Technology Archives

  1. Apple Web Services Performance

    Game Center Error

    The one major annoyance/frustration I have with my various Apple devices is Apple’s own web service performance. I see errors and frequent requests to “re-sign in to iTunes” with iTunes Match. It takes 15-30 seconds to load up a tab within the Mac App Store and sometimes even longer in the iOS App Store. Especially…

  2. Monktoberfest 2012

    Welcome to the Monktoberfest

    The best part of any conference is the people; with Monktoberfest the last two years RedMonk has set the bar incredibly high. For the second year in a row, Monktoberfest (and it’s stewardship by my friend Steve) has thoroughly impressed me. As most of the attendees are “friends of RedMonk” it’s not surprising that they…

  3. Lightning Adapter Pricing

    Adapter Pricing

    I don’t get this… how is the adapter $10 more than the cable itself? I’ve accumulated a ton of 30-pin cables; I can only assume that this adapter is intended more for devices like docks, etc. rather than for the cables themselves. Hopefully Monoprice will have good options on cables and/or adapters in the near…

  4. Fix for Nexus 7 Not Turning On

    This weekend my Nexus 7 went “dark” on me and wouldn’t come back. I assumed the battery had died and plugged it in – no joy. I tried holding down various buttons for 10-15 seconds, etc. – nada. This post has the solution: hold down the power button for 30 seconds. That did the trick.…

  5. My Internet is Broken

    I came home this evening to non-working @centurylink DSL. I spent the next several hours on the phone with their tech support and the tech support for the NetGear modem. The CentryLink support insisted that my line tested fine and modem must have gone bad while I was at work. I thought this unlikely since…

  6. TweetDeck and Twitter Lists

    My “following” list on Twitter is made up primarily of people who I know in real life (who aren’t too verbose on Twitter), with a few choice “entertainment” gems. I like it this way, it keeps the noise to a level where I can generally keep up with folks I care about. At WordCamp San…

  7. 70% of the Problem

    There was a pretty good tempest in a teacup regarding Readability over the last few weeks. While I’m sure I didn’t exhaust the available material, I did read the articles I linked above as well as a few others. I link to these because they were written by folks I’ve known well by reputation/production (and…

  8. TechStars Boulder Early Application Deadline: Feb 26th

    If you’re planning to apply for TechStars Boulder for this summer (2012), make sure you’ve got your application ready to go for the early application deadline in 2 weeks. It’s been amazing to see TechStars grow and thrive as it has. The experience offered to the teams and the quality of the mentors is remarkable;…

  9. Domain Registrar with DNS and Migration?

    Is there a good domain registrar out there that offers DNS hosting and has an automated system to migrate all of your current DNS records to their hosting? Namecheap has the services I’m looking for, but I’d have to manually bring over the DNS records for the 85 domains I am looking to move. Since…

  10. iPad, Kindle Fire as Standalone Device

    While the iPad *can* live as a stand-alone machine with iCloud, I still plug mine in every so often to load up photos, etc. As a contrast, the Kindle Fire didn’t even come with a connection cable (just a charger). I guess Amazon is backing up/hosting media in the cloud for me, no idea about…

  11. Open in PathFinder from the Terminal

    If you’re a PathFinder user, this small bash function may be useful to you: pf () { open -a “Path Finder.app” $1; } It’s the equivalent to the open command that will open a Finder window to the current location in the terminal, but this will open that location in PathFinder instead. Enjoy.

  12. iMessages + FaceTime vs. iChat

    Apple’s culture is one of making choices before products get to consumers. You get X or Y, not a choice between X and Y. That’s what makes the existence of iChat (text and video chat) at the same time as iMessages (text chat) and FaceTime (video chat) so… odd. When Apple launched iChat, it was…