Category: Reviews

A Verbose, Hands-On Nexus 7 Review

August 11th, 2012, 14 Comments

Some of you may have noticed that I am not a concise author. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that I am not a concise reader. I like facts, details, and lots of them. So as a recent Nexus 7 purchaser, here you go. Genesis I’ve long used Android devices, and last […]

Review: Amateur Radio Handhelds (HTs), APRS, and Battery Tuning Tips

April 30th, 2012, 5 Comments

There are a lot of opinions about handhelds for amateur radio users (these handhelds are often known as HTs). I’ve used three of them, two with APRS capability, and thought it’s about time I write about them. First, I’ll talk about the units in particular, then I’ll get to some broader Yaesu vs. Kenwood generalizations […]

War and Peace

May 30th, 2011, 4 Comments

I doubt I have ever read a book that had as significant an impact on me, and my act of reading it had on others, as this one. Conversations like this were frequent: Someone, upon seeing me reading my Kindle, would ask what I am reading. “War and Peace.” “Oh. . . uhm, wow.” “Yeah, […]

Review: Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves

March 24th, 2010, 10 Comments

Rick Steves is known for writing books, and producing public TV shows, about travel to Europe. He encourages people to get out of their comfort zone, advocates staying in homes instead of hotels, and giving yourself permission to struggle to communicate in a land of unfamiliar language. That way, you get to experience not just […]

Review: The Future of Faith by Harvey Cox

March 9th, 2010, 19 Comments

I know I’ve been on something of a religion streak on the blog of late, and this will be the last such post for awhile. I first hear of Harvey Cox’s book The Future of Faith during an excellent hour-long interview with NPR’s Diane Rehm. It was intriguing enough that I bought the Kindle edition […]

Review: Linux IM Software

February 15th, 2010, 15 Comments

I’ve been looking at instant messaging and chat software lately. Briefly stated, I connect to Jabber and IRC networks from at least three different computers. I don’t like having to sign in and out on different machines. One of the nice features about Jabber (XMPP) is that I can have clients signing in from all […]

Sing to Me, Muse

January 11th, 2010, 8 Comments

(a review of Homer’s Iliad) Here, therefore, huge and mighty warrior though you be, here shall you die. – Homer (The Iliad) And with that formidable quote, I begin my review of The Iliad. I shall not exhaust you with a rehashing of the plot; that you can find on Wikipedia. Nor shall I be […]

Review: The Happiest Days of Our Lives (by Wil Wheaton)

December 29th, 2009, No Comments

I started to write this review last night, and went looking for Wil Wheaton’s blog, where many of the stories came from, so I can link to it from my review. It was getting late, I was tired, and so I was a bit disoriented for a few seconds when I saw my own words […]

Review: A Christmas Carol

December 15th, 2009, 2 Comments

I guess you can say that A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has been a success. It was published in 1843 and has never been out of print since then. It’s spawned all manner of plays, films, adaptations, and spoofs. It’s been adapted at least twice by Disney, once featuring Mickey Mouse and another time […]

Droid Review Update

November 15th, 2009, 12 Comments

It’s now been nearly a week since I started using the Droid, and I have some updates from my initial review. Browser First, I, like many reviewers, complained about the lack of multi-touch in the browser, thinking it inferior to the iPhone/iPod Touch as a result. I think I, and all those other reviewers, were […]

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