Archive for May 6, 2022

Vipul Baijal Tapped To Lead Xebia’s North American Operations

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 6, 2022 by itnerd

A global leader in IT consulting and digital technology, Xebia who I have written about before is now embarking on an aggressive expansion in Canada. To that end, Vipul Baijal has been tapped to lead Xebia’s North American expansion as their head of the Americas.

It will be interesting to see what Mr. Baijal’s experience does to drive Xebia forward in North America. And what Xebia has in store in the future.

Digital Experience A Make-Or-Break For Wearable Tech In Canada: Report

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 6, 2022 by itnerd

There’s been substantial growth in the consumer medical devices market in recent years – 320 million consumer medical wearables will ship globally in 2022 (according to Deloitte). These range from heart rate monitors that can be used to detect heart disease and long COVID, to bracelets which aid ovulation prediction and conception. Now, consumers are incorporating this technology in their daily lives to improve their overall health and wellbeing.  

In a new study of more than 12,000 consumers globally, including Canada, Cisco AppDynamics uncovered how quickly consumers are adopting this technology, the level of trust they have when allowing third parties to handle their data, and their expectations for incredible digital experiences when using these services.  

The results show a booming industry, with consumers keen to realize a range of health and wellbeing benefits. But at the same time their expectations for flawless digital experiences are higher than ever. One bad digital experience could be the make-or-break moment in a technology failing to reach its full potential. 

Key Canadian takeaways from the report include

  • 2% of Canadians think wearable technology has the potential to transform both their personal health and public health as a whole 
  • 61% of Canadians say they intend to use more of these types of wearable technologies or applications in the next 12 months 
  • 33% of Canadians say they currently use at least one wearable health tech device 
  • 73% of Canadians say a bad digital experience may stop them using a specific wearable device or application and 51% say it may put them off trying other health or wellbeing wearables or applications 
  • The biggest components of a bad digital experience for Canadians are: 
    • Data privacy / data security leak (61%) 
    • Application or device crashing (58%) 
    • Slow run time / unresponsive (57%) 
  • 86% of Canadians say reliable, real-time access to health data and accuracy of this data is critical to a good user experience 

There is a lot more detail on this report which you can find here.

What’s In My Laptop Bag – The 2022 Edition

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 6, 2022 by itnerd

I haven’t done one of these articles in a while as I typically do them when I plan to travel either on business or pleasure. And travelling hasn’t been a thing for the last couple of years during the pandemic. But as it appears that the world is opening up, I decided to put a new “What’s In My Laptop Bag” article for you starting with the laptop:

This is my 2021 16″ MacBook Pro. I did a two part review of it which you can find here and here. But in the months since I have gotten it, I can honestly say that it’s the best computer that I’ve ever owned. And the weight of it is really a non factor for me. Once I get back to travelling again, I’ll be happy to have this laptop with me as it does everything that I need it to do with a lot of headroom left over. By the way, if you’re wondering about the carbon that’s on the trackpad, that’s a vinyl skin from dBrand. They offer skins that allow you to cover as little or as much of the MacBook as you want. In my case, I did the trackpad and the back of the screen.

This is the Tucano Figura Medium. It’s old, as in approaching two decades old. But it’s so durable you could never tell and it’s never failed me. It proves that if you invest in a quality laptop bag, your return on investment will be protection and longevity. Speaking of protection, it provides a good amount of protection as well as easily accessible pockets for things like airline tickets and other documents. Not to mention the ability to hold my MacBook Pro related items. Plus I can slide the case through the handle of my carry on bag so that I have nothing on my shoulder. It’s also easy to pull out the notebook at TSA checkpoints.

For some extra protection, I slide my laptop into this Inateck sleeve. Even though it was designed for 15″ MacBook Pros, my 16″ fits just fine. And I use the included case for my power adapter and cable. Besides acting as a means of protection for the MacBook Pro inside my laptop bag, I sometimes take my MacBook Pro out just using this sleeve if I am only going to be out for a few hours. It’s held up well over the years as I only needed to have the velcro that closes the case replaced recently. Inside the pocket of this sleeve I have this:

I have a resealable bag with one of these cloths that I got from Amazon that I have on hand to clean the screen of my MacBook. While Apple does sell their own polishing cloths, you can get 24 of these cloths for what the Apple polishing cloth costs. As a result, I have these at my desk, in my laptop bag as you see here, with spares left over should I need them. And for the record, the only time you need to get the Apple polishing cloth is if you have a nano-texture display from Apple. But then you’ll get one for free when you buy a display with the nano-texture coating.

The majority of my gear is stored in a ProCase Universal Electronics Accessories Bag that I got from Amazon. It is thin and organizes the gear that’s in it via two dual sided compartments.

This section holds a MagSafe puck, an HDMI cable seeing as Apple brought back the HDMI port on the MacBook Pro, an Ethernet Cable, and a USB-C cable.

This section holds three dongles. Specifically a DVI-D to USB-C dongle, an Ethernet to USB-C dongle, and a USB-A to USB-C dongle. Because even though Apple brought back ports, I have found that you’ll still have to live the dongle life. I also have a variety of USB cables and USB-A to USB-C adapters, and a USB stick, specifically this one that has the macOS Monterey installer on it.

You’re likely wondering why I am showing you a pen. It’s a 4 in 1 pen made by a company called Rotring. It contains a blue pen, a red pen, a mechanical pencil and a stylus that works on touch sensitive screens which means that it does not work on the screens of iPhones or iPads. I’ve had this for close to a decade and I’ve only ever had to change the cartridges for the pens and add lead to the pencil.

Now if I am travelling either domestically or overseas, I will add the following items to the bag:

This is the Olixar Travel Adapter With 4 USB ports. This will help me to keep my iPhone and Apple Watch charged as I plug this into an outlet and plug everything else into it.

Next up is the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit which allows me to plug my MacBook Pro in to power it anywhere in the world.

This Kensington wall adapter doesn’t convert voltage. But I have take it with me in case I need to plug something into the wall in a foreign country as long as that something in question does voltage conversion on its own.

All of these items live in this Herschel Supply Company pouch. That way I have one thing that I need to pick up and drop into my laptop bag.

In terms of my Apple Watch, I bring along this Twelve South Time Porter which holds my collection of Apple Watch bands and has an Apple Watch charger at the top of it. Speaking of Apple Watch bands, it’s likely time for me to do a round up of my Apple Watch band collection as there are new bands that are part of the collection. I’ll add that to my to-do list.

Besides those items, I also pack portable SSD’s for backup purposes. Because you should always backup your computer. Especially when travelling. Top tip: If you do travel with an SSD to back up your computer, pack it into your checked luggage. That way, if your computer gets stolen you have a backup elsewhere. I also tend to travel with a multi-tool that doesn’t have a blade. The reason is that I want to make sure that it doesn’t get confiscated by airport security. And I typically drop one or two USB sticks into the bag as a just in case thing.

So that’s a look at what’s in my laptop bag. Hopefully, I’ve helped someone travel smarter, but if you have a tip or a suggestion, feel free to leave me a comment below.