Posts Tagged ‘Apple’


Silver Cloud / Dark Lining?

Posted by: by John Parsons on January 16th, 2013

At the risk of channeling the late Andy Rooney, I have a bone to pick with cloud computing and its adherents. Like all business trends, “The Cloud” (capitalization required) has achieved meaningless buzzword status. It has also attracted its share of pretenders, predators, and puzzled participants. Let’s be clear from the start: cloud computing is [...]


Print Different

Posted by: by John Parsons on December 29th, 2012

This is typically the time of year when columnists, pundits, and bloggers look back at the past year, and ahead to what the next one may bring. Assuming the planet will not end altogether on December 21st, here’s my retrospective and glimpse forward for the printing industry. For some, the Mayan apocalypse may actually be [...]


When Less is Moore

Posted by: by John Parsons on June 24th, 2012

The rule of thumb known as Moore’s Law is at the heart of our problem of exponentially growing collections of information. Because digital capacity is supposedly doubling every 18 months, our natural inclination is to collect and process more data—because we can. Human capacity, meanwhile, does not follow such a growth curve, and the gap [...]


Software Review: Summly

Posted by: by John Parsons on March 6th, 2012

Occasionally, I get excited about new technology. (OK. Maybe “all geeked out” is closer to the truth.) Whenever someone figures out a better way for humans and their techno-tools to work together, I rejoice. Then I test drive it and, every once in a while, add it to my own repertoire. My latest find is [...]


Digital Assistance

Posted by: by John Parsons on February 21st, 2012

Do you remember the Knowledge Navigator video? In 1987, shortly after Jobs’ first departure from Apple, the Scully regime produced this futuristic look at collaborative technology.* In hindsight, it seemed to anticipate Mosaic, WiFi, Skype/FaceTime, Siri, and many other technologies. For geeks of the Mac persuasion, it was a positive, HAL-like experience, without all the [...]


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