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.

iOS Salvation: How to Rescue Old Devices

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

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

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

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…

Approxy’s Cloudpaging Delivers Desktop Anywhere

Approxy has developed new cloud paging technology that is, by some accounts, the holy grail of desktop deployment, since it delivers your desktop anywhere. Cloudpaging promises to simplify backend maintenance as well as improve the user experience. It simultaneously deliver applications, or even whole desktops, and the next generation of game delivery. So instead of thinking about your desktop anywhere, think your apps anywhere. If you use Photoshop, you can have cloudpaged where you’re sitting, whether it’s a desk, work… continue…

DNA Sequencing Just Got Cheaper and Faster

Posted In Living in Tech
A team of scientists, comprised of software engineers, bioinformaticians, and statisticians, has created a new generation DNA sequencing designed to enable users to run an experiment until sufficient data has been collected to reach a predetermined experimental endpoint. In other words, the sequencing stops when the user finds what they’re looking for. In contrast, other molecular analysis systems have a fixed analysis time, or ‘run time’ that delivers a surged batch of data at the end of that run.  In… continue…

Windows 8 Preview: Our Five Favorite Features

Windows 8 Start Screen
Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview is out and pretty exciting. The new OS will run on multiple form factors, like desktops and ARM based devices like tablets and phones. Redmond’s integrated new features that address the changing work environment, such as the overlapping of consumer and corporate data, the increasingly mobile workforce and the use of portables. Of all the new features, here’s my five favorites. 

iPad’s Killer Tech Manager App: Reading

Apple iPad
IT decision makers use their iPads for data consumption, specifically reading, and especially reading in the field, says IDG. The great majority of them–79 percent–say they “always” use their iPads  “on the move.” Some other tidbits: In North American, 13 percent of employers provide iPads to their employees 57 percent of iPad owners substitute it for a laptop Of all iPads sold in North America, 62 percent never leave the home In general, IT and business professionals use their iPads most intensively… continue…

Large Companies Hire Non-Techs for Tech Jobs

Posted In Looking in Tech
Large companies are hiring college graduates for IT positions with little or no IT training or experience. National Public Radio reports that companies like Siemens and Hewlett Packard are looking for graduates with a liberal arts education. Could it be it’s the end to specialization? Not likely. But it does point to an emerging trend where IT departments will work closer with the business units. Today, tech’s who know some Java with a degree in accounting may have an advantage over… continue…