Sunday, August 7, 2016

Cable TV - That's so 20th Century
I am a cord-cutter having permanently severed the cord to cable TV. Oh sure, I tried Internet Protocol television (IPTV) though a local provider called VMedia, but that didn't work out so well. And I actually went back to cable after my not-so-good experience with VMedia. But now a month into cord-cutting I couldn't be happier with my choice.

Cable TV has become expensive. If you have two televisions you need two cable boxes. Renting those will cost you upwards of $25 a month bundled in a package. Add in a modest cable channel package and tax, and you're looking at a minimum of $100 a month, or $1200 a year. Is it worth it? That depends on how much of your monthly disposable income you want to spend on this form of entertainment.

And I consuming less media than before? No, though my viewing habits have changed since I've entered middle-age.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Book Review: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

A work of non-fiction, In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson provides insight to what it was like in Germany in 1933 and 1934 as Hitler and his henchman consolidated power. The factual accounts from the historical records and journal entries come primarily from the new American Ambassador to Germany, William Dodd and his family. Dodd served for four years before being recalled.

While the book focuses mostly on 1933 and 1934, it does also provide glimpses up to 1937 in Germany and provides accounts of what became of some of the main actors through their lives.

To his credit Larson, has taken historical fact as are available and weaved a factual story that is both compelling and terrifying. The German people and the world were lulled into thinking that Democracy was still alive and well up until the point that Hitler consolidated his power. Dodd and few others could see what was happening, though even in the Dodd family, primarily his daughter Martha, seemed to fall under the Nazi spell for a short time.

Monday, July 25, 2016

How To Add a Solid State Drive (SSD) to a Mac Pro Early 2008

I have a Mac Pro 2008 computer which has been very good. I've replaced the original hard drives once already and I had to replace the graphics card a couple years ago.

Recently I've been having issues with startup disk so I decided to replace it. However this time, I decided that with the price of Solid State Drive's (SSD) coming down and reasonable, that it was worth spending a little extra compared to getting a regular hard drive. After all, this was for my startup disk with the operating system and applications on it. Running off an SSD would provide a significant speed boost.

I researched what it would take to make this happen and it's actually quite simple from a hardware perspective.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Neptune Duo - Communication for the 21st Century - The Internet of Things

Siman Tian and his small five person Neptune team in Montreal think that their latest product, the Neptune Duo, not only out-innovates the competition, but will disrupt a market that's just in its infancy.

That's a bold assumption.

In the Globe and Mail article Tian says “If you look at wearables, it’s mostly these dummy smartwatches. You’ve gotta have your phone for that smartwatch to work… and everything it does, the smartphone does already, so consumers don’t see any added benefit.”