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A visit to Cellhell

 There are a few rules I’ve learned over the years relating to technology: If it’s not broken leave it alone Things rarely go as expected A bargain is not always a bargain What started out for a very good reason, I broke all these rules. It all began last week when I learned Verizon was […]

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The tasting rooms are open

 This past Thursday marked one month since my wife got her second vaccine; I became eligible a few weeks earlier. At 6 am on Thursday we were off on a 500 mile road trip to Marin County from San Diego to visit our son, his wife, and our grandkids. We hadn’t visited them in Marin […]

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Amazon, a machine without soul

 In a recent column I described how Amazon knocked off one of Peak Design’s iconic bags. They copied the unusual design right down to the trapezoidal shape of the label and priced it at a third the cost. They even used the same name, “The Everyday Sling Bag.” Peak responded by creating a parody video that […]

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The demise and return of PHEVs

 The number of new electric cars being introduced provides us with many good options to reduce our gas consumption, but they all suffer from one major disadvantage, range anxiety. Until the number of chargers becomes as common as gas stations, and until charging times can be reduced from an hour to mere minutes, EV (electric […]

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Peak Design Fights Amazon with Humor

 It’s no secret that Amazon has become a haven for unauthorized and fake merchandise. Type in the name of any music artist or group appended with the word “shirt,” and up comes scores of them emblazoned with the the artist’s name and image. Then there are products on Amazon that are knock-offs or copies of […]

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End of the line for Fry’s

 In 1985, a few years after moving to Silicon Valley, a new 20,000 square foot store opened in Sunnyvale, called Fry’s Electronics. It was founded by the same family that had run a regional supermarket chain by the same name. It was one of the first super-sized stores in the area to specialize in electronics, […]

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Taking us for a ride?

 Just when you thought there was an app for everything, there’s a new one that lets building tenants operate their elevators remotely from their smartphone or watch. Yes, you read that correctly. Control the elevator from your smartphone. Now what can go wrong with that? Atlanta-based thyssenkrupp Elevator claims their new app reduces elevator traffic […]

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Needle in a Haystack

 Imagine if we were searching for a flight and had to sign in to each of the airlines’ websites, one by one, then enter all our personal details in each site, and only then learn whether a flight was available on a particular day. That’s pretty much the scenario we now face in trying to […]

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Choosing your next TV

 With our spending more time at home and with all the streaming entertainment available, now is a good time to buy a large screen TV (HDTV). New models are being announced, older models are being closed out, and the annual Super Bowl sales are about to begin.  Even without the sales, you can find decent […]

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Clash of the Titans

 Facebook has been relentless in selling our personal information to their customers in order to target us with ads and messaging, some even encouraging people to join groups with like interests, including hate groups. They’ve done this with little opposition as they sweep up more and more of our data, to the point where they’ve […]

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Protecting a new MacBook

 Staying home in voluntary isolation, I’m spending more time than ever with my 13-inch MacBook Pro, purchased earlier this year shortly after it was announced. This is the first MacBook Pro in five years without the unreliable butterfly keyboard design that caused no end of grief for many, including myself. With that change, it’s been […]

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Neil Young Archives – A biased review

 While I frequently review hardware and software products, this week I’m reviewing an incredible website that’s like no other. Full disclosure, its a site I’ve been working on for several years with a talented team and now manage. It’s neilyoungarchives.com,  (abbreviated as NYA) a site whose vision, concept, inspiration, design, scope, and essentially every detail […]