Ten years of Core2Duo

Ten years ago, Conroe Core2Duo was released, superceding the P4 NetBurst architecture. This marked a change from the megahertz chasing era into the trend of more instructions-per-cycle (IPC) and efficiency. It kept the original LGA775 socket, moving pins from the more expensive processor to the less expensive motherboard, as first introduced with the Pentium 4 Northwood or Prescott family, if I’m not mistaken. This processor also marked a huge leap in performance, not seen again until Sandy Bridge.

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A standard set of software among users

I’ve met people from other countries, and sometimes, I get to see their desktop. I’ve noticed that there is a set of software commonly used by people of a specific country. Granted, this is behavior is not new because of market segmentation and all that, but hey, it’s nice to notice.

Koreans

  • GOM Player
  • Line
  • KakaoTalk

Chinese

  • 360 Security (eww!)
  • Tencent QQ
  • Sogou Input
  • QQPlayer
  • Weixin (WeChat for international users)

These observations are in no way rigorous and scientific and are solely based on experiences. Still a good topic to look at though.

Do you have a common set for your country?

Leave the thoughts to the mind