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Trying to give up the “Social Network” habit.

Posted by grelmar on September 21st, 2011

So I popped into Facebook this morning to take a quick look at the news feed, and, well, it was fairly brutal.  I immediately posted a rash (and most likely untrue, at least in the short term) comment that I would be abandoning the platform in favour of G+.  The thing is, the latest re-design […]

First Impressions and Thoughts on Google+

Posted by grelmar on July 14th, 2011

A few days ago I got my invite to Google+, the big G’s latest attempt at building out a social networking service.  The invite came (of course) from a longtime friend, who rates as even more of an Early Adopter than me.  I’d been reading about it since before it had even launched – it […]

DropBox vs. Wuala – Consumer Cloud Storage Smackdown.

Posted by grelmar on July 12th, 2011

UPDATE: Wuala has changed their program and no longer offers the ability to trade local storage for extra storage. This totally changes the equation, and essentially makes the service useless to me. Just thought I’d mention that. -Oct 12, 2011. Synchronized online storage is one of those things that sounds way geekier than it really […]

My eeePad Transformer TF101 review

Posted by grelmar on July 1st, 2011

Due to one of those weird “Only in the corporate world” things, I got a bonus because, essentially, someone else didn’t screw up.  Wasn’t for anything great I had done.  So, I’m having that person over for a BBQ this afternoon (which will probably be done by the time I get around to finishing and […]

I got to thinking about this subject the other day as I was agonizing over the purchase of a replacement mouse on one of my systems.  My wife claims she “gets it,” but I suspect she secretly gets a chuckle about the sheer amount of time I can spend agonizing over the purchase of something […]

That “Rock Star From Mars” kind of feeling.

Posted by grelmar on March 5th, 2011

Why does Charlie Sheen get all the credit?  Haven’t we all had that “Bitchin’ Rock Star from Mars” kind of feeling?  Sure, I’ll give him full credit for coining the phrase.  But all of us have done something, pulled off some kind of stunt, that gave us that (temporary) feeling of total awesome.   Maybe […]

Better “done” than perfect – Why software is broken.

Posted by grelmar on February 24th, 2011

I colour shifted this fractal a bit.  It reminds me of a slightly distorted Yin without the accompanying Yang.  (Or is it Yang without the Yin?) I was flipping through my feeds, and came across an interesting bit of a rant against Facebook and they’re poor security implementation on a security research blog.  I found […]

Why are tech pundits so predictably wrong?

Posted by grelmar on February 21st, 2011

I took a couple of days off from posting, so let’s get back into the swing of things with some vague thought waving. I spend far too much time reading tech-centric news and forums.  And one of the things that strikes me, is how often the tech pundits, professional journalists, and industry insiders so completely […]

New Fractal Software… And a plug for the GIMP editor.

Posted by grelmar on February 16th, 2011

So, I started messing around with some new (to me) fractal software, XaoS, on my Linux box, and this is the first one I’ve rendered out and captured. Like a lot of things in Linux land, the UI for this software leaves a lot to be desired, and there’s a bit more of a learning […]

Mama, don’t let your babies, grow up to be techies…

Posted by grelmar on February 12th, 2011

Kinda neat one…  Not often you end up rendering a fractal that ends up being all straight lines.  At least, not with the software/methods I use. So, it’s Saturday night, and here I sit locked down in front of the keyboard…  Again.  Like so many Saturday nightsw before me, and so many after.  I’m really […]


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