Technology

Living in a densely populated area in Silicon Valley, I find my WiFi network less and less usable. On a given day, there are between 20 and 40 access points that my laptop can find without any external antennas, etc. Every couple of weeks, I check what channels people are using and try to select [...]

With all the news about The FCC encouraging a la carte TV pricing, I’m wishing for IP TV again. As usual, the polarized opinions about this issue have one side saying this will save us money and the other saying it will cost us much more. Either way, this method of content delivery is completely [...]

I’ve placed 5 orders at Amazon.com in the past week and noticed some strange things. The “Next” or “Submit Order” buttons on some of the screens during the order process are missing. At first I thought it was a browser thing, but after placing orders on two different computers (at different locations) with both IE [...]

Having used Google Desktop and Konfabulator for some time, it occurred to me that Outlook is missing some key features. First, Outlook should allow you to pin the calendar to your view. If I want to check the calendar, I need to click “Calendar”, and then click back to “Inbox”, my default view. It would [...]

I generally use GAIM so I don’t have to deal with advertising on my IM client. However, when I logged into AIM last night, the system installed Moviefone and ShoppingBuddy to my friends list. I wouldn’t mind so much if these “assistants” actually made things better/faster, but they don’t. They simply present you with menus [...]

I spend the day trying to get some of Hungry Critic’s reviews into Google Base. It wasn’t the most fun. I would consider this more of an alpha than a beta quality product. Some strange things – instead of limited documentation, there is too much inconsistent documentation. The help section has a ton of examples [...]

With the increase in VoIP usage (Skype, Google Talk, etc.), more and more people need a headset for their computer. I didn’t want to buy a dedicated headset for my computer since I have a ton of cell phone headsets lying around. I searched all over to buy an adapter but couldn’t find one. As [...]

I finally made the switch back to a BlackBerry (7290). It was a tough decision to buy now, as the 8700 is coming out pretty soon and looks really nice. However, the price was right – free. Overall I’m pretty happy with the customer service I’ve received from T-Mobile although I’ve only spoken with them [...]

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