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, 8 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 […]

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: 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 […]

Resurrecting Old VHS Videos (and Panasonic DMR-EZ38VK Review)

August 26th, 2009, No Comments

I have a problem that I’m sure is pretty common. My parents used to rent a VHS camcorder from time to time. Not only that, but various school plays, musicals, etc. are on VHS tapes. As a result, they and I have a library of family memories on VHS. And it appears those tapes go […]

Review: Free Software Project Hosting

August 9th, 2009, 23 Comments

I asked for suggestions a few days ago. I got several good ones, and investigated them. You can find my original criteria at the link above. Here’s what I came up with: Google Code Its very simple interface appeals to me. It has an issue tracker, a wiki, a download area. But zero integration with […]

Review: In The Beginning. . . Was The Command Line

May 22nd, 2009, 3 Comments

A few dud universes can really clutter up your basement. – Neal Stephenson, “In The Beginning. . . was the Command Line” What a fun read. It’s about technology, sure, but more about culture. Neal takes a good look at operating systems, why we get emotionally involved with them, and why Windows is still so […]

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