I’ve written about my “dream device” — a phone that could dock to become your laptop or desktop. It is an idea that pops up from time to time but has yet to fully materialize. However, more and more, people have been latching onto the idea. While it has been tried (see the Motorola Atrix), I believe 2015 may be the year that a company does it in a way that makes it both a good phone and a good computer. There are two companies attempting to pull it off: Microsoft and Canonical (makers of the Ubuntu OS).
I’ve written about my “dream device” — a phone that could dock to become your laptop or desktop. More and more, people have been latching onto the idea, and I believe 2015 may be the year that a company does it.
The most popular post I’ve ever done on this blog was written back in 2010 about ways to get around email attachment file size limits. I figure that now — almost five years later — the time is right to update that information.
The Ubuntu Edge is the most ambitious crowdfunding project ever, with a goal of raising $32 million in just 31 days. But, can that amount of money actually be raised through crowdfunding?
Yesterday, I wrote about my “dream device” — a phone that could be docked into desktop or laptop to act, in essence, as your main computer. Today, just such a device was introduced.
My dream device is a computer you always have with you that provides a desktop, laptop, or phone/tablet experience depending on the situation. There’s one company in a unique position to make such a product.
Without question, the most trafficked post I have ever done on this blog is this one: Get Around Attachment Size Limits — Update and Expansion. I wrote it back in 2010 about ways to get around email attachment file size limits. This can be a frustrating problem, especially with a lot of corporate email having very small attachment size limits, and little warning about those limits until you hit them. I figure that now — almost five years later — the time is right to update the information from the original post.
On Monday, I wrote about Ubuntu edge, a proposed smartphone that will run a version of Linux optimized for phones that also allows you to use the phone as your desktop computer (which is the feature that I was particularly excited about). In order to produce the phone, Canonical, the company behind it, is turning to crowdfunding. On IndieGoGo they are trying to raise $32 million in just 31 days. If they succeed, it will be the largest crowdfunding project ever (and if they don’t, it is still the most ambitious). But, can that amount of money actually be raised through crowdfunding?
I say “in theory” because it didn’t work that well in practice. The phone would boot into a customized version of Linux called Webtop OS. It ran the desktop version of Firefox, a emulator for Android that would allow you to access the contents of your phone, and not a lot else. Worse still, it was slow, laggy, and buggy. But the promise of it was enticing — one device, that you would always have with you, could serve as your only computer. You could have all your files, software, and preferences with you at all times wherever you go.
Currently, many people carry three devices with them — laptop, tablet, and phone. In this vision you would only need to carry one. At work or at home, you could just plug your phone into your monitor and keyboard, your TV, or your laptop and not have to worry about carrying anything else.
2011 wasn’t the right time for such a device, and Motorola wasn’t the right company to make it. However, the time may be right for another company — and I have one in mind — to try again. This is what I want, and what I would buy if it were available.
iWork for iCloud, which was announced by Apple last month at its WWDC developers conference, is a version of its iWork office suite that lives in the web browser–you can access, edit, and create documents, spreadsheets, in Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Apple’s Safari (but not Firefox) on any computer. In addition, Apple promises that these are some of the most advanced web software ever made, with an experience more akin to a native application than a web app (which have typically been more sparse and less feature-rich).
I’ve been looking for something like iWork for iCloud. You see, I primarily create and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on three devices — my laptop (running Windows 7), my iPad with Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard cover, and my work PC (Windows XP). I only have Microsoft Office on my laptop; my work computer has Libre Office (and I can’t install new software on it), and my iPad has iWork for iPad and any other apps I choose to download. I want a service that will let me create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on any device, have them be compatible with all those devices, and sync them all automatically.
Sometimes, that seems like a tall order, but I think this is a common dilemma for users who need to work with various types of documents and spreadsheets across platforms. So, can iWork for iCloud fill this need? Read on to find out.
Many months ago, but not that many posts ago, I launched a redesign of this site. I found a WordPress theme that I really liked, modified and tweaked its look quite a bit, and the end result was something that I was proud of and thought looked really cool.
Then, sometime in the last several months, my site was hacked. I’m not entirely sure how it was done — I am not an expert coder or a hacker by any means — but the end result was that clicking this site from any search engine results would redirect you to a .ru page and try to install a virus on your computer (though, fortunately, it was a virus that up to date browsers and virus software were able to block).
To make matters worse, this problem affected other websites that I hosted, including my mother’s personal business webpage Orene.net (she’s a wardrobe and image consultant located in the San Francisco bay area) and my personal homepage TKearn.com. This really hurt my mother’s business, as her webpage was one of her main forms of advertising, and redirecting to a virus will cause you to plummet in the search engine results even after you fix the problem. Additionally, the hack remained undetected by me for quite a while, both because I was very busy at work and because going directly to the sites, which is what I usually do, still worked and only search engine results that were affected.
Some outside help was able to get rid of the hack and make the sites safe again. What the person who helped me reported was that the hacker exploited a vulnerability in my theme. I needed to delete my old theme, get it off the server, and start fresh with something else.
So I did. The result of that is the site that you see now. It’s still a work in progress, and I have a lot of additional tweaking that I intend to do. If you see something that you like or hate, or anything that isn’t working, please let me know.
Additionally, I would just like to reiterate that the site is safe again. I want to apologize for to anyone who may have experienced issues because of it — I really do feel bad about it, and I wish I had known about it earlier or taken further steps to prevent it (though I do not know what those might have been).
A few notes about this site and the conspicuous lack of new content: In the last several months, I have started a new job, which has taken up a lot of my time and energy. But, with this hacking incident taken care of, and with me settling into the job, the time is right to start getting back to one of the things that I enjoy — writing about tech. I want to get this site on the map again. And I need your help to do it: please comment on stories, let me know your opinions on things, and help me make this site more than just my own personal tech soapbox.