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August 24, 2012  2:40 AM

Infographic Shows Apple’s Worth



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Apple, ipad, iphone, iPod, MacBook

Hi all,

In the past 10 years, Apple’s stock increased by more than 8000 percent. Today they are the most valuable company in history.

It seems everyone has an Apple something… whether it’s a computer, an iPad, iPod or iPhone. At least one of those, and often more.

While it remains arguable that their 2012 value of $615 billion is greater than Microsoft’s 1999 record, due to inflation rates and such, it is still an incredible feat for a company that was once on the verge of bankruptcy.

Here’s a fascinating infographic from Statista.com on Apple’s value and the valuations of other tech and media companies.

Apple's Value

Now if I only I’d bought some Apple shares 10 years ago…

Til next time,
TechStop (JW)

Source: http://www.statista.com/topics/847/apple/chart/562/apple—the-most-valuable-company-in-the-world/

August 20, 2012  10:27 AM

SD Card Classes



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Microsoft Windows

Hi all,

It’s incredible how many different SD, SDHC, SDXC (and so on!) cards there are. And all the different classes… how do you know you will get the one with the speed that you need?

The SD Association (yes, there is one) developed standards for classes to guarantee minimum speed levels. But what does class 4 or 10 actually mean?

Speed Class || Minimum Speed || Use it For

2 ——- 2 MB/second —– SD video recording
4 ——- 4 MB/second —– SD video recording and some Full HD recording
6 ——- 6 MB/second —– Full HD video recording
10 —– 10MB/second —– Full HD video and HD still consecutive recording

So, really, depending on what you want the card for and how necessary speed is, you can just count on the higher the class number, the better.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


August 15, 2012  9:03 AM

5 Tech Quotes… to Make You Laugh



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Microsoft Windows, Quotes

Hi all,

A new feature for the 15th of every month… 5 tech quotes on varying topics. Here’s the first batch. Quotes that will make you laugh.

1. If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into committees. That’ll do them in. – Unknown
2. If Bill Gates had a dime for every time Windows crashes… oh, wait a minute, he already does. – Unknown
3. A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing. – Emo Philips
4. Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog. – Doug Larson
5. There are two major products that came out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We do not believe this to be a coincidence. – Jeremy S. Anderson

Feel free to add your own favourites in the comments. Maybe you will see it in another batch.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


August 14, 2012  8:35 AM

Will rebranding Hotmail as Outlook bring users back?



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Email, Hotmail, Microsoft

Hi all,

In what is hailed as a smart move for Microsoft, they have rebranded Hotmail as Outlook. It’s true, Outlook is well known and well liked and Hotmail is, well, let’s just say if I was still an active Hotmail user, I would quite possibly be laughed at or told to get with the times.

Apparently Hotmail still has the largest amount of email subscribers… I’m not so sure that counts as several people I know have one and never check it. They use their Hotmail address when forced to enter an email address online and they’re worried they will get spam from it… essentially, it’s their designated junk mail box.

So, will rebranding as Outlook rebuild some active users? Perhaps. The interface is much cleaner, has several viewing options, enhanced spam control and social media integration among other things.

Have you converted a Hotmail account to an Outlook account and Outlook email address? Or have you always been an active Hotmail user… and you’re willing to admit it? Let me know!

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


August 12, 2012  8:17 PM

Pay with Square at Starbucks



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Software

Hi all,

This week Starbucks announced it would be partnering with Square, a company that is making it a lot easier for businesses to process payments without all the traditional setup and processing fees. Starbucks chose both to invest in the company to help it grow while also implementing its technology to save on processing fees and provide better service.

In their news release, they say the partnership will “stimulate small business growth and enhance payment experience for millions of customers.”

Beginning this fall, customers at select US Starbucks locations will be able to download the app and use Pay with Square. What may be even more interesting is the following – which I assume will be only by opt-in – reported by Reuters:

“In the future, Starbucks said it plans to roll out certain cutting-edge Square products, including one that allows stores to use proximity sensors to pick up when a user carrying a smartphone loaded with Square’s app has walked in the door. Clerks could accept payments simply by taking that user’s name and charging their account.”

All I can is I look forward to a day when my phone is my wallet.

Starbucks news release: http://news.starbucks.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=687

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


July 31, 2012  4:14 PM

Using Technology to Reinvent Education



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Education, youtube

Hi all,

When I ran across a TED talk a while back on Khan Academy, I was thrilled to see someone looking at the education system and using technology to alter it. Dramatically.

If you haven’t heard of Khan, this fantastic YouTube video sums up the premise of it.

It all began when Salmar Kahn helped out his cousins by teaching them for a distance with some online tutorials that he posted on YouTube. Turns out, other people started watching… and learning. Eventually, Khan quit his full-time job, started Khan Academy and now some classrooms in California are — what they call – “flipping the classroom.” They’re having students watch the video lectures as homework then doing the actual work online in the classroom where a teacher can monitor each student and give them the individual attention they need. Making education much more effective. And it’s free.

This use of technology is brilliant and innovative, and I hope to see it reach all schools. You can check out the full educational site and use it yourself at http://www.khanacademy.org.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


July 30, 2012  11:39 PM

Cheap, Cool, Crazy



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Microsoft Windows

Hi all,

We all love geekery. It is those cheap toys that are cool than can drive others crazy. Well, there is one video blog that has taken that to heart. IGN’s cheap, cool, crazy with Naomi Kyle takes three products each week. One from each of the categories and presents them to the geek masses. The particular link below is to the Dr Who themed episode but they have done others including the Game of Thrones themed. If you visit Think Geek or IGN with any regularity then this show is for you.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


July 30, 2012  11:31 PM

Google – Free Internet



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Microsoft Windows

Hi all,

Google, the big bad ISP that gives away Internet (minus the setup fee). Wait, they give away Internet, yes they do. In Kansas city you can get internet for life for a one time construction feel of $300.00 USD. Check out the link below for the pricing info. You can get gig fiber Internet for $70.00/mth with no construction fee.

Google has decided that the big grants that companies like AT&T get from the US government and are using for … well not Internet improvement could benefit them. Google thinks that the more people can use the Internet the more people will use their services, the more services that they can sell and the more money they will make. I want to hear the rage machine at AT&T demonize this one.

https://fiber.google.com/plans/residential/

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


July 30, 2012  11:18 PM

Cisco NetFlow – Router



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Microsoft Windows

Hi all,

NetFlow collection is great. The NetFlow protocol allows for collection of layer 3 data that flows through a port. Source IP, destination IP, source port and destination port are some of the things that you can collect with NetFlow. Below is a basic configuration that can be used with a Cisco router.

On the interface
Interface fa0/0
Ip flow ingress
Ip flow egress

In the global config
ip flow-export source Loopback 1
ip flow-export version 9
ip flow-export destination 1.1.1.1 9996

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


July 30, 2012  11:08 PM

FaceBook Stock Price



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Microsoft Windows

Hi all,

FaceBook stock prices have taken a tumble. Does that really matter to you or me, well probably not. Not unless you have invested into the social media giant at least. Stock prices vary from month-to-month, day-to-day and minute-to-minute. All of that variance making it into the news really and truly doesn’t impact you favorite place to share cat photos or photos of your kids.

The crux of the issue is that this news is really only news to the stock ticker watching segment of society which isn’t likely you and me. Sure it isn’t an interesting bit of useless trivia but the actual impact to our lives isn’t felt now … or potentially ever and isn’t an indication of any ills. At least not right now.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


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