This year is coming to an end… Goodbye 2013!
What did we see in 2013 that reminds us we have to many things to help remind us?
Glove and Boots: 2013 Year in Review
The year 2013 brought to our attention how many things Americans could disagree on.
How to curb violence – gun control debate
Health care for all – 1st year for Healthcare.gov ends in a mess (President Obama wins Pinocchio award)
Racial tensions – debate over George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin self-defense case. (Meanwhile George Zimmerman’s original artwork sold for bid of $100,099.99 on eBay)
MSNBC Panel mocks photo of Romney holding adopted black grandson (Of course MSNBC is a non-biased news agency)
Government shutdown – Shut down parks but they still collected taxes (darn-it)
Meanwhile the federal government continues to spend money like drunken (apologies to all sailors will follow.)
IRS harassment of undesirable conservative groups became a storm that quickly went away (no value in tarnishing the reputation of an organization now put in charge of compliance with government mandated health care)
Finally put to rest all of the rumors about President Barack Obama born outside the United States (at least The Donald shut up about it)
Edward Snowden describes how the NSA works to track our movements and our communication (a real shame it works so badly as pointed out in next line.)
Another terrorist act on U.S. soil when two bombs explode at the Boston Marathon
We heard the word from the Supremes (Supreme Court), ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. (Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first member of the Supreme Court to officiate a same-sex wedding)
Meanwhile we heard a small flap over the Duck Dynasty patriarch give his opinion of homosexuality (A&E makes a stand and then recants for the New Year)
Not to be outdone in the coming out department, John Bohener’s dog is announced to be gay (He’s not gay but is afraid of cats. OK, it’s a joke.)
Once again we’re reminded no matter how much muscle you pack or how many special effects you can come up with, there’s no one going to be as good at playing Superman as Christopher Reeve. (I’m just saying…)
The Techno World of 2013
ACER & ASUS end notebook production
New wireless standard 802.11ad promising blazing speeds over short distances was ratified. Delivering 7Gbps speeds over 60GHz frequencies and should appear as soon as next year.
Dell went private in $24 billion deal.
Leap Motion product introduced (Do you recall seeing the gesturing at computer screens in Minority Report?)
projectQ motherboard promises to boot any OS in under 10 seconds (Gigabyte USA creates a MicroATX form factor motherboard as an exclusive OEM project)
10 Gbps USB specification finalized as USB 3.1 (improved speed up from 5 Gbps and up to 100 watts of power delivery through the cable)
Nexus comes out with under $200 tablet (Tablet shipments to out-pace PCs by 2015)
Menwhile Lenovo saw huge increases in PC sales as competitor sales decline
HDMI 2.0 announced, permits 18 Gbps bandwidth for 60fps 4K video (gamers now in collective ecstasy)
Standards group wants one charger for all laptops (It’s about time!)
A research team out of the Netherlands produced a storage medium that can last a million years. (Standard magnetic disk drive storage lasts about a decade.)
A new particle discovery should permit 20 times denser hard drives.
RAM packs 1 TB of storage into a single chip (Memory prices still stable)
Microsoft released Windows 8.1 as a step towards regaining lost momentum in the OS market after less than stellar acceptance of 8.0
Solar Energy in 2013 wasn’t a big hit but the stock prices keep going up.
How about building a HackIntosh? Running OSX on non Apple PC’s.
- Auld Lang Syne Isn’t Always Lame (gizmodo.com.au)
- Crew of trapped ship in Antarctic sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ as they prepare surrounding area for helicopter rescue – @itvnews (itv.com)
- And Days of Auld Lang Syne (victoree.wordpress.com)