So you may or may not have noticed an update to the theme of the blog, or the fact 99.8% of the Internet has migrated to social media. For the purpose of finally posting something here, even if it isn’t really a full article, I’d like to try a new format called “It Came from Facebook” …
So a few years back I started using OS X as my primary OS, bought an iPhone and slowly migrated my life over to the Apple ecosystem. My level of knowledge on Apple platforms was reasonably good in part due to my job but adopting the platform full-time took it to a new level. As an unintended consequence though, I haven’t actively used Windows since 7 or Android since somewhere around 2.6 – whatever food item that was. I went from being the “Windows guy” to the “Mac/Apple guy.”
In the IT world, this isn’t uncommon – there are many MCP/MCSE/MCXYZ engineers who went put in front of an Apple product look as though they’ve touched a computer for the first time. On their native platform though, they are masters of the registry and can work wonders in PowerShell. They learn and know the tools and platform they use the same way I became fluent in mine, by simply using it. There are a people in the field who can plow through a 1,000+ page book and ace an exam, but within a couple of years that knowledge fades away without use.
As a recent experiment, I started to use openSUSE actively and explore that platform. I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of improvements in desktop Linux and genuinely found it to be rewarding. I won’t be leaving the iOS ecosystem anytime soon, but I have started to wonder about exposure to other platforms and technology. For my friends that are in (or have been in) IT, how do you stay current on platforms you don’t actively use, or are you content simply being known as the “–insert platform– guy/gal”?
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The current and one of the longest running game console generations in history has faced many challenges. This generation of consoles has seen a high cost of entry, oversaturation of the market and lack of exclusive content to really set the industry players apart. The new generation that we’ll be seeing soon faces all of the same challenges, plus a few more. The most obvious hurdles are the inability to justify new and more powerful hardware when the current generation does everything we need it to as well as the distinct lack of innovation and new features. Continue reading
Just recently I had the chance to sit down and use iTunes Match, Apple’s cloud-based music service that was launched a little over a year ago. The concept behind iTunes Match is pretty simple, for $25 per year iTunes will scan your entire music library (up to 25,000 songs), allow you to download high-quality versions of any music it matches to the iTunes store and upload your anything it can’t match for your listening pleasure on other devices. Yes, that’s right – your CD rips and Napster collection from 2000 can be converted to high-quality 256 kbit/s DRM-free AAC audio and you can even keep anything you’ve downloaded once the subscription expires.
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With the official consumer launch of Windows 8 just a few days away, there will no doubtbe a deluge of media bashing the release and some of the more controversial changes that have been made. Whether it’s justified or not, it has always happened with every new OS launch for as long as I can remember. Rather than critiquing the new OS as a whole, I’m more interested in what it means for a somewhat neglected and niche product – Windows Media Center and the Home Theater PC in general.
In my first article on Vintech, I’m doing to dive into that very topic and hopefully provide some insight on what I feel will be the future of Media Center and the Home Theater PC.
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