The Esoteric Techie

Google Sidewiki – Control is Illusion

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On September 23rd, 2009 Google released an update to Google toolbar, which can be installed as a plug-in for you browser. Part of that update was a new feature called Sidewiki, which allows users to post comments and feedback on a small tab that is attached to individual websites. It displays as a small arrow tab on the left side of the browser and once clicked expands to reveal comments left by other users of the Google Toolbar and presents the user with a form field to enter comments of…read more

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Earning Trust in Project Management

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Project management is people management. I know this might disappoint many people in the project management trade, but it’s true. Understanding people is essential to a successful project. Too often managers rely solely on their planning tools to get the job done. BaseCamp, OmniFocus, and Microsoft Project are all fine tools, but they will never understand what motivates your team, why Chris is a better choice for the R&D task than Tom. To ignore the human element is to set yourself up for failure. A project manager must also be…read more

The Incredible Chess Playing Automaton

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In 1997 a computer designed by IBM and nicknamed Deep Blue defeated reigning World Champion Garry Kasparov in a six-game chess match. The loss was a milestone in the world of computer science. The number of legal positions in chess is estimated to be between 1043 and 1050, with a game-tree complexity of approximately 10123. Only since the advent of micro processing can machines approach the logic necessary to compete with world-class chess players. Interestingly it was a machine constructed in the late 18th century that first deigned to pit…read more

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Bluetrek Duo Stereo Bluetooth Headset

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For those of you looking to pick up a set of Bluetooth headphones The Bluetrek headset is available at a very reasonable price. Just keep in mind that most of the time you get what you pay for. In this case what you pay for is the Bluetooth receiver and the 3.5mm jack. If you have a great pair of earbuds ready to plug in and don?t mind tossing the included headphones in the junk drawer, then you won?t be disappointed. On the other hand, if you are more interested…read more

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To Jailbreak Or Not To Jailbreak?

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Most everyone who has an iPhone loves it. But human nature compels us to wish for more. There are some very specific applications and functionality lacking in the native OS. Apple would have us believe that jailbreaking your iPhone makes you a bad person. Personally, I believe that once I purchase a piece of hardware I am entitled to do whatever I want with it. However, part of what makes apple products so unique is the way software and hardware works together in such harmony. So the question remains, is…read more

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A Brief and Sad History of Alan Turing

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Most of us that live and work within the computer industry know about Alan Mathison Turing, even if it?s just a passing knowledge. He was one of the founding fathers of computer science. His work on the concept of computation that led to the Turing machine formed the basis of the modern computer. Also, his work at Bletchley Park during the Second World War helped to crack the German Enigma code and was essential to the defeat of Nazi Germany and the preservation of freedom in the western world. But…read more

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Microsoft’s New Anti-Virus Software

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What does Microsoft gain from offering it?s own anti-virus software? How about a little respect from the user? For too long Windows has been shipped as a defective product. Only Microsoft hegemony in the PC market can justify such a long period of acceptance from consumers. I can?t imagine any other product surviving for so long with as many security flaws. In fairness to Microsoft, hackers are constantly targeting them. It is the unfortunate side effect of having such dominant market share. We may, however, be seeing the end of…read more

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What Can We Expect From Google Chrome OS?

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Google has taken us one step closer toward independence from native applications. Chrome OS will be a browser based operating system that circumvents the need for most locally installed software. Unlike Windows or even OS X, Chrome will not come bundled with bulky software packages. Instead it links to online versions of almost anything you could possibly need. In fact 90% of all applications the average user will ever need has a web-based equivalent. Google Docs makes it possible to open, edit and publish any office document online. The days…read more

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Amazon Should Stick With Content

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With the release of the Kindle 2 and the Kindle DX more people than ever are making the switch to a digital reading device. eBooks have been around for a long time, but what the market lacked was a delivery system. Amazon has endeavored to fill that void. The Kindle’s price point still remains too high for anyone but technophiles to justify the purchase. While I have no doubt that Amazon is committed to bringing the highest quality product to market, it’s not a hardware shop. Jeff Bezos has turned…read more

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My Top Ten iPhone Applications

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With the release of the new iPhone 3gs I imagine we will have a new wave of iPhone converts. What is getting less publicity but is probably more a boon to Apple’s dominant market share is the lowered price of the 3g phone to $99. This puts the iPhone at a much more palatable price point for those that still couldn’t bring themselves to spend $200 on a phone. With all of the new users, I thought I’d take the time to list my top ten favorite iPhone applications. So…read more

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Twitter For The Rest Of Us

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I’ve had many friends and colleagues join Twitter only to throw up their hands in frustration. It’s understandable; Twitter can seem pointless to the uninitiated. What?s more, trying to explain Twitter to someone who has never experienced it can be equally frustrating. The point of this post is to give some pointers on getting started and getting the most out of Twitter. Twitter is a blog: The first thing you need to know is that Twitter is not Facebook. While technically a social network, Twitter is stripped down to its…read more

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Google Wave & Project Management

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On Thursday Google announced it’s new real-time communication platform, Google Wave.? It’s obvious that volumes could be filled on the potential this has for changing the way we communicate, but I want to focus on it’s implications for the discipline of Project Management.? On first glance it’s easy to see several ways that this tool could change the way we manage projects. After all, at its heart, Wave is a communications tool, and what is project management besides highly focused communication.? However, I believe that within this platform we may…read more

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