Computing in the News

This page was created for my COSC 171 class to display entries on current articles and cartoons that deal with computers, the Internet, and other computing technologies.

November 8, 2011

Fortune Teller, or Fortune Creeper?

This cartoon depicts a fortuneteller who is using a laptop to find out information on her client using a database. After reading her statement, I imagine the fortuneteller looking at Facebook or some other personal database that many people today use to find information on other people. The fortuneteller has her back to items that are generally associated with people in her field, such as glass globe. The fact that she has turned to technology to provide her with the answeres, rather than the "spirituality" of the dead also shows how far we have come as a society. I think this cartoon could also help people to realize how much information we have available on databases for strangers to see and be able to know things about us that maybe they should not know.

October 25, 2011

Top 20 Free Applications to Increase Your Productivity

I found this website to be very helpful in finding out what the best free applications are in a condensed manner. There are a few that I've never heard about before that I might look into downloading. Applications such as Google Web Accelerator, AVG AntiVirus, Launchy,, Better Gmail, RoboForm, and Google Calendar are just a few options to increase productivity and speed for computer users. I feel that many of these can be used on a daily bases and though there are many applications out there that make it hard to know what you really need, the ones listed on this site are a good place to start. Click to see article

October 11, 2011

'Bulldozer' chip sets world record -- but what's the point?

When reading this article, I ask myself what the point of breaking the Guinness World Record for having the fastest computer processor in the world, if you can only accomplish it with liquid Nitrogen and Helium? We are always looking for ways to improve technology, but to me, this does not seem like an improvement. I think it is impressive that AMD’s “Bulldozer” processor is three times as fast as the processors in speedy laptops, but it is not realistic in the commercial sense. Perhaps this is the first step in finding a way to let the chip go into overdrive mode without overheating and breaking in a way that will be usable in the everyday home. However, I think that it would take a long time to get there considering what the article says about the extreme cooling causing serious damage to the PC’s hardware. But, like the company says, they are just scratching the surface of computer processing. Click to see article

September 27, 2011

Google designing Android for Intel chips

I like the part in the article where Intel CEO, Paul Otellini says, "Computing means a lot more than just computers, just as computing has evolved, so too has Intel's architecture." I think that it is a good move for Intel chips to have the company and website Google to make their future versions of Android, since Android currently works with processors designed by ARM. Google is a very successful website, and since Intel has struggled to break into the smartphone market before, I believe Google will give them the boost that they need. It will also be good for the smartphones to have Google because many people use it as a resource of information that will come in handy for the savvy technological users of smartphones. Intel has a significant influence in computers, and the new processor they are working on is thin, light, and affordable. The article says that the devices with the chip “can remain connected to the Internet in standby mode for 10 days before the battery depletes.” Reducing energy consumption is something many customers would want in a computer and therefore I think that Intel’s Ultrabook concept will be a success. Click to see article

September 13, 2011

Latest and Greatest-- Soon to be Outdated

This comic strip shows how quickly computer models can be outdated. It is ironic because the man has not even left the store yet and is being asked if he wants to upgrade. I feel like this is a common issue when purchasing technology because we want the "latest, greatest thing," but it seems like as soon as we make a purchase, we find out that a new version is coming out or some other feature has been added. I think that this makes it hard to make purchasing decisions because we cannot control how fast technology is updated.

Made 22 September 2011
Modified 8 December 2011
by Genevieve Bieber