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    Everything the iPad can do, others can do better

    Database, James Hein, Published on 21/04/2010

    » The release of a new Apple device is always an interesting event. On one side of the coin are those that buy everything Apple no matter if they need it or not. I have one associate, for example, who has purchased every iPod variant and machine. Yes, he has more than he could ever use, but he just buys each new device as it is released anyway. On the other side is the guy who was early in line to get the latest iPad, walked outside and immediately destroyed it so he could be the first to do so.

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    Hands-free repetition

    Database, James Hein, Published on 09/06/2010

    » I've been thinking about automation lately, in the sense of having my computer do things for me. The story starts with wanting to have some of the time I spend in front of a game handled by some program so that I didn't have to be there the whole time. To cut a long story short I ended up being ripped off by some guy selling a solution that ended up being a macro recorder and player. The rip-off part was because the guy was selling a cracked version of a product from I paid enough to almost have purchased their Lite product and found about the scam when I read their forum and also found the exact same product as a BitTorrent download.

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    Of 3D, iPads and other fads

    Database, James Hein, Published on 30/06/2010

    » Forget the iPad for a moment and consider that the tablet revolution started a decade or so ago never went anywhere. Today, tablets occupy a fairly small niche market. People just don't want to interface with a machine using only their fingers on a touch screen. Once the novelty wears off, it is back to the notebook or desktop for any real work.

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    If they didn't want it then, why would they want it now?

    Database, James Hein, Published on 08/09/2010

    » A number of companies are now readying their iPad challenger. But why? What has changed in the past 10 years to suggest people who once rejected pen or touchscreen computing will now embrace it?

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    The cloud has been around for a while

    Database, James Hein, Published on 13/10/2010

    » If you are a business, then at the very least you need some way to communicate with your customers and your suppliers, and them with you. For some this means a phone call, an order entry system, emails and even messaging systems. If you are dealing with people outside the country, then a VoIP system will save you a lot of money.

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    Silence trolls with flattery

    Life, James Hein, Published on 19/09/2012

    » Internet trolls are becoming more prevalent. While those hideous, green creatures featured in fairy tales usually lie in wait for victims under bridges, internet trolls lurk on discussion and other sites and typically engage in some kind of ad hominem attack against the site or individuals posting there. The attacks are contrary, nasty and designed to elicit some kind of response.

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    A pattern of patent complaints

    Life, James Hein, Published on 07/11/2012

    » In what should come as no surprise to anyone, moments after Windows 8 was released someone claimed they put boring coloured squares on a screen first. The claimant is SurfCast and they say they did the equivalent of Live Tiles, what Microsoft is calling a coloured square you can click on or touch activate, first. Their patent from 2004 is for a "system and method for simultaneous display of multiple information sources". If for example you look up a screen shot of Xerox's Windows equivalent that appeared before Windows 1.0 you will see what looks a lot like a Windows 8 screen that was designed a long time before the year 2000.

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    Get intellectual about your property rights

    Life, James Hein, Published on 23/01/2013

    » Some businesses still think they can dominate their customers. A good case in point is the recent Instagram initiative to change the terms of use on the Facebook-owned social network so it could use member's photos and sell them for profit, without any compensation. The response from members was instant, and not a very nice one. Facebook made a fairly quick about face on the issue but they never should have tried it in the first place.

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    Google's Ingress to the real world

    Life, James Hein, Published on 17/04/2013

    » There is a new game for Android mobile users called Ingress. It is from Google and based on their popular Google Maps. The game requires you to get out of the lounge and into the real world. It is already being played in Bangkok but is in closed beta mode until the end of April. You'll need a Google+ Community account, sensible shoes, patience and time. You play on one of the two sides doing battle for control and if you want to know more go to I'm playing on the side of the Enlightened that is doing well in Bangkok but as I write this the Resistance is currently winning worldwide. Watch out for spies!

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    Curb your enthusiasm

    Life, James Hein, Published on 22/05/2013

    » If reactions are any indication, the most exciting news of the week was Samsung sending a 1 gigabit signal across 2km. This was apparently based on what 5G technology may look like. If the pundits are anything to go by, Asia has essentially bypassed 4G and is eagerly awaiting 5G to hit the streets. It will have to wait a while as the Samsung exercise was just a demo of proof of concept. As of today, there are no ratified standards for 5G and Samsung appears to be trying to get out a head of the pack.

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