Category : Personal Technology

DropBox’s Nifty Android App

Every now and then a “cool” moment happens that makes me excited to be a technologist.  I like to share them here when I can. The other day I went to lunch with my mother and received a Skype message about halfway through from a friend.  He was working on…

New Toys Part 2: The Motorola Xyboard

Yes, I bought something called a Xyboard, let me tell you why. First, I had decided that I needed to give having a tablet a try.  I have looked at the Apple iPad and it is a very cool device which created the market the same way the Macintosh, iPod…

2012 Crystal Ball: A Year of Clarity in the TV Industry

When you think of the evolution of television you need to think of it in two parts.  First, there is a need for televisions to evolve from a communications and software perspective.  Essentially, your television, like all the other screens in your life from your cell phone to your tablet…

New Toys Part 1: A Review of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Thursday of last week I went to the toy store (Verizon Store) and picked up two new toys.  A Motorola Xyboard and a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, my intention is to review both of them this week.  First up is the phone. What I really wanted was a Droid 4, but…

The Silliness of Marketing

I received an email last week from Verizon informing me that the Galaxy Nexus had arrived in stores.  The picture of the main portion is above.  The Galaxy sounds like it’s going to be an amazing phone, what I don’t understand is why the ad doesn’t say that!  The phone…

Amazon Silk’s “Cloud Acceleration” Isn’t Working

When Amazon announced the Kindle Fire, one of the most interesting features was the browser, Silk.  The idea is that Silk will cache entire web pages (including all the bits that come from third parties) on Amazon’s EC2 cloud and have them ready for super-fast delivery.  The most popular sites…

What’s Blackberry Up To?

Blackberry announced a new product yesterday, Mobile Fusion.  It is basically an update to the Blackberry Enterprise Server that has long been a dominant player in enterprise IT, but with a new twist: compatibility.  In addition to managing blackberries, the software will also be able to manage Android and iOS…

Not Too Late For Microsoft to Stay Relevant?

The world is moving away from Windows as we know it.  Cloud based technologies will make for thinner and thinner personal computers (in technical terms a “thin” computer is one that doesn’t have a lot of computer power or storage).  Most of the technical community assumes that this means the…

Time to Clean Up the Amount of Cloud Washing

When I was with IBM, we used to have a term called, “Blue Washing”.  The term referred to taking a software product from a new acquisition and slapping the IBM logo all over it to make it in to a new product.  The product usually was mostly unchanged and not…

The Future of Media is Here, When’s The Past Going Away?

Lately I’ve seen several articles that lump all the media industries together (Books, Newspapers, Magazines, Music, TV, Movies) and discuss their impending doom.  The story goes that the era of commissioning, creating, publicizing, distribution, selling is coming to an end.  In this post Mainstream Media world creation will be accomplished by…