Chris J Powell

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

Geeking Out with Browsers

For most of us, the Web Browser is nothing more than a utility to check our Facebook, browse websites, even check our email and connect with friends and family. In the nearly 20 years that I have actively been involved with this great big world that is the Interwebz I have seen more than my fair share of browsers come and go.  The past few years has seen me tied pretty tightly with Google Chrome, both as a browser on all computers that I work with and as the Operating System of my rock solid little Chromebook. To give a bit of a run down, there are several “common” browsers out there: Internet Explorer – IE When it comes to the most commonly used web browser, look no further than the venerable Internet Explorer from Microsoft.  Directly tied to their Windows Operating System, IE has been used by most who head out to the Internet in search of deals, information or love (a bit of a throw back to Valentines day on Sunday). Back in 2003, Internet Explorer had an … Read more

Infographic of the Week – Is the Internet MORE Important than Air?

I don’t know some times I think that my life would cease to exist if it was not for the connection to the outside world that my Internet Connection provides.  I have been connected almost continuously since 1996 when I first subscribed to MSN with my first computer that I purchased from a Rent to Own Company when I was living in Toronto.  In the 18 years that I have been connected I have seen massive growth in the speed that I connect, from the painfully slow 33.6 kbps back in 1996 to the 25 MBps that I have today and the rest of the world is going through a similar process right now. I am amazed at how quickly the Internet is becoming the great equalizer for developing countries and Mobile Broadband is probably the most amazing aspect of this global transformation.  This week’s Infographic is brought to you by the Find more great infographics on NerdGraph Infographics

InfoGraphic of the Week – Throw Back to the Early Days of the Internet

f you are like me, you will remember that a company called AOL was notorious for sending out CDs to nearly everyone in North America to get them hooked on “their Internet” back in the 90s. You may have had one, 2 or even 20 of these discs kicking around at any given time…well the folks over at were nice enough to put together an Infographic that looks at this massive waste of our time: Cheers, Krispy