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I'm a product person by trade. Doing VP-ish stuff around Toronto.

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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 […]

Hackintosh thoughts

File this under the the First-World-Problems Dept. I have owned and used Apple computers since 1996. Here is the list: 1996: The first was shared with my brother, an Apple Performa 6400. 2002: iBook G3 600 MHz 2007:  15-inch MacBook Pro, Core 2 Duo (Santa Rosa) 2009: Late-2008, 15-inch MacBook Pro, Unibody I’m generally happy with […]

Lightning does strikes twice – Linux and Git

We all know that Linus Torvalds is the father of the Linux kernel. It’s the guts of an Operating System that can be found powering a multitude of devices, from the majority of smartphones and tablets (android), the majority of servers that power the Web, the embedded OS for the Internet of Things (IoT), Smart TVs, […]

HP T610 Plus and pfSense

When I had set up my Watchguard Firebox x550e, I replaced the two 40mm fans with silent models.  I also swapped the PSU with a 90W pico PSU to make a nearly silent system. One of the replacement fans gave out and starting grinding a few weeks ago, so last week I replaced it with an […]

Thoughts on 2014 and 2015

So I’m starting to see end-of-year wrap-ups and predictions for 2015.  It’s always good to take a look a back on what is happening in the industry, epecially at Kobo. Largely, a lot of the stuff I am citing is predicated on Mary Meeker’s “State of the Internet, 2014 ed” that she puts together for […]

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