January 6, 2014

Why the Cuil Search Engine Was a Failure

Why the Cuil Search Engine Was a Failure


The Story of Cuil:

I think it’s safe to say, launching a website is a challenge. In this post, I’m going to highlight one of the biggest failures I can remember in website history. It would be easy to highlight HealthCare.gov or the CTA’s Ventra problems, but I think it would be even more interesting to highlight a classic. That is the search engine, Cuil.

September 19, 2013

Are Your Plugins Creating WordPress Vulnerabilities?


Since WordPress is one of the most common types of websites we encounter, it’s not uncommon for us to find yet another WordPress vulnerability and someone who uses it for evil. A typical site involves a standard install with some slight modifications, a template, dozens of plugins, and a huge amount of user generated content.

June 17, 2013

Shorten Your Commute With the Waze App – (No, really)

Shorten Commutes with Waze App

Anybody who has to deal with traffic being a large part of their commute, you might want to consider an app called Waze. My attention was recently turned to Waze when I heard it was recently purchased by Google. When I first heard about it, I was skeptical, being a programmer I know that such tasks grow in complexity very quickly, it wouldn’t be easy for a free app to deliver on the promise of shortening my commute.

But, Waze isn’t just another GPS app, it is different from Apple Maps, Google Maps, and my personal favorite, MotionX.

April 2, 2013

Google vs. Apple App Development Process


We have always known that getting involved in app development can be a long drawn-out process that consumes time and money. Recently, I have been asked to join the Astek development team in our Apple account which has prompted this blog post.

I will begin by comparing the Google App Development application process to the same process by Apple.

January 21, 2013

Google Trends the Flu

I would think it’s safe to say that you or somebody you know have had to deal with the flu this year. If you were one of those unfortunate flu sufferers, like me, rest assured you’re not alone.

WebMD states that your typical odds of getting the flu on a yearly basis is between 5% and 20%. This year, it seemed to me that roughly half the people I know have gotten it.


November 12, 2012

Windows 8: What It Is and Why You Need to Know About It

For consumers, the wait has come to an end. Windows 8 was released October 26th. Over the summer, Microsoft revealed its slick new OS in two forms, the Developer Preview and the Release Preview.

News started to break about the dramatic new changes in the new releases, yet, silently Microsoft peers from behind Apple while iOS 6 and iPhone 5 have been released and iPad Mini had been announced. Strategically, Apple’s move may have stolen a lot of attention. However, while Apple stole the spotlight for a few weeks, Microsoft’s splash is going to bring a tidal wave of change.