The Microsoft Surface might be the industry's illegitimate, red-headed stepchild but the road less traveled for some is the perfect tablet for students and for those who can ignore the murmurings against Redmond's fruit.
There are no sacred cows to someone who believes that consumer devices and self-service IT are the keystones of the new business model. IT Apologist Ken Hess takes on Consumerization and bring your own device.
Kenneth 'Ken' Hess is a full-time Windows and Linux system administrator with 20 years of experience with Mac, Linux, UNIX, and Windows systems in large multi-data center environments.
I see a lot of discussions about using phones in the enterprise but I never hear how well that works for anyone. Phones are not tablets or computers and aren't great for heavy BYOD use. But with a little tweaking, could they be?
It's no secret that for years I've wanted a Macbook Air. I love them. They're lightweight, powerful, fast, very thin, and just plain cool. My wife knew how much I wanted one and for my birthday, she took me to the Apple store.
When students can use tablets in school, instead of books, does it mean that we're about to see completely mobile classrooms or no classrooms at all?
The debate and commentary has been quite lively concerning my idea to get rid of DOS drive letters from our midst. The worst argument so far is to maintain them to support legacy applications.
Drive letters and whacks worked for a season but now it's time to change with the seasons and to stop using them both. They're limited. They're outdated. And they're fashion backward.
Sometimes the sheer pain of dealing with Windows' quirks, 'features', and various anomalies is just about more than any sane person can bear. The fact that everything goes to the C drive drives me crazy and after 20+ years with Windows, that drive is pretty short.
You probably are more than a little paranoid about giving out your social security number but that risk is just the tip of the iceberg. Data breaches over the past eight-and-a-half years put millions of people at risk.
It's frustrating to deal with the constant threat of browser-based malware, pop-ups, and extensions gone wild. I wonder where all the good browsers have gone? It would be nice to have one that works.
The iPhone 5 has some great features but there's one that it doesn't and it makes me want my iPhone 4 back. Apple's connector blunder makes me want to toss my iPhone 5 out the window or possibly through one.