January 31, 2013

Not a big fan of hyperbole. Nor do I want to use this space for political discussions (after all, there’s enough technology to discuss every moment of everyday). But being in the IT space we see firsthand that the current US immigration policy regarding those who are technologically proficient is limiting the country’s ability to continually out-innovate the rest of the world. We’re not always going to home-grow the best and the brightest; sometimes the opportunities America affords people will attract those who can make an impact in the ever evolving technology industries.

The current limit of H1-B visas is a joke. And the hoops companies jump through just to get those visas are a cumbersome and costly mess. The US is in desperate need of computer engineers, programmers, networking gurus; the list goes on and on. If we really want to be the land of opportunity – for citizens and visitors alike, then we have to get our act together in making ourselves more welcoming.

And it’s not like those who work on visas are “stealing” jobs. We’re not filling all the job openings with our own people. That’s why the arguments for keeping the restrictions are so disingenuous or ignorant.

OK, enough from my soapbox – read how the proposed immigration changes will help us attract and keep skilled workers here:

Can Obama's immigration reform stop Silicon Valley's brain drain?

As always, we want to hear from you.


January 17, 2013

A little background - when the Syzygy 3 blog first started a regular posting was "Random Thoughts," essentially our way to break the monotony of another tech posting. As the demands on our time increased – and our readership did not – we dropped “Random Thoughts.” Well, we’ve decided to bring it back – sort of. It’s now called “Random Musings” (clever, huh?). Not sure how regular this will be, but just thought it was time for a redux.

1. As if the Notre Dame no-show against ‘Bama wasn’t hard enough, now THIS? What do I think/believe? Have to admit, my first gut reaction (P.S., I’m an affirmed cynic) was that Te’o was involved. That said, ND had 3+ weeks to investigate and get Te’o’s story; enough time to root out some truths, plus, Swarbrick put himself on a flimsy plank with his press conference. Either he truly believes Manti or he’s willing to fall with him.

2. I think/believe all complex living organisms have some semblance of self-awareness. I know of none that do not actively avoid perceived danger to itself (ever see a fly wait to get hit by a newspaper?) Which is why this article didn’t surprise me, though I will think twice about ordering fresh lobster: SCIENTIST: Yes, That Lobster You're Boiling Alive Is Probably In Real Pain

3. For wanna-be science geeks like me, this is kinda cool. Right Again, Einstein! New Study Supports 'Cosmological Constant'

4. Been telling people for awhile now that the movie “Real Steel” could represent the future of sports, particularly physically-damaging sports (boxing, MMA, football, possibly hockey, among others). Given the consequences of concussions, it’s a reasonable extrapolation. It could also indicate the irrelevance of another swath of the human population. Who Needs Players? Simulated Games Are the Future of Sports

5. Bring on the NHL! About damn time. Don’t think the Flyers have the defense to win the Cup, but going to obsess over them like I do every year. It’s my sickness.


January 10, 2013

So I tend to like Microsoft products for business much better than their competitors (I know them, they do what I need done, and there is plenty of support on the web for virtually any issues). I know Microsoft isn’t the sexiest option out there, but it’s the best for me and that’s how I judge technology. Don’t give two hoots about what the glitterati flocks to; I look for solutions.

Which is why the new Surface Pro just may be my next PC (in about 4-5 months, after early bugs are worked out). This would be my jump from a traditional laptop to a tablet, but that’s the beauty of the Surface Pro – it’s both. Having tested the RT version – good consumer model – I know the quirks and potential deficiencies of the Pro. That said, the benefits outweigh all the cons.

Like all things posted here, this is just my opinion. You may not like the Surface tablet one bit, which is all well and good considering the 8,312 other tablet options are your disposal. But don’t snub your nose at the device just because it reads Microsoft – that would be snubbing your nose to spite your face.

Surface Pro: an in-depth look at Microsoft's super tablet


January 04, 2013

I'm not an alarmist when it comes to the gov't snooping into my business.  1) I'm incredibly boring; 2) My accountant is an honest guy; 3) Secretly hope an NSA employee will buy me something off my Amazon wish list.

That said, the extension of the warrantless wiretapping irritates me to no end.  We have this false notion that giving away our privacy and protections from unnecessary gov’t intrusion will somehow make us safer.  Not drinking the Kool-Aid.  The greatest threat to any of us on a daily basis is from local, state, and federal government agencies.  Why would you want them to skate on having a reason to cause you consternation? I know there are some evil people out there, but that is one of the cons of a free society. And I'd much rather contend with a bad citizen than a bad gov't official/agency.

There are tons of articles out there on the topic, but here is one for your reading pleasure.

The snoop state's still alive and well (Anybody notice?)