Archive for October, 2011

Using MiniKeePass with Dropbox

This post is going to be of interest to only a very specific demographic, but based on my web site stats, it seems necessary. Since writing my “story” – it barely qualifies as a “review” – of MiniKeePass, it has (surprisingly) become the most popular item on my blog. And tracking the Google search referrals, by far the biggest impetus for coming to my site has been in a quest for the answer to “how to use MiniKeePass with Dropbox”.

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An Overview of Network Monitoring

Every fledgling network administrator eventually comes face-to-face with the question “how do I monitor my network?”. But “monitoring a network” means different things to different people, and if you ask a crowd of experienced network managers for tool suggestions, it is highly likely that you will get a few misleading recommendations simply because the what-to-measure is not in alignment with your objectives.

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The Next Revolution

The original iPhone was revolutionary because it was the first product to combine a phone, music player, Internet browser, mail client, camera, gaming system, and – let’s face it – an anything-to-anyone customizable application platform.

Likewise, the iPad was equally revolutionary in it’s positioning as a re-imagined PC alternative and Internet/media consumption device.

These were paradigm shifts. Nothing since then – whether from competitors or Apple’s own evolutionary releases – carry the gravitas that would allow anyone to call them similarly “revolutionary”.

Yet “not revolutionary” has been the charge levied – unfairly, in my opinion – against releases such as iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, and iPhone 4S. To my way of thinking, “revolutionary” is a difficult goal to achieve for any well-entrenched product line. And it got me to thinking: what would make for a “revolutionary” jump in mobile devices?

  • A capacitive multitouch display that also had solar charging capabilities? (Not just a solar cell on the back, but one integrated into the touchscreen?)
  • A pico projector and integrated laser-projection keyboard?

 

What do you think? Take a moment to participate in this thought experiment. Beyond simply “bigger, faster”, what next technology iteration would make a mobile device be worthy of the label “revolutionary”? Please comment!


What’s In A Name?

“That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

For months leading up to the 2011 iPhone release, speculation was running rampant. One oft-repeated rumor centered around the idea that Apple would introduce a low-cost less functional smartphone that targeted the feature-phone crowd (to be called an “iPhone 4S”), and the next rev of the product evolution aiming for the power users (to be called “iPhone 5″).

At the end of the big reveal, Apple did just that. Sort of. (continue reading…)


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