Showing posts from April, 2021


  Apple announced a number of new products this week. The most important of which seems to be the cheapest. This is the Apple  Airtag .     An  Airtag  is a device that is a little bigger than a coin.  The idea is you attach them to your personal  items. A set of keys, a bag, a rucksack, and so on. If you lose track of the item then you can find it. The “Find My” feature in the  icloud  website or app on your “ idevice ” can be used.    This isn’t really new. Find my  Iphone  has been a feature for the  Iphone  for a long time. It used GPS or cell towers to locate your lost phone. A Mac computer and  Ipad  work the same way. However, this extends the scope of the feature itself, allowing you to “tag” your everyday property.    The key features are the “Find My” network and the new ultra-wideband U1 chip. The U1 is in the  iphone  11 and 12. When it is in proximity of the tag it can give you precise directions to the object. The “Find My” network gets around the limited range of  blueto


  News of the release of the Microsoft Surface 4 Laptop this week also included the information that the AMD Ryzen processor would be a standard option across the range. The Ryzen processor is part of the AMD comeback story on Windows PCs and part of the story about competition with Intel .  For a long time the "Intel Inside" logo was common on PCs. Whether you bought an Apple Mac or a Windows PC the processor was almost certain to be an Intel processor. This dominance was also reflected in business. The combination of Widows and Intel literally created "Wintel" as the name for engineers that dealt with Windows servers. AMD processors, that also used the same basic processor instruction set, were the less famous little brothers. They were a favourite of builders of home PCs and gamers where they competed on price and power.  Intel processors had raw power and were originally designed to work connected to mains power with large fans to remove the heat of heavy proc


 Dev is short for development. The act of software creation. Along with DevOps , development plus operations, it is the place where modern software creation lies. Creation of software rapidly with rapid iteration.  I am not a developer. However, I like to understand the process. As someone who manages systems, and uses command line tools like  Powershell , understanding rapid software change is part of the process.  Recently I was exploring the subject and found something I hadn't realised. Google own the Top Level Domain (TLD) called dev. A Top Level Domain is the part of the Internet that defines the organisation of domains. Domains ending in "com" are broadly created for companies, "edu" for education, "gov" for Government and so on. The UK Government owns "". Anyone who wants to use a "" address needs to be doing some UK Government or Local Government function. Over the years the Top Level Domain owners have either s

The end of Cortana?

 Microsoft have killed Cortana . Not completely, but she is certainly in intensive care. Living on as a shadow of herself in the area of productivity.  On 31st March 2021 the Cortana app stopped working on Apple Iphones and Android phones.  If you haven't spent time in the Microsoft ecosystem then this needs a little explaining.  Cortana is a character from the Xbox Halo series of games. She was an artificially intelligent hologram that assisted the game hero the Master Chief. In doing so she also helped the player navigate the game. When Microsoft added an AI to it's WindowsPhone mobile OS there was a popular wish for her to be called Cortana.  Cortana became the front for Microsoft's search property Bing and added in reminders, phone functions etc. You could tell Cortana what sports you cared about or anything else that was significant. By 2015 Windows 10 baked in Cortana to desktop search and it even helped setup your Windows PC, However, the place where you really nee