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I am a freelance writer with interests ranging from the tech industry to transportation, space travel, and science fiction and fantasy writing.

Articles by Rick Robinson

Will the Internet of Things Become a Tower of Babel?

The collection of networked smart devices now known as the Internet of Things (IoT) is as revolutionary in its implications as the mobile Web or even the Internet itself; but for networked smart devices to meet their potential, they need ...

The Programming Language Landscape: More Options for Midsize IT

The programming language landscape has evolved into a rich ecosystem of language options, ranging from general purpose to highly specialized, with new languages continually being developed and offered.These programming language options are also more readily available to midsize IT. The ...

In the Programming Language Landscape, One Venerable Player Slips While Another Hangs On

As Paul Krill reports at InfoWorld, the latest monthly Tiobe survey of language popularity is out, providing a snapshot of the ever-evolving programming language landscape. This month's picture shows one venerable language slipping to a new low in popularity while ...

Cloud Storage Providers Offer Apps for Competitive Edge

The cloud storage market, including the fast-growing personal storage segment, is fiercely competitive. Cloud storage costs are being driven down, which is good news for all cloud users, especially IT professionals at midsize firms. At the same time, cloud storage ...

Hybrid Cloud Dominance Is Here, and Self-Service IT Is Next

Cloud computing has become the norm; and as the cloud skyscape matures and firms balance specific requirements with the advantages of flexibility, the trend is moving toward hybrid cloud dominance. Another result of cloud maturation is the growing prospect of ...

A New BYOD Benchmark: Resistance Is Futile

Anyone wondering how big the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is in the workplace got a major data point a few days ago; viewed another way, they got more than 12 million data points, which is the number of users who downloaded ...

Cloud CPM Solutions Gaining Momentum

Analyst firm Gartner has released the results of its latest Magic Quadrant survey on corporate performance management (CPM) suites, as reported by Emma Snider for TechTarget. The report finds that, while a majority of firms surveyed are still using on-premise ...

With BI Going Mainstream, Technology Evangelists and Skeptics Must Talk — and Listen

Business intelligence (BI) is no longer in its beta phase; it is becoming an established part of the IT landscape. However, an analyst summit warns that, with BI going mainstream, evangelists for the technology must sit down with its skeptics ...

Business PC Sales Trend on the Comeback Trail?

A new report from Gartner, as discussed on InfoWorld, finds that sales of desktop and laptop PCs continue to slip and that the decline will continue into next year. Just beneath the surface, however, the business PC sales trend is ...

Mobile Web Development and the Future of HTML5

A recent analyst report, produced by analyst firm IDG and reported at InfoWorld, had mixed news at best for HTML5, the updated version of the Web development language intended to provide device-independent support for mobile apps. While HTML5 is a ...

Bring-Your-Own-Cloud Draws Interest, Poses Challenges

The IT community at midsize firms has long had a major role in the ongoing conversation about BYOD, the bring-your-own-device trend of using personal mobile devices for workplace tasks. Midsize IT will now be joining a similar debate concerning "bring-your-own-cloud" ...

Big Data Analytics Takes On Fraud

Analytics and business intelligence (BI) technology is being deployed to help firms deal with a broad spectrum of business challenges, from marketing to production processes to energy savings. Now, big data analytics is being enlisted to take on yet another ...

Programming Language Landscape May Change Due to New PHP-Based Language

There is now another new kid on the block in the programming language landscape. Facebook's Hack language, based on the widely used PHP language for Web page design, is intended to be easier for developers to work with and more ...

Unstructured Big Data Drives Hadoop Support

A proposed new distribution of the open source Hadoop framework for managing unstructured data has obtained funding, which is a further indication of wide interest in unstructured big data technology. While the term big data emphasizes sheer size, even more ...

Local Storage Capacity Shows Life in Spite of the Cloud

The cloud may now rule the IT world, but firms are still finding a place for local storage capacity. As a result, the storage capacity market showed an uptick late last year, halting a previous slide. While the gains partly ...

A Midsize IT Challenge as Windows XP Rides into the Sunset

In less than a month, support for Windows XP (WinXP), the venerable operating system still used by nearly 30 percent of all PCs, will come to an end. WinXP users, including many midsize firms, will have to move on or ...

Mobile Search Traffic Growing While Desktop Search Slips

This year will see yet another benchmark in the shift from desktop to mobile device dominance as spending on mobile search ads continues to surge while desktop search spending begins to decline, according to new research from eMarketer. The increasingly ...

In the Programming Language Landscape, F# Moves toward the Front of the Class

A widely followed index of programming language usage and popularity highlighted impressive growth by a relative newcomer, F#, characterized as a functional programming language. The language, which a year ago ranked far down the list, is now knocking at the ...

Smart Home Control Systems Market Heats Up

Users with old-fashioned manual thermostats might need to turn down the temperature setting because the market for smart home control systems that manage multiple smart devices is starting to heat up. As it does, new technological challenges are emerging, such ...

Silicon Photonics Technology Gets a "Like" from Facebook

As Stephen Lawson reports at InfoWorld, social networking giant Facebook did some serious friending at an Optical Society of America meeting held in conjunction with this year's Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference in San Francisco.Silicon photonics technology provides the basis ...

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