About fung0

Long-time tech journalist. Contributor to numerous periodicals, online sites and TV productions in the US and Canada. Author of several books on computing topics. Graduate mechanical engineer (Queen's U).

Obnoxious Office

It’s amazing that Microsoft Office still manages to dominate the world of ‘productivity’ applications. The feature set is good (though stuck firmly in the 1990s), but the under the hood it’s the worst-programmed mess I’ve ever encountered. What’s particularly galling … More…

Auto-updates: Is It Just Me…?

I just came across yet another security discussion, in which at least one poster emphasized the importance of auto-updates as a means of keeping a system protected. Here’s the response I added: I couldn’t agree less. Auto update is a … More…

Surface: Who’s It For?

I’ve just been looking at some NPD stats. I probably shouldn’t quote them in detail, as NPD does like to sell these reports. But I don’t think I’m giving too much away when I mention that the percentage of tablet … More…

Elections

It’s hard to ignore the insane election race underway in the US, awash in ‘dark money’ and over-the-top rhetoric. I can’t say how I’d vote, if it was my choice. But I do have this bit of general advice for … More…

The Dual Irony of Windows 8

I’ve been writing about the upcoming Microsoft Surface, and studying the keynote presentation describing it. It has struck me that with Windows 8, Microsoft has managed to screw up not once but twice, in a single release: Windows 8 RT … More…

Metered Internet in Canada

The CRTC set off a powderkeg, when they ruled to allow big service providers to force smaller resellers to impose usage caps and overage fees on their end-users. Now that the issue has been opened up for debate, it’s time … More…