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    IoT: Does everything need to be in the cloud?

    On the Verge reports that Google remotely reset some customers Google OnHub routers: Google has apologized to its Google Wifi and OnHub customers after it inadvertently reset a number of routers to their factory settings. Google blamed an issue with its Google Accounts engine for the problem, which forced OnHub owners offline in the middle […]

    2017: A new year

    Reading Jen’s end-of-year piece made me realize that I haven’t written much of anything in a while. Starting a new job the 2nd week of December at Nulogy has kept me busy.  Coupled with past holidays creates a certain type of gravity that prevents me from reflecting on 2016. As Jen and I talk about […]

    The highs and lows of the last two weeks

    From the “I love show tunes” department Two weeks ago I saw a the Chicago run of Hamilton: An American Musical.1 It deserves all the accolades and awards that it has garnered.  Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Alex Lacmoire, Andy Blankenbuehler and the rest of the team have created a true “cultural experience”.  It is up their with Alvin […]

    Great read: McMansion Hell

    I’m not much of a student of architecture when it comes to design, but I’ve recently been engrossed by “McMansion Hell“.1  It’s a snarky architecture blog about ugly houses. The McMansions 101 section is extremely educational. Did you know that there are 15 different jargon terms for the construction of a window? Fascinating.  Found via […]

    Android security progress

    In a somewhat “click-bait”-y title1 on Motherboard, Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai quotes the Director of Security for Android: “For almost all threat models,” Adrian Ludwig, the director of security at Android, referring to the level of security needed by most people, “they are nearly identical in terms of their platform-level capabilities.” In a short interview after a […]

    Apple Touch Bar & Microsoft Surface Dial: Two separate solutions for the same problem

    Yesterday, Microsoft announced their all-in-one Surface Studio PC featuring a very clever integrated zero-force monitor arm.  It reminded me of Wacom’s Cintiq line of visual graphic tablets. Now the Surface Studio  isn’t cheap ($2,999 USD for the base model), but I’m actually more intrigued by the new Surface Dial that they released as an add-on accessory […]

    pfSense OpenVPN, VLAN and DNS Resolver guide

    This is a great tutorial on setting up AirVPN (can easily be applied to any VPN provider) on pfSense 2.3.x and VLANs.  I had always meant to update my guide for this.  I had written: NOTE: FWIW, I think you could accomplish this through VLANs [rather than static IP addresses] The author goes through the […]

    The behavioural psychology of engagement

    Working in design and UX, my team and I are often challenged with making things more “engaging”.  In other words, how do you make the user come back for more? Ian Leslie writes in, “The Scientists who Makes Apps Addictive“: Fogg called for a new field, sitting at the intersection of computer science and psychology, […]

    @Kobo: It’s been a slice

    Today was my last day at Kobo. Over the past seven years, I have forgotten more war-stories than I remember. What is left are positive memories of Kobo, née ShortCovers, bringing digital reading to the masses through our mobile apps; anytime & anyplace. It’s followed by us dreaming big and making our mark on the […]

    Comcast has a dream(works)

    The USA Today reports: Comcast is in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation in a multi-billion-dollar deal, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg are reporting. The cost of the deal would be more than $3 billion, according to both news organizations, citing unnamed sources. Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, has been searching for a buyer […]

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