ah … my first email address was firstname.lastname@example.org. The memories …
News for the ‘tech’ Category
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The Illusion of Beats
Most should know this already; however, an interesting read on the psychology of the Beats product. Very similar to Apple.
OS Share – July 2015
As a former Mac user (13 years sober) who sees a lot of glowing fruit logos on silver laptops at airports and Starbucks while traveling, I was pretty surprised to see this news regarding Operating System share. It seems OSX is still stuck in the single digits.
I realize that many Mac users boot into and use Windows (which seems really silly to me, but I digress); however, I would expect Apple’s OS share to be greater than shown below:
As a matter of fact, Apple’s OS has actually DECREASED from 1992-94 levels of >10% …
Apparently I’m 55
So by using Microsoft’s new face-recognition software site, it tries to determine your age and gender using pictures you upload …
Jailbreak for iOS 8.1.x
I guess it’s been out for a while (I deleted my Jailbreak after 8.0 – but have REALLY missed it), but the 8.1.x Jailbreak can be found here.
Hail our Robot Overlords
An interesting video making the news today – while Amazon states their intent is not to replace human labor, it is interesting to see how few humans are in the video.
Mom Tweets herself off of Plane
And yet, another article which exemplifies the idiocy of fools mixing with social networks.
While reading this, I kept thinking “why the hell does anyone really want a minute-by-minute of her flight from Philly?”
Seems of all the social networks that Twitter is the most dangerous … it’s quick, impulsive, and easy. Those 3 things (plus its permanence) are a recipe for trouble.
Pirating Takes on Books
First was music, then Movies. Now it’s Books.
This article illustrates how students are ‘taking advantage’ of the technology to circumvent textbook publisher greed. Technology finds a way, right?
Once 3D printing becomes more prominent, things will really change.
Watch iOS Adaption as it Occurs
Pretty slick site where you can watch, live, iOS 8 (just released today) adaption.
Further Monster Maladies
If you are a regular here, you’ve already read me moan about Monster cables and HDMI. This video further reinforces the scam that Monster cables are. Definitely provides some hands-on evidence.
Fireworks via Drone
I’ve been eyeing the Phantom Drone for a few months now … really would be awesome with the GoPro. Came across the below video the other day, which shows you just how much this beast can change the game of photography.
A Build for Elyce
Gavin and I spent the morning building Elyce her new computer … He doesn’t look very thrilled here, because he is beginning to understand that this computer may actually be as fast as his own. He is EXTREMELY competitive (not sure where he gets that from), and wants to have the fastest computer in the house.
Been wanting to do this for a couple of years now – build a computer with Gavin. After the day was through, he seems to understand the different parts that we worked with today: motherboard, RAM, Power Supplies, and Video Cards. Next time we build, I will work with him on selecting parts and watch him put together. Can’t wait for that.
Elyce’s computer specs:
– Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz
– ASROCK Z87-EXTREME4 ATX LGA 11 Mboard
– 8 gigs of RAM (Meh …)
– ASUS GTX760 Video Card
iOS 7.0.4 Jailbreak …
Another Job-Ending Tweet
So this PR Director tweets a terrible comment – probably while drunk. She’ll lose her job, certainly. Ouch – and Merry Christmas!
Apparently, This Guy was Wrong
In his article “Why the Web Won’t Be Nirvana“, written in 1995, Clifford Stoll makes some bold predictions that, today, make him look like a jack-ass.
It is definitely and interesting read, though – when you take in to account just what it was like 18 years ago.
Tablets vs Servers
Tablets will be coming soon to a restaurant near you. Now you won’t have to speak to waitstaff to eat out, and you will even be able to ignore those accompanying you at said dinner while playing tablet games at the table. Ugh.
But seriously – Applebee’s and Chili’s are both saying this move won’t result in layoffs of waiters/waitresses. Sure. With turnover as high as it is in the sector, they won’t need to – they just won’t replace them as they leave. Seriously – to think they would be foolish enough to keep that kind of overhead seems a bit silly.
