The Social Platform
From my personal blog yesterday- I quit Facebook once. I didn’t quit it out of annoyance or some noble protest of some policy. I wasn’t using it. I kept up with my friends in real life and enjoyed the simplicity of Twitter. I eventually got back on it for two main reasons: to keep up with family, many of whom are in Ireland, and to use the login as an OpenID. It really was that simple. That...
Pud's Blog: Why Must You Laugh At My Back End →
pudjam666: Disclaimer I’m not a trained engineer or sys admin. Never even finished a book on it. But I’ve launched (and sold) a few things that have become popular (ref: here and here), so sometimes people ask me about my back end. Which ends up in blank stares, or worse. OS: Windows Server 2008….
parislemon: I’m sure it’s purely coincidental that just as iMessage is about to hit in iOS 5, AT&T is removing all of their lower-priced text messaging plans. It’s not like the masses were about to rush to downgrade their rip-off SMS plans or anything. Now it will be all or nothing — meaning most won’t downgrade. How weird, this timing. A cynical person may think that AT&T are being...
'First World Problems'
“It’s the unfortunate future its what the young generation seems to like” (Comments of this article) Excuse me. People complain daily about their ‘first world problems’ in sarcastic ways. Some are funny, like this one. Others are just dumb, like the above. How are people allowed to claim that it’s an “unfortunate future” we have because of young...
As a quick little aside, I find myself mysteriously drawn back to the world of Firefox. This has become a recurring thing for me but Firefox 5 is really nice. Not sure if I’ll stick with it or not but stay tuned to see what my final impressions will be on the browser that reignited the web.
"What Phone Should I Get, Marty?"
I know a lot about technology. So I hear questions like this a lot. The one I’ve been hearing the most lately concerns what phone to get. Nearly everyone I know is making the leap to smartphones. Even family members who had a tough enough time with flip phones have jumped to smartphone platforms. Thanks to the iPhone and everything it ushered in, smartphones have catered to a more consumer...
The State of Data Caps
I’ve been seeing more and more about data caps lately. They’re everywhere. Mobile data plans have them. High speed broadband providers use them. Most famous is Comcast’s 250 GB per month cap. The way data caps are handled needs to be drastically changed. Now I’m not ignorant to why these are in place. Yes, they’re to cut provider costs and maximize profits but...
Played Out Pi Gags
I want to briefly (very briefly) touch on the Nortel patent bidding just over a week ago. There was a lot of media coverage and some of it focused on how Google was making bizarre bids that were mathematical numbers like pi. The general perception became that Google wasn’t really taking it that seriously. This is wrong. Not only were they taking it seriously but they were taking it very...
We’ll start with a question: How many posts a year do you see about app store A with X apps and Y downloads? I reckon it’ll be 50+ total. The problem with this is that none of those posts give a metric that shows the real health of the application ecosystem for those devices. If there were some way to see an app store’s quality pickings in comparison to it’s bloat items, we...
The "Google Experience"
As Stich so succinctly put it, “I can’t believe it.“ Though I differ as to what I can’t believe. The big two surprising things throughout all of this are Google’s sudden “firing on all cylinders” approach and their Apple-esque marketing. Google usually takes baby steps with their products. Their first miserable and failed attempt at the social space, Buzz,...
A Gorgeous Google?
I can’t believe it. Over the past week, with the introduction of Google+ (Google’s first product that could be a serious competitor in the social space,) the big G has rolled out updates to their stylings on many pages. With a new (preview) theme for gMail, a new Calendar theme, a Picasa skin update and the launch of the Google+ bar, does this signal a fundamental shift in how Google...