Friday, October 3, 2014

It's Not Supposed to be This Hot in San Diego

When we moved to San Diego in 2001 (it was my second time here, and my wife's first), one of the things we loved was the climate... Never too cool, never too hot, and rarely uncomfortable humidly (compared with the Midwest).

This year seems to have been an exception.

As I type this, the temperature has topped 100 degrees!

To make matters worse, we only had a few days of relief since "monsoonal moisture" from hurricanes Odie, Polo, and Norbert slammed Baja last month, making this feel like a Louisiana swamp.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

My (Flipboard) Google Magazine is Now Public

It started-out as nothing more than a way for me to curate "All Things Google" for my own use, and I had no idea so many others would find it beneficial, as well.

If you're a Google watcher (or, just like to keep-up with what's new for consumers on the Google front), feel free to subscribe to my curated magazine on Flipboard.

I add to the collection (almost) every day, and whether you're interested in Android, Chrome, Chromebook, Google Apps, or any other Google services, I hope you'll find something that interests you.

It goes without saying, if you have any comments or suggestions, please don't hesitate to shoot me a note (using "CONTACT ME" on the right).


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Digitizing & Preserving Old Audio Cassette Tapes

In my quest to store all of my life (and memories) in the cloud, one of the last things left for me to tackle was my box of old audio cassette tapes.

Monday, April 28, 2014

What Can You Do With a Chromebook?

It was exactly four months ago today that I received  my first Chromebook. The (then) new HP14 model (with 4GB of RAM, and built-in 4g). Being a regular user of the Google ecosystem, I understood how it could fit into my regular workflow.

I’m a man of many machines and gadgets… I already had three computers (one of them running Linux), my wife and I had smartphones, and we’d just gotten a pair of Android tablets, too.

Before taking the plunge, and indulging my curiosity, I did some serious homework. I’d read all of the articles (both the positive and negative) about Google’s Chromebook project, and realized that the majority of negative opinions were written by people who never actually used one in real life. Of the people who actually did use them regularly, the reviews were mostly favorable.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

How I Became an eBook Convert

When it comes to technology, I've always considered myself an early adopter. I was using the cloud before it was really a thing, among the first with an Android phone, and I even got a Chromebook just to get a sense of what it could do.

I was, however, a hold-out when it came to eBooks.

I love printed books

For as long as I can remember, I've not just loved everything about printed books, I loved real (brick and mortar) bookstores. Everything about them is a joy, from the smells, to hidden surprises on many shelves. I could lose hours in a great bookstore (especially when there's a Starbucks inside).

For that reason, I never really embraced Amazon as a bookseller. I never got the "book vibe" from their website. It lacked the smell, and the ambiance, and the thrill of knowing I might find a new hidden gem.

Obviously, I never got a Kindle, or a Nook, a Sony Reader, or a Kobo, or anything else. To my way of thinking, they detracted from the "experience" that is reading a great book.

It turns out, I was wrong about eBooks

Back in December, I was lucky to become the owner of a new 2nd generation Nexus 7 tablet.