What I’d like to see in a new iMac

As is usual in anticipation of the launch of new hardware from Apple, there are lots of posts and videos with detailed renders of what we might expect from a new iMac. Other than faster hardware, which is something that we're going to get anyway, I would really like to see a new swivel design [...]

The flip side of digital photography

Should you be old enough, you'll remember how different photography was before the arrival of digital cameras. Not only was it difficult to get great photos, the kind that were good enough for publication, but it was difficult to develop them and reproduce them. There were real barriers to entry and to success in the [...]

On keeping one’s computer tidy…

I recently had to take my iMac apart in order to look at the hardware closely, and after 5 years of intense use in my home office, I got a chance to re-convince myself of the importance of keeping one's computer tidy inside, not just outside. Apple doesn't make it easy for us to service [...]

Enough with the content algorithms!

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 [...]

More thoughts on computer piracy in Romania

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 [...]

Tablets not quite ready for mainstream computing

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 [...]

Electricity in Romania

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 [...]

Truly sustainable computing

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 [...]