Charnell Lucich

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I have been an iPhone user since the first iPhone came out. Until a few months ago. I made the leap over to Android and picked up a Nexus 5. I tried to use Android a few years ago, was pretty miserable with it, and quickly ran back to cuddle with my longtime buddy – Apple.

Over the last 10+ years my cell phones get heavy use for work related things and I’m accustomed to using my phone and not carrying around a laptop or a tablet. It’s convenient. Since I made the switch to Android this go-round, my work life has been much easier. Much. My e-mail client Nine is my new best friend, Google docs is my savior, and other apps I use for work along¬†withvthese two are just simple and work flawlessly together. Android has come a long way over the years and I’m loving it.

So what’s the dilemma?

I keep up with tech. I’m a gadget girl. I stalk technology 24/7/365. I dream technology. Okay..maybe I don’t go that far. Maybe. I sold my iPad (that I’ve also used continuously since the beginning, upgrading to the latest and greatest year after year), and purchased a Nexus 7. Love it. I use an Apple laptop for work. I use Android for personal everything.
I love both, but I feel like I get so much more with Android. Then here comes the iPhone 6 and now I find myself struggling. Being a techi-gadget-geek-girl, an Apple and Android lover, what is a girl to do? #firstworldproblems (yes, I did it.)

Now let me say that I am _not_ the techie who has to show off all my latest and greatest gadgets. I’m not the “ooooh…look at me! Look at the new coolness I have!” I research and buy my gadgets wisely based off of what will work best for me then keep them to myself and enjoy them. I mean, there have been times that I’ve researched for over a year and end up purchasing something that’s a little dated – and that’s okay because the latest model wasn’t a good choice.

I’m keeping up with all the rumors and speculations of what’s to come with the iPhone 6 and I’m drooling. I’m seeing the pictures of its beauty. I’m glancing over at my not-so-fancy/kind-of-plain Nexus 5 and understanding that while it’s not sleek, nor fancy, it’s done everything I’ve wanted it to do, easily. But I’m a gadget girl! I want to play with everything new and cool! Everything! What if the iPhone 6 with the new iOS 8 can do everything that I need it to do with ease and grace?

I’m pretty sure I won’t go out and buy an iPhone 6 when it’s released. I’ll watch it. Read the reviews from real world users. And wear a bib…

I would love to hear others opinions on both Android and iOS, what you primarily use it for (work or personal), and why you’ve chosen it. You may offer reasoning that I haven’t thought of (for either) that will help make decisions easier in the future.

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I’ve been doing a lot of reading on Cloud Computing recently, the infrastructures, the architectures, and the clients. While reading various¬† websites, white papers, and the like, I came across a blog post at DonorPerfect that really made me think about “The Clouds” and the future. The title of this blog post is what really caught my attention – “Cloud Computing – Is It Raining?” DonorPerfect employs a private cloud strategy, where they take care of the software management and let PEER 1 handle the hardware and network. So my first thought after all my findings is, “What the hell is cloud computing? Has anyone defined this yet? Will anyone ever come up with one solid definition?” No. Everyone is making the attempt to, but there just isn’t any clear definition of it. DonorPerfect’s version –

The ability for organizations to rent computer time and space from the “cloud computing” services such as those from Amazon and Google. It is generally viewed as an alternative from either hosting your own infrastructure yourself, or even outsourcing your infrastructure, but managing it yourself (in essence, a private “cloud”).

Some say it’s a cure-all for all that ails the computing world. Eric from ENKI, a Cloud Computing services provider says –

Some expectations I’ve seen from potential customers include, in no particular order:
– cost
– reliability
– scalability
– pay-as-you-go billing
– live phone support
– a vendor that cares about their success
– SLA (service level agreement)
– availability of knowledgeable consultants or outsourced operations services on the platform
– suitability to their existing application
– built-in high availability or DR architecture
– availability of add-on services such as monitoring, performance testing, backup, security audits
– certification compliance (such as SAS70)
– flexibility and/or partnership orientation of the cloud vendor as a long-term business partner
– vendor lock-in issues
– level of access to control logic
– hands-off operation of the cloud

And others have their own definitions and expectations of The Clouds. Stacy Higginbotham over at GigaOM posted an interesting article back in July titled, “10 Reasons Enterprises Aren’t Ready To Trust The Cloud.” In this article she gives some pretty valid reasons such as security or not being platform agnostic (forcing you to rely on a single platform or host only one type of product), just to name a couple from her list. Aside from the two I’ve mentioned, one very important reason Stacy lists is reliability (#9). This is something that DonorPerfect mentions in their blog post as well and it’s something I’m seeing more and more of.

