Aug 18

  Oh, the Summer of Love. No, I’m not talking about that San Fran hippie love fest back in 67’. I’m talking about using Tinder, a mobile dating app to find potential local flings during the sweltering dog days of summer. Although I guess you can say 2014’s Summer of Love is definitely redefining the dating game and is slowly building itself as a social phenomenon. For those who are unfamiliar with Tinder, it’s essentially the shallowest form of a location based dating service as you shuffle through pictures of your desired gender and solely judge them based on their pictures. With an emphasis on physical attraction, it cuts the bullshit of getting to know somebody and boils down to the human’s most biological urge of reproducing with a mate (hottie) they find attractive. Is it lackadaisical? Yeah. Is it superficial? Hell yeah it is…. [Read more]

Dec 09

There is this new surge of effort going on to make Computer Programming a more popular choice for kids instead of the default ones that are out there (doctor, lawyer, police officer).  Part of the reason for this push seems to be our society’s rush to embrace tech, but the technicians (we nerdy, builder types) remaining a relative mystery to the world. This makes the philosophers of our time worried that little baby Steve Huffman’s are missing out on their programming goals due to being ignorant of the fact that there is no magical hamster inside of their computers. “If we want America to stay on the cutting edge, we need young Americans like you to master the tools and technology that will change how we do just about everything” – President Barack Obama Now we have presidential backed efforts to put Computer Science into school. Issue… [Read more]

Aug 23

Imagine Tom Brady using a Surface tablet to dissect his latest touchdown pass – discussing the play from a variety of angles while sitting on the sidelines minutes after the pass. Or Bill Belichick scrolling through different plays on his tablet rather than checking a stack of printouts on the sidelines. And for the fans at home, imagine watching the game live, video chatting your friends in another city, and tracking your fantasy team’s performance – all from your TV screen. Thanks to a new partnership between Microsoft and the NFL, the way coaches call the game – and the way fans experience the game at home – is about to change. The New Deal The Microsoft-NFL deal, announced earlier this year and valued at an estimated $400 million over four years for the NFL, will put tablets on the sidelines and offer fans at… [Read more]

Mar 07

Question: How much time do you spend in front of a computer these days my dear denizens? I would wager that you, like myself spend about 70% of your time staring into the one-eyed monster (2-eyed for you dual screen IT nerds) all day. When you think about this please factor in smart phones, tablets and that family of pocket-PC too. Scary isn’t it? I thought about it the other day and I spend about 90% of my life in front of a computer of some sort. While I don’t feel obligated to using a computer, I do willingly find one to do the things I love throughout the day. I wake up and check my email, drive in to the day job to stare at dual monitors for 8 hrs, stare at my Blackberry when riding to lunch and then go home to stare… [Read more]

Dec 09

Being that I have gotten this question a number of times from people who see me tap tapping away on the Berry, I thought it would be useful to detail my favorite apps and what I use them for. The primary use of my Blackberry besides ignoring calls is to text, blog and do accounting. As a small business owner I do find myself bouncing around quite a bit and I need my Blackberry to look at websites, expedite orders and check my accounts for any funny business. I have found my job to be easy with this phone and the following apps have been an enormous help in my day to day activity. 1. Bank of America (Free) – This is my bank (boo and hiss all you want) but for all their sucking, their app is actually pretty damn good. Not only does… [Read more]

Oct 19

My first “smart phone” was a Blackberry. I came into the game late bypassing the large, full qwerty pad monstrosities (that business people carried like a badge of honor) and started my fellowship with a smaller phone that lumped the letters together. Today, I own the newest brand of T-Mobile’s family of Blackberries, it’s small, has a full qwerty keyboard and a touch pad for all the sliding that I need on apps. The phone is great for my needs; I answer my client’s emails, write hundreds of articles and tweet nonsense whenever I have a break. Little did I know that loving this phone had put me on the uncool team of a popularity contest. The iPhone craze of yesteryear ushered in a cult following to Apple that has caused the geeks of the world to look down on the company. To them IPhones… [Read more]

Jun 23

I am an IT guy that works with technology all day, every day. I do not own a smart phone or tablet of any type. Is this a little bit odd? Yes, yes it is.  I’m supposed to be a techno freak, not a Luddite!  However, the fact remains, when I answer my cell phone, people look at me as though I am an alien because I carry a flip phone. “…I am an alien because I carry a flip phone…” So let me tell you why I choose to live this way. I have several reasons but primarily, I do not own these items because I feel that it is ludicrous to spend thousands of dollars per year on a toy. Yes, I know you can check your email… so what? Mostly, that’s just an excuse to ignore the person/colleague to whom you are… [Read more]

Nov 19

A million years ago I was a nerdy kid programming QBasic games on my Packard Bell 286 and learning more and more about bulletin board systems. I was hooked on BBS after the muscular running back of my football team introduced me to them (go figure, you think nerds are skinny and weak huh). Anyway I was on people’s boards playing text based games, chatting it up with like-minded nerds and keeping it to myself so not to draw the blank stares and confused looks that most people would give me at this BBS thing. The last one I visited was prior to college and after I logged off I went to lead a 4 year span of clubs, women, Hip Hop and scholarship. 3 years later this internet thing blew up and websites were all the rage as information became accessible at the tip… [Read more]