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Lenovo Reinvents the Portable Computer – part 0.2

October 25th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A look at the Lenovo Yoga Book. This look concentrates on writing with a pen. Lenovo may have reinvented the portable computer with their new Yoga Book. A previous post tested the Halo Keyboard for typing. This post examines how the Yoga Book captures handwriting. The flat plastic panel on the Yoga […]

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Tags: Computing · Writing

Lenovo Reinvents the Portable Computer – part 0.1

October 20th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A look at the Lenovo Yoga Book. This look concentrates on typing on the Halo Keyboard. Next up, let’s try writing with a pen. Lenovo may have reinvented the portable computer. We’ve come a long way since the days of the KayPro CPM lug-able computer. Lenovo’s Yoga book is thin. See the […]

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Tags: Computing · Technology

Where’s the Supercomputer?

October 6th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips While I sip my morning coffee, I’m using a computer that is somewhere else, run by someone else, and paid for my someone else. I am taking a data science course online. As part of the course, I have some weeks of limited, free time on a machine leaning platform that is […]

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Tags: Computing

The Catalog Readers

June 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips We give new titles to an old profession. Back in the last decade of the prior century, I met several people at work who had one skill: They could read a product catalog. They would read the catalogs from DEC, Sun, IBM, and even Dell. They would proclaim, “Look what is out […]

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Tags: Analysis · Computing · Design

Significant Digits: Another Forgotten Fundamental

June 9th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Regardless of what Excel tells us, significant digits (remember that?) tells us otherwise. Recall something called significant digits from high school math? Consider calculating something with two numbers. One number has two digits while the other number has three digits. The answer can only have two digits. For example, 23 x 123 […]

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Tags: Analysis · Clarity · Computing · Estimation · General Systems Thinking

3D? I Want 2D

May 2nd, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Call me too literal, call me too geeky, but I want to have actual 2D anything. 3D! 3D! 3D! Everybody wants 3D everything. We want… 3D printing 3D user interface on the smartphone 3D movies 3D gestures for control of computers 3D integrated circuits The list goes on. Silly me, I want […]

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Tags: Computing · Expectations · General Systems Thinking

Buying and Building an Intel NUC

April 21st, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I replace a large home computer with a small Intel Next Unit of Computing. Our kitchen home computer was failing, so we decided to replace it. A colleague had spoken to me about how he uses the small Intel Next Unit of Computing (NUC) machines. I did some research and bought a […]

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Tags: Computing

Software Engineers and Software Engineering

March 17th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Being a computer programmer does not make me a software engineer. Deep sigh before I begin. This is yet another post borne of frustration in talking with recruiters and hiring managers. Now that the sigh is out of the way. A computer programmer is not a software engineer. There. Wrote that bit. […]

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Tags: Computing · Engineering · Programming · Work

CompTIA Security+

December 7th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Over the weekend, I passed the test for CompTIA Security+ certification. It was probably the worst test I have taken since my junior year of college (back when we scratched answers on cave walls with colored rocks). Anyways, I memorized a bunch of stuff and passed a test. Perhaps this will come […]

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Tags: Computing · Education · Learning · Security

The Return of the $50 Computer

November 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Thirty years later, the $50 computer is back. I think that is a good thing. In the early 1980s (yes, I am that old), we had the Sinclair Research made by Timex ZX81. It was a computer you could buy for $50. No, it wasn’t powerful, but it was a programmable computer. […]

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Tags: Computing