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August 9, 2011

Pudding Face

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:09 am

This is creepy. The web site linked to below shows a “pudding face.” That’ some poor actor whose face is animated depending on the mood of various tweets. You see the tweets posted live on the site, and the face is animated accordingly. Worth a gawk.

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Google Begins to Bloat

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:12 am

It happens to all successful companies. There’s the crazy start-up phase, there’s the insane growth phase, there’s the unbeatable market-killer phase. Then there’s the bloated, bureaucratic phase.

Microsoft has been there for about 15 years. IBM for 75. Google? Just arrived!

(And Facebook should be measuring the curtains.)

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August 8, 2011

I Was A TRS-80 Nerd

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:54 am

Take a trip down memory-mapped lane in this interview (link below). Matthew Reed runs TRS-80.org, a web site devoted to the very first line of computers I was into. Turns out I was kind of a wee, itty-bitty part of TRS-80 history.

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“It Won’t Let Me Edit This Contact!”

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


Integrated contact lists like those found on your Android phone can be handy, but also frustrating. That is, unless you understand the concept of joining contacts.
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August 5, 2011

Adios, CD Players

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:47 am

You know, when you think about it, the CD really is old technology. I mean, it’s 1980s tech. Not exactly cutting edge. Sure, it took ten years before having a CD player in your computer was common, but still the CD is old school.
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August 4, 2011

The End of the Mac

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:12 am

I’ve long said it: Apple is a software company. They also make hardware customized to run their software.

In the article (linked below), it’s predicted that iOS and Apple OS X will eventually merge. Apple hardware will eventually change so that your iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers will all run the same operating system. I’m not happy with that.

There is a philosophical difference between a computer and a mobile device. The first creates information, the second consumes it. If it’s Apple’s intent to turn all their hardware into information consuming devices, then Apple has lost me as a customer.

I enjoy using Apple hardware, mostly because it’s Unix but Apple makes good hardware. If Apple turns my powerful desktop workstation (currently a Core 7 iMac) into a large iPad, then I’m done. I’ll set up a Linux or FreeBSD box to sate my Unix lusts, but otherwise I’ll have to surrender to Microsoft and Windows if I want to continue to use a real computer.

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August 3, 2011

Starbucks to Laptop Campers: Go Away

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:14 pm

This article is based on rumor, granted, but why would Starbucks otherwise be covering up their wall outlets?

I remember back in the day, just being able to find a power outlet in a coffee shop was like finding gold. Today it’s pretty accepted. But sitting there all day and using Starbuck’s power to charge all your portable devices? C’mon: There’s going to be backlash, people!

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August 2, 2011

Windows XP, Still Hanging In There

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:57 am

It blows me away, but just under 50 percent of the Windows users on the Internet are still using Windows XP. Golly!

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August 1, 2011

Your Admin on the Silicon Screen

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Here are a buncha videos I show whilst I was in NYC for the BEA two months ago. Enjoy!
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July 29, 2011

A Reason Not to Turn On Your Phone

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

It’s a long day. You’re on your next-to-last flight. The plane has landed, but hasn’t docked at the gate. Your Android phone is handy, so you pick it up and turn it on. That’s when the trouble starts.
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