After my recent post about avoiding technology extinctions, I decided to check out my lineup to see how well I’m doing. By and large, I’m pretty happy. I have four main machines, each running a separate OS – Linux Ubuntu, iOS, Android and Windows 7. I have peripheral devices that plug into and work acrossRead more about My (hopefully) Futureproofed Tech Lineup[…]
In a New York Times article yesterday, Farhad Manjoo wrote about how to survive the next tech extinction. VHS vs Betamax. HD DVD vs Blu-Ray. Netscape vs Internet Explorer. Nook vs Kindle, as cited by Manjoo. We’ve seen them come and go. So, how do we not get caught out in the rain?
Here’s the list of his recommendations.
- Buy Apple’s hardware
- Use Google’s services
- Buy media from Amazon
- Bet on connectors
Manjoo focuses on a combination of good hardware, cloud services and interoperability. Interoperability and portability are really the biggest keys here. Take a service or app and use it across device types in order not to be left out in the cold in case of the tech apocalypse. (Now if the nanomites decide to shut everything down, we’re all out of luck anyway).
Buy Apple Hardware
I’m not a huge fan of Manjoo’s blanket hardware choice of Apple. I prefer Windows-run machines for laptop or desktop but I don’t mind iOS for tablet. And iPhone ain’t too shabby either but I like Android and it’s not as far behind iOS as Manjoo posits. It’s not that he chooses Apple but more so that he chooses only Apple hardware/operating systems, ignoring anything that runs Windows, Android or Linux. Regardless, hardware is possibly the least important choice.
Debating betwixt AppleTV or Google Chromecast for the parents. I believe that you can use AirPlay to ‘throw’ a youtube or other types of clips that are playing on an iPad over to an AppleTV, right? But can one stream said youtube clip from a PC over to the AppleTV? Can one stream local filesRead more about Chromecast vs AppleTV for All the Streams!!![…]
I was flipping through the channels last weekend when I saw that Jurassic Park was on TV. I watched for a few minutes before re-starting the channel flippage. Later in the day, I watched some vague story about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The first Jurassic Park and the book that spawnedRead more about Techmology As Savior of Mankind[…]