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While I Await iPad Repair, My Take On the State of Gaming

Saturday, March 29th, 2014 | Author:

StateOfGaming1Sorry folks, no review this week. Sadly my iPad came down with a severe case of “child-itus”, and the screen looked like a gorgeous spider web. Luckily, OWC just happens to offer a fantastic Turnkey Repair Program for the iPad 2. So while our wondrous team of install technicians make my device all pretty again and resurrect it from taking a critical hit from my level 2.5 Human Child, I figured I’d put some thoughts out there until I can get back to my regularly scheduled reviewing.

This is an article I’ve wanted to write for a long time. And, frankly, I expect a lot of pushback on this article in terms of conflicts of opinion, so here’s the disclaimer: I am by no means doing anything but representing my own personal opinion and this piece is nothing but entertainment and me stirring the proverbial pot in hopes of making some developers cringe and say “yeah… he’s got a point.”
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Women In Tech: Getting An Early Start

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 | Author:

PrintStaten Island businessman Anthony Onesto is trying to use the power of animation to get more young girls interested in science. The “tech guru” is trying to raise $25,000 to produce the pilot episode of Ella the Engineer, which is specifically geared to get more young girls interested in science and engineering.

Ella is a female hero who solves problems using engineering and software. Think of her as a Bob the Builder for the information age.

“There’s never anyone with a computer science or software engineering background that was solving everyday problems,” Onesto said. “Given that most everyday objects now are either connected to the Internet or run by software, it seemed like the perfect time for this.” Article Continues…

Women in Tech: Celebrating Women’s History Month

Friday, March 21st, 2014 | Author:

PrintMarch is the month of St. Patrick’s Day, the start of spring, and when swimsuits are already sold out as a result of those who have been wistfully dreaming about spring break since December. But more importantly, March is also Women’s History Month. This celebration began in 1981 as “Women’s History Week,” and was designed to honor the generations of women who have made significant contributions to society. The event was changed to “Women’s History Month” in 1987 when Congress decided there were “way too many influential women to recognize in just one week!” (Okay, so that’s not the actual legislative text, but the correct sentiment is there).

As part of our ongoing “Women in Tech” blog series, we wanted to recognize influential women in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, both past and present. Women have always made and will continue to make significant contributions to these fields. Our intention is that these short biographies will inspire those considering a STEM field to pursue their own passions. Article Continues…

It’s Friday! Better Yet, It’s Pi Day!

Friday, March 14th, 2014 | Author:

PiThere are a few numerical days a year that we here at OWC really like to geek out over … well some of us do. And today just happens to be one of those special days.

Today is March 14 or 3/14, which of course, is Pi Day!

For those who don’t know, pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and is approximately equal to 3.1415. (Pi is an irrational number and actually has been calculated to over 10 trillion digits).

But while today’s date is always a cool date among math enthusiasts and Darren Aronofsky buffs, next year is the truly special Pi Day. At 9:26:53 a.m. and p.m. on March 14, 2015, for two awesomely nerdy seconds that day, Pi Day will extend to ten digits (3.141592653). Which is exactly seven more digits than I can ever be troubled to remember.

So celebrate Pi Day with a fancy new t-shirt, or by sneaking out to your local diner for a nice piece of triple berry pi pie.

Just please don’t bother spending it memorizing impossibly long numbers…

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Women In Tech: A Q&A With …

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 | Author:

PrintCynthia Pepper is proof that it’s never too late to become a techie. Although she had no background in tech, she decided she would pursue a career in the tech industry when she went back to school after her kids graduated high school. After almost five successful years in Technical Customer Service at OWC, she is living proof that there is a place for anybody who is determined to make it in the industry. It’s appropriate OWC’s WIT Blog series would feature Pepper during Women’s History Month. She is a shining example of a successful woman who has made it in a traditionally male dominated industry.

What made you decide to get into tech?

My kids were grown up and gone, and I went back to school to take some business classes. While taking computer classes, I dabbled in graphics and got hooked. While I was living the dream, I realized I could not stand going into a store and having people tell me what I needed for a computer. I wanted to know what I needed for a computer. I wanted to install my own upgrades. I wasn’t going to give someone $50 to install memory in my laptop. So when I had electives, I took computer classes. By the time I graduated, with high honors I might add, I was only three classes away from a Technical Support degree. So I took the classes, and I loved that, too! Article Continues…