Category: Reviews

In-Depth Review: Motorola Droid (with some iPhone comparisons)

November 11th, 2009, 16 Comments

The Motorola Droid A855 is the first Android 2.0 phone. I have been using one since Monday, having switched from a BlackBerry Pearl. I also wrote about Terah’s iPod Touch recently, so I’ll be making comparisons to it too. Here’s my review. Hardware Physically, the device is very nice. It fits well in my hand. […]

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: Roku SoundBridge Radio

June 10th, 2009, 4 Comments

On the advice of several comments here, I bought a Roku SoundBridge Radio as a birthday gift for Terah. It arrived today, so here’s a first impressions review. The Hardware It’s very nice. A touch bigger than I expected, but still quite small. There’s a subwoofer aimed up at the back of it, which helps […]

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 […]

Lucky Squares

April 5th, 2009, 4 Comments

Terah and Jacob were shopping in the cereal aisle the other day. Jacob saw a box of Lucky Charms (not one of the more nutritive cereals). He pointed to it and really wanted it. Terah pointed to a better choice, and asked him, “Shall we get that one instead?” Jacob looked at the other cereal […]

Review: Why Religion Matters by Huston Smith

April 3rd, 2009, 45 Comments

Most of the book deals with things we already know yet never learn. — Huston Smith This is perhaps one of the most enlightening books I’ve ever read, and yet I feel like I’ve only grasped a small bit of its meaning. It is with that warning that I attempt this review. I should add […]

Kindle 2: How’s It Going?

March 30th, 2009, 12 Comments

It’s now been almost a month since I got my Kindle 2 and wrote about my first impressions of it. In that amount of time, I figure I have read, on the Kindle, the equivalent of 1500 to 2000 printed pages. I’ll start with my personal reactions to the device, and then move on into […]

Review: David Copperfield

March 24th, 2009, 3 Comments

I finished reading David Copperfield on the Kindle a few days ago. This is a review of the novel, not the Kindle. I’m not an English major, and so I’m not going to pretend to be one. I’m not going to discuss what themes the book touches on, what category it fits in, or generally […]

A Few Days With the Kindle 2

March 8th, 2009, 15 Comments

So I am going to do something that nobody on the Internet is doing lately: post a review of the Kindle 2 after having only used it for three days. Shocking, yes, I know. I had never even seen a Kindle of either model before getting the Kindle 2. I had, though, thought about getting […]

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