Monthly Archives: December 2012

Last post of the year

It’s time to back away from the terminal and enjoy the family. All three of our university students are home for the holidays, so there will be lots of last minute things to do. Over the break I will spend … Continue reading

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What makes “Windows”, Windows??

In yesterdays post I described the Unix operating system as the workhorse of the computer industry. That maybe true, but Microsoft Windows owns the desktop. I previously mentioned that Apple set records in 2012 for sales and Apple is known … Continue reading

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Linux/Unix is for geeks??

There are still a number of people out there that believe that Linux is for Geeks. Linux is based on UNIX, which has been the operating system of choice for serious computing since the late 60’s. It is a flexible … Continue reading

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Convergence

Everywhere I look I see technology folding in on itself. What used to be a game console is now a family entertainment system. People buy PS3’s for the blue-ray player and the ability to access net-flicks. I don’t know what … Continue reading

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Visual Communication for the Star Trek generation

For most of us growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, Star Trek and Captain Kirk set the stage for visual communications. Now that I am a bit older I find myself wondering how all those aliens managed to get … Continue reading

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Is the future of communication video?

Several of the traditional leaders in the communication space believe that the answer to the question is yes. Like most things in technology, it is one thing to know the answer to the question and quite another to understand the … Continue reading

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12 – 12 – 12

So that’s it for this century, the last time the day, month and year line up. In honor of this auspicious occasion, lets consider the question “How do we know we have done a good job?” I’ve worked my entire … Continue reading

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Do I buy hardware or software?

As computer hardware and software evolve, consumers have to decide whether to solve a problem with hardware or software. It is important to analyze the problem that you are trying to solve and carefully compare the performance of a hardware … Continue reading

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Is mobile video good enough?

Last month I spent a few hours investigating the state of desktop and mobile video. Remember the quote from Nik Kershaw, “Look behind you there’s the man you’re chasing”. I was looking behind me to see if mobile and desktop … Continue reading

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The importance of Application Programmer Interfaces (API’s)

As more and more devices are network connected the ability to control these devices opens the door to developers. Developers tend to think vertically addressing the needs of specific customers. Designers of the core products have their own set of … Continue reading

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