What Mobile Devices (and their providers) Could Learn from Computers.

As I was showing a Friend my new Droid 4, and I was telling him about how Motorola and Verizon saw fit to strip the SIP capability out of Gingerbread for their own gain, he made a comment that made a lot of sense.

"Your ISP dictates what Firmware you can run on your computer, Right?"

Thanks Rich! You've given me enough fuel for another blog entry. :D

So, let's play that comment out.

Verizon Wireless, Droid 4, initial opinions.

So, I'm an android fan. I like the OS, I've owned a Droid Incredible for over a year now, and to be honest, it's operation just fits with my lifestyle. I'm not a big apple fan, and blackberry.. well, forget it. The Incredible is showing its age, its still performing well, but it's got a glitch or two. Namely that the power/sleep button seems to be acting up. That button gets used, a lot, so it's really aggravating when it doesn't work right.

Power DNS on CentOS 6

I've been using a homebrew sql backend for BIND for a while now. The idea was to make dynamic dns updates easier for my home machines. Its worked pretty well, I like my self written tool, but it lacks a web interface, and it's also a little clunky. I thought about rewriting it, but i decided to look around and see if something else already existed. A friend mentioned PowerDNS. So I thought I'd give it a shot. I'm loosely following the instructions I found here.

Legislation wants to screw up our Internet...

So, first let me say that I'm no law expert. I am however something of an IT Pro. IT's been my career, well, since I graduated High School. IT's been my hobby, and I guess you could say Passion since long before that. I've worked for ISP's, Web Hosts, and now I'm a member of the IT staff at a respectable small liberal arts college. I'm respected for my skills, opinions, and abilities. I say all of this so that you'll know who I am and what I know. Which may, or may not, add credibility to what I'm about to write in this blog entry.

Google Chromebook.

I was reading this quarter's 2600 Magazine, and came across an article regarding the Google ChromeBook.  This particular model was the CR48.  He'd gotten it as part of a pilot program from Google, and he was testing it out for a week.  His goal was simply to use it for a week, as his primary computer, and see how he liked it.  His review was about what I expected, basically that it was a neat idea, and that he could see a use for it, but it was _not_ something an experienced user would be satisfied with.

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