1,000 Year Old Software

It was only 80 years ago that the first electronic digital computer was built, the Atanasoff-Berry Computer in 1937. And that was the first. Now, computers outnumber humans and the rate of innovation is increasing exponentially. To expect any technology from today to last more than a few decades is foolish. Technology is moving faster and more unpredictably [...]

By |2018-02-02T18:55:23+00:00February 2nd, 2018|Future|

Rowing Your Own Gears

Sarah, my wonderful wife, best friend, and insightful muse mentioned something in passing that struck me cold. "You know, it's funny. You love the idea of autonomous cars, but you insist on driving a stick." — Sarah Porcenaluk She's right. I insist on driving cars with a manual transmission. To date, we've owned seven cars [...]

By |2017-09-03T01:00:50+00:00May 9th, 2017|Future|

Orlando: Poised For Tech (and IoT) Growth

Silicon Valley was born through several contributing factors intersecting, including a skilled STEM research base housed in area universities, plentiful venture capital, and steady U.S. Department of Defense spending. Stanford University leadership was especially important in the valley's early development. Together these elements formed the basis of its growth and success. —  Wikipedia You need [...]

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00February 23rd, 2017|Future, IoT, Orlando|

Review: “Enchanted Objects” by David Rose

David Rose's "Enchanted Objects" book is a great start for anyone who wants to design IoT devices for, well, people. As IoT design matures, we need to look beyond what's possible and look more at what is actually going to help our lives. Computers have become so cheap, so small, so fast, and so efficient [...]

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00January 13th, 2017|Future, IoT|

Can Ubiquitous Computing and Minimalism Coexist?

I was starting to watch a documentary on Netflix called "Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things" when my heart began to sink. What is going on with the world? Are we just robots responding by instinct to shiny, colorful commercials, working ourselves to death to afford things we really don't even want? After a [...]

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00January 4th, 2017|Future, IoT|

‘Twas The Night Before an IoT Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, in the automated home, Not a device was stirring, not even one; Google Home was set by the chimney with care, Waiting for "Hey Google" to hang in the air; The children were nestled all snug in their beds; While visions of Phillips Hues danced in their heads; And mamma [...]

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00December 24th, 2016|Future, IoT|

Death By 1,000 Subscriptions: Figuring Out The IoT Business Model Of The Future

A path diverges in a wood. ― Robert Frost The future involves a monthly bill. Microsoft is Office 365, the cloud service with the monthly or yearly fee. Adobe has completely phased out their buy-once use-forever model, favoring a $50-a-month service. Same-same with Quickbooks. TurboTax. Amazon Prime. Netflix. Spotify. Even smaller, more niche software have jumped on the [...]

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00December 12th, 2016|Future, IoT|

Internet of Things vs. Ubiquitous Computing vs. Pervasive Computing

What are the differences between ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing, and the Internet of Things? These terms are full of subtleties, but my simplified is simply that the Internet of Things is ubiquitous or pervasive computing in a more limited scope. Ubiquitous and pervasive computing, which you can think of as pretty much the same thing, is the [...]

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00December 5th, 2016|Future, IoT, Tech|

The Future Has Never Been More Promising and Unpredictable

When I think about the future, often in the realm of technology, I tend to look specifically at computers and even more narrowly the Internet of Things (which is kind of my thing). I read Ars Technica, Tom's Hardware, and Reddit, and I talk to other developers. Often I see the future through that narrow lens. [...]

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00November 30th, 2016|Future, Tech|

Technology Is Nothing Without People

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNRjpZrbMhg This past Saturday I made the short trek to Disney Springs with my wife, father, and his girlfriend to get some dinner and catch the holiday light show. I had seen some footage provided by Intel so I knew it was going to be good. Turns out, I was right. To watch the sky [...]

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00November 29th, 2016|Future, Tech|