What You Need In Your Next Computer: More Horsepower, Less Storage

11.13.2012 Mac

I recently bought a new computer system, primarily for work. I was surprised at how difficult a decision process it was, but I’m very happy with the end result. My previous work and home machine was an early 2008 iMac. It’s been a workhorse, but I found myself dealing with long wait times for it […]

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Tech Buying Tip #12: Wait Six Months

06.27.2012 gadgets

It is so exciting when new gadgets come out. Last year’s model now looks ugly and slow. The new one is so beautiful, fast, and feature-filled. The urge to buy now can be intense. But if you buy now, immediately upon the release of this shiny new thing, you’ll risk some clear penalties. A swift […]

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Tech Buying Tip #11: Buy a 3rd Party Warranty For Mobile Devices

06.26.2012 gadgets

I’ve talked about extended warranties in a previous tip: What To Do About Extended Warranties. Here’s something else to consider: the manufacturer’s warranty probably doesn’t provide the protection that you need, especially against dropping it, water damage, and other physical damage. I’ve purchased both manufacturer’s warranties and third party warranties and on the whole I find […]

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Tech Buying Tip #10: Find A Home For Your Hand-Me-Downs

06.25.2012 gadgets

It’s time for another round of Tech Buying Tips. Today’s tip requires a bit of a conceptual shift. I’m going to ask you to think of your high tech gadgets as pets. A pet is something that you form a relationship with and take responsibility for, until it dies (or you do). You feed it, […]

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Words Matter: Fanboy

06.21.2012 writing

Using dismissive language is both lazy and repugnant. One of the worst recent examples of this practice is the word “fanboy” (also seen as “fanboi”). I’m well acquainted with dismissive language and have had it used against me nearly all my life. I’ve been a fan of Star Trek since the series originally aired (and […]

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