Techerous

My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

May 20, 2014 8:22 pm
digithoughts:

Announcing Surface Pro 3 | Microsoft Surface Blog

We’ve increased the size of the screen – Surface Pro 3 has a 12” ClearType Full HD screen with 2160 x 1440 resolution. The new screen is 38% bigger than Surface Pro 2, with 50% more pixels.

Thinner, lighter and bigger. Instead of an iPad “killer”, Microsoft announced a very potent ultrabook/Macbook Air competitor. I love the larger, high resolution screen and the 3:2 aspect ratio. Prices start at $799 for the Intel Core i3 version with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The keyboard will cost you an extra $130 and the pen is yours for $49. All this adds up to $978 for the cheapest complete Surface 3 package. But you’ll probably want at least the $999 Intel core i5 version with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. Add the case and the pen and we’re looking at $1178.

This is exactly what I was looking for when I was still in the market. Will this help or have the first 2 generations exhausted Microsoft’s room for penetration?

digithoughts:

Announcing Surface Pro 3 | Microsoft Surface Blog

We’ve increased the size of the screen – Surface Pro 3 has a 12” ClearType Full HD screen with 2160 x 1440 resolution. The new screen is 38% bigger than Surface Pro 2, with 50% more pixels.

Thinner, lighter and bigger. Instead of an iPad “killer”, Microsoft announced a very potent ultrabook/Macbook Air competitor. I love the larger, high resolution screen and the 3:2 aspect ratio. Prices start at $799 for the Intel Core i3 version with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The keyboard will cost you an extra $130 and the pen is yours for $49. All this adds up to $978 for the cheapest complete Surface 3 package. But you’ll probably want at least the $999 Intel core i5 version with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. Add the case and the pen and we’re looking at $1178.

This is exactly what I was looking for when I was still in the market. Will this help or have the first 2 generations exhausted Microsoft’s room for penetration?

April 27, 2014 11:22 pm

Seriously, the Harry Crane subplot that was just on Mad Men is an excellent example of history repeating itself.  Here we are in the information age competing for the best big data has to offer while 45 years earlier we were having the EXACT same conversation about a tiny fraction of that data.

October 25, 2013 7:20 pm
Getting to the Bottom of HealthCare.gov’s Flop
March 16, 2013 10:34 am
"Windows 8 has failed to ebb the receding tide."

Rick Sherland of Nomura Holdings, cited by Ian King and Dina Bass in Microsoft’s Surface Tablet Is Said to Fall Short of Predictions

There is no going back for PC sales, and for the decreasing number of users that require a ‘real’ PC there are other solutions that are significantly better than Windows 8-based PCs, especially high-end, well-designed OS X-based laptops.

We are well past the time of Peak PCs, and Microsoft doesn’t really have a response. So far they have sold less that 1.5M Surface tablets since October’s launch. Apple sold over 22M iPads in the last quarter of 2012 alone.

(via stoweboyd)

I agree the pc is going away in form factor, but that’s a load of crap to call Mac’s an alternative for those that need a pc. Nevermind business user’s, pc’s that cost the same as Mac’s are just as good if not better. Apple may get the creative types, but Windows is the OS of business and that isn’t changing anytime soon.

(via stoweboyd)

January 29, 2013 8:55 pm
swagismore:

Apple will be dropping a 128 Gig iPad. We here at Swag Is More are asking, is all that space necessary in a tablet?

Admittedly I’m not a fan of Apple, but this just seems like a ridiculous move to me.  What makes the Surface Pro unique isn’t the more storage, it’s the fact that it is basically an ultrabook in tablet form. Why would somebody spend almost the same amount for a device that still functions like a regular tablet?

swagismore:

Apple will be dropping a 128 Gig iPad. We here at Swag Is More are asking, is all that space necessary in a tablet?

Admittedly I’m not a fan of Apple, but this just seems like a ridiculous move to me.  What makes the Surface Pro unique isn’t the more storage, it’s the fact that it is basically an ultrabook in tablet form. Why would somebody spend almost the same amount for a device that still functions like a regular tablet?

January 12, 2013 8:21 pm
CES postscript: The touch laptop, like it or not

While I haven’t really been impressed with the convertibles or super tablets so far, it really is a huge waste to buy anything without a touchscreen in my opinion.  Like it or not, Windows 8 has landed and with it the touchscreen has become the future standard.  To be fair it’s not so much that the convertibles are bad, it’s just that the past 4 years have seen a drop in consumer price for full powered laptops so while the one’s with touchscreen are a bit more expensive than they’re peers they’re certainly a better option than paying up to $500 more to be able to flip the screen flat.  Anyone else in the market for a new PC?

