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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Want to Run an App? There's a Router for that!

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:30 PM

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105...enabled-router/

"The Linksys EA4500, EA3500, and EA2700 -- the "A" designation being short for "app-enabled" -- look like models in the earlier E Series but have more-powerful hardware and support Cisco Connect Cloud, the next generation of Cisco Connect software. The EA4500, for example, looks exactly the same as the original Linksys E4200, but the differences inside are significant."

While I love the idea of apps for a home router, I do not know if it will find much success. Apps for home server type machines have been tried before. Windows Home Server offers apps. Various other NAS devices also offer the ability for apps. None of them have found any significant success. I think the primary reason for this is that while there are benefits to hosting your own apps, most people have taken to the cloud as their main computing resource. With people being so mobile these days, why have something at your home base that you have to maintain when the cloud can do it? I certainly see value, and do run a lot of server like apps out of my home, but I do not think it will appeal to most people.


Friday, April 15, 2011

30 Under 2MB Useful Computer Apps

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home Software" @ 07:25 PM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fe..._apps_under_2mb

"...we've put together a list of 30 apps that kick ass without taking up a lot of space. Every program in this list can be downloaded for free, and takes up less than 2 megabytes of space."

Maximum PC has compiled a list of 30 useful computer applications that are all under 2MB each. An example is CPU-Z, pictured above. To top it all, all are available for the price of $0.00 each. With the size and utility of these apps, why not download them all and keep it with you on your key-chain USB drive or smartphone.

Click on the read link to find the complete list.


Monday, May 24, 2010

Closed Communities And The Web

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/23/m...B-medium-t.html

"People who find the Web distasteful — ugly, uncivilized — have nonetheless been forced to live there: it’s the place to go for jobs, resources, services, social life, the future. But now, with the purchase of an iPhone or an iPad, there’s a way out, an orderly suburb that lets you sample the Web’s opportunities without having to mix with the riffraff. This suburb is defined by apps from the glittering App Store: neat, cute homes far from the Web city center, out in pristine Applecrest Estates."

As the Internet has matured, I believe that it has started to mimic a lot of the behavior that is shown in real world communities. It has gone from a frontier to a place of commerce. Now, we are seeing the next step, which is the division of the Internet into little pieces and while the App store may be an obvious example, it certainly is not the first. I have seen studies that suggest that most people now only visit a certain set of websites on a regular basis and rarely stray from the norm to explore what is out there. The concept of a "comfortable" Internet is more appealing than the risk of exploring new websites. The embrace of like minded people is more enjoyable than testing out new relationships. Of course, this is not true for everyone, but there are a large group of people out there who fall into this trend. I do not know if there is any way to stop this trend, but I hope that every once a while, people will realize that they might just be living in a bubble, and need to explore.


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