Monthly Archives: February 2014

Who I Write For

Hello,

As I have stated in earlier posts, this blog is for the average everyday computer user. I focus the content and my writing style to those who don’t have the time for tech speak. I find that people want to learn, but just don’t have the time. So, that’s where I step in. There’s so… much information that it can easily and often does become “white noise”.  That is because most tech writers write for fellow geeks. They forget that the largest base of computer users are the ones I write for.

This is and will be your home for quality information. A “go to” place to find interesting information that matters. In closing, I want to thank all of you who visit the blog regularly. If your new, I hope you check in from time to time.

The Price Of The Future

So, how much is your privacy worth? I must admit that when I saw the title of this article I thought it would be another government conspiracy story. After carefully reading it, you can see the potential for abuse from even innocent looking devices. It’s a buyer beware world with all the new technology gadgets. My advice is to find out all you can about a product you are interested in. Read the reviews and make an informed decision about how much of your privacy you are willing to part with. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57618006-83/how-big-brothers-going-to-peek-into-your-connected-home/

TECHNOLOGY BUYING GUIDE

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I’ve been asked to make more posts about  buying advice. Well, I thought having a resource you can go to for good sound information would be a great tool for anyone to have. I am a big fan of Kim Komando. She has been testing and writing about technology for over 20 years. Here’s a link to her online Buying Guide http://www.komando.com/buyguide/. Please note, she even covers TVs and Video. I hope you find the guide useful.

What’s Wrong With Apple? How to survive and get out of single digits.

Hello,

I have written before on the impact or lack of impact of Macs in the marketplace. Before I continue, I am a Windows user and a Mac user. I service Windows PCs and Macs. So, I think I have some objectivity in this area. The simple truth about the Windows versus Mac debate is that Macs have never and will never make any significant impact in the computer world due to its management philosophy. It goes way back to the early 90s when the Microsoft business strategy combined technology with growing the brand on a broad scale while Apple focused only on the technology part hoping that would grow because of the brand. While Windows haters decrie Windows PCs, the fact is that by creating an open computer manufacturer market to spread Windows rapidly, Apple decided to be its only manufacturer. Basic economics took over. Computer manufacturers competed openly keeping the cost of Windows machines down to make the sale. It is evident that Apple made a poor decision when it took a centralized/regulated approach to its computers. It could not and and still cannot compete effectively.

Please read the following article for some background. There are plenty like this that don’t get the attention they deserve. While it is popular to bash the big boy, the little boy needs to figure out how to grow up: http://www.zdnet.com/after-30-years-why-did-the-mac-never-break-into-big-business-7000025743/. For my Mac friends, please look at this from a historical perspective.

The facts are out there and cannot be refuted. For all of the Microsoft haters, you need to look at reality that Apple blew it.They will never impact the market no matter how many slick commercials they run unless they open up the Mac OS and release it to the marketplace for new Apple computer manufacturers. In conclusion, it is all about perceived value and in these worldwide economic times price matters. Maybe Apple will wake up and have competitive manufacturers build Macs. The costs will go down and the brand will spread. If you don’t already know, Chrome Books, a possible Android OS for the desktop PC, and the continuous evolution of tablets, will keep Macs forever in the single digits. It is about time that Apple wakes up and does not throw all its eggs into the iPad and iPhone. While these devices are interesting, they do not have the computing power that laptop or a desktop can produce. Come on Apple, release the straps and let the Mac OS run free.