January 9, 2013 6:34 pm
thedailywhat:

Anonymous Operation of the Day: Legalize DDoS

Members of Anonymous are jumping on the White House petition bandwagon in an attempt to “make distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks a legal form of protesting” under freedom of speech, The Daily Dot reports. A popular tactic that’s long been associated with the infamous hacking and trolling collective, DDoS attacks have been steadily on the rise in recent years with easier access to automated software programs and its frequent appearance in the news media. As of 3 p.m. (ET), the petition has less than 500 signatures, which isn’t an impressive number but considering the reputation of the organizers, this may all change really soon.


I’m sorry but this is an awful idea that would protect those malicious intent and promote negative behavior.  Perfectly reasonable organizations would be just as much at risk as those you deem worthy of protest.

thedailywhat:

Anonymous Operation of the Day: Legalize DDoS

Members of Anonymous are jumping on the White House petition bandwagon in an attempt to “make distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks a legal form of protesting” under freedom of speech, The Daily Dot reports. A popular tactic that’s long been associated with the infamous hacking and trolling collective, DDoS attacks have been steadily on the rise in recent years with easier access to automated software programs and its frequent appearance in the news media. As of 3 p.m. (ET), the petition has less than 500 signatures, which isn’t an impressive number but considering the reputation of the organizers, this may all change really soon.

I’m sorry but this is an awful idea that would protect those malicious intent and promote negative behavior.  Perfectly reasonable organizations would be just as much at risk as those you deem worthy of protest.

(via burialonthepresidio)

December 13, 2012 11:43 pm
Massive bank cyberattack planned
Security firm McAfee on Thursday released a report warning that a massive cyberattack on 30 U.S. banks has been planned, with the goal of stealing millions of dollars from consumers’ bank accounts.
McAfee’s research upheld an October report from RSA, the security wing of IT giant EMC Corp (EMC, Fortune 500).

RSA startled the security world with its announcement that a gang of cybercriminals had developed a sophisticated Trojan aimed at funneling money out of bank accounts from Chase (JPM, Fortune 500), Citibank (C, Fortune 500), Wells Fargo (WFC, Fortune 500), eBay (EBAY, Fortune 500) subsidiary PayPal and dozens of other large banks. Known as “Project Blitzkrieg,” the plan has been successfully tested on at least 300 guinea pig bank accounts in the United States, and the crime ring had plans to launch its attack in full force in the spring of 2013, according to McAfee, a unit of Intel (INTC, Fortune 500). (McAfee was founded by John McAfee, who is wanted for questioning as part of a Belize murder investigation, but he no longer has any ties to the company.)
Project Blitzkrieg began with a massive cybercriminal recruiting campaign, promising each recruit of a share of the stolen funds in exchange for their hacking ability and busywork. With the backing of two Russian cybercriminals, including a prominent cyber mafia leader nicknamed “NSD,” the recruits were tasked with infecting U.S. computers with a particular strain of malware, cloning the computers, entering stolen usernames and passwords, and transferring funds out of those users’ accounts.
The scheme was fairly innovative. U.S. banks’ alarm bells get tripped when customers try to access their accounts from unrecognized computers (particularly overseas), so banks typically require users to answer security questions. Cloning computers lets the cybercriminals appear to the banks as though they are the customers themselves, accessing their accounts from their home PCs — thereby avoiding the security questions.
And since most banks place transfer limits on accounts, recruiting hundreds of criminals to draw smallish amounts out of thousands of accounts is a way to duck those limits. The thieves could collectively siphon off millions of stolen dollars.

Massive bank cyberattack planned

Security firm McAfee on Thursday released a report warning that a massive cyberattack on 30 U.S. banks has been planned, with the goal of stealing millions of dollars from consumers’ bank accounts.

McAfee’s research upheld an October report from RSA, the security wing of IT giant EMC Corp (EMC, Fortune 500).

RSA startled the security world with its announcement that a gang of cybercriminals had developed a sophisticated Trojan aimed at funneling money out of bank accounts from Chase (JPM, Fortune 500), Citibank (C, Fortune 500), Wells Fargo (WFC, Fortune 500), eBay (EBAY, Fortune 500) subsidiary PayPal and dozens of other large banks. Known as “Project Blitzkrieg,” the plan has been successfully tested on at least 300 guinea pig bank accounts in the United States, and the crime ring had plans to launch its attack in full force in the spring of 2013, according to McAfee, a unit of Intel (INTC, Fortune 500). (McAfee was founded by John McAfee, who is wanted for questioning as part of a Belize murder investigation, but he no longer has any ties to the company.)

Project Blitzkrieg began with a massive cybercriminal recruiting campaign, promising each recruit of a share of the stolen funds in exchange for their hacking ability and busywork. With the backing of two Russian cybercriminals, including a prominent cyber mafia leader nicknamed “NSD,” the recruits were tasked with infecting U.S. computers with a particular strain of malware, cloning the computers, entering stolen usernames and passwords, and transferring funds out of those users’ accounts.

