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Posts from the ‘Personal Technology’ Category

19
Apr

The Pre-Post-PC Era

Should conversation begin to drag at your next party, just bring up the idea that we’re in the post-PC era, a topic on which there are probably as many different opinions as there are people. Steve Jobs set things off last year when he declared the era at an end.

Microsoft, of course begs to differ.

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24
Mar

Big Data, Big Brother

Big data has a big future. And there is no bigger source of big data than geolocation data, the data that’s generated by cell phones. Just what is big data? It’s data sets that are too large or unwieldy to collect, store and analyze with conventional database management tools. It’s a treasure trove or a Pandora’s box, depending on how you look at it.

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17
Mar

Happy Saint Apps Day!

Lo and behold, it’s March 17.

Last night, I enjoyed a St. Pat’s Eve of basketball at Boston’s TD Garden as the Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers, 92-80. The game showcased longtime Celtics star Paul Pierce and newly arrived (and appropriately named) reserve Jeff Green. The Pacers’ Josh McRoberts impressed for the visitors.

But how do you tie St. P. to IT? Easy. Here are some St. Pats-inspired apps for your iPad or smart phone that you might find interesting. And let’s not forget green technology on today of all days. Here are a few eco-friendly green gadgets.

And if you can’t get to New York City to take in the St. Pat’s parade, you can see it thanks to this strategically placed Webcam.

And now, back to deploying technology to achieve strategic business advantage … tomorrow.

 

4
Mar

Cloud Week

Hey, it’s the first week of March and that means that CeBIT is going on in Hannover, Germany. The gargantuan CeBIT  is very broadly focused, so gaming technology is there along with enterprise IT technology and automotive technology. Crowds are huge and accommodations are tight. It’s not unheard of for attendees to stay at a bed and breakfast 50 miles away.

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4
Jan

Watch out for tablet overdose

Based on what’s expected to be announced starting Thursday January 6 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 2011 has already been dubbed the year of the tablet.

The Apple iPad started it all off last year. Having struck a chord among users with its slick, intuitive design and a price that seemed right, the iPad is now the target of me-too products from just about everyone, including vendors such as Toshiba, Samsung, Dell and HP. And there’s a battle of OS platforms shaping up, with Windows 7, Android and WebOS among the contenders.

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31
Dec

Listing badly:List, while I enter the lists with lists*

The year 2010 is winding down, so everyone has been coming up with a list of top things that happened in 2010 or top things that will happen in 2011. Some are there to fill space during a slow news week. Others provide surprising insight. Here are a few:

Walt Mossberg’s 2011 to-do list for the top tech companies.

Cnet’s look back at 2010

eWeek has a bunch of lists, including this one by Chris Preimesberger on the top 10 data storage events of 2010.

Here’s a hot skills list for 2011 from Computerworld.
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17
Dec

Google polishes Chrome OS – a device for the future or blast from the past?

As Google’s Chrome OS makes its way to early testers in advance of its anticipated 2011 rollout, it’s generating a good deal of buzz, probably more than is actually warranted, given what the device does – or doesn’t do. Read more

17
Nov

Apple discovers the price of being relevant

When you’re not relevant, you desperately want to be. But being relevant has its price — people start taking shots at you. So it must be a sign of the relevance of the Macintosh that:
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4
Nov

Meandering in the footsteps of Giants

The Giants are World Series champions, which proves, sorry Texas, that you have to show up to win — a point also driven home by World Series MVP Edgar Renteria, a very good if well-traveled player who wasn’t even a starter a few weeks ago, but may be ending his career on a high note that all players might envy. Both the Giants and Renteria are feel-good stories for sure.

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28
Oct

Some Random thoughts while raking the leaves and putting in the storm windows for the winter:

Feeling complacent? Here’s a cure: As of today, China has taken the lead in supercomputing. Here’s another: Although President Obama has our marker in the game for the race to Mars, so do India, China and Russia.  Do we want it more than they do? We are going to have to want to win, not just want to compete. Maybe it will come, but I’m not feeling that sense of commitment desperation at this point. It will be tough looking at Mars with a Chinese or Indian flag on it, especially after so many successful U. S. unmanned explorations.

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