(Originally published on 2015.03.10, I have now updated this list to include links to all the reviews I published about these items, including the books, which took most of a year for me to read.) Every year, my wife and I apply most of our income tax to our mortgage principal, but hold out a[…]
I’ve added another flash review to my site, this one of the LumoPro LP180, which is — so far — the best flash I’ve owned.
I’ve reviewed my new flashgun, the Yongnuo YN560-II.
There are — literally — thousands of websites that review tech products, covering everything from television sets and BluRay players to cameras and smartphones. Though many of them have archived pages for older reviews of older products, all of them cater to the latest offerings from electronics companies. This makes sense, since most consumers want[…]
Perhaps if I’d joined iTunes when everyone else did, by now I’d be used to the software’s irritations. The things that every other user apparently takes for granted really bugged me. So, as the last person in the world to download the iTunes software, please forgive this very late review.
Less than a year ago, I posted my review of the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, the latest compact point-and-shoot digital camera to join our family. Like the previous compacts we’ve owned, this one conked out after not nearly enough usage. I’ve updated the review to reflect that the camera didn’t last much longer than 10[…]
Seven months ago, I lamented the loss of Google Reader, and mentioned that I was switching to The Old Reader as a replacement. Today, I’m saying good-bye to that site as well. This time it’s not because a company is closing a product I like; it’s because I don’t like the product. The Old Reader[…]
I saw this on the GearCulture blog: a soccer ball that “converts the kinetic energy of the ball’s movement into electricity. Just a few minutes of play can provide hours of light.” It’s “[c]urrently used in rural off-grid areas of Mexico and disadvantaged regions of the US with plans to go global and help out[…]
Of the people (4?) who read this blog, I’m going to guess that 0 of you use Google Reader. I’ve used it for a few years now to keep track of new posts on your blogs and a few other sites. Prior to that, I used a separate app on my computer for keeping track[…]
The title of the video seen here is “Does Your Watch Need To Be Smart?” My first response was “What a stupid question.” My second response was: “What kind of tech writer would ask such a stupid question?” Pretty much nothing you own needs to be “smart”. And by “smart”, all they mean is the[…]
UPDATE: I initially posted this review on Dec. 8, 2012, and attempted to republish on Dec. 16 after adding several important bits. At that point, the blog entry appeared blank, though all the text was still stored in my Dashboard. As it turns out, either WordPress or my host (GoDaddy) could not handle an entry[…]
In this YouTube video (be warned; it’s 16 minutes long), Kai Wong of Digital Rev pits the Nikon D70 and Canon 400D against a series of mishaps to show how durable they are (the video is mistitled regarding which cameras are tested). He drops them, bumps them into walls, lets elevator doors close on them,[…]
After a few days, I’ve grown to like Windows 8 — remember, I came straight up from XP, so some of what I like was already in Windows 7 but I never had a chance to use it. One thing I didn’t like was the default set of colors. But those are easily changeable. Some[…]
Tech experts are having trouble agreeing on whether it’s easy or difficult to use Windows 8. I saw one story about a three-year-old who immediately began using Windows 8 without any difficulty whatsoever — they were using it with a touchscreen of course. And maybe the reason 8 is difficult for adults is because it[…]
In a previous entry, I described how easy it is to find and launch programs/files from the Start (“Metro”) page in Windows 8 — just start typing the name of the program or file. That wasn’t obvious at first (because in previous versions of Windows, typing has no effect unless you’ve already opened a program[…]
EDIT, 2014.05.25: This doesn’t work in Windows 8.1 In order to view raw file thumbnails from newer DSLRs in normal Windows 8 directories, you’ll need the Codec update found here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34871
My first 24 hours with Windows 8 wasn’t pleasant, but the next 24 were a little better. I’m the kind of person who’ll only upgrade my operating system when I have to buy a new computer, so I’d skipped Vista (thankfully) and Windows 7 (too bad). This time, I just happened to need a new[…]
For a desktop PC user, perhaps the most frustrating thing about Windows 8 is that it wants to start on the “Start” page, commonly called “Metro”. That’s fine if you’re on a touchscreen device like a tablet or phone, but for the rest of us who prefer normal desktop computing, there should be an easier[…]