Chris J Powell

Happy Birthday to Krispy's Rants/i am krispy

Four years ago this week I ventured forth and started to put the thoughts, rants and meanderings out there for the world to see.  4 years ago I really didn’t think that anyone at any point would give this attempt at connecting a second glance but through the process I have seen this site flourish and at times become a realization of a dream of mine. Writing is not something that comes easy, nor does the discipline of committing the time to doing it right.  The past few months have been a challenge for me both physically and emotionally and my commitment as Wordsmith has waned somewhat. The four years of being a blogger have seen me experiment with different platforms (the first posts were done at Google’s site) but then I found WordPress and even though I have on a few occasions left the comfort of it, I have always returned. Looking at the numbers behind the site itself, I have accomplished quite a bit over the four years that I have been committed to building the Krispy … Read more

Living La Vida Streaming

Recently I posted about my installation of Kodi and the configuring of the successor to Xbox Media Center to enable me to watch my favorite (and forgotten) TV Shows without the need to have a Cable Subscription.  For years I had been downloading those shows, renaming the files and configuring them into folders that in effect had consumed more than 2.5 TB of storage within my home network.  With my lightning fast Internet Connection this meant that I could grab my favorite shows the morning after they aired and then watch them when I got home from work. This concept has suited me just fine, for a long time and I probably would have continued to do this, but the reality is, the time it takes to source out the different shows that I like to watch, download, sort and get everything just so…well it starts to get time consuming and while I have plenty of time on my hands these days, I can’t help but think that there is a better way of doing things. And there is. The … Read more

Four Weeks with my iPad…what’s next

Four weeks ago my employer rewarded me with an iPad2 for going above and beyond the call of duty and I must say that I am suitably impressed with both the form factor, speed and usability of the device.  I do find the screen just a tad over sized and the limitations of not having a file system that allows me to have it be a true Desktop or Laptop replacement is a bit of a pain but I have enjoyed my time “going to the darkside” and the world of proprietary software (and yes I have become a bit of a FanBoy @djuusola). Now the big question is, would I have paid the $519.99 CAD for the device…probably not.  Would I have given a kidney like the kid in China…absolutely not.  But I will say that the buzz that my clients have about the iPad and tablets in general are definitely on the right track. But the tablet space is getting VERY crowded and I figured with the Microsoft Announcement of Windows 8 being very tablet centric I would … Read more