For over ten years now, my family has swapped homes with a family from Europe each summer, allowing us to spend a lot more time there that we'd be able to otherwise afford. Here's how we do it.
Recent What I Use Stories
This is something I've been meaning to write about for a long time, as the quality of the narration can really put an audiobook over the top. So without further ado, here are my top 5 Audible narrators.
This year's home swap is different for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that our son opted out of the trip for the first time. But with less time away than usual, I've reexamined how to approach the trip from a work perspective, and I've brought less gear than usual.
This is a bit random, but three readers have asked me the same question over the past week: What do I use to backup my PCs? It's a great question.
I travel a lot for work and pleasure, and if I’m going to be spending at least one night away from home, I make sure to pack my laptop bag and a luggage-based gadget bag appropriately.
I've spent a lot of time this year decluttering, both physically around the house, and digitally. But there's no task more daunting, perhaps, than scanning and then throwing out decades of paper-based photos.
In the several weeks since I first purchased, assembled and then started using an Intel NUC mini-PC as my primary desktop, I've received a number of questions from readers about this setup. Was I really using a NUC? Could this inexpensive and tiny system meet my needs? Do I still recommend the Intel NUC?
It's been a while since I wrote about my business travel setup, so here's a quick peek at the technology I'm bringing on the road this week as I travel to San Francisco for Build 2016.
I've long recommended the use of authenticator smart phone apps because they make using two-factor authentication easy. But with LastPass getting into the game, we now have an authenticator app that works identically across all platforms.
The Intel NUC mini-PC---technically a mini-PC kit to which I've added RAM and storage---is that rarest of delights, a cost-effective yet powerful PC that just works.
Every once in a while I come across a solution so simple, so elegant, and so useful I wonder how it's possible I'd missed out on it for so long. Pocket is such a solution: I'd heard of it long ago, understand how it worked ... and just basically ignored it. Well, no more.
I've been evaluating a number of in-box and Store-based universal Windows apps and plan to expand my use of such apps going forward. But I'm already using, and can recommend, some universal Windows apps today.
While we may never again experience the perfection of "The Martian" audiobook from 2014, this year was still a banner year for audiobooks. Here are my 10 favorite audiobooks from 2015.
The Windows Device Recovery Tool has been updated to support the Lumia 950/XL and 550. This is a must-have addition to any Windows phone user's toolbox.
Mobile devices---and smart phones in particular---are only as good as the apps you use. So here are my favorite and most-useful/most-used mobile apps of 2015.
The smart phone is the most important personal computing product of the year. So let's start my annual peek at the best tech products right at the top.
Happy Saturday. What else is happening today? A Rick Steves Travel Festival webcast, Windows phones security, COD at the movies, Black Friday, more.
Firefox 42 is now available, adding tracking protection and tab audio indicators on Windows. And Firefox on Android offers some other new features too.
Microsoft this week updated its Windows Phone Recovery Tool, renaming it to Windows Device Recovery Tool and adding support for the HTC 8X.
I received some interesting advice several months back: Instead of just using the services that come with Windows, we should use services that work better.
We’re two-thirds of the way through this year’s home swap in Lyon, France. but after a hectic couple of weeks, things are starting to settle down.
I've started moving my most critical work-related documents to Dropbox, a paid service that is fast and reliable. Unlike, say, OneDrive, which is neither.
For the past two years I have used only my smart phone, and not a digital camera, to record personal events like vacations, birthdays, and other milestones.
I'm heading to Ireland for about 10 days starting Monday night. I'll be taking a lot of pictures and working while traveling around the country.