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.

Cloaking Requires More Than a Smart Romulan [Slide Show]

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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

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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
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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

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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

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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
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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…

“Siri, What Does My Data Look Like Today?”

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There is an explosive growth in data demand from the iPhone 4S that is in part related to the personal “virtual assistant,” Siri, reveals a study by Arieso, a British technology company that specializes in bandwidth optimization. According the study, “iPhone 4S users are the ‘hungriest’ data consumers, demanding twice as much data as iPhone 4 users and three times as much as iPhone 3G users.” And just two weeks after the 4S release, Ars Technica noticed a jump in data… continue…

Occupy Wall Street: Tech Experience Without Pay

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Occupy Wall Street can offer you a bunch of tech experience, fast. As long as you’ll volunteer. This is a team (in the true sense of the word) that’s building new platforms from the ground up. There is no pay, you’ll work 16-hour days and be given some pretty great responsibility from day one, but you’ll come away with a wealth of knowledge. You can work from home if you like. “We are quite busy,” Jake DeGroot, a tech op… continue…

Hugging It Out, in Your Inbox

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The Internet was designed for two reasons: to decentralize communications in the event of a thermonuclear war and to send hugs remotely. That latter vision has finally been realized by the inventors of the HugShirt. The HugShirt from CuteCircuit incorporates sensors in the hugger’s shirt that track the heart rate and even skin temperature then transmits the data via Bluetooth to your smartphone, which sends it to the recipient’s phone. During a private moment, the recipient can activate the hug… continue…

The 25 Most Common Passwords on the Internet Are…

The single most popular password is “password.” The 18th most popular is “passw0rd.” Notice the zero? So do hackers. Splashdata has compiled a list of the most used passwords from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted by hackers online. Why are stolen passwords online? Cyber Monday Shoppers, take note: Credentials are compromised in a two-step process. The first is through some bit of malware installed on your computer that will log each keystroke as you type it and transmit… continue…