The Changing Face of TV

Earlier this week the Golden Globes were on. Ali and I love watching the Emmys, Golden Globes, and Oscars since we are big TV and movie nuts. As we were watching Ali and I were of course live-tweeting because we are big dorks. One of my Twitter friends made an interesting comment, and I responded to him. Amazon Instant Video wins over Netflix who had started beating HBO, who was the first to lodge network shows. TV has changed. #GoldenGIobes

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2014 WWDC Wrapup

WWDC 2014

Last week Apple held their annual WWDC in California and it was a pretty big event (you can watch it here). If you were watching and you’re not a developer or have a little insight into the dev world it may not have seemed like an earth-shattering Keynote, but it was. I got a bunch of stuff that I wanted from my wishlist. I’m going to go through each wish, then on to some of the features that Apple did

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WWDC 2014 Wishlist for iOS and OS X

WWDC 2014

This time last year I wrote a post about my wishlist for the upcoming redesign of iOS which was to be unveiled at WWDC 2013 (you can read the wrap up here). I thought that I should follow that post up with my WWDC 2014 wishlist, as well. Mac OS X 10.10 I think everyone is pretty much on the same page that OS X will see a redesign much like iOS did last year with iOS 7. That’s probably true.

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Support Net Neutrality

Support Net Neutrality

If you follow me on Twitter you’ve probably seen me tweet about Net Neutrality a lot over the past few weeks. I even wrote a blog about it for LyntonWeb. What is net neutrality? Net neutrality is the idea or belief that all Internet service providers (ISPs) and governments should treat all internet data and traffic equally, and not discriminate against specific users, content, platforms, etc. For example, this means that Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and other ISPs can’t throttle, or

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TV Broadcasters Still Don’t Get It

Breaking Bad’s fifth and final season was broken into two parts in 2012 and 2013. The first half closed out with 2.78 million views. The second half opened with 5.92 million viewers, that’s a gain of 3.14 million viewers. The series finale 8 weeks later brought in 10.3 million viewers. According to Entertainment Weekly the show’s ratings shot up 442% from the season 4 premiere to the series finale two years (18 episodes) later. Breaking Bad definitely deserved the ratings it pulled in.

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I Got Hacked!

At 10:21 Friday morning I got an email from an awesome WordPress plugin called Wordfence alerting me that my site had a core file changed (index.php which is the main page of the site). I did not change that file, so I immediately went to the site and saw that I had been hacked. Then I started going through the list of sites I have and host. All 24 websites were hit. The screen grab above is what all of the

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Back That Data Up (Updated)

A few days ago a friend asked what I used for photo backups. He and his wife recently had a baby, and he wanted to make sure that all of the photos and videos they were taking would be safe in case of a hard drive failure. Ali and I have a handful of printed photos of our niece and nephews, most of them are photos that were taken by a professional or at a studio. All of the other

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A Better Use For QR Codes

Have you ever scanned a QR code? Do you know what a QR code is? A QR code, or Quick Response code is a type of barcode (like the ones on products that you buy in stores) that stores information that displays to you when it is scanned. QR codes were invented by a Japanese company to track vehicles during manufacturing. It has since been adopted by marketers and advertisers. The problem I see is adoption. Marketers are using them in increasing

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Passwords and Security

I’m on the blogging team at my job and I go through periods where I write a lot of blogs. One topic that gets me fired up is passwords, security and protecting yourself from malicious hackers and attacks. Password Management Password management is a subject I care very much about, and because of that, I use 1Password as a password generator and manager. Every site that I have a login for is stored in 1Password and has a very high-strength password. You can tell the password

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Why People Pirate

This past weekend I was doing some maintenance on my site and in doing that (read: procrastinating) I was reading some old posts of mine. I came across this one: “CDs, DVDs, Digital Downloads and Price Gouging“. While re-reading it, the subject and argument of piracy (from the media companies) kept creeping into my head. I didn’t touch on it there, and felt a follow up post was needed. The media companies who produce, market, and distribute movies and music

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