The six most valuable public companies in 2006 versus 2016

Apple Store

Much has changed in both technology and in the business world since 2006. A decade ago, the smartphone boom hadn’t started, Apple started its MacBook series of laptops (replacing the previous iBook and Powerbook lines), and social media was just taking off.

On the business side, the most valuable public companies in 2006 were mostly energy companies or banking. However, the next 10 years would see big changes for both sectors.

LinkedIn is worth $26 billion… who knew?


Earlier this week came surprising news that Microsoft’s bought LinkedIn, the social network aimed at professional networking and job hunters. The social network is apparently worth $26.2 billion, with Microsoft paying $196 a share in an all-cash deal. (Disclosure: I’m currently working for a contractor that does some work with Microsoft.) This comes as good news for LinkedIn, … Read more

Microsoft to include Linux command line in Windows 10

Earlier this week, Microsoft released at its Build 2016 keynote some big news for developers. Microsoft will be adding the Bash shell to Windows 10. Not a hoax, dream, or a virtual machine, but a native version of the Linux command-line interface. The Bash shell is being created by Canonical (of Ubuntu fame), and will … Read more

A list of non-“Big Five” tech company software/hardware

Mac vs Linux vs Windows

For quite awhile, people have argued over various technology giants’ downsides. Some of their negative aspects are subjective. For example, I like Apple’s OS X and Chromebooks, but many can’t stand either piece of tech. The major tech companies do  have their positive aspects. Still, I have a list of downsides for each of the “Big … Read more

Alternatives to Google’s services (Fall 2015)

Google sign

I wrote a post several years ago about alternatives to Google’s various services. While I’m still a user of a fair number of Google services, which ones I use have changed since then. That’s between needing new services (such as Google Analytics) or ones I was using being abruptly shuttered (such as Google Reader, which I enjoyed). Therefore, … Read more

My initial thoughts on Windows 10

Windows 10

Last Wednesday, Microsoft released Windows 10, the latest version of its operating system, which comes 20 years after the release of their first modern version of Windows, Windows 95. Meant to make up for the ill-fated nature of Windows 8, Windows 10 has dialed back the more radical, tablet-oriented changes Windows 8 implemented, while keeping some … Read more

Microsoft’s new browser is named “Microsoft Edge”


Today, Microsoft gave a developer’s press conference that made announcements on various upcoming features for Windows 10. One of the biggest news items is the replacement for Internet Explorer. Initially named “Project Spartan,” Microsoft’s revealed its newest browser’s name is “Microsoft Edge.” Edge will appear in Windows 10, and apparently features the usual modern browser … Read more

Chrome will be supported for Windows XP until the end of 2015

Google Chrome logo

Google’s announced it plans to support the Chrome web browser for Windows XP until the end of 2015: Google to support Chrome for Windows XP until the end of 2015. Good news for the people who’re stuck using Windows XP computers, despite Microsoft having ended support for the operating system. Post-2015, the Engadget article notes Firefox … Read more