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.
Recent What I Use Stories
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.
A few readers have asked me recently for recommendations on recent books about the personal computing industry. And looking through my Kindle and Audible collections, I do see a pretty decent list of books that should be of interesting to many readers of this site. Here’s a quick run-through of the past few year’s worth […]
Last night, I completed a cross-country road trip, driving about 2800 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada to my home in Dedham, Massachusetts over four long days. Here’s the technology I took with me and used on the road. I may make an Office Sway about the trip, as we took some interesting photos during the […]
A little under a month ago, I wrote about my first impressions of the WD My Cloud EX2, a prosumer-grade network attached storage (NAS) device that I figured would be a great solution for families especially. But after testing this neat little appliance more extensively, I’m sold: I purchased a larger-capacity unit and will be […]
Xbox Music with Xbox Music Pass is perhaps the most unheralded Microsoft solution that I use regularly, and while it is decidedly unpopular—or perhaps just completely unknown—outside of Windows insider circles, it’s still my favorite music service. Here’s why. Long story short, Xbox Music with Xbox Music Pass provides exactly what I need from a […]
It probably shouldn’t surprise anyone that sitting in front of a computer all day is unhealthy, but then you don’t need to be a technology writer to gain weight. Indeed, 2 out of every 3 Americans are considered obese these days. If only we could use technology to solve the problem. Well, maybe we can. […]
Whether you’re using my Clean PC principles or not, after you reinstall Windows, you need to reinstall all of your applications. And while this can be a time-consuming process, you can automate much of it with a handy little utility called Ninite. Looking at my own normal application install-set, what I see are several applications […]
During a recent and all-too-brief vacation in Puerto Rico, I was able to put the camera improvements in the Lumia Denim update to the test using my Nokia Lumia 930. Predictably the results are among my best vacation photos ever. This isn’t the first time I’ve gone on vacation with a Lumia, of course. During […]
While Miracast was once an unreliable solution for replicating a PC or device screen to an external display, Microsoft’s newer Miracast dongles—in particular the inexpensive Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter—change all that. And I now bring such a device with me on family trips so that we can all enjoy TV shows or movies together on […]
While I’m bogged down a bit with my Blu-Ray ripping series—captions are a tough one—here’s another way you can get HD video on your PCs and devices: You can download HD video from YouTube. No, YouTube doesn’t support this directly, but you can do so with a free utility. In fact, there are probably many […]
As I understand the schedule, the Nokia Lumia 930 is the last Lumia flagship to be released until Windows 10 hits the streets in the second half of 2015. As such, it will have a year-long reign atop the market for Windows Phone handsets. Which is fine: the Lumia 930 isn’t just the greatest Windows […]
If you travel internationally, you’ll need the right adapters so you can use your PCs and gadgets abroad. But you will also need to be careful of adapters that can’t switch voltages. Ken K. asks: I remember your segment last summer about your trip to Europe. What did you do for chargers for your gadgets? […]
It’s one of the biggest downers in personal technology: you buy a new PC, take it home and set it up, and then spend hours investigating and removing the crapware that PC makers put on there. But there’s a better way thanks to a small selection of utilities designed specifically to help remove this space- […]