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How the Telecommunications Act of 1996 Brought Us Donald Trump

Over two years ago I started writing a treatise on the effects of the Internet on music, attempting to debunk the popular theory held among technologists like myself…

Dr. Chromelove (or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Goog)

If you’re a power user, you will probably not be happy with only a Chromebook as your sole device. But if you’re a “consumer grade” user who doesn’t edit music or video, or if you’re a power user who needs a cheap, lightweight, travel-ready portable, then you owe it to yourself to take a good hard look at Chromebook.

Quick Review: Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android

As I mentioned in my last post, perhaps the secret to phone blogging is to carry a keyboard. With the Logitech Keyboard for Android, maybe the blog isn’t dead after all.

Did the Smartphone Kill the Blog?

Used to be, I consumed all of my internet content on my computer. But now, I spend my time on my phone, which is great for media consumption but too inconvenient for data entry. Is this the end of blogging?

The Problem with EC2 Micro Instances

If you keep up with my blog you know that I really dig the EC2 micro instance running the Bitnami Wordpress stack. The problem is the occasional lockups.

Bring Social to the Blog, or Bring the Blog to Social?

I create content: I write, I shoot photos, and I create music. I also make the occasional video. I want an online location where I can keep up…

Backing Up a Bitnami WordPress Stack on an AWS Micro Instance

If you follow me, you know that I am quite enamored with Amazon’s EC2.  Scalable, reliable, powerful, and cheap – it’s a revolution in computing. The smallest and…

Lessons in WordPress Conversions

Over the past few days I’ve been performing a pretty significant WordPress migration for a set of sites that I have been hosting. The source is a set…

iPad vs. Android vs. Windows 8 – Further Thoughts

Several people made some good points in regard to my article on iPad vs. Windows 8. The most salient one, and the one I keep hearing, is the…

Windows 8 vs. iPad: Advantage Microsoft?

There’s been a lot of buzz in the industry press recently about Windows 8, the new touch-centric Windows from Microsoft. Much of the press has been understandably skeptical….

To the Dark Side

I have finally done it.  Please forgive me, Mom. That’s right.  I bought a Mac: the new quad I7 15.4″ MacBook Pro. And what’s more: I’m switching to…

Sony: Security Fail Redux

By now, everyone knows that Sony’s Playstation Network got hacked earlier this year.  It’s a big mistake that shouldn’t have been made, but we all make mistakes.  The…

Hackintosh vs iPad

A lot of people come into the coffee shop with iPads and are intrigued by my Hackintosh…. As a portable, I’ll take my Hackintosh over an iPad for…

Samsung Epic 4G AMOLED vs. HTC EVO 4G LCD Screen First Impressions

I had a chance today to do a hands-on comparison between the two major 4G contenders from Sprint: the HTC EVO and the brand-new Samsung Epic.  Let me…

Ubuntu’s Multimedia Challenge

Having used Ubuntu exclusively now for a few weeks, I am a true believer.  It’s just a great operating system, with great looks, speed, and power.  And it…

Google Voice FAIL

Recent message transcription from Google Voice: I’d love to be back on my staff. If the i’m on the put. Could be a me telephone and I’m Mesa….

Ubuntu: Video Editing FAIL

Well this time I really have bumped my head hard on Ubuntu. Video editing apps are simply a shambles.  The default editor, PiTiVi (which apparently is Ubuntu-speak for…

Ubuntu: PowerWIN

Update to previous post: I downloaded and installed the Linux ATI video driver for my Lenovo T400.  Immediately my battery life doubled.  I am now seeing battery life…

Ubuntu: PowerFAIL

I’ve been living in a completely Ubuntu world for over a week now, and am still loving the experience overall.  However, one thing has definitely given me pause:…

Ubuntu: The Time Has Come

I’ve messed around with the Ubuntu operating system off and on for several years. It’s an important concept: a Linux distro focused on simplicity, usability, and mass appeal. …