Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Amazing Graphic

This is pretty cool.  A graphic to help orient ourselves to the highest mountains, to the bottom of the ocean.

Family Tech: Old geek is new again

Family Tech: Old geek is new again: "Before there were computer geeks, there were ham radio geeks."

Family Tech: Finding a job means online

Family Tech: Finding a job means online: "Job searching has gone high tech. Woe to the job seeker who is not computer literate, or worse, has no access to a computer and the net."

Family tech: Match the job to the gadget

Family tech: Match the job to the gadget: "It used to be the gadget choice was laptop or desktop.  Now the list is long: desktop, laptop, netbook, ebook reader, tablet, MP3 player and smart phone."

Friday, June 3, 2011

Family Tech : the camera in your pocket

Thoughts about using the camera in your cellphone was the topic of last Sunday's Family Tech.

I may have to delay my breakup with Microsoft

I was thinking real hard about diving into a Google Chromebook when they come out.  I like the idea of doing all I can on the web.  I'd still keep my Windows 7 PC running as long as I could, primarily for editing video.  Other than than, I could do everything I wanted on a Chromebook.

Ideally, I'd like a tablet that could work well for creating documents, slide shows and spreadsheet.  The iPad is not quite there yet.  Mainly because when you are creating those type of documents, you want another document along side -- maybe a web browser with the material you are writing about, etc.

Who, I thought, would be the first one to create a tablet that would be good for serious work, and combined with a keyboard and a flat work surface, meet my needs for serious work as effectively as a laptop?

Who thunk it might be Microsoft?

Not me, until I listened to Windows Weekly this week.  Co-host Paul Thurrott said it best about 37 minutes in when he said "Microsoft gets this.  I think what they are doing makes a lot of sense."  Then he paused and said in a voice of awe, "I never get to say that Leo."

He was talking about Windows 8 shown in the video below.  It is a new operating system that runs on both desktops, laptops, and tablets.

Will it succeed in bring the charm and the desirable form factor aspects of an iPad to a tablet capable of serious work?

Or to put it another way, is Microsoft about to stop its slide into irrelevance?

Update 06/04/2011 :Mike Elgan says it well.

It should be out mid-2012.  We'll see then.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Google Tasks full Screen

If you use Google Tasks as I do in Gmail or Google Calendar, do you wish for a full screen version?  I just discovered there has been such an animal around.  Not sure whey they don't promote it more.