About Ian Eberle

Computer science major at Northwest Florida State College. I enjoy programming, web design, technology opinion, and following the news.

Hidden Gem: Review of Amazon Smile

A couple of days ago, I noticed an advertisement for a service that I had never heard of before - Amazon Smile. I buy everything from toothpaste to cell phone accessories on Amazon because it's inexpensive, and combined with Prime two-day shipping, sometimes more convenient than going to Walmart or the grocery store. The fact [...]

2014-03-02T06:48:25-07:00February 20th, 2014|Categories: Consumerism|

Startup Play-i Robots Teaches Computer Science the Fun Way

In these modern times, computer-related careers can be found at almost every company in America (and possibly even the world). Toyota needs computer scientists to help develop new technologies for GPS systems, hybrid computer systems, and other car technologies. Apple needs computer scientists to develop tomorrow's consumer technology. JC Penny needs computer scientists to build [...]

2013-11-16T10:42:22-07:00November 19th, 2013|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , , |

Amazon Now Offering Sunday Delivery for Prime Members

Amazon and the United States Postal Service (USPS) have announced that Amazon Prime members in Los Angeles and New York City will start receiving packages on Sundays. As of now, the service is only implemented in those two cities, but it is expected to expand to Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Phoenix, and other major U.S. [...]

2013-11-11T22:30:28-07:00November 12th, 2013|Categories: Consumerism|

Choosing the Best University for Computer Science in U.S.

How to choose the best university to get a Computer Science degree and which Universities offer Computer Science degrees.

First 24 Hours with Windows 8.1 Microsoft’s First OTA Update

Microsoft released Windows 8.1 on October 17th as an over-the-air (OTA) update for current Windows 8 users. Besides the minor updates and security patches Microsoft sends out with the Windows Update feature in Control Panel, this was Microsoft's first major OTA update facilitated by a centralized hub (Windows Store). This is something that Android, Mac [...]

Why Are Apple’s Customers Loyal? The Psychology of an iSheep

It's no secret that Apple's iOS 7 wasn't a complete success. Neither was the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, Apple Maps, or Siri. Lately, Apple hasn't been innovating and they have not been releasing products that "change the game" like the original iPhone or iPod and I think Apple's stockholders would agree with me. Despite the lack [...]

2013-10-13T07:00:02-07:00October 17th, 2013|Categories: Technology|

Control-Alt-Delete is Part of Windows History, Not a Mistake

Yesterday at a Q&A at Harvard University, Bill Gates admitted that the keyboard command Ctrl-Alt-Del was a mistake. According to Gates, the reason Ctrl-Alt-Del even made it into Windows is because the designer of the original IBM keyboards felt that it was a security concern, so they created a combination of keys that no user [...]

2013-09-28T08:08:37-07:00September 29th, 2013|Categories: Technology, Windows7, Windows8|

Why Microsoft’s Surface 2 Is Going to Fail

When Microsoft released their original Surface tablet last year, I was intrigued. A product that not only competes with tablets such as Apple's iPad, but also can compete with full-sized Windows laptops. It showcased Microsoft's new Metro UI in a way that didn't invoke criticism (like it did on desktops and other PCs), the hardware [...]

2013-09-25T05:39:22-07:00September 26th, 2013|Categories: tablets, Technology, Windows8|

Review: Lighting Ever Flexible Color-Changing LED Strips

I was recently given the opportunity to complete a do-it-yourself project using Lighting Ever Flexible LED strips. I was originally going to use them as accent lighting for a bookshelf, but after seeing the design of the product I was working with, I had to change my mind. I ended up putting the LED lights [...]

5 Text Messaging Apps That Use WiFi

I've been on vacation in rural Pennsylvania with my family this week and although my phone says "searching for signal" 75% of the day, I'm still able to connect with my friends and colleagues in Florida because I have a WiFi connection. As long as the person I'm contacting uses one of the free text [...]

Why You Should Ditch Your Cell Phone Contract

After seeing that Virgin Mobile is now getting the iPhone 5, I decided to look into some contract-free carriers that rival AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. I was very surprised when I found that customers can get an iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S4 on Virgin Mobile, Straight Talk, Cricket, Net 10 Wireless, and Boost Mobile. [...]

2018-03-11T20:15:34-07:00June 28th, 2013|Categories: Technology|

modern.IE: The Best Cross Browser Testing Tool For Web Developers

As a web designer, one of the most annoying parts of designing a website is cross-browser testing to make sure the site functions and/or looks proper on all browsers. The reason this causes so many headaches is that many designers like myself choose to use either a Mac or Linux computer, so we don't have [...]

2013-06-18T19:28:20-07:00June 18th, 2013|Categories: blogging, Internet|Tags: , , , |

Spotify vs Google Music Streaming

I recently wrote a review of Spotify, a music streaming service that blows iTunes and Amazon MP3 out of the water. A few days after my Spotify review was published, Google released their own competing service that integrates into the already-existing Google Play music store. Premium Spotify is $9.99 per month, but the Google service [...]

2013-05-22T12:38:52-07:00May 23rd, 2013|Categories: Entertainment|Tags: , , , , , |

Spotify Review: The Most Inexpensive Way To Listen To Music

When downloadable music first came out, I adopted the concept right away. The fact that you can open iTunes and download an album in an hour (I had dial-up Internet at the time) was amazing! I've been a loyal customer of iTunes for years now with a collection of thousands of songs I have purchased [...]

The Truth About Apple’s Pricing Structure

I was shopping for a new computer the other day at Staples and as soon as I told the guy working there that I was primarily a Mac user looking to buy a Windows 8 laptop, he brought out all of the pro-Microsoft, Apple-bashing opinions that IT professionals have come up with everywhere Apple products [...]

2018-03-11T20:15:49-07:00March 31st, 2013|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , |
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