Brian's Brain

- March 21, 2012

EDN contributor Brian Dipert exposes, analyzes and opines on diverse topics in technology.


WWDC 2017: Apple still short on breakthroughs

  • 06.07.2017

Despite iPad, iMac, SoC, and Siri updates, the key themes from WWDC 2017 were incremental half-steps, prematurely unveiled me-toos, and hardware obsolescence by design. Read More...

Microsoft’s hardware support burden

  • 05.26.2017

Unlike Apple, Microsoft is not mercenary in culling old hardware from the new operating system support list, and has inherited a substantial burden in the process. Some amount of "glitching" is inevitable, but Microsoft can't even cleanly handle its own branded hardware. Read More...


Apple’s forced O/S migration causes Thunderbolt failure

  • 05.18.2017

Apple is a dominant user of Thunderbolt, but operating system "advancements" result in functional regression to the point of flat-out failure. Read More...

Pebble Time Round vs Moto 360: shortcomings

  • 05.09.2017

Pebble near-singlehandedly created the smartwatch product category, but the company was unable to continue to "raise the bar" as competitors entered the market space, and one of its last products, the Pebble Time Round has its fair share of "warts." Read More...

Pebble Time Round vs Moto 360: user experience

  • 05.04.2017

In the second part of this series, we explore touchscreen- and button-based user interfaces, which have both strengths and shortcomings. Read More...

Pebble Time Round vs Moto 360: face off

  • 05.02.2017

Compromise is at the core of engineering, and the tradeoff decisions Pebble made versus smartwatch and other wearable competitors is fascinating. Read More...


Pebble Time: A pre-demise review

  • 04.17.2017

Before Pebble was shut down, this engineer gave the Pebble Time smartwatch a try and its shortcomings quickly became apparent and acute. Read More...

Android woes give iOS the upper hand

  • 04.07.2017

The notable to-date discrepancy between experiences with iOS devices and Android devices can't be ignored. Read More...


Are streaming sticks the present and future?

  • 03.17.2017

When you see the capabilities delivered by modern "streaming sticks," you might wonder why anyone would bother buying a conventional form factor unit any longer. It's a good question. Read More...


Taking Roku on the road

  • 03.13.2017

With Roku's Hotel and Dorm Connect, there is a good use for Roku devices' Wi-Fi Direct facilities, although they still insist on spectrum-squatting. Read More...

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