Tag Archive: computers


Nook & FireTablets have become the new must-have accessory.  So the question becomes not if, but which tablet to choose from?

With the entry of two new contenders, Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble’s Nook, there are some solid lower priced alternatives.  First, what will you use your tablet for?  If you need it for heavy-duty business on the road, look for a higher end model.  These are not for heavy office app usage.

But, if you are streaming, reading, e-mailing and viewing pics, one of these could be right for you.  Priced at $199 for the Fire and $249 for the Nook, both are in the price range of a high-end smartphone.  Battery life and storage capacity are better with the Nook, so if you plan to store a lot of media on your device, the extra $50 is worth it.

For me, I hate being handcuffed to a specific service provider so the Fire won’t work as you have to get all of your content from the Amazon Cloud.  But if you are already an Amazon Prime customer, this is a fantastic deal as there are all sorts of freebies that will come with your Fire.

With the current technologies, screen resolution and readability are very close on most devices, so you can narrow your decision based on storage and use needs.  Oh, and connectivity?  Both are Wi-Fi only.

Happy Holiday Shopping!

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Way too young, way too soon.

Steve Jobs was arguably one of the most prolific and innovative tech creators in the last decade.  His ideas and releases drove not only the products produced by Apple, but also forced other hardware and software companies to work harder.

Steve Jobs continually kept Apple products at the forefront of what consumers wanted and would buy.  In addition to cult-making designs, Jobs steered Apple to produce products that were robust and easy to use.  This combination created a value that kept customers coming back again and again as well as adding new customers at a steady rate.

Showmanship was also a strength of Jobs.  His product announcements became must-attend events for the press and drove the rest of the tech industry to attempt similar events.

To the family of Steve Jobs; I add my condolences to the millions you will receive over the next days.  To Apple; I hope you continue the legacy.  To all of us in the technology industry; let’s step up the innovation and make Steve proud.

RIP Steve, you will truly be missed.

InklingWelcome gadget geeks and lovers of all new toys.  I am about to start your Christmas wish list.  I’ll be showcasing one new item each week as we move into the holiday frame of mind.  First up;

Ah, Inkling, where have you been all my life?

The great minds at Wacom have produced a tool that takes your sketches and translates them to vector art: enter the Inkling.  More than just another pen that sends information to your computer, the Inkling actually records your sketch and can separate it into layers and upload to your Mac or PC in the format of your choice.  Then you can refine your work into digital perfection.

Imagine the possibilities.  A random doodle can become your next masterpiece or the main character in your new movie.

Personally, I hope all my family and friends are reading.  This is the toy for me.

Toshiba TabletWell tablet aficionados, Toshiba is giving you yet another choice to ponder.  According to TechChrunch.com, Toshiba will be releasing a new ultra-thin tablet this year packing major punch.  The Toshiba Thrive, their current tablet offering is bulky and hasn’t done well in spite of having some great features.  But Android and Me states that the new tablet will have a dual core 1.5 GHz processor along with several ports for connectivity and a removable/replaceable battery.

All this and competitive pricing starting at under $400.  Watch out world.

Recently eWeek.com wrote about the quantum leaps in computing power and how it has affected the movie industry.  Although DreamWorks is an extreme example of IT ROI, the lessons learned can be applied to every industry.

During the last decade or so, major improvements have been made in RAM storage and hard drive storage.  From 512 MB being a standard amount of RAM, even low level laptops are sold with 2GB of RAM.

The driving force both in business and home computing is graphics.  Graphics and animations have become the dominate force in entertainment and marketing.  From Twitter and Facebook to the Green Lantern and Kung Fu Panda2, intense and rich graphics make computing a more user friendly and engaging experience.

All these graphics and animation require storage, RAM and bandwith.  Providers from computer manufacturers to cell phone providers have stepped up to meet demand and customers are paying.

I look forward to Exabytes becoming the new norm.  Whoo Hoo.

Most non-technical people view databases as a great mystery.  Well the secret is a database is an electronic library of information customized so you can pull up just the information you want to use.  Imagine your favorite book in a database.  If you wanted to look up just your favorite chapter, you could do it using a search string or command like “mystery solved” or “page 210”.

The use for a database can be as simple as keeping track of books and CDs or as complex as managing your customer files in a small business.  Either way, the information can be retrieved without spending an hour digging through manual files and folders.

The good news is that you don’t have to be a crack tech wiz to use a small database.  Just start by building a simple Excel spreadsheet, then import the information into Access.  Access can create the database for you and walk you through creating input forms.  Viola!, you are a database user.