TechyMike Technical Blogs

I have been blogging about technology since 2006. I started out primarily blogging about video conferencing but quickly expanded to any technology that looked interesting or groundbreaking or.....well, you get the idea.

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COWORKING: An Open Collaborative Work Environment

I owned a COWORKING location in Tracy, CA for 5 years and 7 months, finally selling it for economic reasons on Dec 31, 2014 (see my blog about the lessons I learned about coworking in a small town). One day a few years ago, some folks from Emergent … [Read More...]

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Remote Working at Starbucks by Raley’s in Tracy, CA

I have been using the Starbucks by Raley's for meetings since selling AltamontCowork.  Since I am familiar with that location, I chose it to be the first of many in this new series researching remote work locations in Tracy, CA. Note:  My original … [Read More...]

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Beam: Robotic Video Conferencing

I started seeing robotic video conferencing devices appear around 2010. I wrote a few blogs on the HeadThere Giraffe, AnyBots, and VGo  (see my blog entries here) and even watched an episode of "The Big Bang Theory" which featured Sheldon using a … [Read More...]

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Using MileIQ: The Smart Mileage Tracker

I saw an ad (I think on Facebook) for MileIQ. In that ad, MileIQ promised to make tracking personal miles vs business mile easy. Since I know a few people who travel by car for business, I thought I'd give it a try. What is MileIQ Figure 1: Trip … [Read More...]

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Blast From the Past: Cell Phones and Brain Cancer

This was published in early 2007 or 2006 (I moved to Wordpress in Nov 2007).  Way back then, the cell phone was used mostly for talking and people were walking around with their cell phones plastered to their ear.   Times have changed:  Texting (and … [Read More...]

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Apple Watch

A few years ago, I lost my watch and searched everywhere for it.  No luck.  But, since I had a smartphone, I decided that I could live without my watch. Interestingly, at about the same time, the whole world decided that watches were passe. But as … [Read More...]

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Paradigm Shift: Smartphones Change the Way We Work

A few years ago, I wrote about a technological paradigm shift in the home from a wired network with desktop personal computers, to a wireless, distributed, network connecting multiple laptop computers. It is now 2015, and another dramatic paradigm … [Read More...]

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Using the Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker

We have several generations of Bose speakers. Unfortunately, they are not portable and Lori wanted to bring her music with her throughout the house or yard. The Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker seems to fit the bill. Bose speakers, in … [Read More...]

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Google Drive Upload & Download Speed Limits

AltamontCowork member (and now owner) Brian needed to backup the contents of his computer to Google Drive.   AltamontCowork's network slowed to turtle speed. Investigating the cause, we found the culprit: Google Drive upload was sucking all the … [Read More...]

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Using Chromecast

A year or two ago, I started seeing information on Google's new streaming video device: Chromecast.  The information I initially gathered was sketchy, but, as I studied it, I began to understand some of it's capabilities. Sufficiently intrigued, I … [Read More...]

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I became involved in video conferencing in the late 1980's. Along the way, I developed several applications that are now part of the mainstream, two of which are: Personal Telepresence and IP-based "ad-hoc" cloud-based video conferencing as a service. Enjoy...

Video Conferencing

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Beam: Robotic Video Conferencing

I started seeing robotic video conferencing devices appear around 2010. I wrote a few blogs on the HeadThere Giraffe, AnyBots, and VGo  (see my blog entries here) and even watched an episode of "The Big Bang Theory" which featured Sheldon using a … [Read More...]

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“The Next Communication Revolution” circa 1996

Way back in the Dark Ages (1996) I wrote about the path I thought video conferencing needed to go to become ubiquitous: Videoconferencing technology needed to be "easy-to-use"....by anyone. This is 2015, has my vision come true?   You can download … [Read More...]

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Cool Pet Technology

Is your pet a GEEK?  If so (or if not), check out these cool technology items for your pets....and you. ----- PetChatz (http://www.petchatz.com/) True to TechyMike's technical expertise, I just had to lead off with this pet technology … [Read More...]

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The Pope Uses Google Hangouts

Back in the day, I knew videoconferencing would reach the highest level of attention. Little did I know how high this technology would reach. Apparently, almost all the way to the top. VERY cool !!!   Gotta love video conferencing.   On Feb 5, 2015 … [Read More...]

