Designing a workplace

Designing a workplace

I usually get asked about my home-offices. Apparently, people seem to like them and ask for tips on how to create their own. In order to address this, I wrote a huge article about office design back in October 2011 using the story to build my workplace when I was working from home at IBM.

Since then, a lot has changed. Technology evolved a lot in the past 3 years and today my home-office is completely different. So, I thought that an update for that article is adequate. What I am going to show here is valid not only for home-offices, but for traditional offices as well.

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iOS 8 review

iOS 8 Review

Apple released last Wednesday the new version of its mobile operating system, iOS 8. As usual, the mobile OS was first unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June and released right before the new iPhone models, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, which debuted last Friday.

iOS 8, unlike its predecessor, is not a radical redesign, but an evolution and refinement of the OS. It addresses most of the problems of iOS 7 and brings a lot of improvements long due to the iPhone and the iPad. It also marks the openness of iOS, allowing 3rd party keyboards, 3rd party apps to communicate with each other and create extensions for non built-in services. Of course, Apple still controls most of the experience in iOS, but it opened the floodgates where it really matters.

I am reviewing iOS 8 running on a 16GB iPhone 5S and a 64GB iPad Air as the main devices. I also reviewed performance on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad Mini (1st generation), iPad Mini with Retina Display and the iPad 2. Continue reading