A SIGNIFICANT statistic that accompanied the report that more than 180 million copies of Windows 7 have been sold in just a little over half a year was the number of 64-bit versions sold.

According to data, 46 percent of Windows 7 copies sold was the 64-bit version while 54 percent was the 32-bit version.

In contrast, only one percent of Windows XP copies sold was for the 64-bit version.

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There are various reasons 64-bit computers are becoming popular. One key reason is that 32-bit Windows is limited to a maximum of three gigabytes of RAM. With memory becoming cheaper, more people can now afford to get computers with four or even eight gigabytes of RAM, which requires the 64-bit version of Windows.

Market research company Gartner says 75 percent of enterprise computers will be 64-bit by 2014.

With many companies now migrating to Windows 7, experts are saying that since you are migrating anyway, you might as well make the leap from 32-bit to 64-bit versions.

What prevented the migration before was the absence of 64-bit drivers but now, most of the peripherals are now supported in the 64-bit version.

Meanwhile, while studying various notebook computers, I noticed that there are now two services gaining popularity in terms of enterprise services for notebooks. One is the fact that many notebook computers (and cell phones) now come embedded with a Global Positioning System chip, which allows it to interact and locate itself in a map. These are normally used for driving or map location applications.

But there is an additional application that I think will be valuable.

According to statistics, a notebook is lost or stolen practically every minute. When it comes to cellphones, more are lost or stolen. I’ve lost three the last few years and I’m sure there are some of you who lost more.

There are two things that hurt the most when it comes to losing your phone or notebook – first, of course, is the actual cost of the unit and the other is the value of the data that you can consider lost if you don’t have a backup.

There’s also the risk of the data going to unscrupulous people.

But what if we can set up a system that when somebody has your notebook or cellphone and then they turn it on, an embedded software will then link to and inform a central service where the unit is located? That would be a great way to recover the device.

The system can be expanded to include care in areas where car theft is rampant. If you’re someone who always gets lost in huge parking areas, you can install a GPS service in your car so that you can easily locate it using your mobile phone.

We can also have a system where embedded software inside the computer contacts you over the Internet once it is used and you can delete your important data by remote access.

These two solutions are possible with the advancement of technology. This advancement is what makes the information technology industry exciting.