The scheme was fairly innovative. U.S. banks’ alarm bells get tripped when customers try to access their accounts from unrecognized computers (particularly overseas), so banks typically require users to answer security questions. Cloning computers lets the cybercriminals appear to the banks as though they are the customers themselves, accessing their accounts from their home PCs — thereby avoiding the security questions.

And since most banks place transfer limits on accounts, recruiting hundreds of criminals to draw smallish amounts out of thousands of accounts is a way to duck those limits. The thieves could collectively siphon off millions of stolen dollars.

December 10, 2012 8:38 pm
jerry lieveld: 5 Trends to Ignore in 2013

jerrylieveld:


Amid all the forecasts for what next year will bring, here are five business trends you’d be wise to pass up.

This article is part of Inc.’s special report on How (and Where) to Make Money in 2013 (and Beyond). Follow the links at the end of the story for more game-changing trends, bold…

November 28, 2012 10:07 pm

Still Waiting for a PRO: An Open Letter to Microsoft

Dear Microsoft,

    A little over 5 months ago, you made an announcement that made me more excited than any human should be for an inanimate object.  With the Surface came the possibility of what I had been waiting at least a year for.  While others have come to love these glorified transitional products we call tablets, I maintain my position as a stubborn bastard and will settle for nothing less than a fully-realized PC/laptop replacement.  I dream of the day that I can drive down the road to the local coffee shop, order a green tea and sit down not to merely watch youtube and peruse the internet in the presence of the public hoping some cute girl will walk by and against all odds comment on my excellent taste that she would have never noticed on my tragically not-quite-large-enough phone screen, but to do actual work.  I want to put together that spreadsheet I couldn’t finish at the office, go through my project plan as I sip on my hot beverage, make a half-hearted attempt at designing an android app on the side.  I believe it is time that we have both the portability of a tablet with the FULL functionality of the clunky laptop my company so foolishly entrusted to my care.

     To give some more background, a little about myself.  I am a budding IT professional 2 years removed from college.  By no means do I so much as entertain the idea that I’m any kind of technical wizard (professionally the most technical task I have completed is writing a script that creates a CSV file with the sizes of all files in a directory) but I don’t think it would be narcissistic of me to assume that I understand more about technology than the average user.  I do a fair amount of research and know how to apply these tools to what I need to get done.  As such a user, I was immensely excited to read about the Surface tablet.  Now don’t get me wrong, I was fully aware of the difference between the Surface and the Surface Pro.  I even knew that the plan from the beginning was for the Surface Pro to debut 3 months after the Surface.  While it bugged me that I would have to spend an extra 90 days with the bruised and battered soldier of a PC I am currently typing this on, I was fully expecting the wait to pay off.  Sadly I can no longer say I maintain such expectations, and you seem to be doing nothing to convince me otherwise.

     Last weekend, I made my way down to the one regional mall containing a Microsoft store.  This is made more impressive by the fact that I live closer to 3 other major shopping malls.  As I said, I have been fully aware of the differences between the Surface and the Surface Pro, but this also meant that I was aware of how good of a preview the Surface would give me.  Now don’t get me wrong, as promised the Surface is a beautiful piece of technology.  I felt like a child again playing with the magnetic simplicities of the snap-on keyboard and awesome stand.  Unlike many I actually love the interface of Windows 8 and by extension Windows RT.  However, it became more obvious by the minute that a device of this size, this rigidity and this keyboard could never become the object of all of my computing needs.  If I am to believe everything I have found going through the tech blogs for the past 5 months all of these features will be the exact same on the Pro model.  Perhaps my biggest annoyance however was the lack of knowledge by the staff.  This certainly isn’t there fault, it’s yours for not informing them enough to handle those that have so patiently waited.

     I am now at an impasse.  I see many hybrid tablets and superlight touchscreen ultrabooks with all the capabilities I am looking for available.  While I was prepared to wait just a little longer to see this baby fully-realized, I was also expecting to know quite a bit more about it at this point.  At the very least I would have liked to know the price of the device I have seeked out every detail about by this point.  While the size is admittedly another dealbreaker, should I be able to buy the Surface Pro in a slightly larger size and a price under $900, I would more than gladly wait through this holiday season to make my ultimate acquisition.  Honestly, I might even drop the size issue if the price were to be as low as the rumors have some believing.  Unfortunately, not even your store staff can give me assurance on these issues and as such may be driving me to another device by a different company.  While I am probably not the most average of consumers, chances are most of those waiting specifically for the Surface Pro are thinking similarly to me. 

     The purpose of this letter is not so much to criticize your product as much as how you have campaigned it.  I am loving my brief interactions with Windows 8 and most of my qualms with Surface RT are personal preference rather than critical issues.  But like the english language, Windows is the choice of business.  I believe part of the reason you have taken such a drastic change with your strategy as of late is to make sure your company continues to see growth.  If you do not keep current and future leaders such as myself in the loop, this will not be your result.

Sincerely,

Bill