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EZCast vs Chromecast 29

Some people are calling the EZCast a “cheap Chromecast knockoff”. It certainly is cheap but is it just a “knockoff”? Both are “dongles”, i.e., they both dangle out of an HDMI port and both are similar in size and appearance. In this post we will look at the differences between the two and perhaps help ...

Sync Solutions

A common problem is how to share files with friends and family. Small files are easily shared via email but larger files such as videos are often too large to be an email attachment. Cloud services can be used, up to a point, but a user will be charged a monthly fee if his needs ...

Portable Wireless Storage

Tim Cook. CEO of Apple, recently predicted that sales of tablet computers would exceed sales of desktop computers by 2015. I believe that he is correct. For travelers, a seven inch tablet can be carried in a large pocket or purse. Try to do that with your laptop or notebook! The challenge is that a ...

Advantage: Android

Shortly after its introduction in April 2010, I began to see articles on how one might replace his desktop computer with an iPad. Since then the proliferation of apps has made that possible. Well, not entirely possible on an iPad but it can be done with an Android tablet. In my previous post I pointed ...

An Enemy of FOSS

In my previous post I referenced a discussion  I had on starryhope.com. In that same discussion a commenter accused me of being an “enemy of FOSS”  because I promoted and actually purchased an Apple product. It was that commenter’s opinion that all computer related products should be purchased on their “philosophy of design and ethos”. ...

iTunes – A Comfortable Old Shoe

I recently engaged in an online discussion (http://starryhope.com) in which a Linux user asked for advice on what tablet might be best for him.  I replied that the choice should be based on the capabilities of the tablet and not upon the desktop OS. I suggested that an Apple iPad was just as suitable for ...

HowTo Play .AVI Videos in Your AirStash

The AirStash is a handy iDevice accessory that provides external storage via standard SD memory cards of up to 32GB. iDevices have limited memory and lack the capability of expanding it with USB flash memory sticks. Full length movies, typically 700MB or greater, can quickly consume the capacity of an iPhone or iPad. External storage ...

On iPads and Styli

…”Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.”… John 8:6 When the iPad was introduced in April 2010, Steve Jobs remarked that a stylus would not be needed. The capacitative touchscreen is designed to be sensitive to the electromagnetic properties of the human body and present in the fingers. No stylus was ...

Remote Storage for Tablet Computers

Ten years ago we had the choice between either a desktop model or a laptop compiter. Three years ago netbooks were added. Retail electronic stores had numerous netbooks to choose from. In 2010 Apple introduced the iPad, a tablet computer, inspired by it’s popular smartphone,  the iPhone. The iPad was huge success and now, with no ...

Dawn Of The Post PC Era

I am starting to see ads for the forthcoming Microsoft tablet that will run a version of Windows 7.  Of course this is no surprise to anyone. What does surprise me is the price! It will sell, at least initially, for a measly $1099 , and that price even includes a stylus! What a deal! ...