Posted by Dave Mark on Sep 3, 2009 in Apple
Interesting article, sent over by David Sobsey, about the impact the iPhone and other smart phones are having on network traffic load and service reliability. In a nutshell, iPhones use about 10 times the network capacity of more traditional cell phones and this is placing more of a demand on AT&T’s network than it can meet, resulting in spotty service and dropped calls.
Ultimately, this problem will go away as we upgrade our infrastructure, but that will take time. The US is well behind many countries in Asia and Europe in both cell technology and broadband speed. You might have seen a series of articles about a week ago claiming that the US is 15 years behind South Korea in broadband. This story from eWeek tells the story well.
Posted by Dave Mark on Aug 28, 2009 in hardware
Thanks to Clay for this one: The Pogoplug is a NAS device with a nice little twist. NAS stands for Network Accessible Storage and is exactly what it sounds like, storage you can access from a network. The Pogoplug plugs into the wall and features an RJ45 port (that’s where you plug in an internet connection) and a USB port (that’s where you plug in any hard drive you want to share). Once you are plugged in, you go to the Pogoplug web site, register your hard drive, and you now have access to that drive from anywhere on the net from your Mac, iPhone or Windows machine.
But wait, there’s more. The Pogoplug is a Linux box, which means it’s programmable. And there’s already a community hard at work building plugins to turn the Pogoplug into things like remote iTunes servers. Cool beans.
The video below does an excellent job of walking you through the basics. Take a look.
Posted by Dave Mark on Jun 16, 2009 in Kindle
Cool. Amazon opened up the Kindle source. No warrantees, but no restrictions. Use at your own risk.
Here’s the link…
Posted by Dave Mark on Apr 30, 2009 in hardware
This is a great list to share with folks just starting out. Kids graduating from school, getting their first digs, married couples setting up house for the first time.
Wish I had this list when I first bought my house!