Become an IPO – Apparently Anyone Can

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Can you sense the sarcasm in the article title? Over the past couple years we’ve started to see small technology startups move towards making themselves publicly tradable. Let me stop for a moment and just say that I’m on the fence as to whether Facebook and Twitter should be categorized in this but they have had a defining impact on the mobile technology sector specifically.

As of lately, more startups are considering themselves worthy of going public. Companies like GoPro, Roku, GrubHub, Kakao, Aerohive Networks, Coupons.com, Airbnb, Uber, Square, Dropbox, Zoosk, Evernote, Box, Gilt, Jawbone, and Pinterest(out of breath yet?) are among most recent of startups and social networks to consider this business direction. Did you see how insanely long and almost grammatically incorrect that list was?! In my opinion, it almost seems like…

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Fun With Windows 8.1 and XBMC

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Been working on setting up the ultimate entertainment center using an older Intel Core 2 Duo PC I recently acquired, Windows 8.1 and XBMC. So far, I believe the combination of Windows 8.1 and XBMC is the best. I tried a build with Windows 7 but the graphics acceleration in 8.1 is noticeably better. What’s more, Windows 8.1 actually runs very snappy on a Core 2 Duo (4GB RAM).

I’m using a low end Nvidia 8400 GS 1GB DDR3 PCI-Express x16 graphics card I already had to output video and audio to the HDTV and so far it works without a hitch. I did have to increase the font size in Windows 8.1 by 200% to make items easier to see on the large screen but it still looks insanely sharp. I have not noticed any hesitation in video output.

I also located my old Windows Media Center remote control purchased…

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Windows RT. My Journey Begins.

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Several weeks ago I got in on a great deal for the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11. It’s a first generation Windows RT tablet the manufacturer is trying to liquidate at a sweet price of $300. It basically has the same hardware power as the first generation Microsoft Surface tablet primarily the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor which has been known to have performance issues with Windows RT. While I will agree that there is some lag from time to time while navigating menus and a bit of latency when rendering web pages, at $300 this was a great deal and finally gets me into working with Windows RT.

I’m writing this from the Yoga 11 while enjoying my usual morning Starbucks coffee. I’ve had no complaints since powering it up yesterday until I tried to write this blog post. The biggest issue is Internet Explorer 11 and compatibility issues with some…

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You Get What You Pay For

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Eric’s latest Vlog episode is now posted!

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It’s been a fairly relaxed day in tech news aside from an update to Twitter for iOS. I provide an update to the bluetooth keyboard I recently ordered for my iPad Mini and also talk further about my experiences with the new Bitstrips app for iOS. I also give a shout out to a very talented close friend of mine who you will want to become acquainted with.

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Apples to Apples?

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In this personal vlog episode, I discuss my views on carrying an iPhone without a case. I also talk about the disconnect with interoperability of Apple AirDrop with iOS and OS X. It’s sad that you can’t transfer cross platform. This is something I don’t believe Apple will be able to avoid for long. Bitstrips is a neat app but I don’t see it taking off unless they provide more variety of comic cartoon scenes and make the service more reliable.

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The Journey Begins

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Check out the pilot episode of Eric’s new vlog!

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In my personal Vlog 001, I bring to the table a number of topics. This week was a big one in the world of Apple products. OS X Mavericks was officially released along with new updated versions of iLife, iWork and Aperture. Apple is turning the tables in the industry by making OS X Mavericks a free upgrade and also making iLife and iWork free with new purchases of any Apple computer or mobile device. I also discuss what alternatives are available to cloud-based remote control service LogMeIn.com and how I am using Virtual Machine for utility purposes.

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