Recent What I Use Stories
  • Reading List: Industry E-Books and Audiobooks

    Reading List: Industry E-Books and Audiobooks

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    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 […]

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    What I Use: Road Trip 2015

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    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 […]

    What I Use: WD My Cloud EX2

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    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 […]

    What I Use: Xbox Music with Xbox Music Pass

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    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 […]

    Tools of the Trade: Ninite

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    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 […]

    What I Use: Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter

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    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 […]

    How to Download HD Videos from YouTube

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    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 […]

    Nokia Lumia 930 Review

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    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 […]

    Ask Paul: Charging PCs and Gadgets in Europe

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    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?  […]

    Clean PC: Remove Crapware from a New PC

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    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- […]

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