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Eating My Words: A Kindle Review

Kindle: Amazon’s New Wireless Reading Device, $359.00 Almost 6 months ago I wrote a post here called “5 Reasons I Don’t Have a Kindle“. I got a surprisingly large number of comments on this post, mainly due to it getting … Continue reading

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Goodbye Mini, Hello Hybrid

Sadly, I am shallow enough to define myself by my possessions. I love reading and books, so I have amassed a reasonably large library (currently a little over 3,000 volumes) that includes a fair number of first editions, limited print … Continue reading

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5 Reasons I Don’t Have a Kindle

Kindle: Amazon’s New Wireless Reading Device, $399.00 Several people have asked me for a demo of an Amazon Kindle, just assuming that I have one. It’s a logical assumption to make: two of my greatest loves are books and gadgets. … Continue reading

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HD-DVD Combo Discs: Whose Bright Idea?

On Tuesday, I was in Circuit City picking up a new TivoHD machine. While I was there, I noticed that 300 was out on both high-def disc formats. I haven’t seen 300, but have heard mostly good things, and figured … Continue reading

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A Great Customer Service Story: My MacBook Repair

I love it when I can say something nice. This is a little story about a good customer service experience. I haven’t had one of those in quite a while. A few months ago, I noticed my nice white MacBook … Continue reading

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Things I Don’t Understand About Growing Old: Part I

I am 44 years old as of this writing, and will turn 45 in May of this year. Therefore I am officially “middle aged”, as I understand the term. I find myself studying my older friends, acquaintances, and relatives – … Continue reading

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HDMI Needs a Lot of Work

HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface. It incorporates HDCP, which stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection. This is the “All New! All Different! All Improved!” connector that we’re supposed to be using to link our high-definition televisions and projectors … Continue reading

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Back to the Mac Part II: The MacBook

Apple 13″ White MacBook 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo, 60 GB Hard Drive In Part 1, I detailed how the lure of a Mac Mini led me to purchase my first Macintosh in almost a decade. That was in March … Continue reading

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Making the Mac: A Software Checklist

A friend of mine called me today and told me he’d bought his first Macintosh, a new MacBook – based partly on my recommendation. He said his girlfriend was delighted with it; she couldn’t believe how easy it was to … Continue reading

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Back to the Mac Part I: Mac Mini in the Living Room

I’ve been using computers for over 25 years now. The first computer I ever had any involvement with was a DEC PDP-8 in the Tech Institute at Northwestern University in 1980. Ah, using front panel toggle switches to input a … Continue reading

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