I’m going to end my findings here. I am not discrediting Cloud Computing by any means simply because I cannot grasp what it is, wrap my head around it completely and see the full benefits. Perhaps those of you who read this blog can share your thoughts and your own take on it. I also recommend reading DonorPerfects post on this subject as well as Stacy’s post, I’m curious to see your thoughts after reading both.
I look forward to reading your responses.

In the latest round in the fight between the educational system and technological progress, New Jersey schools are talking about banning students from using Wikipedia as a resource in the classroom. Their argument: there is too much unverified information that is so easy to access that students may be tempted to use it as a primary source. In other words, students are lazy and don’t know any better.

No encyclopaedia should be used as a primary source for the simple fact that the articles themselves are watered down versions of primary sources: books written by experts with direct experience in the subject. An encyclopaedia is a good starting point because it gives a broad summary of the topic and shows where one should look next. How do you start researching a topic that you know absolutely nothing about? Wikipedia is actually a superior resource in this respect because articles are required to have citations or they get flagged, and you can simply click on the citation link to find out where the information came from. Now you have primary sources to base your research on. Wikipedia also teaches collaboration and allows students to revise articles and share other primary information that they may have found (with proper citations of course).

This is where educators need to step up to the plate. Students need to be educated on the difference between primary and secondary sources, and graded appropriately when they fail to use the proper resource.

To quote a very close friend of mine, Henry: “Call me old-fashioned, but when I was in school the teachers actually KNEW the subject they were teaching and could spot a paraphrased encyclopaedia article a mile away. The Internet is the greatest tool to locate obscure information, yet teachers act like you should spend your days crawling through the card catalog at the local library (do they even USE card catalogs anymore?) Instead of being afraid of the technology and restricting its use, they should be teaching students how to use the technology effectively.”

I couldn’t agree more…

While I don’t agree with Steve Borsch when he says that “Leopard will be Apple’s tipping point”, I do agree that Apple has and is continuously making headway in the market.
So far, the upgrades included with Apple’s OS Leopard looks to be quite impressive with 300+ upgrades. Being a Mac user, the feature I’m looking forward to the most is Time Machine. I’m always reminding myself to run backups but to actually do it..well that’s a different story. Time Machine looks like it’s going to be amazingly simple to backup; so simple that even the most non-technical user will be happy using it.

Parental Controls included. This is something that many parents today are concerned with. Parents are paying more and more attention to what their children are doing on the internet and what sites they’re visiting. Some of the nice features included are the in depth logging and the bed time and time limits.

Dashcode. This will be of interest to all you web developers. Imagine libraries of thousands of widgets, as well as widgets that provide functionality of any application created. Many of us have no idea what widgets are and really don’t care, but for those that do Dashcode is something to take notice of.

BootCamp. Finally an official feature, and all of the beta support is now ending. BootCamp boasts to run Windows at native speed and has drivers galore (no more searching!).

More upgrades are included and I for one can’t wait to see all of the features as well as ease of use that Leopard has to offer.

Being a woman who loves technology and super-cool tech toys, I always find myself disgusted at the “toys” marketed towards women. I did a Google search looking for something that might capture my attention enough to go out and buy and was greatly disappointed. My search came up with things like:

* Interactive Health Equalizer Foot Pro Massager – “What women doesn’t love spa-style gadgets?” (Uh…ok? Not only is this not cool, but for that price I can go visit my local manicurist/pedicurist and get a wonderful massage several times!)

* Black & Decker Handheld Cordless Can Opener – “This opener is ideal for women of all ages….” (Yeah, this is so cool I want to go buy 20 of them to give to all of my female friends so it can make their lives IN THE KITCHEN easier to cook for their families!)

* 7 inch Widescreen LCD Digital Picture Frame – …… (sigh)

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are females out there who’d love to get neat little gifts such as the above. Being a woman who lives, breathes, and eats in the tech field… I’m looking for something that carries the cool factor much, much further.

I’ve created a post on our ServerBeach Forums, asking our customers and anyone else who visits what they’ve bought for that special geek-girl in their lives in hopes of ending my search for a new toy.


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