Image Conscious: Why your PNG images look terrible
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Image Conscious: Why your PNG images look terrible

A friend of mine asked me a question that may have puzzled many of you: Why are the images in my blog post kind of crappy looking? My friend initially blamed the image format for the fuzziness but that wasn't the culprit.

03/25/15

import.io: How to get the data import monkey off your back
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import.io: How to get the data import monkey off your back

In the age of Big Data one of the things we all do over and over again is mine the Web for content we need to repurpose. While finding the stuff you want can be a big job, trying to get that content into a usable and useful format all...

03/21/15

Seven killer Linux apps that will change how you work

Seven killer Linux apps that will change how you work

Here are seven killer Linux office productivity apps you may not know about.

03/17/15

Qwerty Card: A lo-tech solution to managing hi-tech passwords
Awareness

Qwerty Card: A lo-tech solution to managing hi-tech passwords

For a few years I’ve used a password system that’s been really successful and it's based on a simple formula ... but if that's too much for you check out Qwerty Card ...

03/15/15

Users plus passwords equals disaster
Awareness

Users plus passwords equals disaster

Lost productivity, lousy security, and serious financial risk are the results of poor password management. Do you really need any more reasons to do something about your users and their passwords?

03/14/15

Interactive Hello Barbie might work for the NSA ...

Interactive Hello Barbie might work for the NSA ...

Hello Barbie, a version of Mattel’s iconic toy that adds audio capture and response to the doll. The way the doll will work is when your child presses the button on a Hello Barbie doll, whatever they next say will be recorded and...

03/13/15

Have you been pwned?!
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Have you been pwned?!

One of the first indications you have a serious security issue, sometimes before a breached organization admits anything has happened, occurs online when hackers pretty often leak the data publicly. If you think this is something you...

03/07/15

Home Automation: Top marks for Nortek GoControl Garage Door Controller
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Home Automation: Top marks for Nortek GoControl Garage Door Controller

Late last year I installed the competing GoControl Garage Door Controller from Nortek Security & Control (formerly Linear LLC) that integrates with Z-Wave networks such as the Nexia Home Automation system and I'm really impressed.

03/07/15

Excelling at Excel number base conversions
In Depth

Excelling at Excel number base conversions

I recently needed to convert decimal numbers into base 36 in an Excel for Mac 2011 spreadsheet. Now Windows Excel has the Radix function, which converts base 10 numbers into any base between 2 and 36 inclusive, there’s no such beast...

03/07/15

BaseX: Free, open source XML wrangling
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BaseX: Free, open source XML wrangling

If you’re going to explore an XML dataset you really need to make the level of readability, ability to update, and ease of access considerably better. This is what a free, open source tool called BaseX does. BaseX “is a scalable and...

03/03/15

Slack: Collaboration that actually works!

Slack: Collaboration that actually works!

Getting a group of people working on a project to communicate with each other is easy; you just give ‘em all email and stand back … and what you’ll see is chaos. The explosion of messages will be immediate and the struggle to keep...

03/01/15

MIPS Creator CI20: Sort of a challenge to the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
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MIPS Creator CI20: Sort of a challenge to the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

Is the MIPS Creator CI20 a real challenge to the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B? Performance is roughly the same but it also has WiFi and Bluetooth built-in so it's pretty much a price issue ...

03/01/15

10 Reasons why the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B is a killer product
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10 Reasons why the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B is a killer product

The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B was recently released and it’s quite a step up from its predecessors. Here's ten reasons why it's a killer upgrade ...

02/22/15

Nomad: Mobile charging gadgets you need
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Nomad: Mobile charging gadgets you need

I was impressed with the company’s NomadKey last year (they called it the "ChargeKey" back then) simply because it was so handy to have it on my keychain. In the box I received was not only their latest NomadKeys and their NomadClip...

02/20/15

AppFutura: How to outsource mobile development

AppFutura: How to outsource mobile development

If you’re a small company without developers or maybe a group within a large organization that can’t get any love from the corporate development team and you need a mobile app, where are you going to go? The whole process of...

02/20/15

OpenDocMan: How to get your documents organized
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OpenDocMan: How to get your documents organized

Even under the best circumstances, document management gets messy and complicated very quickly. Documents get lost, versions get confused, and multiple people try to work on the same document at the same time usually with disastrous ...

02/14/15

What's in a computer name? A router by any other name would work as well ...

What's in a computer name? A router by any other name would work as well ...

Once again I find myself pondering how to name the devices connected to my network. For the last few years I’ve used characters from one of my all-time favorite books, “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,” so I have machines named...

02/13/15

The Neato Botvac; great but not for my house
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The Neato Botvac; great but not for my house

Neato’s PR people recently asked me if I’d like to check out one of the company’s latest robot vacuum cleaners and the answer was, of course, “yes!” (they had me at “robot”). What I received was a Neato Botvac 80, a 9lb,...

02/12/15

Better project management (and greater client happiness) with Pivotal Tracker
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Better project management (and greater client happiness) with Pivotal Tracker

I’ve recently been advising a startup and we’ve just managed to launch their new Web site. An interesting part of this launch was that we used a Web service recommended by our developers called Pivotal Tracker, an agile-style project...

02/12/15

Ubi: Ubiquitous, always-on, voice-activated computing
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Ubi: Ubiquitous, always-on, voice-activated computing

Ubi stands for "ubiquitous"; it’s the name for a computer that is always on and voice-activated. At roughly 4.75” square by 1” thick the Ubi and directly into a wall socket but you can also remove the power adapter and connect Ubi to...

01/30/15

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