Archive: Toys, Tools, Tech

Grade inflation (March 1, 2012)

Tech reviewers live in Lake Wobegon, where all the products are above average

Gadget fatigue (February 1, 2012)

I know the kind of cellphone I want to buy; the problem is that nobody makes it

SOPA: the tech industry’s self-inflicted wound (January 19, 2012)

The real reason why tech was nearly sandbagged by SOPA: not because tech is getting outspent by the deep pockets of Big Content, but because tech spends its lobbying money in dumb ways

Kindle: No Thanks (November 14, 2011)

With Kindle, Amazon has set things up so that in order to get the good things electronic books can offer, you have to accept a whole bunch of bad things too. Things that don’t benefit you at all — and that in some cases actually take away rights that owners of physical books have enjoyed for hundreds of years — but that benefit Amazon a whole bunch.

Metered Billing: The Iceberg That’s Bearing Down On Your Business Model (November 3, 2011)

It’s not hard to imagine a future where the desktop PC and its flat-rate data connection is relegated to a few small niches, with the rest of the market being ruled by mobile devices with metered billing plans. And if you’re running a cloud service, that’s a future that’s not buying what you’re selling.

Don’t Worry About Selling Your Privacy To Facebook. I Already Sold It For You (October 21, 2011)

“How can Facebook track what I’m doing when I’m not on their site?” The answer is that they have enlisted an army of accomplices — including me. I gave them material assistance in making it happen. I did that by embedding Facebook’s Like Button on my site.

HP: We’re Not Selling PCs Or Phones Anymore! Except When We Are (August 22, 2011)

The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight rides again

The TouchPad Fiasco, Or HP Perfects The Art Of The Own Goal (August 22, 2011)

HP, in deep hole, keeps digging

Amazon’s Cloud Player Is Cool. But Is It Legal? (March 29, 2011)

Explain how this new service from Amazon is legal. Seriously!

Service Note (January 17, 2011)

End of an era — JWM switches to WordPress

Rackspace Cloud Servers (February 10, 2010)

Is it the best VPS offering out there? Could be

Presenting: Classic NASA Photography, Formatted To Use As Palm Pre Wallpaper (February 2, 2010)

I crop & resize public domain imagery so you don’t have to

Tech’s Person of the Decade (January 1, 2010)

Steve Jobs, duh

Dear New York Times (December 8, 2009)

Your WebOS app for Palm Pre & Pixi phones is borked. How about fixing it?

Being Right All the Time Is Just a Burden I Have to Bear (April 2, 2009)

Once again, I called it

To Blu or Not to Blu, That Is the Question (March 23, 2009)

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of early adoption, or to take arms against a sea of tech…

Attention Lazyweb (February 13, 2009)

A geek call for help

HOWTO: Run Ubuntu 8.10 On the Asus Eee PC 1000 (December 18, 2008)

I figure this shit out so you don’t have to

History Repeating (July 21, 2008)

The EEE PC creates a new market segment — and PC vendors are mysteriously afraid to jump in

iPhone: Just Say No (July 11, 2008)

DRM-laden devices that can’t be programmed unless you swear fealty to Saint Jobs? No thank you

“Sheer Technological Ineptitude” (April 10, 2008)

Turns out that who caused his Web site to crash in 2006 can be added to the long list of things Joe Lieberman is clueless about

What’s Your Meez? (March 12, 2008)

An idea from the world of cooking that works just as well in the world of programming

Holy Crap (January 16, 2008)

Sun buys MySQL for $800 million