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October 9, 2014

The End of Outsourcing

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:41 am

The tech industry has a terrible reputation for taking local jobs and sending them overseas. After all, labor is cheaper in some other country.

Labor was cheaper in some other country.

As the world educates itself and raises its standard of living, the cost of exporting jobs is catching up. Don’t believe for a second that this change means that those jobs are returning. They aren’t. Instead, they’re being replaced by automation.

This change shouldn’t be surprising to anyone. The big corporations are always looking for cheaper labor, which helps pad their bottom lines and keeps the stockholders happy. That’s sad because it’s the customer who gets shafted; automated anything — especially support — isn’t better than having a person involved.

True, some tasks can be automated effectively without any loss of quality. That situation has been inevitable since the industrial revolution. However, quality isn’t the issue here; it’s making money.

I also see an impact with regards to the minimum wage in the US. While I support indexing the wage to inflation, raising it too much prompts business owners to replace low-wage workers with automation. This trend may snowball in the coming years as consumers tolerate more automation and the corporations condition us to accepting crummy service.


October 8, 2014

A Better USB Connector

Filed under: Main — Tags: , — admin @ 12:01 am

Don’t get me wrong: The USB cable is genius. It improves upon a nightmare of cables that once festered behind every computer like a nest of snakes. The problem? While you have a 50 percent chance of plugging the cable in the proper way, you get it wrong about 80 percent of the time.

October 7, 2014

Driving Distracted

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:51 am

Pretty much anyone can guess that using a smartphone while driving isn’t the safest thing to do. In most states where such a thing is outright outlawed, they do allow you to use a phone “hands-free.” Turns out that’s even more distracting.

Article Link

October 6, 2014

Windows 95 on an Android Smartwatch

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:30 am


Some people just have too much time on their hands . . .

(Mute your speaker before playing the video.)

The Verge

The State of Computer Graphics

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:00 am

One of the holy grails of computer graphics is the ability to realistically render a human face. Apparently that quest is now over.

Check out the video (link below) and determine whether or not you think the human head rendering is realistic. It’s scary.

The next step is to render a robotic face that looks realistic. How much longer until you think that happens?

Huffington Post Tech

How to Shoot Video

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

Yes, your smartphone or tablet has the ability to record video. I describe how it works in my various Android For Dummies books. What I don’t really do, but I’ll probably do from now on, is really tell you how to shoot video.

October 5, 2014

Wi-Fi is 15-Years-Old

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:57 am

You think nothing of having Wi-Fi today. Laptops, desktops, mobile devices, coffee shops, even the car dealer has Wi-Fi. But in 1999, Wi-Fi was a new thing.

Business Insider does a quick look back at how amazed the MacWorld crowd was in 1999 when Steve Jobs introduced the iBook and it’s amazing wireless Internet access.

Business Insider

October 4, 2014

Wi-Fi Security

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — admin @ 7:50 am

I could write an entire blog post on keeping your home or office Wi-Fi network secure. Instead, I’m providing a link to an excellent article by Amit Agarwal, founding of the website Digital Inspiration:

Digital Inspiration: Secure Your Wi-Fi Network

October 3, 2014

The Post-Jobs Apple

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

apple-logo1 The recent introduction of iPhone 6 Plus has motivated some pundits to accues Apple of being a me-too company. After all, the large format iPhone comes years after Samsung created the first phone-tablet, or phablet, the Galaxy Note.

Is creativity dead at Apple in the post-Jobs era?

October 2, 2014

Well! Here’s a Mac Virus

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:46 am

You’ve heard the mantra: Mac’s don’t get viruses.

Well, perhaps you haven’t heard it recently. That’s because of a few security flaws that Apple has recently acknowledged. The latest one is actually a worm (malware) that turns Macintosh computers into zombie boxes — just like their PC cousins!

Oh, I remember well those “I’m a Mac” and “I’m a PC” TV ads. How I can imagine Justin Long and John Hodgman bantering back and forth. “I get lots of viruses,” Hodgman’s PC would say. And Long’s Mac would just have to confess, “Me, too!”

The article (link below) doesn’t mention how the Macintosh’s get infected, or how to remove the virus. But the infection seems pretty wide-spread. Also the article is a bit technical.

If Apple follows through as it has with other security concerns, then any vulnerabilities in OS X will be fixed pronto. Then again, you can’t fix stupid: Don’t allow unknown software to be installed on your PC. Mac people now have to heed that admonition.

Net Security

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