Retrospective: 2016

As has become my custom, I take a look back at the previous year, the good and the bad, the surprising and the obvious, and reflect on the year as a whole. Many would agree with me that 2016 was not a great year. It saw turbulence across the globe, in all aspects of...
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What I Read in 2016: The Year In Review

For the Goodreads graphical version of this report, click here. Over the past few years, I’ve set myself fairly aggressive reading goals, and managed to hit those goals. 2016 is the first year that I can remember falling short of my goal, and not by a little bit—but a...
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I Want More From Artificial Intelligence

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Why I’m Excited About the iPhone 7

On Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, Apple announced the latest generation of iPhone, which they’re calling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Ironically, the rumors on the internet indicate that Apple will radically re-design the iPhone in 2017, for the tenth-anniversary...
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Retrospective: 2015

As 2015 ends, I take my yearly look back, at what has happened, not happened, and try to determine how happy I am with the previous year. 2015 has been quite a year, with mostly some very significant ups, and the downs being fortuitous in that they could have been far...
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I'm Back!

Brad World is back and better than ever! I was fortunately able to restore nearly everything, and get it all back up and running again. That said, I have a much better backup plan in place this time. Hopefully that never happens to me again. Since I had to rebuild the...

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Vacation 2015: A Tale of Three Cities

Note: This is necessarily a long post, since it will contain lots of detail about a lengthy and detailed trip. Preface If you’d like to see full highlights from our trip, I’ve put together a Google Photos album, which you can view here. This vacation story begins way...

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Career 4.0

I’m about to start a new career. It’s been a while coming, but beginning in April, I start a new job. I’m still with the same company that I’ve worked for over the past 7 years, but with a new position. I will no longer be doing IT support, but instead will be a...

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Another 24 Hours with a Windows Tablet

In February, 2014, I wrote a post titled "24 Hours with a Windows Tablet". I had purchased a Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet, with the intention of using it primarily as a media consumption device, and having the added benefit of it being a full-blown computer that could run...

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Review: HP Stream 7

How much would you pay for a 7-inch tablet? An iPad mini, with a slightly larger screen starts at $250, and most Android tablets cost at least $100–$200 or more for a decent one. What if you could get a 7-inch tablet that could also double as a full-fledged PC for...

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Retrospective: 2014

As has become my habit, at the end of each year I look back at the previous 365 days, and reflect on events--good and bad--to see just how my year has gone. 2014 had its challenges, and 2015 certainly looks like it's going to be full of change, one way or another. So...

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What I Read in 2014: The Year In Review

Here we are in 2015, what should be the 'future', and yet it's still very much the present. As I look back at the previous year, and all the books I read, it's interesting to see where we are in regards to the fictional version of 2015--the things we have, and the...

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Unthinkable: How Apple lured me back…

It's no secret that I'm a technology enthusiast; a gadget geek, through-and-through. For the past few years, I've been a huge proponent of Android, and--while not exactly bashing Apple--I haven't been the biggest fan of iOS for quite some time. But the wind started...

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Book Review: Great North Road

Peter F. Hamilton has a large collection of works published, including the very popular series Night's Dawn, and the Void trilogy. In Great North Road, a member of the prominent North family is found murdered, in the same exact manner used as a previous North massacre...

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I Want More From Artificial Intelligence

Siri. Cortana. Google Assistant. Alexa. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/291923065?secret_token=s-RQEuy" params="color=0066cc&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"...

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Why I’m Excited About the iPhone 7

On Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, Apple announced the latest generation of iPhone, which they’re calling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Ironically, the rumors on the internet indicate that Apple will radically re-design the iPhone in 2017, for the tenth-anniversary...

read more

Retrospective: 2015

As 2015 ends, I take my yearly look back, at what has happened, not happened, and try to determine how happy I am with the previous year. 2015 has been quite a year, with mostly some very significant ups, and the downs being fortuitous in that they could have been far...

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