In May 2017, IDG has laid off a good chunk of its publishing staff after the acquisition by a Chinese investment firm. In a way, that was the inevitable. Computerworld, an IDG publication, had its last printed run in 2014 and they struggled to stay afloat as a digital edition. The age of glossy computer magazines is pretty much over. It just so happens that … Continue reading The technology publishing industry needs to transform in order to survive
I wanted to see if I would like Apple Watch. It just so happens that at work we have an inventory of test devices and I was able to borrow one for a couple of days. The short story is that I didn’t like it. Setting up The watch I borrowed was an older Series 1. When I first paired it with my phone, it … Continue reading I tried an Apple Watch for two days and I hated it
Like many Americans, I’ve been trying to explain and justify the 2016 election cycle. I am not an expert political scientist. I am a software engineer. The question I ask myself is “What role did computer technology play in this election ?” In particular, I want to focus on email. Email is an insecure medium. Period. I once attended an HR orientation session where we … Continue reading Emails, politics, and common sense
It is a new year and time for something entirely new.
Photography is a hobby of mine. When we travel or when I go to photo outings, I like to bring my iPad with me and do some basic post-processing before I get home. The problem is: the mobile version of Adobe Lightroom is horrible.
I am a long-time Apple customer. I’ve been using Macs for the past 16 years. I had an iPad since it came out. I admit, however, I was late adopting a smartphone, but I did buy an iPhone 4S and had been using an iPhone ever since. Two years ago I tried Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Owning a Samsung phone from Verizon was like owning … Continue reading Why I switched to Android and Google Project Fi and why should you
The other day I had a conversation with a friend who pointed out that one of the reasons he purchased a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet as opposed to an iPad Pro was the fact that Windows 10 has proper file management mechanisms whereas the iPad does not. I am not going to debate a personal preference here, but I do want to discuss the concept … Continue reading Files and folders: apps vs documents
I am putting together an Ubuntu Server box to act as a RAID file server for our family photo, video and document archives. It’s been a long time since I put together a hardware system myself and I am enjoying the experience. It is good to catch up on new technologies – last time I built a box all hard drives were still IDE and … Continue reading Java, Linux and UNIX: How much things have progressed