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Musing about software, servers, and the awful, awful mess that is technology.

Making the Jump to Windows 10

Kind of.

I mean normally I cast myself as a fan of all things new and shiny but with the release day issues and general shakiness of any new Windows, it’s usually a good idea to stay wary, at least for awhile. I’m happy to say the vast majority of my fears turned out to not be issues at all, and while not my ideal Windows and not the Windows I’m using on my primary machine, I am overall enjoying the experience so far. Continue Reading…

The Advertising Bubble: The Sequel

Awhile back, I wrote this piece: The Advertising Bubble. Then, thanks to Hacker News I found that I’m not the only one with this piece: Is Advertising Morally Justifiable? The Importance of Protecting Our Attention by Thomas Wells. It’s a bit word heavy but if you can get through it I strongly recommend it. This article goes quite a lot further than I did initially but the spirit is essentially the same: It’s people who are tired of being bombarded by a seemingly never ending stream of product pushing. Continue Reading…

Where’s the trust?

install-ask-toolbar-300x256It’s getting awful crowded in my sky.

Speaking as someone who grew up on computers and the Internet I find myself more and more cringing at the state of tech these days. I don’t think it’s on a decline or anything, despite the jokes that go around the average user I think is getting more and more savvy every year. I mean yeah we still have the ones that think computers come with cupholders in the front, but what’cha gonna do.

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HBO Now and User Experience

uxNot long ago I was discussing with some friends on how Apple’s innovation has slipped, but in the course of the discussion it came up that Apple really isn’t that terribly innovative. They’re hailed as innovative frequently but really, none of their namesake products are revolutionary, and really never have been. That’s not their  game.

Apple plays the long game; their products are frequently late to market by most measures. The iPhone was not the first smartphone, the iPod not the first MP3 player, and the iMac not the first All in one computer. Continue Reading…

Am I Getting Old?

(A quick apology to everyone for the drought, we’ve been through a move (two, technically, since we split from the parents) and there was a death in the family, my grandfather. May he rest in peace.)

Don’t worry; this isn’t going to be some preachy piece about living life to the fullest. Grandpa was about the best example for doing just that on this Earth, and I left his funeral happy as a clam. Nope, we’re going to talk video games today folks. Continue Reading…

Responsive Design Isn’t a Silver Bullet

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This, I thought, was a very interesting article (as most are from this site).  I had to admit some guilt to myself, as pretty much all my sites involve this type of “mobile” take, which is essentially just scaling down and removing things to make it all fit on a small device’s screen.  I don’t think I’ve ever actually taken the time to make my website do more than just work on the mobile platform. Continue Reading…