Author Archives: Cloud Tech Solution

Blockchain: What’s it good for? Absolutely nothing, report finds

Blockchain: What’s it good for? Absolutely nothing, report finds In a joint report for the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Technology conference this fall, researchers who studied 43 blockchain use cases came to the conclusion that all underdelivered on claims. And, when they reached out to several blockchain providers about project results, the […]

Just like clockwork

Just like clockwork Flashback to the days when this programmer pilot fish is working on system software for a large vendor that makes large computers — and one of the thorniest problems is knowing what time it is. “At the time, the system time-of-day clock was actually a calculation,” says fish. “It was the […]

Microsoft gets explicit about Windows 10 upgrade blockers

Microsoft gets explicit about Windows 10 upgrade blockers Microsoft now warns customers of specific bugs and compatibility problems that prevent it – at least temporarily – from offering Windows 10 PCs the latest feature upgrade. After Microsoft re-released the October 2018 Update – labeled 1809 in the company’s yymm format – on Nov. 13, […]

Google Fi (aka Project Fi): The complete FAQ

Google Fi (aka Project Fi): The complete FAQ Google Fi may sound like some weird sort of initiation ritual (“Whoa, what happened to Rick? I heard he got Googlefied!”) — but if you can get past its silly-sounding name, the recently rebranded wireless service can both save you money and step up your smartphone […]

IDG Contributor Network: Why 5G will be disruptive

IDG Contributor Network: Why 5G will be disruptive Every next-generation mobile phone standard is greeted by some skepticism. Fifth-generation technology has certainly endured its share. Critics say it’s just a collection of incremental improvements, is being used as an excuse to restrict competition (for instance, by banning Chinese vendors from the US market), and […]

Win10 version 1809 gets yet another jolt, fourth KB 4469342 now runs build 17763.168

Win10 version 1809 gets yet another jolt, fourth KB 4469342 now runs build 17763.168 Those of you in the Windows Insider Release Preview Ring were treated to yet another patch yesterday. This latest KB 4469342 (the fourth version to bear the same name) brings the Windows 10 September-October-November-(checks calendar)-December 2018 Update to build 17763.168. […]

Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 fails to unseat Windows 7

Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 fails to unseat Windows 7 Windows 10 battled Windows 7 last month for the title of Most Popular Windows, but again failed to land enough blows to put its opponent on the canvas. According to U.S. analytics company Net Applications, Windows 10 slipped one-tenth of a percentage point […]

IDG Contributor Network: Project Fi changes name to Google Fi, but is it growing?

IDG Contributor Network: Project Fi changes name to Google Fi, but is it growing? Google has been busy entering all three segments of the wireless industry with their Android OS, Pixel smartphones and Project Fi services. Three months ago, I wrote a column discussing Google’s activity in the wireless space. Some of their effort […]