Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Microsoft, Apple, Google, Ubuntu and the Future of Computing

Companies such as Apple and Samsung have been overshadowing pretty much everything as of late. I just recently wrote a post about Samsung and their “the next galaxy” campaign and the hype it has created. We are getting very close to an entirely new form of computing. There are several products and combinations of products in our near future that could truly change how we look at personal computers. There are several companies that will likely be some of the major players in this new era of computing, where the lines between phone, tablet, laptop, and desktop computer start to blur or even disappear. 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Aesthetical: cable management before and after

I wanted to share this picture I stumbled upon by Branden Kirk of Biola University. He is the Network Administrator and IT Operations at the University and shared the picture here in a post regarding a network infrastructure maintenance they performed. I found this a beautiful example of cable management which is something that hits home for me.

Future glass and screen technologies

In a previous post I briefly mentioned mobile phone and TV screen technologies and I wanted to expand on that topic. We have been seeing flexible and transparent display technologies being developed but not seeing them in consumer products. Samsung has been teasing their transparent displays since CES 2010 and there have even been apps that use your camera to give you the appearance of a clear screen. This app is marketed as allowing you to walk and use your phone safely at the same time. We have also seen the emergence of flexible screen technologies teased by multiple companies. A popular product we will likely see soon is an eReader with a flexible display. However, for some reason I just have not gotten excited about what these companies have been teasing. Marketing hype, uses of these technologies, and what these technologies will bring us in the future is what I really wanted to talk about.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Will innovation outrun the Social Media Bubble?

Have we become immune? 

Are we just desensitized to our surroundings? 

Do we really understand the implications of the era we are currently living in?

These are a few of the questions I find myself asking. I see what has gone on in the last decade and it floors me. These times will be in the history books of tomorrow, but when we look back will it all just be a blur? We have all become so accustomed to the incredible speed of innovation that it has become the norm. It has especially become the trend for tech bloggers and reviewers to become bored of things only a few months old. It is harder to find products that stand out and excite people the way they used to, as before an item is even released, it is already outdated with something better already on the horizon.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Aesthetical: A place to admire beautiful hardware

Earlier I teased of an addition I was working on regarding beautiful hardware. This is the first addition to what I have named "Aesthetical." In this section I will be talking about all hardware that I believe to be beautiful. This will not be a place to post all of the latest phones, laptops or other similar devices, but a place to look outside of the box. Where we can look at those pieces of hardware that are normally ignored, covered up, or hidden... and stop for a minute or two and take in their beauty. With that being said, I will be making exceptions to these rules. If a new gadget has an absolute beautiful design that I like, I am likely to talk about it. I will be working on a way for readers to submit their own photos to Aesthetical.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Samsung's "The New Galaxy" campaign and the Galaxy S3

I have been patiently waiting for a next generation phone to launch on Verizon. I have been grandfathered into their unlimited data plan so there is no way I am leaving them. Brilliant side effect of taking away unlimited data plans wouldn’t you say? They have me stuck with them. I am waiting for the best
new phone to launch as the new lines are scheduled to be hitting carriers soon. However, Verizon has been extremely quite on its new releases. I am wondering if it is due to the Motorola acquisition by Google. Verizon puts zero emphasis and marketing dollars to anything without the “Droid” branding which they seem to give precedence to Motorola. I know there has been a rumored “Droid Fighter” but at this point I almost just want Google to take Motorola’s patents and set top box division and then sell off the phone division. Don’t get me wrong, I think Motorola did an amazing thing by squeezing a 3300 mAH battery into the Razr MAXX, but after having a Droid X for almost 2 years….. The thought of another Motorola device makes me queasy. My Droid X reboots 3-5 times a day and these numbers will triple if I’m streaming music or podcasts…..  which I’m doing for 3-4 hours every single day.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Steve Jobs Discussion: Part 1

I wrote a paper on the Steve Jobs 60 Minutes episode and wanted to share some of my thoughts on it. This is a rough draft I originally wrote and it had a few things different that I felt more relevant for a discussion here. I am in no way an Apple fanboy as I own one Apple product which is an older iPod. I tend to prefer the “open” products such as Android, Windows or Linux, but I am intrigued by Steve Jobs. Anyone who can turn a technology company into the most valuable company in the world deserves respect. 

I wanted to share this first and expand on it in future posts. There are a few areas quoting a textbook, but some of the topics I thought could spark some interesting discussions. I will be sharing the paper below.