OpenDNS Umbrella – Safety or Zombies?
August 8, 2013
We started evaluating OpenDNS Umbrella at the office while back. While I’ve always been a big fan of OpenDNS (and even applied to work there once), I was reluctant to get into this “Umbrella” service. Not because I fear Umbrella Corp, but because it just didn’t seem useful. What little info I skimmed on the web wasn’t exactly what one would call exciting. After taking it for a spin, I’ve found that it actually is useful, though their marketing material is convoluted.
Getting to know the Google Nexus 7
July 24, 2012
I’m in an abusive relationship with Android. I love her, so I buy her. For a while things are good, then I slowly realize she’s gotten slow, kludgey and prone to crashing. After constantly abusing me, I swear I’ll never go back to her. Then the new hotness shows up, I forget my promise to never go back to her… so I buy her again. Over and over the cycle repeats. Well, on last Tuesday I received my Google Nexus 7 tablet and so far it looks to be the end of the vicious (abusive) cycle.
Splashtop Remote Desktop
January 24, 2012
A few weeks back, Amazon’s free app of the day was Splashtop Remote Desktop (normally and currently $4.99). It sounded pretty intriguing, so I picked it up. I had low expectations from a free app, but was pleasantly surprised by the functionality. Out of the box it requires some minimal configuration, namely running the hosting software on the computer(s) of your choice and setting a password, and then you are good to go. Just launching the app on your Kindle Fire will allow you to connect (provided you are on the same network).
Amazon Cloudplayer for iOS (iPad) is useless
December 15, 2011
I have all my music uploaded into Amazon Cloudplayer because I buy my music predominately from Amazon. On my computer, Cloudplayer works just fine, except at work where my docking station messes with my laptop’s sound. On my Droid 3 the Cloudplayer app works fantastically (other than my headphone port being broken). So when I wanted to get some work done in peace, I figured I’d give Cloudplayer on the iPad a shot. Major mistake.
Review: Uber (Private Driver Service)
October 4, 2011
Since I’m in San Francisco now, I have had a need for taxi service on occasion. The biggest issue with taxis in San Francisco is that like any big city, it can take a while to get one — especially on busy drinking nights. I had heard about this service called “Uber"; that it was a cab service with a mobile app to request rides, so I figured I’d give it a shot. In the last couple of weeks I’ve taken four rides with Uber and it’s been really nifty so far.
iPhone 4 – Revolutionary becomes dull?
June 24, 2010
The iPhone 4 (Courtesy of Engadget) So the iPhone 4 is officially out today; I thought it was a good time to reflect about the history of the iPhones. Back in 2007, the world was taken by storm with the original announcement and release of the iPhone. The device was in-arguably revolutionary. It wasn’t like any cellphone seen to date. In 2008 we saw the release of the iPhone 3G, which included this cool new feature called “3G” which was on numerous phones even before the iPhone released in 2007. In 2009 the world was taken by aimless wandering with the release of the iPhone 3GS. It was… faster. That’s it, just faster. Now in 2010 we have the iPhone 4 (which actually is the fourth version, unlike the 3G being the second version). But is it that great?
iOS 4 is out (UPDATE: Horrible noises)
June 21, 2010
As of about 11AM PST this morning, the new iOS 4 was available for download via iTunes. I plugged in my iPhone 3GS, hit “Check for updates” and gave it a whirl. It took about 20 to 30 minutes to do the entire process. That included backing up (8GB), downloading, updating some apps, installing new OS, backing up again, etc.