Happy 10th Birthday to Skype, The Little Estonian Startup That Could

8:31 AM, Sep. 18th, 2013 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

Ten years ago Skype started as a small company looking for a way to cut down on the founders' international phone bills while they developed Kazaa. Today it's a multi-billion dollar Microsoft asset. Every company has a story to tell, and Skype has chosen today to tell theirs.

Apple’s iOS 7 Demo Shows Inconsistent Buttons

12:13 PM, Jun. 12th, 2013 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

Looking at Apple's new iOS it seems they haven't even decided for themselves what things should look like. Too much more delay here is bad for third-party developers and, therefore, bad for us. See what Dave Hamilton found.

We Need To Develop Even The Most Dangerous Technology

3:34 PM, Jun. 7th, 2013 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

As always happens throughout human history — though perhaps moreso today — our lives see us constantly exposed to new technological developments. Our perspective on them taints our gut reactions, and it's often easy to forget that all of it is simply part of the iterative design process we as humanity share. Nothing we have today, not cell phones, not cars, not even a can opener, was created in a vacuum. Everything builds on that which came before it, and this is an easy fact to forget — and an important one to remember.

Drobo vs. Synology: Choosing the Best NAS

10:13 AM, May. 29th, 2013 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

With all of us collecting more and more stuff (i.e. data!), having some sort of centralized, network-accessible storage is becoming common and even necessary in our homes. To that end, Dave Hamilton sets about answering the question of which NAS to get and, more importantly, how you can choose what's best for you.

Evomail for iPad Aims to Re-Invent Email, At a Cost

10:00 AM, May. 2nd, 2013 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

Evomail, an iPad-only email client that aims to truly "re-invent email," was released today. I've been testing the release candidate they submitted to Apple, and from what I've seen it's a respectable first volley of a product whose path will be, in the words of its founders, "a marathon and not a sprint." Part of the reinvention is UI-related, and part is functionality, specifically allowing full-time push notifications from a 3rd party client. This reinvention, however, comes at a cost: you need to provide Evomail access to your email account so their servers can log in to check for mail and deliver these push notifications.

Studios Need To Replace BitTorrent, Not Punish Its Users

9:07 AM, Mar. 1st, 2013 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

In response to the recent details of the movie studios and ISPs "Six Strikes" deal, Dave Hamilton posits that this isn't the right solution, saying, "It's not my job as the consumer to support the studios' business model, it's their job to change their business model to serve me." He says more than this, too, and you can read it all right here. 

My Sonos Setup at Home

3:52 PM, Feb. 13th, 2013 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

Dave Hamilton has long been a fan of Sonos and, let's face it, music in general. His discussions about Sonos on the Mac Geek Gab podcast have led several folks to ask him exactly what his Sonos setup looks like these days. Dave, as always, is here to answer!

What is Sonos?

3:50 PM, Feb. 13th, 2013 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

Dave Hamilton's been a long-time fan and user of Sonos's wireless hi-fi systems. And while he's explained what they are a few times in the Mac Geek Gab podcast, today marks the first time he does so for you in print. If you've ever wondered what Sonos is, wonder no more!