Thomas Reardon! The Doogie Howser And the Internet Explorer’s creator

A while ago, I purchased a book called “How The Web Was Won”. It chronicles the journey of several Microsoft idealists who convinced Bill Gates to jump into the Internet bandwagon. It was the beginning for the Internet Tidal Wave, a memo written by Gates himself and sent out to his employees in 1995.



Among the handful of Microsoft denizens  who pushed Microsoft from Windows and right into the web, figures Thomas Reardon. A thin, pal skinned computer and math prodigy with a feature of an Irish poet.

I’m interested in Reardon because he was the driving force behind the Windows 95 and 98 projects and the man behind the famous Internet Explorer.

According to his biography, Reardon grew up in the New Hemisphere among 18 children in a strict working class family.  According to his relatives and significant others, TR was a child prodigy, learning math and computing. He took a few courses at MIT, and at 15, he enrolled at the University of New Hampshire. He was miserable—a combination of being a peach-fuzz outsider and having no money. He dropped out within a year. “I was coming up on 16 and was, like, I need a job,” he says. He wound up at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at first working in the radiology lab at Duke, helping to get the university’s computer system working smoothly with the Internet. He soon started his own networking company, creating utilities for the then-mighty Novell. He sold his company to the venture capitalist and Bill Gates’ former girlfriend Ann Winblad, who ushered him later to the Gates’ empire.

Reardon’s first job there was leading a small team to clone Novell’s key software so it could be integrated into Windows. However, the major turnover in his career came in  1993, when TR saw the original web browser. He created the project that became Internet Explorer, which, because of the urgency of the competition, was rushed into Windows 95 in time for launch. For a time, it was the world’s most popular browser.

In 2001, Reardon left the company,  frustrated by the bureaucracy and worn down from testifying in the anti-trust case involving the browser he helped engineer. Reardon and some of his browser team compatriots began a startup focused on wireless internet named Avogadro. He is now the CEO and co-founder of CTRL-Labs (formerly Cognescent Corporation) specialized in Mind Control, and according to TR, it’s ain’t no sci-fi thing.


eBay plan to jettison PayPal in favor of Adyen

For someone like me who has been shopping online since 2013, it’s going to make a big difference.

For fifteen years, PayPal has been the premier partner for eBay as its payment getaway but the reign is coming to an end.

eBay decided that by 2020 to jettison PayPal as its primary payment processing getaway in favor of a 12 year-old startup coming right from Amsterdam, Adyen.


But fear not!

By 2020, PayPal will remain a payment option for shoppers on eBay, but it won’t be prominently featured ahead of debit and credit card options as it is today. PayPal will cease to process card payments for eBay at that time.

PayPal’s stock dropped as much as 12 percent on the news in after-market trading.

At eBay, the move is being billed as a way to take more control over the critical checkout experience as other giant online shopping destinations like Amazon and Alibaba have, while giving more payment options to eBay shoppers. Adyen supports more than 200 payment methods across the world, eBay said in a blog post announcing the news.

But it is a great opportunity to seize for Adyen for a small company with a revenue of $178 million in 2016 as compered to the 11 billion dollar cash cow generated by PayPal.

PayPal entered agreement with eBay all the way back in 2003§. The two companies split into separate public companies in July of 2015 and signed a five-year operating agreement to maintain a close relationship through mid-2020.


Book collector software no longer offers the standard version. Opt for Premium instead.

I have to tell you something, I’m an ardent reader of movie tie-ins. I got them shipped directly at home and start reading until the end. Right now, I got a collection of more than two hundred books that need to be classified.


To proceed, a year ago, I stumbled upon, a website that offers you to downloaded a trialware version of Book Collector which let you classify your books. However, it appears that recently the company no longer offers a standard version of the software which was priced $ 30. As a result, you need to pony up a premium version of with addotional $ 19, bringing the figure to $ 50

The policy change on removing standard version applies to all products.

You can order your copy right here.

Nevertheless, the software is a must for book aficionados



He was a Hardworking Farmboy. She was an Italian Supermodel

The Rosetta Stone ad that covers an entire page with information of why the software is ideal for everyone. The upper half of the ad has a black and white picture of a “hardworking farm boy” in a plain white shirt holding a colorful Rosetta Stone box that teaches Italian. The farm boy is gazing nervously at something not in the picture as he holds his hat with his left hand over his head and the box he holds with his right arm. The picture shows a cloudy horizon behind the young farmer who stands on some sort of grass field. To the right of the black and white image the page is entirely yellow with writing in black bold letters saying “He was a hardworking farm boy. She was an Italian supermodel. He knew he would have just one chance to impress her.”


