Author Archives: J.J.

And after half a day with iOS 5

Friday and the delivery of my shiny new Apple iPhone 4S can’t come soon enough. Apple released the latest version of its mobile computing operating system – iOS 5 – which I proceeded to install on my aging iPhone 3GS.  It was a challenging update due to the heavy demand on Apple’s servers.  If you [...]

On the passing of Steve Jobs

And just like that, Steve Jobs was gone. (Note: I rarely cross post the same piece to multiple blogs.  But in a tribute to Steve Jobs, I’m going to do so with this post.  Steve liked to say that he worked where technology met the liberal arts. His work crossed a lot of boundaries.  In [...]

Google’s latest shiny new toy- Google+

This morning, I received an invite into Google latest attempt to slow down Facebook – Google+.  It’s a service that has been receiving its fair share of initial praise from the technorati, probably because Google has implemented Google+ with what we’ve come to know as basic social networking conventions. Things like a newsfeed, profiles with [...]

Migrate your blog from WordPress to Tumblr

About a year ago, I decided to move the content of one of my personal blogs from a self hosted WordPress installation to the Tumblr platform after realizing that the Tumblr workflow that emphasized curating text, photos, and videos from across the Web was taking precedence over composing original content on my own.  Surely someone [...]

Three simple but incredibly useful tools

OK, two of these are really simple to use.  The third is a bit more involved.  But still incredibly useful.  All worth sharing.  So here we go… Down for everyone or just me? The next time one of your clients calls you frantically saying his site is down, first use this tool to find out.  [...]

Wired Magazine’s claim that “The Web is Dead”

Finally got around to reading last month’s Wired cover article proclaiming the death of the World Wide Web due to the App Store trend in every consumer electronic device; the popularity of walled gardens like Facebook; and the emergence of dedicated media pipes like iTunes, Kindles, and Netflix. First off, I don’t agree that the [...]

Dormant. But not extinct

It’s been a while since we popped our heads out of the sand around here.  It’s fair to say that Shiny New Toy has been in  a bit of hibernation mode for almost a year.  To say that we’ve folded our hands would be incorrect.  To say that we’ve become increasingly self-aware and have evolved [...]

Google Chrome OS May Breathe New Life Into That Old PC In the Back of Your Closet

Chances are, you’re got an old PC sitting around.  Most likely it’s stashed away in the back of a closet in your house.  Behind that tennis racket you never pick up.  And right next to your dusty rollerblades.  You probably often think to yourself how you should get rid of all that stuff.  Stick it [...]

Are High School and College Students Leaving Facebook for Email?

There’s a very interesting analysis about Facebook users reported by Marshall Kirkpatrick on Read Write Web: Just when all the grown ups started figuring out Facebook, college and high school users have declined in absolute number by 20% and 15% respectively in a mere six months, according to estimates Facebook provides to advertisers that were [...]

How I Ported Data from My Old Treo to My New iPhone 3GS

Yes, I have finally made the leap to an iPhone.  I picked up my new iPhone 3GS on Friday and have been lost in its brillance ever since. In so doing, I left my Palm Treo 755p behind. And I’m now off the Palm platform for the first time in a decade.  As you might [...]

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