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Fun with NFC

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 ...
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Fun with Tasker

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 ...
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Smartphone

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 ...
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2012 in Review

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 ...
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Condo Bored

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. ...
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Solio Mono

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 ...
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Nexus 7

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 ...
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Sunshine Superman

I got a little surprise when I went to pay my electric bill today. The amount seemed normal and I went ahead and paid it. Then I clicked into the "compare your bill" area of SRP's website to see how I was stacking up and it said my bill for ...
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Solio Bolt

A few years ago, I invested in a Solio Classic, mostly to satisfy my curiosity about the solar charger market segment. Today, that little gizmo is still going strong, keeping my cell phone and my Kindle powered completely by the sun. I have been so happy with the Solio Classic that ...
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The Sunniest Place on Earth

Arizona is one of the sunniest places on the planet and Yuma, AZ in particular is the sunniest place on Earth. That being the case, it should come as no surprise that having grown up in Yuma, I have always been fascinated by solar power. From parabolic solar hot dog ...
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