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December 20, 2012  10:55 PM

Apples Passport

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, Apples Passport app has been on the market for a while now and while there haven’t been a lot of apps made of it the ones that are made have been used pretty heavily. According to the link below “American Airlines’ Passbook-compatible app has served 1.5 million customers, and 20,000 passes are being delivered to flyers every day through the service.” For a small app that had great potential but no initial success that isn’t bad. Hopefully more companies jump on board with the idea of not needing another card to fit into your wallet in order to use their services, reward or otherwise.

Source: http://bgr.com/2012/12/20/apple-passbook-developers-success-261111/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBoyGeniusReport+%28BGR+%7C+Boy+Genius+Report%29

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)

December 19, 2012  8:34 PM

FlipBoard for the Laptop

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, if you have used FlipBoard for the iPhone or Android then you are well aware of the great way that it can take the information from many media outlets and organize them into easy to navigate pages that would be in a book. It is part of my morning ritual that would have replaced reading the paper if paper was ever involved in my morning.

Recently i have obtained a Macbook Air and while I don’t typically browse the headlines on my laptop there is a time and place where that makes sense. Such a place as an airport or coffee shop. Mixtab is a great FlipBoard tool for the laptop that is on the move. It uses a similar but not the same tiles method on the startup screen and it is also free which is great. Have a look at it if you get a chance.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


December 15, 2012  8:03 AM

5 Tech Quotes… About Developers

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all,

For the other side of the IT world… developers.

1. In a room full of top software designers, if two agree on the same thing, that’s a majority. – Bill Curtis

2. I think it’s a new feature. Don’t tell anyone it was an accident. – Larry Wall

3. Writing the first 90 percent of a computer program takes 90 percent of the time. The remaining 10 percent also takes 90 percent of the time and the final touches also take 90 percent of the time. – NJ Rubenking

4. Programming is like sex – one mistake and you have to support it for the rest of your life. – Michael Sinz

5. It’s not a bug – it’s an undocumented feature. – Unknown

Feel free to add your own favourites in the comments.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


December 1, 2012  10:35 PM

Archive Configs

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to automatically save a backup of your Cisco switch/router configuration in a way that will let you rollback to the previous version if you need to. Well, you have been able to do this for a while actually. It is called archiving and it is pretty easy to get going. To save an archive whenever you save to the NVRAM simply enter the commands below.

enable
conf t
path flash:MyConfig
write-memory

Now every time you enter the command write-memory in order to save the configuration to NVRAM it will also save a version for archiving. To see these you would issue the “show archive” command. From there can see all of the versions that are available to restore.

In order to restore a previous configuration bounce out of global config mode and type replace and use the archive name of the version you want to restore. Simply as that and you now have an automated method for backing up your configs, locally at least.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


December 1, 2012  4:01 PM

Template for SMB Cloud

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, how can you run a company off of the cloud? The cloud is currently focused very tightly on the SMB space. While it is expanding into the enterprise space it isn’t there yet and it will be a while before it gets there. Below is a sample mapping that a small business might be able to use in order to have zero on-site servers. Technically this could make their workforce 100% mobile while reducing your licensing, hardware and maintenance costs to close to zero as well.

Email Server = Gmail
File Server = DropBox
Printer Server = Network based printer
Backups = BackBlaze
Company Specific Apps = RackSpace cloud servers

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


November 30, 2012  4:05 PM

iTunes 11

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, iTunes 11 is released and ready for download and consumption by the general masses. The reworked app that is available for Windows and Mac is faster and presumably more stable. The biggest difference though is the interface. It is cleaner with much less clutter than the previous version. Apple managed to keep the intuitive nature of the tool present and solid with the update and de-cluttering.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


November 30, 2012  12:11 AM

BlackBerry – Not totally gone

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, BlackBerry is out of the game right? No one wants the new BlackBerry or are they? In the emerging markets BlackBerry still has a place. While the revenue generated from these markets is not as lavish as the market for a Galaxy S3 or an iPhone they make up for small margins with quantity. The article below goes into all the details.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-magazine/where-the-blackberry-still-reigns-supreme/article5797505/?page=1

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


November 30, 2012  12:03 AM

Apples Future Marketshare

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, the Apple machine is just getting started by most accounts. While there are some that would count them out already there are others that looking more closely at the competition and their piece of the tablet and smartphone market. Take for instance the article linked to below by Forbes where they take a more comprehensive look at the market and where the money is going. Their analysis is interesting because they outline the many revenue streams that Apple is able to capture. The Android market is more fragmented and is harder to track and control. That has led to many vendors fighting over the cents while Apple racks in dollars.

Further to that thought consider the article about Apple effect on desktop/laptop sales. One wouldn’t have thought that Apple could wrestle even a sliver of the market share that Microsoft has away from the many hardware and software vendors. However it does seem that Apple has made a difference in the sales of Windows 8. Then Apple has just opened up the Chinese market.

Consider that Apple is just now starting to compete in many markets that others consider entrenched. Also, this quote from the Forbes article that says, “only 47% of Android users expect to buy another Android device and 42% expect to buy an iPhone”. That is a telling because 42% of Android users are considering iPhones. Then consider this comment, “84% of iPhone users will repurchase an iPhone compared to just 60% who would repurchase an Android phone”. User satisfaction is key to long term growth. Apple has won that area as well. The next will be a wild one for sure.

Five Reasons Why Google Android versus Apple iOS Market Share Numbers Don’t Matter

http://www.forbes.com/sites/darcytravlos/2012/08/22/five-reasons-why-google-android-versus-apple-ios-market-share-numbers-dont-matter/

Windows 8 Gets Off to a Slow Start

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324205404578149373215258016.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


November 19, 2012  4:44 PM

Cisco Acquires Meraki

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, cloud is the off-premise dream that many managers of small or medium sized companies have dreamed of for years now. Someone else is responsible for the hardware, software and backups of some of your key services. Cisco has been working hard to make headway in the cloud managed space. Their recent acquisition of Meraki is a key turning point in that effort.

Meraki is a cloud managed solution that covers mobile-device-management (MDM) to switches to wireless and the firewalls in between. Their interface is slick, their hardware is low-cost and their solutions are laser beam focused. With Cisco’s acquisition of them their lean and simple ecosystem will be brought into the Cisco family. Along with that many are hoping that the unified management style and comprehensive cloud services will come with them.

The announcement was only made last night (November 18th) so the wheels of their integration into the Cisco family hasn’t even started in earnest. Many people are looking forward to what this partnership will bring.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


November 19, 2012  4:34 PM

Text Your Query

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, are customer service reps at stores hovering over you every second that you don’t want them and then suddenly when you do need them they are all busy or nowhere to be found. Or do you loathe slogging through the menu system in order to ask a simple question that isn’t easily found on their website. This frustrates enough people that there is an app for that.

TalkTo is an app that will let you text a question to a company and hopefully get a valid response in a reasonable amount of time via text message. There are several companies that have signed up for the service but many are still missing. Also, the service is currently only available in the US. Over time, depending on usage I assume, the service could become an incredibly powerful tool.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


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