Copyright in the 21st century or how “IT Gurus of Atlanta” plagiarized my and other’s articles

I thought this would never happen, but it did. I am not sure if I should feel honored that someone plagiarized my article, but someone did. They did such a bad job at copying my article that they left one of the links in it that point back to my blog. I got a WordPress ping-back request – that is how I found out. If … Continue reading Copyright in the 21st century or how “IT Gurus of Atlanta” plagiarized my and other’s articles

Collaborative work in the cloud: what I learned teaching my daughter how to code

Whether my third grader becomes a software engineer when she grows up remains to be seen. The ability to customize and extend the behavior of a computer is a skill that is going to remain with her for the lifetime. If she wants to be an educator she can make educational apps. If she becomes a business person or a scientist she will be able to use computers to her advantage. This is what being a citizen developer is all about. Continue reading Collaborative work in the cloud: what I learned teaching my daughter how to code

Apple’s announcements no longer excite me

I can’t help but be left underwhelmed by Apple announcements. I am not some Windows fanboy – I’ve been using Macs for the past 16 years. Ever since Steve Jobs has died Apple has been flipping around with no real direction. Raw hardware specs The MacBook Pro used to be top of the line laptop for creative professionals and software engineers. Nowadays Surface laptops have … Continue reading Apple’s announcements no longer excite me

Don’t trust your cloud service until you’ve read the terms

This article was originally published September 7, 2016 on my Computerworld Cloud Power blog Earlier this year I switched from Android to iPhone and from Verizon to Google’s Project Fi. My blog post about the experience generated a vigorous discussion comparing Google’s privacy guarantees to Apple’s. The summary of the argument presented to me is that Apple is in the business of hardware and has … Continue reading Don’t trust your cloud service until you’ve read the terms

I am addicted to Medium, and I am tempted to move my entire blog to it

I use writing to build my personal brand, explore ideas, and connect with smart people. Looking for a place to host my company’s blog this spring I came upon Medium and got addicted to it ever since. Before discovering Medium, I published a WordPress-based blog called “The Dulin Report” and the “Cloud Power” blog at Computerworld. The former is a permanent place for me to … Continue reading I am addicted to Medium, and I am tempted to move my entire blog to it

Amazon Echo

What I learned from using Amazon Alexa for a month

When Amazon Echo with Alexa service came out in November 2014 I was skeptical. A speaker with voice recognition seemed like an unneccessary oddity. When a friend of mine purchased one in 2015 I had a chance to play with it but was unimpressed still. Alexa SDK has been open to third party developers for a year now. As a software engineer it is important … Continue reading What I learned from using Amazon Alexa for a month