Visual Rhetorical Analysis

The ad uses a very interesting contrast in its layout since the top of the page is split between a black and white image with a colorful Rosetta Stone box and the black writing over the yellow background. Because the entire page design involves bright colors except for the picture, the eyes are essentially forced to examine the picture first. The picture itself complements the simplistic black and white layout since the model has a simple farm look to his face and body. His facial expression hints that he is innocent and nervous at the same time, and more importantly, he has an average body. The ad purposefully made sure the farm boy look nothing like what someone would expect an Italian supermodel to date. Making him look plain attracts a larger audience to the ad than if they would have chosen a more attractive model. Any average male can look at this advertisement and place themselves right in the picture waiting for that very same Italian supermodel. The bold letters on top of the yellow background quickly explain what would otherwise be a random picture on the magazine page. The overall message idea that the ad gives the reader is that the Rosetta Stone will help any guy attain an attractive foreign girl by giving them a way to impress them.

Impressive ?


Paint. NET is coming to Windows Store

Paint. NET is one of the world’s most popular easy-to use-imaging manipulation software for the hobbyists and the pro alike. It has been around the web for decades. And for the people who uses Windows 10, good news folks, Paint. NET is coming to Windows Store.

Paint. NET is one of the world’s most popular easy-to use-imaging manipulation software for the hobbyists and the pro alike. It has been around the web for decades. And for the people who uses Windows 10, good news folks, Paint. NET is coming to Windows Store.


Touted as the best imaging software, Paint. NET was seen as the alternative to the standard paint that ships with Windows for more than two decades.

The current version of 4.0.17 and it arrived on April. The Windows Store version is likely to be pushed pretty soon. Stay tuned.


You can download the iOS 11 Public Beta but at your own risk!

Earlier this month, Apple announced a major revamp of its popular operating system. For the iPhone, it’s the brand new iOS 11. For the Mac, it’s the High Sierra in its 10.13 iteration.

While the focus is not on the Mac as the High Sierra is still listed as “coming soon”, Apple right now begin seeding the next version of iOS 11 in its beta form. Just as a reminder, the beta is at your own risk. You can download it, tinker with it and sends bug reports to Apple.


Last year, I began moving away from my Android and Windows devices with acquisition of iPod Touch 5th generation (which I bought back in 2016) and a second-hand iPad 2 mini back in March 2017.  Apple has a very bright future and I thought it was a time to move on. (Even Mondi Ess jumped into the Apple bandwagon), so another reason to get an iPhone 6 S as quickly as possible.

iOS 11 is certainly more feature-heavy. It contains an all-new Control Center, notifications work differently, drag and drop, and there’s a new Files app. There are also a number of iPad-specific improvements, such as a new dock that allows you to fit many more apps on it, and a new way of implementing Slideover and Split View. In fact, you can now combine Split View and Slideover to show three apps on the screen at once.

There are also some photo editing improvements. You can now trim live photos, and when you take a screenshot, you’ll be able to tap a thumbnail to go to a screen where you can crop it or write on it.

You can sign up for Apple’s Public Beta Program here, or if it’s still too early for you, you can wait a couple of weeks until the next build is out. The updates will be generally available this fall, likely at the end of September.


How to Get $ 5 Free Gift From Windows Store (but conditions apply)

I’m not a huge fan of Windows Store, despite I use Windows 10 as my primary operating system.  When it comes to digital downloads, I use to purchase audiobooks, to purchase e-books and I’m looking forward for purchasing goodies on Apple Store and Steam to get apps + games.


Microsoft right now is offering a $ 5 gifts you can spend on Windows Store. Just buy a cheapest book out there. Let’s say a one-dollar book and you are good to go for the 4 remaining bucks.

But there are some caveats:

1- You must own a Windows 10 devices. So forget about reading e-books on Androids, Kindle or Kobo readers.

2- You must have the latest version of Windows 10. The Creator Update.  Microsoft Edge gains e-book capabilities in this Creator Build.

3- You must live in the USA.  And not elsewhere.

4- Redeem the code quickly.  Unlike Audible which uses subscription-based or credits, you have to redeem the code before 30 of June.

5- It’s a limited offer. So hurry up.