The Weaving Machine of the Industrial Revolution A Template for the Modern Computer?

Most of us are familiar with the famous computer scientists/entrepreneurs of the 20th and 21st centuries. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Sergey Brin and Larry Page are just a few. These are the guys that first made personal computers and Internet-based technologies accessible to the masses. But who were the individuals who first imagined a machine […]

Is it Time for 3D Modeling?

An overview of recent magazine covers would suggest that virtual reality technology is the latest marvel to hit the consumer market. Not too long ago, Best Buy’s main display table featured a virtual reality headset by Oculus Rift. No matter that the goggles were massive, awkward, heavy and extended your forehead by 6 inches, the technology […]

The Many Faces of “Free”

Free stuff comes in many different forms. Sometimes there are legitimate, useful things to be had for free. Consider the scores of handy apps to be downloaded free of charge that perform any number of useful tasks. And then there is the pretty ridiculous stuff, designed to lure in anyone with a little too much […]

Not Pie in the Sky Software

If you’ve been following this blog, you will notice a standard theme running through much of what I write: I like high performing software, but I like simplicity as well. I like software that does the work of several applications with an easy-to-use interface that is intuitive and a snap to learn. I like software […]

The Complexity of ‘Simple’

You can see signs of it wherever you look. When was the “small house movement” ever so big? When was the last time you saw so many books on the virtues of living a simple life? Why is practicing “mindfulness” so prevalent? The truth is that life is full of clutter, physical clutter in our […]