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My Technology Wish List
January 20, 2014 | 2:35 pm

technology wish listAn article in today's Morning Links has GigaOM's Mark Crump explaining why 2014 will be the "year of the iPad" for him. It basically comes down to this: the iPad can't do every computing task he wants to do. But it can do all the ones he needs to do on the go. So he's getting a desktop for the tasks where he truly needs a full computer, and using the iPad as his portable machine. I'm almost there with him. I currently have an aging Macbook and two iPads, and I'd like to streamline that down to one machine and...

Why I am Buying a Macbook this Christmas
November 16, 2013 | 9:22 am

MacbookI wrote earlier this year about my upcoming need for a new computer. My aging Macbook is, well, showing its age, and I was no longer sure if the price premium on Macs was worth it for me given how much of my day-to-day work I have offloaded onto my iPad these days. I also wasn't sure if I would not be better served by ditching all the Mac gear and buying a tablet solution with a full Microsoft OS... Well, I have been doing a ton of comparison shopping, and here is my verdict---I am buying Mac again. Here's why: 1)...

When’s the Best Time to Buy an Apple Product? (Infographic)
March 27, 2013 | 12:25 pm

AppleWhen is the best time to purchase a new Apple device? Is there a best time? We’re fully aware of how sporadic and paltry the big Apple can be when it comes to offering customers discounts on their products. Usually feeling like you’ve earned a ‘deal’ from an Apple retail store or from their online store involves taking advantage of a promotion, which can result in spending extra money to receive reduced priced accessories or services (of which you may or may not actually need). But saving any amount on a fresh Macbook Pro or iPad straight from the source? Not likely. So...

Technology Overload In Education: Stop the Madness!
January 15, 2013 | 8:00 am

computer lab in an elementary schoolFresh off the heels of CES and the Polaroid Kids Tablet and the iThis and the iThat, I have a confession to make about technology in education. And here it is: We actually don't need any more technology. We don't, really! That might be a strange thing to say in this age of tech abundance, but the truth is, what we need right now is better content, not better gizmos to run them on. Let's do a roundup of the gadgets currently on hand in my school: Computer Lab This gets used—a lot—by teachers doing their prep. The older grades do have allotted...

The trackpad conundrum: Why Microsoft is building the Surface itself
June 24, 2012 | 8:15 pm

On Pando Daily, Farhad Manjoo discusses why Microsoft felt the need to build the Microsoft Surface itself, rather than farming Windows tablets out to an OEM. He casts the explanation in terms of the trackpad on your laptop or netbook. Because Apple builds its own hardware, it is able to make the trackpad on its Macbook computers perfectly responsive in a way that Windows hardware manufacturers never can. Because Windows-based computers are built from commodity parts, the touchpad just doesn’t cut it much of the time. Why does any of this matter? Because PC makers’ inability...

10 devices not to buy right now—including e-readers
May 23, 2012 | 11:48 pm

stop_donot_buyGizmodo has a list of “10 gadgets you’d be a fool to buy right now” (that it reprinted from Laptop Mag but thankfully de-slideshow-ified)—devices that are soon to be replaced by something better. Weirdly enough, you can read e-books on all but one of them—including, naturally, e-readers. (Amazon is expected to launch new e-readers within just a few months.) The others include iPhones, Sprint phones, Windows phones, and Blackberries, as well as Windows and Android tablets. Ultrabooks and Macbook Pros are also due for refreshes, and smart TVs—the one device that doesn’t read e-books—aren’t a smart purchase with upcoming...

I like reading ebooks on my MacBook Air – much to my surprise
October 7, 2011 | 11:05 am

Images I recently bought an 11-inch MacBook Air.  It's a fantastic machine.  I got the upgraded version - 1.8GHz i7 processor, 256GB Flash storage, 4GB memory.  It is so fast that it has spoiled me for anything else.  My poor 17" MacBook Pro is a turtle compared to it.  Of course the Pro has a much better graphics card and that makes it worth keeping.  But the Air, with the 2TB external drive I have connected, and plugged into my 27" Samsung LCD TV, is all the computer I really need. I got the 11 inch because I have an older 13...

An ebook (and print book) lover’s house tour
July 21, 2010 | 9:25 am

4 Grandma.JPGOften lost among all the 'iPads mean that ebooks WIN!' articles is the idea that for many of us, for the long foreseeable future, it is not an either/or scenario. Some books may be well-suited to e-reading, while others are (and will remain for various reasons) a better experience in print. So with that said, what would the home of a tech-loving reader look like? Where do the books live? Where do the toys live? And what sorts of choices would such a person make over what to purchase for any given title? I offer, as case study, my own humble abode....

The dangers of the walled garden: when things go wrong
July 1, 2010 | 8:45 am

images.jpegI have written before about my love for my trusty Macbook. I vividly recall my first wireless network experience with a freebie from a Windows-using friend. Hours of frustrating tweaking later, no network. A techie finally told me to just get Airport since I had a mac. I plugged it in and five minutes later, it worked. Yes, everything is wonderful and easy and simple in Macland---until things go wrong, and you get a first-hand lesson in the perils of the walled garden. PART 1: THE CRASH So, the hard drive died last night. I'll spare you the gory details, but the bottom...