The Quest For The Best Consumer Tech…2012 Edition: Computers, Clouds, and a Cornucopia of Communication Choices
This time last year I had ditched my iPad in favor of my first Android tablet, the original Asus Transformer, I was in the midst of a struggle to find the perfect smartphone, and I was taking my first plunges into thin client computing (using JoliOS as a daily driver for my laptop) while I anxiously awaited the arrival of my ever so exciting Samsung Chromebook.
A lot has changed in 12 months. My love of Linux, slavish devotion to Android and dismissals of Windows, OSX, and iOS as pretty but irrelevant toys for the masses have made way for a more pragmatic mix of products and services. I have learned that there is no one tool to rule them all, although I believe we’re getting quite close.
Since I’m not a professional IT worker, nor a tech writer, my perspectives are all from the average use corner. In other words, devoid of fanboy loyalty and the specific software requirements that make one platform compulsory over another for heavy use tech professionals, what was the absolute best arrangement of tech from a user friendliness and convenience point of view for me, this year?
SOPA V. Soapy: In 2012 Government and Big Business Will Understand How Powerless They Are In The Face Of Human Ingenuity
If you have a web browser open for most of the day, or you just happened to have badly misspelled soap in a Google search, you’ve come across SOPA.
The entertainment industry and, I suspect, some folks along the Republican side of the aisle, want the ability to block any website from view that could have possibly, maybe once, but we’re not really sure, hosted copyrighted content illegally. In principle, I get it. The entertainment companies would very much like to stop dumping millions of dollars into projects that have to actually be good in order to recoup their cost. The current state of affairs seems to be; “I create a crappy but mildly entertaining product, people get wind of the fact that it’s probably not going to be very good and therefore not worthy of their hard-earned money and they either download it illegally, or wait for it to arrive on DVD, OnDemand, or Netflix.
The simple solution, of course would be for content producers to stop churning out endless acres of crap. But that’s never going to happen. So we get SOPA; a nuclear option to stop the money from bleeding out.
But is the money bleeding out in enough quantities to warrant a nuclear option?
I really don’t think so. Read the rest of this entry
I know, I know, I said I didn’t care about what CES had to offer this year. I figured that if I spent the next few days just reading web comics and Mac news, I’d be able to avoid any news coming out of that once hyper-exciting event.
Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Leander Kahney, the editor over at Cult of Mac, wrote up this little ditty about the current state of Consumer Electronics and where all the sales are coming from. In short, smartphones and tablets are eating up all of our spending dollars, to the exclusion of pretty much every other device type, other than high-end cameras (which are kind of niche comparatively, anyway).
I say this as someone who is passionately committed to seeing the mobile space and cloud computing grow; this is very bad news for all of us.
I spend the majority of my days away from my office. I work out of coffee shops, client’s offices and, occasionally, Mexican villas. I love and depend on mobile technology to make my work life possible. But I also, even though I hardly ever use them in person, depend on things like my desktop, standard sized laptops, Blu-Ray player etc. Without those tools, my mobile life would significantly less convenient. Read the rest of this entry
Right around the time I started playing with my Chromebook, I got really, really tired of reading the Tech feed on my Feedly app. I don’t care what new and exciting pile of new Android phones are going to be released at CES this year; I’m already bored by the array of Ultrabooks that have hit the market, each one aiming for and utterly missing both the point and beauty of the MacBook Air, and, so help me, if I hear one more iPhone 5 or iPad 3 rumor, I will set the internet on fire. Which might prevent the passing of SOPA so we’ll keep that idea on the back burner.
My wife will be happy to hear that I’m more interested in her than in Tech-Crunch again.
To say that I’ve been tech obsessed for the last 2 years would be a lie. I’ve been a tech stalker. If you could legally charge someone with creepiness towards gadgets, I would be the first case on the docket.
My name is Julian, and I’m a technology fetishist. Read the rest of this entry