Technology

This is advice I give everyone, and one that happens to have merit more often than you may think. There are a high number of software and application changes which occur on a regular basis. Given the desire of all companies to offer the latest features more often, coupled with continued scrutiny on cyber security and the need to patch gaps and flaws in software almost daily, something on your PC or Mac may need to be updated everyday. If you expand this to the IOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android worlds, something changing daily may actually be the norm (at least until some breakthroughs occur in the field of cyber security).

OK, so given this reality, and given a second reality, that most of us would be crippled if our PC or Mac or other device stopped functioning just before or during a critical business trip, the logic is sound: think twice before applying a change to something that is critical to you just before you might need to use it. Wait until a less crucial time, or insure testing of a change on another device. I was faced with this decision yesterday, as I was on the road, and I was starting up my VPN client (another critical road tool to insure privacy and security), a message popped up indicating the availability of a new version. At home or at the office, I may have just upgraded; but actually travelling and having limited ability to troubleshoot if something went wrong, I filed away a note to upgrade later and insured that my current capabilities were uninterrupted. This is sound advice for all but the most critical of security patches, and if you practice good and regular update discipline, should keep you functioning at the most critical times.

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I Brought My Pencil

by Administrator on September 14, 2015

Ok, I got it off my chest: “I brought my pencil”; and of course the Van Halen reference wouldn’t be complete without “Gimme something to write on man”.

In the case of Apple and the Apple iPad, they gave us something to write on long ago – April in 2010 to be exact. For over five years, the iPad, an iconic productivity device which enables fantastic features with finger and screen, ignored and actually shunned the stylus. Take it from me. I worked tirelessly testing stylus after stylus; application after application; trying to find the best combination to jump start my business note taking abilities. I was finally rewarded for the first time in June 2014 – BY MICROSOFT. The Surface Pro 3 successfully delivered technology which bridged the PC, tablet and notebook experience and freed me to process handwritten stylus enabled notes. Thank you Microsoft.

And thank you Microsoft for creating the compelling competitive feature which has forced Apple to dig deep and develop and deliver a stylus experience to complement the iPad. Now we can really see how these two solutions, the Surface Pro 3, a true PC, and the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, a true tablet, fare in the corporate world.

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Wake Me When My Digital Assistant Develops Empathy

September 7, 2015

Siri, Google Now, and Cortana are interesting as far as digital assistants go. Each have their strengths and weaknesses and each have their quirks and learning curves. Each of the digital assistants do seem to get better with use and certainly as the user gains experience with interacting with the assistant. You can perform tasks […]

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Working with Latitude and Longitude in Google Maps

May 20, 2011

I was recently experimenting with the WordPress IOS application on my iPad2 and posted some updates with location awareness, i.e. the post included latitude and longitude. I am interested in being able to do mobile posts which carry the location with it so I can associate events with places more readily in my posts, eventually […]

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Kindle Software Update

November 25, 2009
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I just received notification that there is an update available for the Amazon Kindle and Amazon Kindle DX. The Amazon post is here. The advantages range from better batter life for the newly released international version to better PDF support on the non-DX models. I’ll update the software and review the improvements shortly. Excerpt from […]

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