I'm writing this because I've had enough of the mindf***ing algorithms that every single social media service employs these days, in varying flavors. What do I mean? Well, have you indicated your preference for something on Facebook? Are you surprised by the fact that the posts you see are always geared toward those preferences? Are you … Continue reading Enough with the content algorithms!
In 2009, I wrote a post entitled "Is it any wonder there's computer piracy in Romania". In 2011, after a couple more years in the country, I wrote another post entitled "Rampant piracy in Romania". The end of 2017 is practically here, I've been in the country for nine years and I can now say … Continue reading More thoughts on computer piracy in Romania
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWWZzulXLFE It's high time we were able to come home and place our mobile phones in a dock that's connected to a display, keyboard and mouse, and have it turn into a full-fledged desktop and laptop replacement. Mobile phones have sufficient computing power for most of our needs, they have the apps most of us use on desktops … Continue reading Mobile phones as desktop and laptop replacements
The new tablet from Apple, the iPad Pro, which comes in two sizes as of this year, is quite impressive. I'm sure they're fast, and the addition of a stylus for more precise control is an interesting and fitting choice (which also hearkens back to the first tablets Microsoft made, years and years ago). Apple's … Continue reading Tablets not quite ready for mainstream computing
Here's what I keep saying to every friend and acquaintance who visits my house: you definitely need a voltage stabilizer if you live in Romania. Around midnight last night the current started fluctuating wildly. Our UPS units were going crazy, clicking and kicking on and off, trying to contain the power fluctuations and cutoffs. After … Continue reading Electricity in Romania
Plenty could be written about this subject. I just want to call for change in two areas, because I believe they'd have the greatest impact here and now: Desktop computers should have a projected life span of 20 years. Laptops and mobile phones should have a projected life span of 10 years. Why 10 years … Continue reading Truly sustainable computing
Here's a neat infographic that clearly shows how multitasking and the various gadgets we own and use throughout the day are making us less productive and stressing our brains and our hearts. Frequent multitasking makes us unable to focus properly, to make good decisions, set goals and retrieve memories from short and long-term memory. It … Continue reading Multitasking and digital gadgets are making us less productive