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On the marginalization of consumer laptops
— 12:33 AM on January 18, 2013

You probably saw that Gartner report earlier this week about the sluggishness of PC shipments last quarter. Shipments were so sluggish, according to Gartner,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

Freshening up a home network can yield big bandwidth benefits
— 12:46 PM on December 21, 2012

One of the funny things about being a PC enthusiast, for me, is how there's a constant ebb and flow of little projects that I...

Type: Blog post Tags: Networking

A tale of tablet flashing
— 11:14 PM on November 29, 2012

About a year and a half ago, I picked up Asus' original Eee Pad Transformer tablet. This precursor to the growing crop of Win8 convertibles...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing Operating systems

Oh dear...
— 3:09 PM on November 8, 2012

Well, I've done it now. Like a mistreated spouse returning to his abuser, I've crawled back into Apple's aluminum, glass, and white polycarbonate arms—I've gone...

Type: Blog post Tags: Personal tech

My six days with Windows 8
— 12:32 AM on November 2, 2012

So, I installed Windows 8 on my desktop PC last week. It was late on the eve of the launch. The download link for the $39.99...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

My smartphone conundrum
— 10:46 AM on October 12, 2012

We're on the outs, my iPhone 4 and I. Oh, we had a long and beautiful honeymoon. The iPhone 4 was my first proper smartphone ever,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Personal tech

A preview of the reviews for the iPhone 5
— 5:59 PM on September 10, 2012

This Wednesday (September 12, 2012), Apple will announce the new iPhone. Probably called the iPhone 5, but possibly the iPhone Rambo: 4S Part II. Note...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mac Personal tech

Apple's EPEAT withdrawal underscores disposable ethos
— 8:49 PM on July 12, 2012

There are probably more Apple computers in California than anywhere else in the US, if not the world. Before long, though, you may not find...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing

Sennheiser's HD 558 headphones are cans of whoop-ass
— 8:59 PM on July 5, 2012

It's rumored that if you give a mouse a cookie, he'll probably ask you for a glass of milk. They also say that if...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

I, Cyborg
— 10:54 PM on June 28, 2012

The big news out of Google's I/O conference in San Francisco was, of course, the $199 Nexus 7 Tablet. We all knew it...

Type: Blog post Tags: Personal tech

Have Internet, will travel
— 12:00 AM on May 25, 2012

To borrow the first line from The Streets' magnificent A Grand Don't Come for Free, it was supposed to be so easy. After a brutally...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Personal tech

Windows 8 frightens me, and here's why
— 9:43 PM on May 17, 2012

Some people just hate change. It can't be helped. Those people cling to old versions of their favorite software as long as they can. When...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

When super-sized smartphones become pocketable tablets
— 11:16 PM on April 12, 2012

I thought I lost my smartphone the other week. Somewhere between walking my dog in the morning and heading out for lunch, my trusty Palm...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

The death of the Apple tax
— 11:05 PM on March 29, 2012

The old adage says there are only two certainties in this world: death and taxes. Steve Jobs proved that not even the Reality Distortion...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Mobile computing Personal tech

I bought a Kindle Touch, and it's pretty great
— 10:30 AM on March 16, 2012

Almost a year ago today, I waved goodbye to the world of print books and got myself an Amazon Kindle 3. You might recall I...

Type: Blog post Tags: Personal tech

Windows 8-Ball Consumer Preview
— 11:31 AM on March 2, 2012

There aren't many experiences in life more disconcerting than waking up and not knowing where you are or how you got there. I was...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems

The $300 ultraportable experiment
— 12:52 AM on February 10, 2012

Unless you've locked yourself into the Apple ecosystem and thrown away the key, laptop shopping can be a daunting prospect. A dizzying array of options...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing

CES 2012: the shape of things to come?
— 11:08 AM on January 17, 2012

One of the funny things about going to CES is that you're expected to be plugged into the overall vibe of the show, so you...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Displays Personal tech