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[8 Apr 2014 | Comments Off on Goodbye Windows! Goodbye Google! | 591 views]

The day is finally here! It’s 8 April 2014, and support for Windows XP has ended. Years ago — I really don’t remember how many — I swore that XP would be the last version of Windows that I’d run. Not because XP was any worse than versions of Windows before it; on the contrary, having finally reached a level of acceptable stability with Windows 2000, XP continued that and I was generally happy, although that happiness (contentedness, rather) has been badly tinged in the last couple of years by …

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[28 Mar 2014 | Comments Off on Samsung and Android: Out-of-box failure | 870 views]

I learnt a new term recently while doing research related to configuring my Samsung/Android tablet: Out-of-box failure. The current definition (as of this writing) on Wikipedia that applies in this case is as follows: “Out of box failure … is a negative experience a user has when installing and/or performing initial configuration on a piece of hardware ….”
In a nutshell, I am mightily disappointed in my Samsung/Android tablet.
While I have damn nearly two decades of experience being the go-to guy for computer problems among some of my friends (not to …

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[13 Oct 2011 | Comments Off on BlackBerry/RIM. Going, going, gone? | 645 views]

A couple of years ago my company had a major server outage on a primary server that brought down websites and email for almost two and a half hours. Such outages are rare, but they happen, and they happen to small hosting companies like NinerNet as well as the giants. After that outage I wrote about the lessons learnt and, without trying to deflect attention or criticism away from us, I pointed out an extensive list of major service outages experienced by the likes of Google, Amazon, YouTube, Barclays Bank, …