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Shrinkage. No, not that kind…

Anytime one of my staff walks into my office and says the words, “Take a look at this”, or “You’ve got to see this”, I tend to get a little stab of excitement.

I like gadgets. I like new techno “stuff”. My staff know this. Situations like this tend to either be a harbinger of something really cool, or something that’s worth of a major facepalm.

Either way, it tends to be fun.

Today it fell into the “cool” category.

A new USB drive with a 4Gb capacity and full encryption (we need that to store sensitive medical data AND avoid a HIPAA breach, thus keeping us out of the newspapers).

Now I know USB drives are getting smaller and smaller and capacities are going up and up, but just take a look at the photo below.

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Thats a pencil on my desk, a fish oil pill (I take ’em daily) and a standard paper clip. ¬†All for scale.

In the middle is the USB drive.

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Holy James Bond Batman!!!

It’s tiny!!

Said staff member showed me this and I thought it was, hell, I don’t know what I thought it was but I wouldn’t have guessed a USB drive.

It’s smaller than a pill I take!!! ¬†Heck, I could swallow that thing with no problems.

And the price?? A whopping $6.75 each.

I don’t like to site around and play the “I remember when” game, but for a moment, I’m going to do just that.

I can remember in the early 1980s my father’s company (a software company) purchased a CompuServe computer that came with a MASSIVE 40Mb hard drive. Yup 40 megabytes. The thing was so large, you could put it on my desk today and there wouldn’t be room for the paperclip in the above photo. The drive platters were larger than LP records (anyone remember those?), and there were four of them. ¬†I don’t even remember what the thing cost. ¬†But even in 1980 dollars, it was expensive.

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This little thing that is about the size of a quarter now holds 100 times the data of those platters, and I could stash a couple dozen of them in my coat pocket.

Yeah, this made me feel old.

Dead, Spot On!

Below is a link to a blog written by a game developer talking about DRM, how useless it is, and the fiasco is that is the SimCity Launch.

It’s worth a read!

For anyone in the software industry that claims that DRM actually works, I’d point to this blog and make the comment, “Yeah, you claim that, but this guy can show you why it doesn’t work.”

He makes good, locical points through the blog and backs it up with reasoned and intellengent arguments.

http://tmblr.co/ZjA9ksgY_zoz

Click through and take a read. ¬†It’s worth the time.

What’s that sound?

That sound you are hearing these days is Apple laughing all the way to the bank at all the people that said the iPad mini wouldn’t sell.

Have you tried to buy one of the little buggers lately!?!? Holy crap!

Sold out everywhere. Target. Best Buy. Apple Store. AT&T stores. You name it.

Because you know, they are just a copy of the iPad. And we all know no one ever bought any of those.

/rolling_eyes

The King has fallen…

Looks like Chrome has just overtaken IE as the “most used” browser on the net.

/Cheering

It’s not a terribly¬†accurate¬†way of measuring this, but holy crap this is huge. ¬†Just goes to show how sick the world is of the crappy state of IE as a browser.

Google Chrome Just Beat Out Internet Explorer as the Most Used Browser.

Interesting bit of possibility

Seems Apple is looking into the idea of allowing multiple “user accounts” on an iPad. ¬†This would be similar to just about every computer on the planet.

Multiple users, each with credentials for sign in, individual home pages and possibly app access.

Interesting.

Check the link for more info.

Apple rumored to be investigating multi-user iPad support | iMore.

An internet minute

Fascinating stuff!

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Looks like this comes from Intel.

Not to be paranoid…but…

Read the linked article.

E-voting system awards election to wrong candidates in Florida village – Computerworld.

Now.  Tell me how long it will be before this happens on a national level?

How long before someone somewhere decides they can play the system to their own end?

How long before some foreign organization decides to screw with elections?

How would we even know about it?

And if we did, what could the general public do about it?

Ok…yeah. ¬†You can call me paranoid now.

 

Good writing and good ideas are never pointless

There is so much unfiltered crap out on the Internet today, that it is a real pleasure to find a well-written article that demonstrates a solid thought process, some actual information and real insight to back it up.

The following is one of those. I highly suggest you read it.

How to avoid sounding dumb when you write about Apple | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog.

If you look beyond the idea of “writing about Apple”, there is actually a lot of Zen wisdom in this article. Ideas like, think before you speak, patience, ¬†non attachment and¬†mindfulness¬†abound in little zen-like nuggets.

But most important is the idea that when you write something, if you want people to take you seriously, then you need to take your emotions and fan-like attitudes out of the equation. (Crap I guess I’m screwed on that point!!)

Too many people in the tech industry are far to quick to judge.  They predict the next trend without really looking at the past.  They postulate the next products from Company X without really understanding the company. They rush to be convinced that Company Y is really evil without realizing that people are human and make dumb mistakes (that can and normally are quickly fixed).  And they put their own, small-world views out in front of a world that operated on a global scale.

So, for me, I’m going to bookmark this article and reread it on¬†a regular basis. ¬†Not just for my writings about Apple, but to try and be a bit more Zen in what I do in general.

Can’t hurt.

Is iOS the Future of the Mac?

There has been a lot of talk lately about the future of computing in general.

What will the next generation of computers be?  What will the OS look like?

Well, I think we are getting glimpses of the futre every time we use our iPads or Xoom tablets.

It’s all going to look at lot like iOS or Andriod.

The folks over at Mac.Appstorm have writen a fantastic article about the futire of iOS and the Mac.  Personally I think that most of the points made (while targeted to the Apple ecosystem) apply to both Mac and Andriod Platforms.  Many for the same reasons.

Take a bit and check it out.

Is iOS the Future of the Mac? | Mac.AppStorm.

The fundamental point is that the clean, simple and easy-to-use mobile OS platforms are going to creep into the every-day compting world.  You are already seeing iOS features creep into Snow Leopard.

How long until we see Android stuff creeping into laptops and desktops?  My guess is not long.

Especially of Chrome OS (or what ever replaces it) really ever gets going strong.

 

Safer Internet Day

 

Today is Safer Internet Day.  A day promoting the safe use of technology and mobile products, especially where children are concerned.

You don’t hear too much about this here in the U.S., but in Europe it gets much more attention. ¬†We in the U.S. should pay more attention.

Check out the links below to learn more. ¬†It’s a worth the time.

Saferinternetday.org

Safer Internet Day – Insafe.