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The year of the rat

There we were imagining there was not a lot of point in the Intel v AMD chip race because significant increases in central processor speeds have recently been matched by scarcely noticeable improvements in hands-on performance.

It's partly that the human end can only operate so fast and partly it's evident that speed has just about been cancelled out by the bloat of sloppily written software. So dull days for computing.

But actually not.

Recently Google brought out its new browser, Chrome. Chrome is now being billed as a Windows/Mac OS/Linux stalker. [Computer Weekly, 30 September, 20008, pp28-29] Naturally Google denies having even a vague thought of Chrome as the precursor to a full-blown operating system. No, don't ask how a browser could segue into a computer's management engine, but remember that Chrome is very tightly integrated with the Google search engine as it is with other Google web-based applications - part of what is loosely known as 'The Cloud'. All you need for these is a browser with a simple file management underlay which doesn't need to be Windows. After a week of shock at the danger, Microsoft announces that it's announcing a new operating system at the end of the month called Windows Cloud.

Then more esoteric stuff from the organic computing people whose high point seems to be a working processor controlled by the brain.

Of a rat.

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