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Alook at the past

At the end of the year, I tend to be more nostalgic. I’m not sure why I got the idea to think about the past, but here we are.My generation is probably the last one to remember life without technology.
When growing up most in my neighborhood had only one television, and the idea of a remote control was the youngest in the room to turn the channel manually. Or how many remember that when the phone rang you never knew who was calling unless you answered it and had to be no further than 3 feet from the base.

Wireless phones were on the horizon, but not anywhere near mainstream. Much less a phone that you would carry with you to be in constant contact with the world, and the only way that someone could find you would be to call around to all the places you normally frequented in hopes of finding you.
I remember a world where if you wanted to play a video game, you had to go to a video arcade. We never thought of having a video game system or a personal computer in your home. A mention of…

Remember the Information Superhighway

Back in the 90’s the big buzzword was Information Superhighway popularized by then Vice-President Al Gore. While the vision at the time was grand, in reality it really wasn’t super. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good start, for example being able to send a message across the country in minutes rather than days. Then people got very exited about the internet causing them to invest, acquire and basically bet on every aspect of the internet. A lot of millionaires were reared at this time. Then the bubble burst, many of these companies died (for lack of a better word). I tend to think that the internet hasn’t realized its super power just yet. During the time of the recovery from the implosion of the internet market, it was rebranded 2.0. In computer terms that would be version 2 of some popular software, even though there were many iterations of the internet, but we’ll stick with this for now. At version 2.0 more and more web applications became database driven. One of the bigger additio…

To the cloud?

Since the beginning of the computer age people have been striving for a more cost effective, safe way to save their respective bits to some medium for use later. At the start of my computing career, we used reel to reel tapes, which would eventually become cassette tapes when home computers came out. Then came the floppy disk. Starting at a whopping 8 inches then shrinking to 5 1/2 inches, before finally ending up at 3 1/2 inches. Which were nice and convenient to carry around in your pocket all the while being able to store an amazing amount of data, 1.44 MB’s and at that time could house multiple applications. However most cameras today don’t even take a single picture that small. So as always we bean to seek bigger and better as we always do. The next medium was the Compact Disc (CD for short). The CD could hold an earth shattering (at that time) amount of data 700 MB. So it took roughly 700 3 1/2 floppy disks to equal a single CD. Then came the DVD’s, coming in a single layer that…

Should I go SSD?

This is a question that I get quite a bit, so I figured I’d post my thoughts on the matter here. For those that don’t know, an SSD stands for Solid State Drive. SSD drives are finally coming down in price and making them a great substitute for the older “spinning” drive. One of the primary reasons is that the SSD requires far less power to keep it running which is a huge plus if you are installing it in a laptop. You will find that an SSD will improve your battery life, because it takes less power to run an SSD over powering the older mechanical spinning drives. One of the other benefits is seek (or read) time. The SSD handles reads and writes much more efficiently than its mechanical counterpart. The SSD boot times will be super fast compared to its mechanical counterpart. Now for the other side of the coin, mechanical drives do have their uses. If you are running a desktop and need a lot of storage, the older mechanical path is your best bet. While the SSD’s are fast, they don’t have…