Raves, rants and reviews
Raves, Rants, Reviews

The cloud isn’t as robust as we think

05/10/2015. Category: Media. Topic: , , .

It’s not just Facebook that goes down: the cloud isn’t as robust as we think

The computing cloud we have created supports much of our day-to-day office and leisure activity, from office email to online shopping and sharing holiday photos. Even health, social care and government functions are moving towards digital delivery over the internet. Read more…

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics live reporting

10/02/2014. Category: Media. Topic: , , , .

Coverage of the Winter Olympics is better than ever. The latest technology development in television broadcasting and online live reporting by the newspapers brings the latest results literally to your fingertips.

Television broadcasts now have more camera angles, crisper viewing and instant playback. And if you can’t watch the Winter Olympics live on TV from where you are, you can still keep an eye on not only the results but on the actual events as they are reported live by most of the major newspapers.  Read more…

Internet Explorer 10 commercial

28/06/2013. Category: Media. Topic: , , , .

Years ago Apple took Microsoft to court over infringement of interface design aspects. Apple did not win the case but their cool, modern layouts won the hearts of people. Still, the bulky, boring Microsoft clinched the numbers – albeit in methods wrapped in controversy.

Once Microsoft owned the desktop, the battle of the browsers was won too. That is until years later when Google’s Chrome raced to the top of the charts. But Microsoft never take things lying down and their new Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 browser look… well, much more like Apple designs than ever.  Read more…

‘It’s Pretty Much Impossible’ To Protect Online Privacy

16/04/2013. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: , , , .

From online companies tracking users’ digital footprints to the trend for more and more data to be stored on cloud servers, Internet privacy seems like a thing of the past — if it ever existed at all. RFE/RL (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) correspondent Deana Kjuka recently spoke about these issues with online security analyst Bruce Schneier, author of the book “Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Survive.”  Read more…

Thanks Dr Jakob

04/04/2013. Category: People. Topic: , .

They call him “the smartest person on the Web” and “the king of usability,” amongst many other accolades. The world’s biggest media groups and companies, including Adobe, General Motors, Google, Microsoft, Reuters and Sony, follow his advice on web page design. He is Dr Jakob Nielsen of the Nielsen Norman Group.

Over the years Dr Jakob has shared invaluable tips on effective web page design absolutely free. They were invaluable because they were proven to work through the many studies conducted by the Nielsen Norman Group, the world’s leading computer user analysis researchers.  Read more…

Google Glass HMD

29/06/2012. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

Google Glass

Google Glass, the head-mounted display (HMD) gadget, is the bee’s knees. You look at it and think, “How cool is that?!”

But what do you want to use it for? How much will it cost? Isn’t it just a smaller, newer version of the helmet cam first used in 1987 by Mark Schulze when he made The Great Mountain Biking Video?

Well, yes it is. Much smaller and very much newer. The Google Glass headware is packed with features such as high definition camera, microphone, voice activation, and Internet connection. Read more…

Hello Google Music!

17/11/2011. Category: Media. Topic: , , .

It is told that Nero was playing the fiddle while Rome burned. While Washington burns, Google launches Google Music.

Just as well, because bankers and politicians are not bringing us joy. We’ll have to make our own. So, bring 20,000 of your best (non-pirated) songs – that’s how many Google Music allows you to store online for free – and make some beautiful noise. Read more…

Happy Birthday Google

27/09/2011. Category: Media. Topic: .

Google 13th birthday 2011

This youngster turned 13 today, entering the teen years. Happy birthday Google. May you continue – or, in the least, try to – “do no evil.”

Google’s first kiss came at a very young age, making out with blogger (aka blogspot) – and a host of others – at age 5, with Android at age 7 and then turned hot on YouTube at age 8 with many others to follow. Sure been one heck of a busy kid, this Google youngster. Kinda reminds one of Alexander the Great who also, by the way, conquered almost the whole world at an young age. Read more…

Google Plus and the Empty Restaurant Theory

30/06/2011. Category: Media. Topic: , , .

Google Plus

Your favorite restaurant – the one you believe to have absolutely the best food in town – might not be the busiest eatery and you may often have wondered why. After all, it even has better seats and greater decor than the ones you know of. You’ve told your friends about it, suggested it at meetings and even stumbled their website yet people pass it en mass to go to some gitty place down the road. Read more…

Facebook-Google social tiff

13/05/2011. Category: Media. Topic: , .

Google’s Social Circle is a pretty nifty service for those interested in seeing information about friends and friends of friends. Simply sign in to your Gmail account and spy away to your delight. You might discover some amazing gossip, perhaps even about yourself. This is private data no-holds bar available publicly.

Which is what Facebook is making noise about too. Facebook hired PR firm Burson-Marsteller to spread the nasty about Google’s privacy policy, never mind their own piffy privacy policy (as exposed by the Wall Street Journal). So, we have 2 social media giants, both with questionable privacy policies, having their own social face-off on where else but social media hangouts on the web and mobile social networks. Read more…