Personally, I think this was just a matter of time and is a small sign of the inevitable in so many similar sectors. I’m okay with it – it’s just evolution and the future. But I can’t help but wonder how, in 20 years, this will affect the sector and similar ones out there …
Welcome to the Future!
iOS 7 – Created in Microsoft Word?
Interesting video. Certainly interesting what you can do with Word (if, you know, you’ve got the time). I mean, you can pretty much do most things with any software nowadays, if you want. But this is over the top.
The infamous Blue Screen of Death that plagued windows for years has been becoming more and more of a rarity for Windows users; however Apple iOS users, it seems, are beginning to see their own versions with the new iPhone 5S.
Lightsabers are Here
Interesting fluke discovery leads to the possibility of Lightsabers in our future …
What is Reddit?
One of my favorite sites for the morning coffee … I try to explain to some what it is – this video does the job well.
Bye Bye, Ballmer
So Ballmer is leaving Microsoft.
And the stock goes up 7.29% – the crowd goes wild.
Can’t say it is too surprising, really. He’s always seemed to lack that “tech charisma” that a company like Microsoft needs today.
NASA Saves 70% in Costs and 8 Mos in Time
tumblr = livejournal
So with all of this yapping today in the news regarding Tumblr and Yahoo’s Marissa Meyer’s foolish decision to buy Tumblr for 1.1b, I can’t help but think: Haven’t we been here before?
I mean, in its essence, Tumblr is a site for bloggers. Kind of like its blog-site predecessors: Livejournal, Blogger, WordPress, posterous …
Simply put, I’m just inclined to see them as the flavor of the month. I’ve seen all of the write-ups and the history and supposed ‘value’ of tumblr – but when you take the 10,000 foot view, tumblr is truly the current free blogger site to use – one that, once Yahoo gets its hands on it, is doomed to wither like its predecessors … until the next ‘it’ comes along. Like (word on the street has it) Quora?
Users of Facebook: Deliver!
This news is fairly dated (about 4 weeks), but the new Jailbreak is out for iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, etc).
Most family and friends are familiar with the fact that I despise Apple (ironically, I was an Apple ‘fanboy’ for almost 10 years and was in pretty deep prior to my ‘digital awakening’ in 2003); however, there is no doubt that the iPad rules the tablet market and will for some time. I speak as a user of both Android and iOS and can tell you that it will be some time before the Andriod environment is suitable for tablets. But mark my words, Android will overcome iOS with tablets. It is just a matter of time. It is a lot like the PC market in the late 80s/early 90s … Apple opened the door to the industry for every-day users, but Windows eventually overtook the market. Apple’s walled-garden mentality just isn’t sustainable – and, like PCs and most recently phones, won’t be for tablets.
I have 2 Android tablets (which I have since given to the kids) and still hold on tightly to my iPad 2. The only reason, though, that I considered owning an iPad and still maintain ownership is the possibility of Jailbreaking. I have introduced a few peers to this world, and it’s interesting to see them discover it. How easy it is (it takes just minutes), how much it opens your experience, and how much more productive you can be with your device now that it is free from Apple’s confines.
Jailbreaking sounds a lot more ‘dangerous’ than it is. It is simply an opening of the Operating System – which allows you to customize and tweak your tablet to do things that Apple doesn’t want you to do. Why does Apple not want me to be able to use a flash drive or have USB connectivity with my iPad? Why doesn’t Apple want for me to be able to network with my home PCs? Why doesn’t Apple want me to be able to see various system folders and files? It all comes down to them wanting to control the user experience. I understand this for most users – it’s what made Apple appealing to me as a first time computer user; however, I changed and want to do more and explore under the hood with my technology. Jailbreaking allows you immense freedoms.
Try it out here.
Adobe Photoshop for free
Click here to download Adobe Photoshop (CS2 – but pretty recent) for free – straight from Adobe!
I’ve been hearing a lot about this lately on some of the sites I frequent – there is a lot of chatter out there about this technology.
So, then, I’ll just leave this link here.
With AAPL’s precipitous fall of late, adding further to its woes was the reception of the iPhone 5 in China last week. While there were a couple of ‘technicalities’ (weather and a new reservation protocol) that certainly contributed to this lemon-launch, pics often over-rule logic of the day – wow.