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Forgetting Things

There are times when a simple “To Do” list can be extremely useful. Last year I moved into a new home. Aside from numerous address changes, there were several remodeling projects, each involving a series of tasks that needed to be accomplished. While I could have made a pencil and paper checklist, I knew that ...

Bedfellows

A few days ago I visited my local Books_A-Million bookstore. On the way in I walked by the Joe Muggs Cafè that shared the brick and mortar storefront. Upon entering the first display I encountered featured the Nook and various Nook accessories. This display had been there since the 2010 holiday season. Now, as everyone ...

Au Revoir iTunes

I would have liked to entitled this post R.I.P. iTunes but I really do love my iPad and intend to keep it for awhile despite the horde of competing Linux based tablet devices that will soon be available. Credit for inventing the defining product must go to Apple, as it historically has before. I bought ...

The Pulse News Reader

During the past week the New York Times requested Apple to remove The Pulse News Reader from the Apple iPad App store claiming that it was stealing their content. Apple briefly complied but then returned the app to the store. Several questions immediately come to mind. Was the complaint justified? Absolutely not. The distribution of ...

How To Have A Personal Server In The Cloud

Last September I posted an article about Money Manager Ex. At the time of the post the devolper, Codelathe, promised a “cloud based” version of this great application. They have done that and considerably more. The name of the application is “Tonido”. It is cross platform, you can download versions of it for Windows, Mac ...

The Apple iPad – My Opinion

A few days ago Apple confirmed the rumor that had been circulating for some time by officially announcing the iPad, a tablet computer. I have owned an iPod Touch since July of 2008, and while I like it very much, it has some features that I dislike and lacks others. Some of these features will ...

Finding A Lost/Misplaced Cellphone 5

I have not had a landline telephone for over five years. Five years ago I was very poor and the luxury of two phone services was not affordable. The cell phone was a necessity for my job. The landline was canceled. Five years ago people gave me an odd look when I told them I ...

eBooks are Catching On

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, reports that sales of electronic copies of Dan Brown’s latest best seller “The Lost Symbol” are exceeding print copies. This announcement is obviously a promotion for both the book and Amazon’s book reading Kindle device. I don’t have a dedicated book reader, but I do have both a computer ...

Required Reading 5

A few days ago a friend dropped by with an errand list. On the list was a stop at a local bookstore to pick up a copy of a Mark Twain classic that was required reading for her grandson. Now this particular student owns and iPod touch. I asked her if she realized that most ...

magicJack.. Product Review

A few days ago I was browsing in my local Best Buy store and encountered an endcap loaded with the magicJack gadgets. With a price tag of $39.99 they promise to deliver telephone service for a year. Calls to the United States and Canada are free, calls to other countries are cheap (compared to other ...