I got a Keurig machine as a gift a few months ago. It's not something I would have bought for myself, but an interesting gadget nonetheless. My biggest problem with it is the amount of non-recycleable waste it generates. Every time you brew a cup of coffee in it, you ... Read More
I've been thinking a lot lately about ostentation and the reasons so many people treat money in ways that to me seem very reckless. When it comes down to it, I think the primary driving factor is external validation. People who spend money in irresponsible ways tend to do so ... Read More
So I'm making my way through Chris Hayes' book Twilight of the Elites and I came across a section today that really stuck me. In discussing how the system has become perverted to a destructive degree over time he hit on something that I've seen up close and personal. Mr. Hayes gives ... Read More
Near Field Communication (NFC) is the technology that makes Google Wallet work. It's what lets your phone communicate with the credit card readers in some stores so you can pay with your phone. It's also what makes Android Beam work so you can share contacts and web pages and other ... Read More
The first thing I noticed about my new Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the battery life. It was not good. Laying on the night table while I slept with only the wifi radio on (GPS, NFC, 4G, Bluetooth all disabled) the battery lost 30% of its charge. After reading up a ... Read More
Updated 2/1/13: After actually using Ting for a while it turns out that my estimate of my monthly bill was a bit off. By using wifi when possible and making creative use of Google Voice and SipGate, my monthly Ting bill is going to be $15-25. Which means I'll recoup ... Read More
If 2010 was a year of risk taking and 2011 was a year of vindication for that risk taking, then 2012 has been a year of reaping the spoils of that vindication.
This turned out to be a fairly short missive, but as the saying goes: "No news is good news".
Work ... Read More
My first year on my condo board is effectively over and has been more than a little underwhelming.
You would think that a board of nine, running a community of 200-ish condos would be able to act in a somewhat nimble manner to solve the problems facing their community. I did. ... Read More
I added a Solio Mono to my corral of solar gadgetry this week. Solio doesn't make the Mono any more, but they abound on Ebay where you can grab one for $10-15.
The Mono has a 1000mAh battery. The Solio Classic weighs in at 1650mAh, the Bolt at 2000mAh, and the ... Read More
I've had a few days to play with the Nexus 7 and I'm more or less happy with it, especially for $200.
Before I continue, I should point out a few things that may influence my opinions of this little gadget. For one, this is my first ever Android device, so ... Read More