I was pretty excited when Microsoft’s Windows Surface tablet product line was announced. The features sounded like what I’ve been looking for since I owned a slate Windows XP tablet made by Motion Computing in 2004. The ports and capabilities seemed halfway between a power user’s laptop and an Android tablet. External storage, media connection, [...]
Late last month my home file server suffered a catastrophic meltdown, in which the power supply died. The power supply destroyed two hard drives, including my operating system drive, and damaged a third drive so badly I couldn’t read any data from it. The electrical problem caused the rest of the system to behave erratically, [...]
Here are my first impressions on the Amazon Kindle Fire. It is great for consuming Amazon video and music. The rest of the device is a complex web of expectations and past experience. If you’ve never owned a tablet or Android device before, have a lot of Amazon content, and want a tablet form factor for less than $200, the Fire may be for you. Everyone else has some tough decisions to make.
Using these small MicroSD to USB card readers is an integral part to reducing the number of memory card types I have in the house. It’s super easy to transfer data from mobile devices and digital cameras to my computer.
I review the i-Rocks IR-5400 USB flash memory card reader. It’s super portable and easy to use. If you travel a lot and take digital photos this may be for you.
A little over three years ago, PayPal and eBay announced a way to further protect your accounts with their Security Key initiative. The premise of the Security Key is simple. A single, hardware key is assigned to your account. Every sixty seconds or so, a new numeric key is generated using RSA’s Securid technology. Essentially, [...]
My Asus Eee 701 netbook computer has always been a mixed bag. Yeah, I loved the ultraportability of it, but the default Linux operating system wasn’t compatible with some of the software I used on a regular basis. I created a custom version of Windows XP via nLite and everything was great — until Windows [...]
If you are a gamer looking to connect multiple devices to your network on the cheap, check out Best Buy’s Dynex 5-port switch.
I used to run my main computer 24/7 when I worked from home. I was either on it all the time, or would use it for a quick fact-finding mission on Wikipedia or IMDB. I expect computer components to fail; there are some wear items like the hard drive that will eventually conk out on [...]
I was very excited when the original Rock Band came out for the Xbox 360. Unfortunately, I was unlucky enough to get TWO sets of faulty drums. I wound up returning Rock Band for a refund. Fast forward a year. Rock Band 2 is due for release, and features some improvements to the game and [...]