Chris J Powell

OS Sunday – A Mobile Renaissance Pt 1

In many ways I feel that the Mobile OS World has started to stagnate a bit.  You have Android which is good but each new version seems to be just a rehash of the old, iOS which lets face it, is starting to fade into irrelevancy because Apple continues to live in the world that “it is our handset or nothing” mindset, Blackberry well…we will morn for you and the Windows Phone OS…which really has potential but came to the party too late.  But now there is a resurgence in building of a “new and better mobile”.  With the likes of Tizen, Sailfish, Firefox OS and Ubuntu Touch the Mobile Market has become an interesting place…that is for sure. In Part 1 of this Mobile Renaissance I figured I would take a closer look at the Sailfish OS that is starting to gain some traction and interest…and has a pretty solid SDK available.  Unlike the world of Desktop OS reviews, I am having to download the SDK for each of the up and coming Mobile OS and some functionality will … Read more

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

OS Sunday – GoGo Gadget Arms

The title of this weeks look into the world of Operating Systems really has nothing to do with the Linux Distribution that I decided upon but as a child of the 70’s, Inspector Gadget was a morning staple of mine and when I look at how GoboLinux, the recipient of my time this week has changed how Linux is sorted and filed…maybe it is fitting after all. The interesting thing that got me thinking about leveraging an Alpha version of a Linux Distribution for review is that GoboLinux applies a new File System to how applications are sorted and each App, gets its own folder…so it should be interesting to see what happens when I not only install the base system but head out to find the rest of the applications that makes a complete OS for me…and then add a few extras and become annoyed with them and then remove them only to add more…you know like how many of us operate our computing lives in 2014 (ok maybe it is just me and it is even worse when … Read more

Digital Activism – Are we Really Paying Attention?

I sat here this morning what I would do for a post and was thumbing through some Facebook Posts and I came across an interesting load of crap that had been thrown in the general direction of Mike Rowe…you may know him from his Discovery Channel show Dirty Jobs.  It would appear that because Mike took a job narrating a commercial that was sponsored by WalMart he has become the target of a campaign designed to villify him in the “Court of Public Opinion” by an organization called Jobs With Justice. I took the time to read through the response that Mike posted on his Facebook Page and can honestly say that it made me more than just a little sick to my stomach to think that Jobs With Justice could be so blind to the fact that there is little if nothing that Mike Rowe did that was wrong when he took a paid gig as a narrator for the Wal-Mart Sponsored Commercial (that by the way does not point to WalMart at all): When I watch this 60 … Read more

When Does Technology Get a Little Creepy?

I have tattoos…and if Motorola/Google/Lenovo follows through with a recent patent application…our Technology will become embedded into our skin.  Yes that is right, according to US Patent Application 20130294617 the world will see us connecting to our devices using BlueTooth/NFC/Zigbee directly…no more douchebag earbud for us! For the most part, I am ok with companies and the government knowing what I am surfing, emailing and even to a degree knowing where I am but this…this is going just a bit too far and bringing us closer to a world of Cyborgs and Techno Wizardry like seen in the 90’s Role Playing Games Cyberpunk and Shadow Run.  I don’t know if I am comfortable with tech being used in this way…but in all likelihood, I would get one because of the convenience of being able to remotely connect with what ever the future holds for us (hopefully not quite like Oscar winner movie Her…that too is pretty darn creepy). Cheers, Krispy  

OS Sunday – What Do You Get When You Combine a Tangerine with an Igloo?

Greetings, and this week we look at an interesting Distro that is based on Debian and yes I chose KDE Plasma over Gnome which was surprised me too.  For those have been following OS Sunday since its days over at, I am not a real big fan of KDE in general but every once in a while I still dip my toe back into the water to see if it can win me over…I guess I am a glutton for punishment…or am I? The Tanglu 1.0 (Aequorea Victoria) was released on February 21, 2014 so it is freshly pressed and should be interesting.  Before diving into the install I looked through the documentation and FAQs listed on the Tanglu site and was adequately impressed to click on the download button for the 1GB ISO that I would be installing.  As always I set things up in an Oracle VirtualBox Environment with 20GB of HDD and 4GB of RAM…to give everything a fair and equal chance between all the distros. The installation went smoothly with one slight hitch, for some reason … Read more

When Risk Outweighs Reward – The Ocean of Data

The amount of Data being generated by individuals, corporations and governments everyday is daunting and in many ways scary.  If so much data is being created (by most estimates it is around 2.5 Exabytes per day or enough to fill 2.5 Million 1TB Hard Drives) then what is being done with it all?  Is it safe? What is it used for?  Does it ever go away? This Ocean of New Data comes with many challenges but also a great many rewards and the investment in both collecting but also using and leveraging that Data is what I will look at today.  There are two interesting studies that looked at in preparation for this post: Big Data – The Risks and Rewards Locked in Vast Oceans of Data (by KPMG) GENERATING VALUE FROM ABSTRACT BIG DATA ANALYTICS (by ISACA) Looking through both of these documents it is clear that there is a huge potential upside of knowing more about…well everything and making smarter, more effective long term plans but to dive into the Risk vs. Rewards but to look at a deeper view of … Read more

When Risk Outweighs Reward – A Cloud Model

In all my time as a Sales Professional, I have been honest with my customers about the features and benefits of the products and services that I sell.  I try to hide nothing and I put all my cards on the table, it has what has made me successful in sales…but when I take a step back and look at the things around me.  The products and the services that are peddled every day…to the companies and the things that they do in the pursuit of the all mighty dollar…I take a step back and wonder…is the Risk worth the Reward? This is the first part of a series of looks at Risk vs Reward for different Technologies. One of the first things that every company and business leader needs to do is understand what their Risk Tolerance Level is.  We do it when making financial investments.  We sit down with our Advisers and make a solid short term, mid term and long term plan and then revisit it either annually or semi-annually and this is a good thing…but I … Read more

The Power of Social – Story Telling

Social Media is one of the most powerful and awe inspiring creations of this or any generation. Never has there been a single class of Technologies that can bring so many people together so quickly and so completely. One of my favourite parts about Social Media is the ability of it to build a Story that really tells you about a Brand or about a Person. The reality is, this is not something that is done too often with any real effect and Social Media has become more about the “broadcast” rather than the sharing of a good story. For me…that is about to change. Humanity loves stories. From the beginning of time, the ability to communicate through the telling of a story has enthralled the masses. Look to Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, these classic stories of love, lust and the quest for self-enlightenment are shining examples of the Graeco-Roman capacity to convey “history” through a story. I love a good story and at every opportunity try to work in one to explain a point or underline the importance of … Read more

The Digital Platform of Tomorrow

There are many things that bring us to what has become the Digital Platform that we all know and enjoy today. The Internet as we know it has been around since 1991 and Email just celebrated its 42nd birthday…but a Digital Platform is defined as: (Digital platforms) provide audio, video or data transmission in the real time or delayed mode in many networks, such as cable, satellite, terrestrial digital broadcasting and broadband networks So with digital platforms building out our ability to connect with any device, any time and almost anywhere…what does this mean for all of us? Will the future be as bright as is eluded to by the powers that be? The need to be connected is something that I struggle with on a daily basis. Putting down my phone, tablet, laptop or stepping away from my desktop even for a couple of hours is a real challenge. As the definition eludes to…it is not just all of that data that is tied to the Digital Platforms that we all interact with…it is Voice and Video too. Netflix … Read more