So here we are, living in the future. Thankfully, unlike as was prophecied in the 1975 film, Rollerball, the world isn’t a terrifying place ruled over by obscenely wealthy oligarchs and corporate entities, ravaged by environmental disasters and placated by televised violence. Ahem...
Anyway, it’s a new year and a new chance to put out a Technical Handbook full of useful advice for getting the most out of your PC, or ways that you can improve your PC experience. It’s always a pleasure to work on these kind of long-form issues, and I think the contributors have done a really stellar job this time around, covering a wide range of topics, from setting upo your own home cloud server to using esports in class to promote teamwork and fair play. Hell, I even built myself a mechanical keyboard without once injuring myself too badly to come into work. If that’s not impressive I don’t know what is.
Usually we can clearly see at the beginning of the year what the major trends for technology are going to be for the next 12 months because of CES, the Consumer Electronics Show if you’re not too familiar with the TLA (Three Letter Acronym, though technically the A should be replaced with an I as TLA is an Initialism rather than an Acronym as you pronounce the individual letters rather than the word the letters spell). This year, however, seemed to be more of a grab-bag than most so it will be interesting to see which technologies will come out ahead as the pack leaders.
Smart houses and smart devices were definitely ubiquitous, but as far as PC technology goes, the only real pace-setter as far as I’m concerned is the partnership between Nvidia and a number of monitor manufacturers to produce a range of BFGDs, Big Format Gaming Displays the size of TVs but featuring G-Sync and 120Hz refresh rates. There has been a push to bring the PC into the loungeroom for a few years now but this, I think, is the first real step to that idea becoming a reality. Of course, the monitors will probably cost all the money in the world, so the revolution may take a while coming.
Enough with the prognostication. The magazine world waits for no man, so enjoy the Technical handbook and we’ll see you again soon.