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Polycom Video Conferencing Report and InfoGraphic

In the old days, we (ESnet, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab) used to visit Polycom HQ (when they were in Pleasanton, CA) to either:  Get an update on the latest and greatest videoconferencing technology, or, prod them for one reason or another. … [Read More...]

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Netflix Uses BlueJeans Cloud-Based Videoconferencing

Figured I'd jump back, at least a little bit, into the technology I helped pioneer....desktop video conferencing and cloud-based videoconferencing.  (VC vendors with a story to tell....send me your stuff!) BlueJeans is a cloud-based provider of … [Read More...]

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Vidyo Video Conferencing Deposition

My two worlds collided this week.  (Video conferencing and Coworking). I rented the "Orange" Conference room for a deposition to an attorney located in Pennsylvania (we are in Tracy, CA).   AltamontCowork won the "bid" by having SCREAMING fast … [Read More...]

ReadyTalk Announces Video Conferencing

Video conferencing has been added to ReadyTalk (for some reason I thought they already had it....oh well.) I like press releases.  No work for me....a new blog entry for you.  Call me lazy!  ;-) - We are pleased to announce the availability of … [Read More...]

Blue Jeans Changes Cloud Video Conferencing Again

- - Hot off the heels of Enterprise Connect where the WebRTC Conference-within-a-Conference drew overflow crowds, Blue Jeans Network will announce it's newest product: Sniff RTC.  On Monday, April 1, the cloud-based video conference service and … [Read More...]

Cloud Based Video Conferencing Adds Features

Here is a VERY important announcement from the good folks at Blue Jeans Networks. ******Copy this URL and share it with ALL of your friends and colleagues **** This is TOO IMPORTANT to ignore!  Whooops!!!!   On the ADVICE of my LAWYER..... (Click … [Read More...]

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Gifts for GEEKS

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Apple Watch

A few years ago, I lost my watch and searched everywhere for it.  No luck.  But, since I had a smartphone, I decided that I could live without my watch. Interestingly, at about the same time, the whole world decided that watches were passe. But as … [Read More...]

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GEEK Christmas Gifts 2014

Happy GEEKmas 2014  This year I will link to some really cool GEEK stuff on Amazon Smile as well as other places. If you purchase your GEEKmas gift on Amazon Smile you can help ForCarol.com spread the word about safe driving and help us provide … [Read More...]

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Geek Christmas Gifts 2012

    GO HERE FOR MY 2013 GEEK CHRISTMAS LIST   Assuming we make it to Christmas this year....think Mayan calendar...here are some cool GEEK gifts to buy your favorite NERD for Christmas.  :-) Thanks to former AltamontCowork … [Read More...]

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Geek Christmas Gifts 2011

    GO HERE FOR MY 2013 GEEK CHRISTMAS LIST Buy your geek a great Christmas gift.  But what to get?  Here is what I (and a few friends) would like.  Yup...Geeks all!  :-)  This list is in random order, but, within chaos you can find … [Read More...]

Barnes & Noble Introduces a New Nook

Surfing the Internet today I spotted this article from the NY Times stating that a new Nook eReader has been introduced! Very cool. Here are some basics of the $139 eReader: It is WiFi only, it uses e-ink technology so glare will not be a problem, … [Read More...]

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Geek Christmas Gifts 2010

GO HERE FOR MY 2013 GEEK CHRISTMAS LIST Let's see....what would I want for Christmas this year? It has to be something geeky cool....just like me. How about: 1. X-Box Kinect Pretty cool how they use the human body as the controller … [Read More...]

Gifts for Geeks, Part 2

GO HERE FOR MY 2013 GEEK CHRISTMAS LIST   OK, this is a cool site. ThinkGeek has a ton of neat gadgets, T-Shirts, and other stuff especially for the Geek in your life. Since they really are techy geek types they have a nice selection of … [Read More...]

Christmas Gifts for Your Geek

GO HERE FOR MY 2013 GEEK CHRISTMAS LIST Christmas is fast approaching. In the interest of Geeks everywhere, here are my top 7 gifts that that special Geek on your list may appreciate. Hmmmmm, he/she may even even help you with your homework, and … [Read More...]

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