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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 […]

Microsoft announces that the Xbox is coming to the PC.

From the Guardian’s piece called, “Microsoft to unify PC and Xbox One platforms, ending fixed console hardware“:  During a press event in San Francisco last week, Spencer said that the Universal Windows Platform, a common development platform that allows apps to run across PC, Xbox, tablets and smartphones, would be central to the company’s gaming […]

Will the Internet of Things be the next green field?

I’ve been looking at the MEAN.io stack technologies (it seems like the new hotness) and I can see this being the underlying the language for the “Internet of Things”.  IoT is a term that has slowly crept up into the consumer marketplace displacing the “home automation” trend, but its been in use in many other […]

Ad-Blocking: users are revolting

There has been a lot of great writing across the Web regarding advertising and the ethical nature of ad-blocking software with the recent release of iOS9 and its new Safari Content Blocking features.  Unsurprisingly, ad-blocking software quickly rose to the top of paid apps on iOS. Content providers quickly responded: I’ve been running ad-blocking software for years. […]

Product management fundamentals: The next feature fallacy

Joshua Porter writes: The Next Feature Fallacy: the fallacy that the next feature you add will suddenly make people want to use the entire product. — Joshua Porter (@bokardo) May 14, 2015 When your product is growing and ramping up new customers, it’s easier to focus on new compelling features that increase engagement.  It’s also […]

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