Did you buy the new MacBook or MacBook Pro? Maybe the Google Pixel? You’re about to enter a world of confusion thanks to those new “USB-C” ports. See, that simple-looking port hides a world of complexity, and the (thankful) backward-compatibility uses different kinds of cables for different tasks. Shoppers have to be very careful to buy exactly the right cable for their devices!
Today marks the launch of a new enterprise storage company, Coho Data. I’m very excited about the core technology within Coho’s storage solutions, and am pleased to present two video discussions about this.
It takes a truly-remarkable leader to be willing to kill his old golden geese to make room for a new one; so far, only Apple and Amazon seem willing to forgo continuity in the name of profitable destruction. But new corporate leadership at Microsoft might un-stick the company and awaken the once-innovative Redmond powerhouse. The retirement of Steve Ballmer is welcome news.
I am an avid Google Reader user, so I’m thoroughly annoyed by Google’s decision to kill it as of July 1. But there’s no stopping the tide, so I’ve made the move to Feedbin as a Reader replacement as of today. It’s a slick, snappy web application with a committed developer and, critically, support for Reeder, my favorite offline RSS reading application. Let’s hope this works!
If you do any sort of spreadsheet work, you’ll find these functions incredibly useful. I know regular expressions can be intimidating, and I hate that they’re not compatible outside Google Spreadsheets, but it’s worth learning these regex functions!
Twitter is unstoppable, so why did I just pledge actual money to support App.Net, a competing project that will most certainly fail? Because twitter is too important a communication channel to leave to Twitter, Inc. And they need to hear from us, the users, before they destroy their service.
Google went through extraordinary efforts to keep users from posting to Google+ from outside their approved app ecosystem. I’ve cracked that nut (for now, at least) using a very roundabout method. Here’s how I did it.
Every day, it seems there is a new lawsuit in the mobile phone industry. HTC, Motorola, Google, Microsoft, and especially Apple and Samsung are actively litigating their way through a thicket of patents. The same is increasingly happening in the rest of the IT industry. But is all this bloodshed really about innovation? Or is it, as one federal judge noted, simply a new form of intense business competition?
It isn’t easy automatically and correctly to grab statistics from many sites, but both YouTube and Vimeo expose this data. The challenge is in correctly parsing and formatting this data for use. Here’s how I do it, and I hope that this helps you with your video statistics collection!
Sometime on November 30, Google broke public calendar sharing for apps users. This means that any calendars previously shared with the world (like, for example, my IT events calendar) are no longer visible. As is typical for Google, the change was made quietly and it was not immediately obvious how to fix it. But here’s what you should do if your calendar is no longer public.