There are a cacophony of voices coming from all sides in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, and understandably so. I studied World War II propaganda in the Film Studies and Communication Studies programs at Concordia University in Montréal, so I like to think I am not that susceptibl
I am far from a cyber security expert but I see the need to learn about, and utilize, a VPN (virtual private network) for many people. A VPN can make your web surfing and transactions relatively anonymous, throw off ad-tracking, and otherwise make your internet experience more enjoyab
Sometime ago a small group of artists met together regularly in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, to practise 3D animation and modelling using a free open source software tool called Blender 3D. The leader of the group is apparently still there while some of the others have disperse
Spotify the ubiquitous Swedish music App puts the Silicon Valley ethos to shame. It just friggin’ works on EVERYTHING. From smart TVs, to Alexa, to, yes, Linux Mint, to more basic stuff like through a web browser, through full applications on Windows and Mac, and in mobile apps
While struggling to get the now deprecated Windows 7 off of my home computers I came to further realizations about operating systems. It is not so much a matter of economics as of engineering that closed proprietary software for certain technical aspects of our lives is dangerous. For
Long before I was a technical writer, I was a technology writer. All the way back in my college days I wrote a column for the school’s newspaper called Technological Anarchy (PDF, sample columns from 1997!). You see I was interested in the sociological effects of technology even
I haven’t in general written about straight politics as it is generally taboo in the corporate world. However, I would skirt the issue, for example, when expressing my dislike of Facebook. And some of my posts might come across as Trump’s favourite target to bash: as advoc
I have been a huge fan of WordPress for more than ten years now. My mal-titled first blog, Reawaken Culture/Decipher Technology used an earlier version of WordPress but I have been following its development throughout, and if not obvious it is what Montreal Tech Writer is built with.
These days, it seems like anyone not working at a top tech company—which are increasingly few and dominant—are holding on by the skin of their teeth: just one contract away from economic oblivion. The platforms and their respective companies – Google – Facebook – Ube
Besides security issues discussed in a previous post, other factors are conspiring to stifle and ultimately threaten the viability of the web. These include the much ballyhooed concept of content shock, as well as the notion that somehow, and just possibly, that > . Content shock as a
I am a writer, web developer, and consultant with over 20 years experience. I have served small, medium, and up to very large clients. These include billion dollar tech companies such as Autodesk and the highest profile production houses like Moment Factory: who worked on the Super Bowl show with Madonna.