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LG G Watch – an initial review

I have to admit that I entered into this foray with very low expectations. Reviews at the time when I ordered the watch, which was the first day it was made available for public release, was very thin to say the least. The devices that most reviewers were using had limited functionality as they were only set to demo mode during Google I/O 2014. I remember telling a friend that I ordered the watch which I thought I would hate the least with the mindset that I would likely replace it with a Motorola 360. For some context, I already own a Pebble watch which I acquired during their Kickstarter campaign which I liked a lot. My test for the LG G Watch to use it for my summer vacation in Europe. I wore the watch everyday. I was on the go a lot and I was in a mixed environment of having internet access and was rarely in a position where I could charge the watch.

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Smart Launcher Pro Review

The ability to use the non-standard launcher is one of the huge differentiating features when comparing Android to the iOS platform. Lately I find myself using the Smart Launcher Pro 2 as my default launcher. I happened to stumble over it while surfing through the Google Play Store. As switching launchers is rather easy, it’s easy to try something different every so often and yet go back to an old one if it doesn’t pan out.

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Acer C720P Chromebook

Acer C720P – Initial Review

I had been spending time with two different Chromebooks in the past month or so which led to my last blog about Chrome OS. The first device that I tried was the HP Chromebook 11 device. My trial on that device was about a week. The hardware was very nice – it was light but felt quite solid. However, I found the device slow as the specs were very similar to the Samsung Series 3 which I got last year. However, what was interesting was that it didn’t crash like the Samsung device does. I returned it briefly after I got it. When the C720P was made available, I decided to some really simple tests such as put web site addresses that was content heavy and press enter at the same time – in all cases, the Acer C720P rendered quicker then the HP. This led to my decision to get the Acer C720P. The purpose of this blog will be to compare my experience with both the Acer C720P with both the HP Chromebook 11 and Samsung Chromebook Series 3.

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Browser OS – the future of personal computing

I was quite impressed with the idea and implementation of Chrome OS last year although I ended up giving up the Chromebook for a new Macbook Air. For me, the reason why I gave up the Chromebook was less about the failure of the OS but rather the shortcoming of the physical hardware. I still believe that Chrome OS is the future of computing. So when Google announced new Chromebooks this year, I was eager to try out the new hardware to see how they would fair with new hardware.

RMagick errors when running Rake Tasks in OS X Maverick

We were running into some issues at work so I decided to pitch in. I had trouble listing my rake tasks as my rake tasks was spitting out this error through RMagick – Reason: image not found – /rmagick-2.13.2/RMagic2.bundle.

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Handwriting for the Android version of Evernote has arrived

Evernote has finally released pen capability for the Android app. The Evernote desktop version for Windows had this ability when they first came and iOS users of the Evernote app have had this capability through Penultimate for a while now. However, it was only recently that Android users finally got a version of the Evernote app that would support pen capability. This was big news for me as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is my primary mobile device – it’s the device that I use the most. Continue reading

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Installing Pentaho Business Analysis Server on Ubuntu

I’ve been experimenting with Pentaho for the past few months to find an easy way to present users with a simple to manage reporting system. The components I’ve been playing with are the Business Analysis Server (Reporting front end), Kettle and Spoon (ETL tool), Reporting Studio and Mondrian (OLAP Server). Here are the install steps that I used to install Pentaho Business Analysis Server on Ubuntu.

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Installing Ruby on Rails on Ubuntu

I decided to install Ubuntu 13.10 on my current desktop to compare developing on Ubuntu versus OS X. As I needed to install Rails as well I decided to document the steps for future reference as well.

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The Perfect News Reader

I often say that I live and die by my RSS news feeds. Yes, it’s an exaggeration but it does exemplify how important news feeds are to me. The tech world is constantly changing and every year, it feels that the change is accelerating. It makes sense – as technology becomes both faster and cheaper, there are new ways to solve different problems. Old limitations start to disappear and things that used to seem impossible are now very possible. With that in mind, I’ve been trying to find the perfect RSS newsreader for a while now. The apps I use to source my information today are Feedly, FeedAFever, NewsBlur, Flipboard and News360. They all have their strengths and weaknesses which prompted me to write this blog entry about the perfect news reader.

The perfect newsreader for me would allow me to focus on the articles that are most important or interesting to me. It would also go beyond the news feeds that I already subscribe to and introduce new articles or feeds to me as it learns more about me.

It would also group articles by topics. Often times, there are many articles written about the same topic. It’d be great to see them in a group and allow me to mark that topic as read or allow me to archive that topic which would essentially mean that any article associated with that topic would automatically be marked as read.

One of the best ways to know if a topic is well worth looking into is to leverage my network. My friends are experts in certain areas. If a particular friend shares an article, I’d often be interested in it. It’s also an easy way of introducing new articles or feeds about things that interest me.

Time is scarce and there will always be more information that I can consume. The goal of the perfect newsreader would be to allow me to focus on the things that are most relevant to me.

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Todoist – an easy way to productivity

Todoist has become my favourite To Do list after trying a few in my quest for better productivity in the past year. I love the product because it’s simple, intuitive to use and also fits on how I use it everyday. One of the biggest selling factors for me is how interoperable Todoist for me. I’ve always looked for services that are ubiquitous – I demand that my solutions don’t tie me down to any hardware or platform. This means that interoperability for me is key. I love that I can use Todoist on my phone, on my tablet and on my desktop extremely seamlessly.

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