OS X Mavericks, Performance Anxiety & Phoning Home

4:00 PM, Jun. 26th, 2013 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

There are several ways an OS can telegraph the status of its health and well-being.  However, how that's communicated to the user, the developer and Apple are all very different things. Providing information to the Mac user that they can really use is a better approach. No intelligent agent required.

Google Glass, SciFi, Robert Heinlein & the Fair Witness Effect

1:30 PM, May. 15th, 2013 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

The science fiction writer Robert Heinlein, in his legendary novel, "Stranger in a Strange Land," introduced the concept of the "Fair Witness." A Fair Witness was an expert observer with a perfect memory whose testimony in court was unimpeachable. When you think about it, that's what Google Glass offers.

Oh, What We Could do With a Mac That’s 1,000 Times Faster

3:30 PM, Apr. 11th, 2013 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Future of super fast computing lost

Over the decades, personal computers have made enormous gains in speeds. But in the short term, not much has happened. On the other hand, the maintenance burdens on customers just kept increasing. That's why customers have moved briskly to the tablet.  In a sense, the PC industry failed its original vision, and customers moved on. Now what?

The Day my Wife’s Car Answered my iPhone

1:20 PM, Apr. 1st, 2013 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Bluetooth cascade failure. Or.  Success.

My wife pulled into the garage and turned off the car. As she was geting the groceries out of the back seat, the car started talking to her. She was taken aback, confused. What was going on? Don't believe anything you read today.  Except this.

Analysis of Andy Ihnatko’s Switch to an Android Phone

2:00 PM, Mar. 15th, 2013 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Recently, Andy Ihnatko announced that he had switched from an iPhone 4S to a Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone. He wrote a multi-part article about his experiences -- an assessment of the competing technologies and why the Galaxy S3 suited him better. What does his decision mean for those of us using iPhones?  John Martellaro weighs in with his own analysis of Andy's great adventure.

An iPad Veteran Evaluates an Amazon Kindle Fire HD

9:05 AM, Feb. 21st, 2013 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Evaluation of Kindle Fire HD

The Kindle Fire HD is not a general purpose tablet. Instead, it's a consumer tablet, an ecosystem designed to continuously expose the customer to Amazon's offerings. But for what it does, it does it very well.  John Martellaro takes a closer look at the KFHD and finds lots of things to like.

Can Smart Glasses Replace the Smartphone?

2:45 PM, Feb. 5th, 2013 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

An expert explains smart glasses

APX Labs is at the forefront of smart glass technology. While Google has made a splash with Google Glass, that technology has many limitations. John Martellaro's namesake, the CTO of APX Labs, talks about the technology, how it works, the potential, how the U.S. military is already using it and speculates on whether this technology could, someday, replace our smartphones.

Pitting Parallels Desktop 8 Against VMware Fusion 5

1:45 PM, Jan. 31st, 2013 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Benchmarking Desktop 8 vs. Fusion 5

For many users, virtualization is an important capability on their Macs that allows them to run other OSes, for example, Windows or Linux, right along side OS X. The two leaders are Parallels Desktop and VMware's Fusion. MacTech Magazine has extensively benchmarked the two and has consistently found a winner. Here some details on their latest report.