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“Say Bye Bye to My Fear of Technology”

28 Jun

Few weeks ago, while writing my Blog post about the web browsers I met with this kind of question: which browser is the fastest and the best one? Also last time some of us were arguing about the same questions. Well, I’ve had enough of these unfounded arguments during the semester. That’s why I was eager to test it and now I have a great experience.

As we know, there is a speed war on the web. Browsers compete on many fronts: security, standards support, features and speed. Many organizations and users try to claim that their browser is the fastest. The Opera site claims that Opera is The Fastest Browser on Earth! The Mozilla site claims that Firefox 3.0 empowers you to browse faster. Apple’s Safari pages claim that Safari loads pages more quickly than any other Mac web browser. Internet Explorer users often claim that they use it because of its speed, as the alternatives take longer to start and load pages.

I present my research. This is an honest, get rid of fearing of technology, unbiased view. Unlike most people, I am not only testing all the browsers, I will compare them all on the same computer. Here are the specs of my test system, for comparisons and curiosity:

OS: Windows Vista (64-bit)

Processor: 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor

Memory: 1 GB

This, I hope, gives an accurate comparison, and also gives a fairly accurate comparison of the different optimizations for each browser.

The testing system

I installed completely fresh copies of the four browsers on my Windows Vista laptop, with all settings left to defaults. It’s the same system I used to test Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 3, Chrome and Opera 9.5, so I can make fair comparisons between all the browsers. It’s not scientific in the strict sense, but it’s meant to measure browser performance as real humans experience it—load, click, and wait. So, then I need a timer, and was preferred using Rob Keir’s simple but millisecond-accurate timer, I launched every action with a dual tap of the enter and “\” keys to set the timer, then tapped the “\” key again when what I wanted to load had arrived.

I re-ran the tests when I thought I’d been slow, and each score below is an average of three or more trials.

I timed each browser loading up “cold” load (straight off a system restart) and “warm” (having run twice already). I used a locally-saved copy of Google’s minimalist home page to negate net connection variations and to compensate for Vista’s start-up fickleness, timed each browser exactly two minutes after boot-up. So after few seconds I came up with these following results:

Test 1: Startup time—Winner: Chrome!

In cold loading, Chrome started up two times faster than Firefox or even IE 8.

Let’s check out the warm boots:

Test 2: Warm loading—Winner: Firefox 3!

A pleasant surprise that Firefox boots faster than others, as well as how quick Opera moves in general, at least compared to Chrome in this test.

Even though Chrome was slower at startup than Firefox or even IE 8, it’s less than a second of difference between them all.

So overall, Google’s new Chrome web browser beta is getting a lot of attention with its nice looking logo, helpful features, and better performance. Firefox is bit faster than Internet Explorer, except for scripting, but for standards support, security and features, it is a better choice. However, it is still not as fast as Opera, and Opera also offers a high level of standards support, security and features. Opera is also, in some points seems to be the fastest browser for Windows, and also is a clear winner using history… Of course, its poor standards and security clearly make it a much less attractive prospect.

Well, that is up to you. I am not going to tell this browser exactly the best one or something so similar, I learned during the test that everything depends on how you use your browser and what you use it for, and what operating system you use it on. Although there is also a little difference in using all these web browsers, most of the major browsers perform very fast, with very little to distinguish between them. So, the choice up to you.

References in easy way to test:

Good luck

Say Bye Bye to My Fear of Technology

27 Jun

When i saw the title of last blog post which we have to write, i immediately started to think about what i have done during this course, where i was at the beginning and where i am right now.

 First of all, i have  to confess that i am not such a curious person about technological changes around me. At least, i wasn’t ! Checking  emails,  taking a look at social networks , reading newspapers and something like that were pretty much all i used to do on the Internet. Of course it sometimes have worked to do my assignments as well . Continue reading

Burying the problem?

22 Jun

As I continue last weeks’ path of Germany’ s nuclear phase out, I today will deal with another difficulty the country is now facing.

German Chancellor Merkel admitted the shift from nuclear to renewable energy can only be achieved by making use of fossil fuels for the time in between.

If we want to exit nuclear energy and enter renewable energy, for the transition time we need fossil power plants, at least 10, more likely 20 gigawatts [of fossil capacity] need to be built in the coming 10 years“, Merkel said in a parliamentary declaration.

This will of course cause short- to mid- term increases in CO2 emissions, but since another governmental goal is also the reduction of CO2 emissions, politicians are facing a major task.

The solution to this problem might be a technology called “Carbon Capture and storage”. To see how this might help, check out the following video:

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„Two turkeys don’t make an eagle, but no penguin will ever soar.”

22 Jun

So I called my post theme. But what does it mean? For whom this quotation belongs? In my previous post I wrote about the vice-president of Google I/O – Vic Gundotra, this saying belongs to him, this announcing is living since February 11, 2011. He meant that Nokia and Microsoft may not make an Apple but neither will Android ever create the future. So there were many arguments after his quoting. Here is an expert of Apple Horace Dediu’s explanation about this situation. He is clearly said that Nokia threw in the towel. Not because they could not build, but because their building processes could not create greatness. Continue reading

Let’s communicate economically!

21 Jun

Facebook, Instant Messenger, Skype, and Outlook – those are communication tools we are quite aware of nowadays since communication, respectively social communication, has turned out to be a centre element of our generation and the current Web 2.0. What I would like to do in this post today is to move the discussion on communication up to a business level.

The Sphere of Unified Communication Systems

Respectively I have to mention that over the past few years, a social technology called Unified Communications (UC) has evolved to provide powerful and affordable business communication capabilities. How does a Unified Communication system work?

It collects various real-time communication services such as telephony, instant messaging, and video conferencing with non real-time communication services such as e-mail, SMS and Fax.  In other words, UC transforms them into a unified communication interface. Just imagine you are in a business meeting: If a Fax is coming in at your office, you are not only able to receive the notification on your Smartphone or Laptop. You can also directly see what is written in the document. At the same time, you can rely on presence information to see who of your business partners currently is online. If necessary, a videoconference can be convened after the meeting. Continue reading

When will we say Goodbye to Second Life?

21 Jun

Second Life. Probably, you could ask: “What else can be written about it?“ . We have already discussed about its idea, business and education there. However, there is always the way to deepen the topic. Today we will try to answer the question which companies, universities and just people are thinking about.

What is the Future of Second Life?

The best way to get to know the answer is to ask Linden Lab, the CEO of Second Life. As we can read in the article “Second Life CEO looks to the future, after massive layoffs”  Linden Lab wants to continue developing services such as Second Life Viewer software or a version of the service that runs in a browser, with no download required. Also he is going to focus more on Continue reading

The New Way of Obtaining Information

20 Jun

The World is Changing,The Future is Flat “ says Thomas L. Friedman in his book “The World is Flat”. It includes the globalized world which brings your mind the current changes in especially information technology around our world.

 The reason to start by showing this book is its great  content which is related what we have been doing during this course.

 Everything is changing day by day and it is getting harder to follow them. 

 Lets take the “knowledge” first. Continue reading