We are being locked in

We are being locked in

I value freedom. Freedom to find what works best for me and stick to it. I even value the freedom to change my mind, go to the other side, only to run back to where I came from. It’s beautiful, its choice, its freedom. But they would undo this freedom – those who collect of our data, the service providers we trust, those whose products we repeatedly purchase to remain relevant in the information age. Our increasing need to compute is making it increasingly difficult to exercise freedom of choice with said computing. Making a selection decision in both software or hardware now requires more thought than before, and that’s not necessarily a good thing, despite the abundance in choice. continue reading →

Arc Touch Mouse

Arc Touch Mouse

I’ve always wanted this mouse. I even wanted the Arc Mouse it replaces too. Gladly, I’ve had it for a month, and although I’m late, I’m probably in love – I think.

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Post PC is a lie

Post PC is a lie

I can think of three ways to tell a lie.

Most common is to tell the untruth, outright. Another is to falsify the truth, knowingly. Then there’s the third way – innuendo.

Post-PC?

The “Post-PC Era” is a term coined by the late Steve Jobs to describe the decline of personal computer sales in favour of capable smartphones and other computing devices such as the iPad. While this is without doubt the next norm in computing, Post-PC is also being used to call the death of the personal computer – more specifically: a box connected or attached to a screen, mouse, and keyboard to provide computing functions. In other words… your computer right now.

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Don’t downgrade to Windows 7

Don’t downgrade to Windows 7

Let’s be critical.

While trying to remain brief, I want to talk about why a downgrade to Windows 7 is exactly what you shouldn’t be doing. This is directed towards personal use, in other words – my view does not align with a corporate or enterprise context in mind. End of disclaimer.

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Design: I love the unibody

Design: I love the unibody

Also known as “single-shell” construction, the unibody owes its roots to air-plane construction, has been standard in auto mobile manufacturing, was made mainstream by Apple, and is the concentrated design ethos of Nokia. Not only do unibodies make consumer products beautiful, but they also make them thinner, lighter, and more rigid.

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Cloud computing: Consumers are the problem

Cloud computing: Consumers are the problem

Cloud computing is on the rise. It is increasingly-capable, and provides an endless river of possibilities. These may include storage, processing, and the back-up of data. In addition, cloud computing allows users to interact with businesses and enables on-line shopping for both digital and physical goods. Cloud services are a modern miracle of the information age, and we aren’t consciously aware of this at first.

Even so, there are problems, and we are all consumers, so we are all part of the problem.

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