Category Archives: Technology

The End of Ambition

Today I watched the last Space Shuttle lift off, right up the coast from me. Once the Atlantis lands, 9,000 people will be laid off. One man has worked at NASA for over 30 years, and he has worked on … Continue reading

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Apple iPad 64GB with Wi-Fi + 3G

Apple iPad 64GB with Wi-Fi + 3G I actually got my iPad in the first week of May 2010, and I’ve been using it on and off ever since. So why write a review now? Well, two reasons. One, I … Continue reading

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Panasonic SRG06FG 3.3-Cup Automatic Rice Cooker

Panasonic SRG06FG 3.3-Cup Automatic Rice Cooker, $29.95 I have always pooh-poohed ricer makers. “Pooh!” I would say to the aisle of kitchen appliances at Costco, instead eyeing the slow cooker or vacuum food sealer. “Pooh Pooh!” I’d say at Brandsmart, … Continue reading

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The Publishing War

Since I wrote my review of the Kindle DX in the previous post, quite a lot has happened in the little world of electronic books and publishing. Namely, one large publisher and one large retailer seem to have lost their … Continue reading

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Kindle DX: 7 Months with the Amazon Giant

Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device. 9.7″ display, global wireless, $489.00. Ever since I got my Kindle DX back in June 2009, I’ve been meaning to write up a review of it. But I never got around to it – mainly … Continue reading

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Kindle 2: The Review

Kindle: Amazon’s 6″ Wireless Reading Device, $359.00 I’m living on a greatly tightened budget. I’ve cancelled satellite service, land phone service, pool cleaning, book and magazine subscriptions, and I’m buying all our food at Costco and Wal-Mart. So why, why … Continue reading

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The Year Everything Connected

If I could, I’d have it automatically forward to my cell phone permanently (I should note here that my company’s phone system is perfectly capable of doing this, but because of some antiquated human resources policy, only “Executives” are allowed to access this option. … So, even sitting in a comfy chair in my library, reading a book, I’m still wirelessly connected to the outside world – the Kindle even has a text-based web browser built in. 2008 was also the Year of the Netbook, tiny, cheap laptop computers that are used primarily for emailing and surfing the web.
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The Decline of eBay

This system helped to ensure civility as well: As a Buye r, I’m going to be sure to send in my payment promptly; communicate clearly with the Seller as necessary; and give good and proper feedback if the item I receive is as it was described by the Seller. My incentive to do this is knowing that if I don’t, the Seller could give me bad feedback, which could in turn influence how someone in the future might view one of my own auctions.
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MacBook Pro

I have work colleagues who shake their heads at this; don’t I know, they say, that I could get the equivalent computer from Dell or HP for almost half that price? … All of the above is a long introduction for why, Wednesday night, I drove to the Boca Raton Apple Store and bought a brand-new MacBook Pro to replace… my existing MacBook Pro.
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Goodbye Land Line

This week, we severed our final physical tie to the phone company. In favor of an all wireless tie to the same phone company. So, for the first time in my life, I don’t have a dial tone. It’s all … Continue reading

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