Kobo VOX

The Kobo Vox eReader is a departure from the classic e-paper devices in that it's a full-fledged Android tablet.  It turns on with just a touch; used as I am to the classic Android power-on, I kept holding down the power button, waiting for the 'buzz' that signals activation. For a moment, I wondered if it was actually working. To get started, the VOX goes into a 4 step setup. To begin with, it goes goes into WiFi setup, letting you scan for a Wireless network. Touch Next and you are asked if you with to check for updates. This …

Cloud Computing Course #4: Creating A Virtual Machine

In the third part of this course, I introduced you  to the virtual machine manager or virt-manager. Today, I'm going to show you how to create your own virtual machine with virt-manager. There are two ways (using virt-manager, that is . . . there are always other ways) to create a new virtual machine. One involves creating the machine from scratch, via the virt-manager interface and the other uses cloning. You, in effect, create a clone of a running virtual machine  (I'll cover cloning in the next installment of this course). Let's start by taking a look at creating a virtual …

Cloud Computing Course, Part 3: Introducing the Virtual Machine Manager

In your own private cloud, there are a number of ways to work with virtual machines. Amazon's cloud uses Xen for its virtualization infrastructure, but in your own cloud, you are free to use Xen or KVM or Virtualbox, or whatever else you want. Lacking an EC2 console, administering and working with VMs in your cloud will require you to choose your own admin tools. There's always the command line, of course; you can launch a KVM or Xen machine without a GUI, but there's also a nice graphical program called virt-manager that I'm rather fond of; literally the 'Virtual …

APPS for Autism

60 Minutes did a program on using iPads as tools to help autistic children (and adults) communicate. Of particular interest to people in my part of the world is a segment that focuses on Beverley School in Toronto. The school has a large autistic student population, some with severe forms of autism. They have recently introduced iPads into the curriculum as a means of helping autistic children reach out and learn to communicate.  And now, my take . . . while I appreciate the excitement over the possibilities the iPad presents, it's not about the iPad as some of the …

Death By A Thousand Pundits

Is anyone, other than me I mean, getting really sick of hearing about how this product or that product is a failure and it's just a matter of time before the company or the product goes under? Oh my deity! Google+ has been out for a couple of months now and it hasn't completely replaced Facebook as the number one social media destination? Is it the end of Google+? Can Google recover from this? What about Twitter and countless other social media platforms that don't seem to notice they're doomed because they also aren't number 1? Oh my deity! Research in Motion is number 3 in …