Dino Londis

Dino Londis is an application management engineer at a Manhattan law firm. He's a member of a team responsible for securing and maintaining the desktop. Before this, he worked as a network administrator, tier three support engineer, and helpdesk technician, all in the curious world of law firms. Dino also writes a consumerization column for BYTE.

Here’s Why IT Shouldn’t Write Off Windows 8

Windows 8 Desktop
Back in October I speculated that the enterprise will have to support Windows 8 whether it wants to or not. If anything, the plain old consumerization of IT will force technology departments to integrate it into employee preferences with corporate solutions. At the time, there wasn’t a clear consensus on the what value Windows 8 would add to the enterprise and no one had yet seen the Microsoft Surface Pro, but now things are a lot different. Many of us… continue…

How Windows XP Boots Take Years Off Your Life

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Windows XP boots slowly. When it was released in 2001 by Microsoft, customers were demanding stability, not a speedy start-up. Besides, speed was relative and XP booted about as fast as WinNT or Windows Me. But now XP is a dinosaur and the iPad’s instant-on recalibrated expectations about how fast a computer should be ready to use after you turn it on. Depending on the number of applications set to launch, XP can take two, three or even five minutes to… continue…

Windows 8 is Schizophrenic for a Reason

Windows 8 Boot Menu Use
All of Microsoft’s ruckus about its brand spanking new Windows 8 hides a basic truth: This is really two distinct operating systems sharing the same computer, and it’s most obvious during boot. A month ago, I upgraded an Asus Eee PC running Windows 7 Starter to Windows 8. When it boots I see the new Windows Logo, the login screen and then, for a split second, my old Windows 7 desktop and background before the Windows 8 background lays on… continue…

IT Will Adopt Windows 8, Like It or Not

Windows 8 Desktop
We don’t know yet if Windows 8 will be one to skip, but Microsoft’s release history leads me to believe it will be. Since Windows 98, every successful OS released by the company was followed by a dud. But Microsoft has bet big on 8 by completely revamping the UI and building hardware to support it. By all accounts it Windows 8 runs most everything that 7 runs in both 32 and 64 bit applications. It improves performance in side-by-side benchmarks with its predecessor, improves… continue…

VooMote Zapper App Means to Tame TV Remote Creep

The VooMote Zapper is yet another attempt to simplify the home entertainment experience. How many remotes do you have? Tell us in the comments below.  Like BlinQ and NeoTV Remote, VooMote Zapper allows you to shelve the remotes and program one — just one — to your liking. (I was able to strip out most of the buttons that I never use.) If your remote isn’t in the VooMote database of compatible devices, you can teach them how to work together. After… continue…

iOS Salvation: How to Rescue Old Devices

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How many iPhones or iPod Touches do you have gathering dust? I have a few. Fortunately, I’ve come across some products that can give new life to them, sometimes by doing things they may never have been intended for. Such as? For the ubergeek there is the Arduino, which has a variety of sensors to monitor the external environment and feed the information into an iOS device. You could, for example, make your own weather station or robot. For those… continue…

BYOD Will Hit Hardware Specialists the Hardest

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Warnings about the consumerization of IT (COIT) and bring your own device (BYOD) trends generally conclude saying something like, “it’s coming, it’s unstoppable, it’s productive, and IT should prepare to handle this new trend.” But what does that mean? What jobs in IT are going to be impacted? In terms of COIT, the answer’s simple: All of them. Over the next few years, techs who work in mobile, security, compliance, applications and hardware will see their roles change. The ones… continue…

Opera Says App-Tribute Tracks Without Invading Privacy

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Opera Software’s launched App-Tribute, a small footprint SDK that developers can include in their applications to track successful downloads and subsequent installs. Why not use the iOS device’s unique identification number (UDID), as developers have been doing for years? Apple has stopped accepting applications that reference it. Apple’s move was part of a broader industry effort to give consumers the option to restore some privacy while Web surfing. In March, Congress sent letters to Apple and 34 other companies asking… continue…

Google+ Isn’t Getting Great Reviews

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Google+ was built to compete with Facebook. After an explosive start nine months ago and early adoption from techs, Google claims the service now has 170 million users. That’s a good start but nowhere near Facebook’s 850 million. So Google’s revamped its social network’s look with a customizable ribbon, a new Hangouts page and lots, and I mean lots, of white space. So how have techs responded? There may be 170 million opinions. Here’s a few of them. The new… continue…

Cloaking Requires More Than a Smart Romulan [Slide Show]

Romulan Bird of Prey
Star Trek fans, remember the Bird of Prey? That was the Romulan warship that confounded the unflappable James T. Kirk when it materialized right under his nose and began to blast away. (This was the 1960s cool James T. Kirk, not the 90s cool James T. Kirk.) Anyway, the idea of cloaking — making an object invisible to keep it safe — has been around for a while, usually in the wide spaces of science fiction. But it seems that… continue…