Chris J Powell

A New Browser – and More???

A New Browser – and More???

So every once in a while I will get a random request for me to look at a piece of software, application or service.  Most of the time I look quickly at the request and then glance at the proposal and move on…not having much interest in doing that type of review work…but recently as my time and energy are being summarily pulled in many different directions, I realized that maybe I should actually take a closer look at these request. The lead developer on a project called BriskBard reached out to me and in the email said: I developed BriskBard and I’m looking for help getting the word out about it. I would appreciate any mention you can make, either on your website or elsewhere. Ok…not a major ask and I do tend to look over these types of requests and just because of time constraints don’t do much about them.  But there was something interesting about this concept, one that I remember from back in the original Browser Battle Days of Netscape vs Internet Explorer and then in … Read more

WebApp Wednesday – Markdown

WebApp Wednesday – Markdown

During my evaluation of Content Management Solutions for the relaunch of this site I looked at a lot of Flat File CMS’s that not only supported the Markdown Language but were built directly around it.  Despite returning to the site’s roots as a WordPress based website, I fell in love with the idea of being able to not only write the posts and pages in a language that was easy to understand where the code was coming from, but would also enable me to port the information over to PDF in real time without loosing any formatting or needing to rebuild things with the wonderful world of Copy & Paste. I live and breath with the Chrome Browser and as nice as it is to be able to leverage a native application, I found myself needing the option to be able to move from my Desktop, to my Chromebook to my Tablet and to my phone with a single application that I could save my .md files directly to my Google Drive that is enabled across all of the devices…and … Read more

Infographic of the Week – The Sheer Size of My Information Overload

I am on a quest to figure out what my life will become, what needs to be cut out and what I need to expand upon.  I realized that the Information Overload that I experience every single day is starting to get out of hand and one of the first things that I will have to do is focus on what is truly important to me and to my future and place focus on that…but I stumbled across a very interesting Infographic that lays out the world of Data Growth and for those that don’t know the difference between a Megabyte and a Petabyte…well here is a quick reference for you all! Brought to you by datascience@berkeley: Master of Information and Data Science Cheers, Krispy

Browser Battle 2014

Most of my life is now spent inside of a browser.  No seriously. Between work, blogging and surfing the web, I spend no less than 10-15 hours in front of some sort of screen and for the most part, this involves having a web browser open and doing something with the wonders of the Interwebz.  It would seem that I am not alone.  When I got on the internet in the late 90s I was some what unique with less than 300 Million total internet users in the world…the early Geeks were few and far between and there really wasn’t much to see out there. Back in the day, I used mostly Internet Explorer…and at the time…it was all good but then I met Netscape (Navigator and Communicator) and well my world changed.  I started to learn how to build web pages and started to understand that there was a world out side of Microsoft. Fast forward to 2014 and I split my Internet time between IE (at work – it is a requirement) and Google Chrome (on all my … Read more

Designing the Perfect Home Network

Designing the Perfect Home Network

My life is going through a lot of changes right now one of which is heading out on my own for the first time in over 20 years (my first year of college in 1992).  It is both scary and exciting and this time I am going to plan out the configuration of all the tech things extremely well before I even venture off into the great beyond.  I found a place yesterday and it has a lot of 1920’s charm right down to the plaster walls and short doors (and when I say short, the door to the bathroom will cause more than one bump on the head).  I am starting to plan out how I will layout my humble abode with both the furniture and gear that I have now but also start to make a plan on how I will leverage the technology that I have at hand and set things up just how I want it…with no consideration for those around me because it will be mine and mine alone! Because I will be living on … Read more

The Wild, Wild Web – Personal Security in the Internet Age

This week it was revealed that there is a major flaw out there on the Interwebz that potentially affects 2/3 of all web sites.  That seems like a big deal and it is, according to InternetLiveStats.com there are over 938,000,000 websites so the Heartbleed Bug could affect over 600 Million web sites and that includes the world of Google, Yahoo, eBay, Internet Banking, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and basically any other website that uses the LAMP Stack and leverages the OpenSSL standard for generating security certificates. I generally never really took much stock in increasing my Security Posture when it came to my online life.  I reset my passwords on a regular basis and tend not to surf to unreliable sites or download things that are questionable but this latest flaw had me really really thinking and after listening to This Week in Google on T.W.I.T TV last night before bed I took some precautions to protect myself and the things that are important to me: Installed LastPass – a Password Manager that lets me tie all my passwords to an encrypted … Read more

Throwback Thursday – Tech the World has Lost – Part 4

Throwback Thursday – Tech the World has Lost – Part 4

As we move to what is being called the Post PC Era (a land of wearable computers, tablets and smartphones) I think back to my first computer that I purchased for myself.  It goes all the way back to 1996 when I found an Advertisement in the Scarborough Weekly paper that for $1 per day I could have a brand new computer.  I thought that this was great as I had just assisted my boss upgrade his computer to Windows 95 using the 13 Floppy Disks that was the norm at that point.  I called and was approved for this wicked awesome deal (little did I know that it was $1 per day for the next 4 years…or something like that. Beyond getting hooked into an incredibly long lease on a computer that was more than obsolete before it was paid off I was the coolest kid going as I could get onto the Interwebz for the first time.  I remember my first ISP too, it was MSN dialup with the super fast 28.8 kbit dialup modem!!!  I was doing … Read more

Infographic of the Week – 10 Jobs that Didn't Exist

As I find myself on the outside looking in at what my future will hold (despite the cathartic benefit of saying goodbye to the stress of Sales)…I wonder and think of my daughter who is preparing for her future.  New roles and jobs and careers are popping up all the time and when I came across this Infographic by LinkedIn.com I just couldn’t resist. by taniacreative. Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.   Cheers, Krispy

The Last 21 Days

On April 8, 2014 Microsoft will end support for the ongoing patching of the venerable Windows XP and it is now crunch time for the nearly 30% of all desktops out there that still run the venerable 13 year old Operating System that in all honesty served so many for so long.  But what will happen on April 9th?  I have heard some doomsday forecasts that this far worse than the perceived threat that never happened with Y2K, but for the most part…it will continue to be business as usual for users of WindowsXP…sort of. I did a quick perusal of the June 2013 Microsoft Security Intelligence Report and surprised that Windows XP still had the highest infection rate among the 4 Client Side OS versions from Microsoft…nearly double that of Windows Vista. So the older code and porous operating system that is Windows XP is more prone to infection by the world’s Virus makers…that is really not a surprise and has been a fact for some time…but the real question that should be asked is…what is the real alternative … Read more

Infographic – BYOD aka Bring Your Own Droid

In my time of working with IT Leaders around the world there was a “lesser of two evils” that existed when it came to their BYOD Plans and more often then not, it defaulted to the Apple iPhone for ease of maintenance and support for their existing teams. Well that is quickly coming to an end as this week’s Infographic shows: by JanBorunda. Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually. Cheers, Krispy