Month: April 2017

Guide to Selecting an IT Service Provider

So, I wrote this a few months back, but recently re-edited it and updated it, as well as created a . mobi and .epub version as well. I really don’t think it will be a waste of time if you are frustrated or confused about what types of IT service providers there are in the world. This thing is FREE. As in speech air.   It is for Kirkham.IT, and you can get a copy...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Warning on America and Science Denial

Redglass Pictures teamed up with Neil deGrasse Tyson to produce a 4-minute film that communicates something that I have been feeling for awhile. Tyson calls this “maybe the most important words he has ever spoken”. The film covers the recent rise of science denial in this country. “That’s not the country I remember growing up in. Not that we didn’t have challenges… But I don’t remember anytime where people were standing in denial of what science was.” Indeed, Neil. I too watched Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. I was one of the first to actually use the Internet, then the World Wide Web. I used cell phones when they were so novel that people would stare at me using one discreetly in Wal-Mart. “This is science, it’s not something to toy with! It’s not something to say “I choose not to believe E=mc², you don’t have that option!” …it is true whether or not you believe in it, and the sooner you understand that, the faster we can get on with… how to solve the problems that face us.” Once had a friend – he is still a great, smart friend – that when I brought up a conversation from some 10 years or so earlier, I asked him if he still believed that global warming was a hoax. His reply was, “No, but it shouldn’t be...

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The Reports of Mac’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Seen reports from others – many of whom I greatly respect – about the demise of MacOS and Mac hardware. Admittedly, a Dell XPS 13 and Microsoft Surface Pro is on my top 3 laptop list alongside a MacBook Pro. Windows has improved that much, and some of the hardware is very nice, especially these two pieces from Dell and Microsoft. But, here we are 4 years on without an upgrade for the “tall boy” Mac Pro, and the new MacBook Pros with their Touch Bar (meh) aren’t exactly thrilling. It does appear that Apple might have spent far more time and care on iOS devices. Who could blame them? iPhone is what has made Apple the largest company in the world. However, how would Apple look if all they made were consumer devices? Would they still have that Apple cult following? I think so, but the Apple “experience” would not be as deep and rich. The power users and pros that use Apple products are what adds to the mystique. Well, here we are with a mea culpa from nonother than Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller. From this excellent TechCrunch article by Matthew Panzarino: Apple is acknowledging that the Mac Pro they introduced in 2013 has run aground on the cleverness of its own design, and they’re re-thinking the entire machine. In addition, they’ll be releasing a...

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Skepticism ≠ Cynicism

Apart from the moral philosophical context of skepticism and cynicism, the difference between skepticism and cynicism lies in belief. A skeptic seeks truth without the belief that one notion or the other is true; A cynic believes one notion over another, with truth being...

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