January 1, 2021
In March 2020, the pandemic sent global stock markets into a downward spiral. After a few weeks of record volatility, it seemed there was no end in sight. A few months later, the US stock market finished the year at all-time highs.
Amidst all the volatility, there were clear winners in 2020. Most of the top performers were tech stocks related to the "work from home" lifestyle forced upon millions of employees worldwide. One of these companies was Fastly (FSLY).
FSLY started the year at 20.07 and had an uneventful first two months. Then covid cause the Great Panic and FSLY hit its 52-week low of 10.63 on March 16. Seven months later, FSLY hit its 52-week high of 136.50, an increase of over 1,000%.
October 31, 2020
For two weeks in October, I lived in Sweden — a country that never locked down and never required masks. Today, life is almost like pre-corona times. People go shopping, hang out with friends, and go out to eat at restaurants.
Almost no Swedes wear masks in public spaces.
Instead of enforcing extreme measures like other countries, Sweden responded to the coronavirus with three primary actions:
September 29, 2020
"Improves Picture and Sound."
Those seemingly hyperbolic words are printed on the box of the Panamax M5400-PM power conditioner. I understand a surge protector can protect electronics. It makes sense that a power conditioner can prolong the life of electronic devices. But improve audio and video quality? Come on.
Here's thing crazy thing... it actually does.
July 25, 2020
I have been a web developer for over 20 years. Some readers may remember when I launched this website in 1999. Others may be shocked to learn the Internet existed back then. Either way, it has been a long time.
Over the past two decades, I have seen web design trends come and go. I've watched the web evolve from an assortment of stale static websites to the interactive dynamic websites that are common today. During that time, I have also seen many web development programs come and go. But one that has remained through the years is Dreamweaver.
Adobe Dreamweaver, launched in 1997, has been around as long as I have been weaving dreams into websites. But I preferred Adobe GoLive. I reluctantly switched to Dreamweaver in 2007 when Adobe replaced GoLive with Dreamweaver after the Macromedia acquisition. As far as I know, Dreamweaver is the only application Adobe acquired from Macromedia that the company still develops today.
May 15, 2020
The Netgear RAX200 router is among the most elite routers available for home networks. It has the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology for wireless connections and five Ethernet ports for wired devices. It is configurable using a web interface and you can manage it with a mobile app. On top of all that, it looks cool.
But does it live up to the hype?
Looks aren't everything when it comes to computer equipment, but I would argue that solid design adds value to any device that sits in plain view all day. The RAX200's sleek aesthetic appears to receive inspiration from the recent Star Wars trilogy. It looks like it might just take off and fly away. Fortunately, in the 30 days I used the router, it remained firmly planted on my desk. The stark black design is not for everyone or every space, but I like it.
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