Oct
20

Cr48: Official response to Chromebook battery charging problem

Some Cr48 owners have reported an issue with not being able to charge their Cr48 properly.  Sadly, I too now have this issue.  Basically, when you plug in the charger it is supposed to charge.  (Yeah, a shocker, I know.)  However, with this problem, the Cr48 doesn’t seem to do anything when you plug in the charger: the normal charging indicator lamp does not light, and there is certainly no charging happening. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct
05

Revolights — a revolutionary new idea for bicycle safety!

As a cyclist who often rides in the early morning, I am always interested in new ways of making myself more visible to traffic.  So, my interest was definitely piqued when I read about a new bicycle lighting system called Revolights over on kickstarter.com! Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep
23

Technology does NOT ‘have your back’

A sky full of beautiful stars was spread out above us as the day turned gradually to night.  Myself, my wife, our young son, our very young nephew, and my father-in-law had just finished up an afternoon of canoeing.  How were we spending our evening?  We had planned on roasting marshmallows over a campfire and then spending the night camping in my father-in-law’s backyard.  We had planned on a lot of fun things for that evening.  None of them, however, seemed to work out quite right. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep
01

Cr48: How much Netflix can you get on Verizon’s free 100MB mobile data?

Finally!  Netflix for the Cr48 Chromebook!  I was starting to think that this day would never come!

This single application may have the potential to make Google’s Chromebook venture relevant for so many more customers now.  As another nice bonus for Chromebook customers, Google provides 100MB of free mobile data from Verizon per month for two years to each customer in the US.  With Netflix now available, my curiosity kicked in and demanded that I test whether it was possible to watch even just one movie or TV episode purely on Verizon’s free mobile data allowance.  So, how much Netflix can you get in 100MB? Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug
08

Review: WakeMate for Apple iOS — Introduction

I hate the process of waking up.  Seriously.  I have never been a morning person, and doubt seriously that I ever will be.  That having been said, my job requires me to get up early.  So, I have been struggling to find some way to force myself to get up.

I’ve tried alarm clocks, of course.  My problem there is that I am evidently coherent enough to know how to turn them off instead of just snoozing them when they go off.  After a few times showing up late to work, I realized that there must be something better out there.  Even when I would wake up and resist turning it off altogether, I would end up snoozing dozens of times until I simply had to get up.  Even then I would still feel groggy and not at all refreshed.  ‘Surely I can’t be the only one dealing with this kind of problem,’ I reckoned.

Enter WakeMate. Read the rest of this entry »

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