iPhone 6: The Plusses & Nots…

Friday afternoon I went to the Apple Store in Mapleview Mall (Burlington) to pick up a new phone.  I was served by the lovely Miss Stefanie, who was really great (see article).  I was on the fence about the iPhone 6 versus the iPhone 6 Plus, so Stefanie suggested I do what she called ‘The … Continue reading iPhone 6: The Plusses & Nots…

The Apple Store… Overpriced, but not just a pretty face!

Okay, I finally needed a new phone because the old one died.  As you probably know my girlfriend's name is Stephanie.  Well the lovely and patient girl at the Apple Store was also named Stefanie (Different spelling, same pronunciation).  She was a big help, except when deciding which phone to choose.  I was actually very pleased … Continue reading The Apple Store… Overpriced, but not just a pretty face!

Thank You For Lousy Customer Service!

When I moved into my condo I bought a refurbished Cuisinart coffee machine.  You know, the type that brews Keurig coffees.  It was my first purchase for the condo, and I was very proud of it.  Why?  Well for one thing it is a very nice machine, and for another… well, mornings are just better … Continue reading Thank You For Lousy Customer Service!

Apple Dongles… Dangling functionality in front of you!

“Just remember Mitch… you are coming into an environment where people love their Macs and their Linux.  As long as you don’t come in and try to convert them, you will do well here.” Yes, when I had my initial conversation with the leadership at Kobo I was told something very much like that.  Obviously … Continue reading Apple Dongles… Dangling functionality in front of you!

Three Months With a Fruit Phone

On the occasion of his 79th birthday, I would like to dedicate this article to my father, Arthur Garvis.  He is a wonderful role model who has always given me the best advice he could, and when I was smart enough to follow his wisdom it was to my benefit.  While he is not entirely … Continue reading Three Months With a Fruit Phone

Office for Fruit Phones!

Microsoft has released today the Office Suite for iOS… which means that iPhone and users can now start using the same tools on their devices that they do on their PCs… and best of all, it is absolutely free to Office 365 subscribers! Check out the official release article at http://blogs.office.com/b/office-news/archive/2013/06/14/office-mobile-for-the-iphone-is-now-available-for-office-365-subscribers.aspx. Now for the bad … Continue reading Office for Fruit Phones!

Exchange Issues with iOS 6.1

There has been a lot of chatter over the last few days about the most recent update to the iPhone’s iOS 6.1. I have been saying for years that Patch Management is one of the most critical steps to protecting your infrastructure, both on the server-side and on the client-side.  However I have also stated … Continue reading Exchange Issues with iOS 6.1

Mac vs. PC… Does my sister have a point?

It was the end of the week, my class was winding down, and my friend Peter Wolchak was baiting me into another 'PC versus Mac’ debate on Facebook.  All in all, nothing all that unusual about it… until one of the most unexpected things happened.  My sister chimed in on the Mac side. Oh brother … Continue reading Mac vs. PC… Does my sister have a point?

The Late Great Steve Jobs

On a cold December evening I was walking through the Christmas tide When a stranger came up and asked me if I’d heard John Lennon died. And the two of us went to this bar and we stayed to close the place, And every song we played was for the Late, Great Johnny Ace. -Paul … Continue reading The Late Great Steve Jobs

A Brief History of how Microsoft (and others) Changed the World… Part 1.

In October of last year I pitched an idea to the editor of Backbone Magazine for an article about how Microsoft changed the world.  We were a month shy of the 25th anniversary of Microsoft Windows, and I thought it would be a fitting and timely piece.  He asked me to write a short piece … Continue reading A Brief History of how Microsoft (and others) Changed the World… Part 1.