Tech geeks get overly excited by new tech releases. I count myself in that group. Also, it is easy for tech geeks to forget the past (or at least view that past with a fond chuckle), since technology by its very nature tends to constantly grow and evolve. For example, now that I have an iPhone, I look back and wonder how I ever could have loved my Palm Treo as much as I did. So, am I buying into the hype if I wonder whether the next three months will be the most exciting three months ever in tech? Is this a view that would cause chuckles of amusement (or derisive calls of "noob!") from tech veterans? Or are the next three months shaping up to be as awesome as they seem?
Photo by Stage88. Think of some of the projects that will see the light of day in the next few months. Google alone has two irons in the fire that are causing quite a stir, in Google Wave and Google Voice. I was fortunate enough to have a GrandCentral account, so I’ve been using Google Voice since shortly after it was rolled out to former GrandCentral subscribers. Only recently did I decide to migrate entirely to Google Voice, and now that I’m exploring its features in more detail, I’m pretty excited. There have been whisperings that Google Voice will be offered on a more widespread basis soon. I’ve previously written about Google Wave, questioning whether it was something only tech geeks would love, and coming to the conclusion that it would have more widespread acceptance than just among tech geeks. On September 30, Google Wave will start its public beta for approximately 100,000 users, with a more general offering occurring shortly thereafter. Google Wave has been dubbed an attempt to "reinvent email," and has been called a "paradigm shifter." Google isn’t alone in generating excitement for a new product. Microsoft releases Windows 7 on October 22. Whether due to problems with Vista, or because of Windows 7’s inherent awesomeness, Windows users are excited for its release. A BBC article indicated that pre-orders of Windows 7 in the first eight hours on Amazon were greater than those of Vista during Vista’s entire 17 week pre-order period. Windows users don’t get all the fun, as Apple is releasing Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) in September. Rumors also persist that an Apple tablet device will be released before the end of the year. If the rumors are true, and the tablet has half the fanfare of the iPhone, the tech world will be in a frenzy. Finally, on a more personal level, I’m excited for the release of Bioware’s Dragon Age video game on November 3 in North America, and November 6 in Europe. Bioware is the same company that brought us the Baldur’s Gate series, and the first Neverwinter Nights. Both games brought me countless hours of entertainment, and Dragon Age is being billed as the "spiritual successor" to Baldur’s Gate. So what do you think? Am I getting caught up in all the hype? Or is this as great a time to be a tech geek as I think it is?