Which Tablet Should You Buy as a Gift?

With the holidays fast approaching, many of us are already thinking about buying gadgets for our loved ones. One of the most popular products currently on the market is the tablet computer. This marvel of technology has been a huge hit and now the selection of tablet computers has increased just during the past few…

Harvesting Power for Fun and Profit

What limits gadgets? Often it is power consumption. The lower the power needed to run a gadget, the more applications are available. Early computers less powerful than my phone took massive cooling towers to operate. Another major limitation is cost. Both cost and power requirements have fallen sufficiently that new ways of doing things are…

First Laptop Computer: Test Before You Buy

While it was about 20 years ago that I bought my first brand-name desktop computer system (ordered from a computer warehouse magazine), I am still amazed about how much they have influenced my life. My first computer was ordered, however, without following the advice from a group of local computer gurus who recommended that I…

Video Editors: Which is Best?

Microsoft’s Movie Maker was my introduction to the struggle of creating an interesting and coherent video. This is a good piece of software, but once you get the idea of a storyboard presentation versus the time line, then the limitations of Movie Maker become burdensome. So I looked for alternatives. Finding the best video editing…

Looking for a New Smartphone – But Which One?

This is both a study and a plea for help from the community. Which smartphones should we buy? Currently we have aging BlackBerry Storms. We chose BlackBerries because they integrated nicely with Microsoft Outlook, which we use for business. Having the calendar and contacts easily synced to our phones is very convenient. But time marches…