The Esoteric Techie

Android, It’s Here To Stay

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Attention Steve Jobs and all Apple fanboys! The Android platform is not going away. With the release of the new Motorola Droid and version 2.0 of the Android OS, Google has proven that it’s not going to be bullied by the iPhone anymore. What’s more, the number of Android options available in the market makes it easy to find the phone that fits you. So I thought it might be handy to give a quick rundown of the Android devices that are currently available in the States. These are all…read more

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Found Content is Good for You

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Two things I really enjoy doing on Saturday and Sunday mornings are reading the newspaper and listening to NPR’s Weekend Edition (Saturday and Sunday editions). I’m a a bit of news junkie, and I check a variety of sources online during the week. The reason I look forward to newspapers and the radio on the weekend is because of the stories I come across that I would never have gone looking for on my own. With a newspaper, as I flip from page to page though the broad range of…read more

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Star Trek

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***Spoiler Alert*** As you will see, I am very hard to please. This is a review I wrote back when Star Trek was originally released. The more I think about it, the more I realize this is as much about one movie so much as it is about JJ Abrams. I’m just not a fan. Don’t get me wrong, he’s very good at what he does (hey, a mystery/shiny thing! … time passes, stuff happens … So what exactly is going on here? Never mind, LOOK! – a new mystery/shiny…read more

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Saving Network Neutrality

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I honestly don’t believe it is an overstatement to say that the Internet has been the single greatest achievement in the advancement of information and communication since the invention of the printing press. We are still only beginning to understand how this technology will change the world. Unfortunately, the freedom we enjoy on the Internet is threatened constantly and must be guarded in order to ensure it’s continued availability. Network Neutrality is often regulated to the background of political discussion. It’s something left for debate by the guys in the…read more

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FarmVille Madness – The Curse of Facebook Games

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Lately my Facebook news feed seems to be choked with status updates. Most of the time I use these updates to keep up with my friends and what’s going on in their lives. But that has become increasingly difficult because of a plague that is ravaging the social media community. Yes, I’m talking about Facebook games. First it was just the occasional Mafia Wars update that I would casually ignore, but now I’m inundated with updates from Restaurant City, Know-It-All Trivia, Zynga Poker, Bejeweled Blitz, YoVille, Fish World and the…read more

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – Playstation 3

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Expectations were high for this Playstation exclusive sequel and the developers at Naughty Dog did not disappoint. The game sports both excellent game play and a superb storyline. And, unlike most games with such in-depth single player action, Among Thieves has a rich multi-player offering as well. Now, I know there are some of you out there that just can?t picture yourself playing a third-person perspective game in a multi-player mode, but don?t dismiss this game without giving it a whirl. The ten-player death match is easy to pick up,…read more

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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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