Chris J Powell

Krispy's Tech News of the Week – November 21, 2014

Back in the early days of my blogging I used to scour the web for ideas and things that inspired me.  The topics and ideas that are out there on the Interwebz are incredible and the time needed to actually dive into the concept of keeping up with Technology is, well challenging to say the least.  I was reading through my archived posts from the early days of www.chrisjpowell.com when the Rants were Fresh and the Idea of Blogging every day was a tool for building connections with my clients as I sold IT Research and Advisory Services with the Info-Tech Research Group which is filled with some incredible people that really made an impact in the lives of IT Professionals around the world. Now, almost 4 years after my first post, I am bringing back the Krispifications that I used to publish from sources around the Information Highway and sharing what I have found to be the best of the week (3 or 4 quick bytes of information). Contributor by Google Google like no other company has benefited from the world … Read more

This Day in Tech History – In the Beginning

November 26 On this day in 1975, Microsoft Founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen registered the name Microsoft with the Secretary of State in New Mexico, before that time it had operated as Micro-Soft an abbreviation of Microcomputer and Software…today we all know it as the IT Behemoth that rules the desktop!

Why I Can't Wait to Join the Lollipop Guild

Many people I know love their Mac’s and iPhone’s but for me…nothing suits my personality better than an Android Phone and a Linux Desktop.  Sure I begrudgingly use Windows, have owned an iPad but my Android Tablet (an Acer B1-710) and my Android Phone (currently a Nexus 4) have never let me down and I can’t wait for November 3, 2014 when the next iteration of Android is officially released.  Joining the Lollipop Guild and the new freedom and “Material Design” that is included is going to be magical…but what are those features that appeal most to me? Having had Android devices that range back to the Eclair Release in 2009, the impending release of Lollipop has some interesting features that I really do look forward to.  Topping the charts include: Device Setup and Sync: When the day comes for my next upgrade, it will be to another Lollipop device.  I am debating the Nexus 6 but also thinking that it might be time to give an HTC device a whirl, although the MotoX still has this interesting appeal to me…but … Read more

Timmie's You Are Dead To Me

Here in Canada we have a few institutions that define us as who and what we are, Hockey Night in Canada, Public Healthcare and the ever present Tim Horton’s Donut shops that seem to be on every street corner in this country.  We love our coffee so much, we take it with us when we go to war…and this is all good except for when the “brand” that defines a country starts to lose the very identity that made it a cultural icon. This week I find myself working outside of the office, doing some training and interacting with one of the Car Dealerships that I support and while there I am required to take a full 1 hour lunch so I figured on my first day I would head out and over to the local Tim Horton’s (which by the way there are 3 within a stones throw of the dealership) and try to enjoy a little down time…but the second that I arrived in the door I was greeted by what can only be described as a hostile … Read more

A Dad's Renewed Dedication

There are few things in this life that are truly unconditional but one of those things that are, are the love of a Father for his Child. 15 Years ago today I became a very lucky man when I heard the first tender cries from my beautiful Daughter.  I will never forget the first time I held her in my arms and when she opened her eyes, I could tell that she was meant to be my little girl (FOREVER).  The two of us share a very special bond, one that goes beyond Father and Daughter…we are like two peas cast from the same pod…many years apart. She is my little Geek 2.0 and I am so proud of everything that she does. I have put her through a lot over the years…10 moves in 15 years is a lot for anyone but for the most part, the moves were always to bring about positive change…at least I hope so. Her strength of character is something that inspires me to be the best that I can be…to never stop trying to improve and to be … Read more

Free App Friday – I Want to be "Known"

It looks like I will be staying in this weekend and not doing much of anything as a “bug” of sorts has taken hold with both myself and everyone that I actually care about so it looks like there will be a complete lack of “extra curricular” activities which is not necessarily a bad thing because I wanted to get to work on some new things here and over at my other site (www.chrisjpowell.com) that I have been putting off for quite some time.  With this latest bout of “Man Flu” hitting me I figured chaining myself to my computer desk and rebuilding my original site into something real and worthy of the 3 years of effort that I have put into it will be time well spent…but I was not sure how or what to do…until this week! Most nights I choose to listen to TwitTV Podcasts from my tablet to help me fall asleep and in theory learn a few things through osmosis…not sure if it works but it generally helps me fall asleep with the gentle musings … Read more

OS Sunday – It's Elementary My Dear Watson!

While I have never been a fan of the Mac OS there is something about it that has me wonder if it would be possible to build the sexiness of its look into the world of Linux that I love so much and sure there are docking bars and step by step instructions to make Ubuntu look, feel and act like a Mac but I recently stumbled across an OS that does all the leg work and configuration for you.  No messing about with extra installs, tweaks and Command Line Prompts…just simple and quick…the way that I like it!  For most of this week I have been sticking with an Education Theme and OS Sunday is the same: Elementary OS is built on the foundation of Ubuntu Linux but goes so much further in the way that it lays out the functions and the way that it connects to its users.  The 64-bit Download was a svelte 694 MB which would fit onto a venerable CD Rom and that to me has always been a sign that the developers are … Read more

The World's Biggest Open Source Experiment…OVER???

Parts of the web are buzzing with the rumour that the Munich, Germany transition to Linux may be classed as over and a transition back to Microsoft (Office and Windows) may be coming.  Having read the ZDNet article on the topic I can’t help but feel a little sad about the IT Pros that busted their collective butts to make the city of 1.5 Million an open source dream.  Having spent over a decade mucking about with Linux I can feel the pain of the Systems Administrators, Help Desk Pros and all other IT Professionals in the city that will now have to spend countless hours doing the bidding of bean counters who think that it is a good idea to scrap the all the hard work they have put into the project. Back in 2003, it was determined that it would be best for the city to move away from the dependence of a single vendor for their IT Infrastructure needs (namely the Redmond, Washington based Microsoft).  The process of migrating the 15,000 Workstations to an Ubuntu based LiMux and … Read more

Life Ain't Easy…But It Is Life!

There has been much talk around Facebook & Twitter about the tragic death of Robin Williams who succumbed to the inner demons that Depression bring out.  Depression is a silent killer that takes hold of more than 121 million people around the world each year according to the Conference Board of Canada and it is estimated that 1 in 5 people will experience some form of Mental Illness at some point in their lives.  That in of itself is a scary number, but what is even scarier is that fact that almost 2/3 of those people will never seek help for the voices of doubt that creep in upon them. My personal experiences with the demons of Depression, Anxiety and Panic are well documented and so is the lack of support that is actually available.  It lead to the loss of income, a marriage and thinking back, the estrangement of friends and family through out my 42 years.  It is funny that a disease that affects so many actually has far less support from the medical community here in Canada and … Read more

OS Sunday – I think I saw a "Ghost"

I started the day thinking that I would take on the adventurous task of trying out two new Distributions today but when I tried to install the Fedora Based Qubes OS, I had a complete and utter failure in getting it to recognize the Virtual Machine that I created for it so it will be a single OS this week and I figured if I was stepping out of my comfort zone with a Fedora Based OS, why not do double duty and try a BSD flavour as well!  The relatively large 1.72 GB Ghost BSD ISO I downloaded (64 bit LXDE version) took a while to download but when it came to booting up to the installer, I was more than happy with the speed and responsiveness of the system. I have been a fan of the LXDE desktop for a while and while I had several options to choose from when picking a desktop environment (Mate, XFCE, LXDE and OpenBox) I chose LXDE more for comfort sake than anything else as I enter into the virtually uncharted waters … Read more

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