Windows 8 Will Finally Force Me to Buy a Mac

Windows 8 made me switch to Mac

In recent years I’ve been quite critical of Microsoft for their lack of product vision and execution – it seems like the disaster that was Vista set the company back almost a decade. Since then they’ve sat on the sidelines and watched the rest of the industry take advantage of emerging trends in mobile, web …

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The Post-PC Apocalypse

The Post PC Apocalypse

I remember the day Microsoft announced Windows 95 to the world with the hopeful sadness that tectonic shifts in technology bring. It ushered in an era of computing that made Microsoft’s vision of “a computer on every desk and in every home” reality within just a few short years. The device that had once been …

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Spotify – An Almost Perfect Music Service You NEED To Try

Spotify is a nearly perfect music service

In the last few months a slew of new cloud music services have been announced from some heavy hitters. Google Music (invite only beta), Apple’s iCloud (still in development) and Amazon Cloud Player (released) are the three most recent to join the likes of Pandora and last.fm. There has been much fuss made about Spotify, the …

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CloudFlare – Bad timing, great service, and a hack discovered

Hacking cloudflare

Update: I spent the morning debugging the issues I mentioned below with CloudFlare, and was stunned by two things: Firstly, the service from CloudFlare was amazing! As I was leaving the service I sent them a note to let them know what had happened. Less than an hour later I got a thoughtful and thorough …

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Microsoft shows a bad case of iPad envy with Windows 8

Microsoft's iPad envy

Today at the All Things Digital Conference Microsoft shared a first look at Windows 8. As you can see from the demo below, it’s a decidedly different experience for Windows. An apt description would be Windows meets Windows Phone. Though I get a distinct sense that Redmond has finally got their photocopiers back up and …

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Fixing blank category and tag pages in WordPress

Fix Blank Pages in Wordpress

Ahh… sometimes the smallest things can prove to me the most frustrating. After fighting with high CPU usage on my Bitnami install I decided to give W3 Total Cache another try. I installed the plugin, set it up, tested a few pages and everything seemed to be working. Even a bit speedier (yah!). So I …

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Chromebooks – So close, yet so far

Google Chromebook - so close yet so far

It was with great interest recently that I watched the debut of the Chromebook at Google IO 2011, and the ensuing media frenzy that declared the Chromebook everything from the PC killer to dead on arrival. I can say if there’s anything lacking in tech news today it’s not hyperbole, and sometimes nuance gets lost …

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Security is hard. And the bad guys are smarter than you

Security is Hard and the Bad Guys Are Smarter Than You

Just recently, two things got me thinking about just how hard security can be – whether online or offline. Earlier in the week, Lastpass – a service that securely stores usernames and passwords – issued a security incident report. Lastpass is a reputable company with a team of highly skilled security engineers, and their business …

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