as lettering in Track and Field, and becoming an Eagle Scout. More recently, I had my wisdom teeth removed and have been in continual discomfort since that time. Upgrading could sum up most of my hardware and software purchases, gifts also, that I made this year. Mtekktux is another positive from this year, culminating my determination to get Gentoo to work on a computer.
The year’s disappointments are for the most part my own fault. I have yet to redesign my blog, which you are reading, which I said since April that I would do it. That media center computer that I want to build isn’t even fully planned out yet.
What to look for from 2006:
Songbird: I believe it will end up making a gigantic splash I the legal music download site business. Not only does it look nice, and support skinning, but the developers are fairly active and it is based off of the gecko http rendering engine. Personally I believe it has more potential then Flock.
Flock: Firefox + Extensions + Customizations = Web 2.0. The Internet has been around for several decades now, as IE is now something like ten years old, many things have changed, yet there is not allot of user friendliness on the web. Not only do you need multiple applications to use the various features of the web but many times they don’t integrate well and that’s something nobody enjoys. Flock tries to incorporate specialized tools to make the web more usable, such as integrating with del.icio.us and Flickr, along with a blogging tool into the reliable Firefox browser. I am interested in how popular Flock becomes, since I personally don’t have a need for its added features but I like the idea.
Intel Conroe/ Merom: NetBurst was a blunder, even though I know several people who swear by the old GHz rating system. Intel hopefully will correct this mistake with it’s Conroe/Merom core processors due out during the second half of next year. They will be the first of the P8 generation of microprocessors, and are supposed to be just as good if not slightly better then what AMD will have to offer at the time. These speculations rise from the fact that a Yonah/Yohan (Intel Core Duo) competes, clock-for-clock, on par in most cases then the AMD Athlon X2. I was never impressed with the NetBurst architecture, and I really only looked forward for a Tejas processor, which was terminated along with NetBurst. I plan on getting a new laptop with a Merom dual core processor in it for college.
Mtekk’s Crib v2: I’ll be developing a skin for WordPress for my blog, I’m just looking into the design aspect of it now but it should be up by the end of January.
[end of transmission, stay tuned]