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My visit to the US Open Tennis 2015
Wed, Sep 2nd 2015 10:30a   Christopher Pepin
I attended the US Open tennis tournament on Tuesday with my daughter. Readers of this blog may recall my previous visits in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006. However, this was the first time my eight-year-old daughter attended and she loved it - especially the American Express Fan Experience complete with fan court and virtual reality. This year, I attended the Tuesday night session and saw multiple matches including the main event between Andy Murray and Nick Kyrgios in
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4 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10
Wed, Jul 29th 2015 2:49p   Christopher Pepin
Earlier today, Microsoft released Windows 10 - the latest and last release of Windows. I've been running the beta on multiple laptops, hybrids and tablets for months and I'm definitely a fan. The following are my top four reasons for upgrading to Windows 10: New and improved user interface. If you're a Windows 8/8.1 user, you know that Microsoft tried, unsuccessfully, to force a touch interface with the new full-screen start screen. Windows 10 corrects this, brings back a new and improved
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Multitasking on iPad Air 2 with iOS 9 beta
Mon, Jul 27th 2015 1:32p   Christopher Pepin
One of the key features in iOS 9 beta is enhanced multitasking for iPad which has three key capabilities: Slide Over: temporarily display and use a second mobile application while still displaying the firstSplit View (iPad Air 2 only): run two mobile applications side-by-sidePicture in Picture: play a video is a resizable window In the screenshot above, I'm running three applications at the same time using Split View and Picture in Picture with seamless performance. The three apps are:Safar
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My Apple HomeKit wish list
Mon, Jul 6th 2015 5:13p   Christopher Pepin
As an Apple technology enthusiast, I'm particularly interested in Apple HomeKit which promises to "use your iOS device to control any of the accessories that you have in your home, like lights, locks, thermostats, smart plugs, and more." I have an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch as well as an Apple TV. Here's my initial short list of home automation tasks: Open, close and check on the status of my garage doors from my Apple Watch and iPhone - both on premise and when away from my house (via App
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Impressions of Android M and iOS 9 for the enterprise
Wed, Jun 10th 2015 10:42a   Christopher Pepin
When Google and Apple announce new mobile operating systems (Android M and iOS 9) I'm interested in what the new features from two unique perspectives: what the new features will mean to me as a user as well as an enterprise user. As an Information Technology manager for IBM leading mobile adoption and providing Information Technology (IT) support to senior executives, I need to understand how new features can improve the employee experience and the implications (e.g. security, infrastructure,
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My 10 years of blogging
Sun, May 17th 2015 10:42p   Christopher Pepin
Today marks the 10 year anniversary of when I started blogging both inside and outside of IBM. My first blog was about IBM's new blogging guidelines which encouraged employees to blog. Aside for 2+ years that I blogged using IBM's Blog Template, all off my external blogging has been on this site which leverages Google Blogger My Blogger.com stats for the last ten years:
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One Week with the Apple Watch - Hits and Misses
Thu, May 7th 2015 11:12a   Christopher Pepin
After one week with the Apple Watch, I'm a fan. However, there is definitely room for improvement. I haven't worn a watch in over 10 years and I debated the Apple Watch long and hard. Did I really I need an Apple Watch for $400? After all, my iPhone is always in my pocket and it does way more than just tell time. I pre-ordered the Apple Watch Sport 42mm (large) in space grey with a black plastic band at 3am ET on April 10 via the Apple Store app on my iPhone. I already had the watch in my
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Apple Watch and MacBook impressions
Mon, Apr 13th 2015 8:16p   Christopher Pepin
I was in New York city over the weekend with my son and had the opportunity to try the new Apple Watch and MacBook for myself at the Apple store on 5th Avenue. A few initial impressions: It takes a bit of work to understand/navigate the watch interface and understand all the buttons (rotate crown, crown button, side button, touch screen). However, from other reviews I've read, it's a steep learning curve. After 15-20 minutes of use, I was starting to get the hang of it. Still, I'm looki
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National Engineers Week 2015
Wed, Apr 1st 2015 7:12p   Christopher Pepin
I participated in National Engineer's week at my home town middle school with my IBM colleagues earlier today. IBM is a sponsor of the yearly event which is designed to increase awareness of math and science and foster teamwork and creative thinking. This was my six year participating in the event and I had the pleasure of presenting to my son's 7th grade science calls We each discussed our IBM engineering career, the different types of engineers, and how students can prepare for a caree
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Weather powered by the Internet of Things, cloud and analytics
Tue, Mar 31st 2015 11:16a   Christopher Pepin
Earlier today, IBM announced the creation of a new Internet of Things (IoT) unit and announced a partnership with the Weather Company (parent company of the Weather Channel) to leverage IBM cloud and analytics. I wanted to share my personal experience installing and using my first home weather station leveraging the same technologies (IoT, cloud, analytics) albeit on a somewhat smaller scale. Last November, I purchased an Ambient WS-1400-IP home weather station. My key requirements were low c




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