Category: General

Are you ready for IPv6?

The Internet Protocol (IP) is the language that computers and devices use to communicate with each other on the Internet; it works much like phone numbers, which let us connect one telephone to another.

IPv6 is the new version of the Internet Protocol. The addresses used by the current version of the Internet Protocol, IPv4, are nearly all used. At Google, we believe that IPv6 is essential to the continued health and openness of the Internet – and that by allowing all devices on a network to talk to each other directly, IPv6 will enable innovation and allow the Internet to continue to grow. (more…)

The psychology of color

Color Psychology

There's a reason restaurants use red

Ever wonder why so many restaurants use so much red in their color palette? Have you noticed that the corporate colors of so many large companies includes blue? There’s a reason. This excellent infographic after the jump sheds some light on the subject. (more…)

The forbidden colors

Hidden colors

The eye can't see certain colors. Or can they?

Try to imagine reddish green — not the dull brown you get when you mix the two pigments together, but rather a color that is somewhat like red and somewhat like green. Or, instead, try to picture yellowish blue — not green, but a hue similar to both yellow and blue.

Is your mind drawing a blank? These colors exist, but you most likely can’t see them. These “forbidden colors” are the subject of this interesting article by Natalie Wolchover over at Life’s Little Mysteries. (more…)

Made in the U.S.A. is not viable Apple

iPhone made in ChinaThe New York Times posted an article this past week titled How U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work that got a lot of attention. Pando Daily, Cult of Mac and 9-to-5 Mac chimed in on the subject, and the topic even made it into the Republican Presidential Debate.

The sad fact is that Apple is no different than any other electronics company. Heck, forget electronics; practically everything you can buy at Walmart appears to be made in China.

While Steve Jobs stated at a dinner with President Obama that there aren’t enough skilled workers in America to Apple products in America, and that the current tax situation prevents them from bringing their oil-tankers full of cash back to the U.S., I believe there’s another reason as well. (more…)

Easily create vector format QR Codes – and know when to use them

I’m not a huge fan of QR Codes, I think they’re a great idea that just hasn’t taken off. Regardless, if you have a client that wants to use them, you’ll need a way to create them. There are more than a few iPhone and OS X apps that can create them for you, but most only allow you to save a JPG or PNG version. Not very flexible.

QR Code generator

Simple QR Code creation with vector file output

I set out to find one that allowed me to save a vector version so I could edit the colors freely, and scale the QR Code to any size I needed. Here’s what I found. (more…)

Vizio’s new computer line

Vizio recently announced their new entry into the consumer laptop and all-in-one desktop market with what I consider a stunning pair of computers.

Vizio computers

Welcome to good taste, Vizio!

The linked article shows off some closeup photos of these awesome looking pieces of hardware, but perhaps more importantly, points out that they will run an optimized and bloatware-free install of Windows. I’ll not be switching to Windows any time soon, but if I had to run Windows daily, these are the machines I would want to run them on.

Rant: The annoying year that was 2011

Like any other year, 2011 brought a lot of highs and lows in my tech life. Unlike any other year though, 2011 was filled with situations and trends that just wouldn’t change to my liking.


2011 was just too much sharing for my taste

There were lots of great things happening in tech this year, too many to talk about here. But I have put together a list of things that managed to annoy me to no end. (more…)

Tips for better PowerPoint & Keynote presentations

PowerPoint is the standard tool for giving presentations. In fact, you don’t give “presentations,” you give “PowerPoints.” Quite frankly, I find them the most boring, uninspiring method for conveying information to clients and potential clients.

I don’t dislike them because the idea of looking at slides on a large screen is bad, but because the people who create these presentations are generally out of touch with what inspires the very people they create them for. They appear to be more interested in taking advantage of every feature found in PowerPoint or Keynote.

Presentation tips

Which of these PowerPoint slides would you rather look at from across the room?

Giving a great PowerPoint presentation is relatively simple once you understand a few of the basics in giving a memorable presentation. (more…)