Questing for Access
Posted: 09.01.05
You’re slick. You’re stylish. You’re the uber road warrior for your enterprise, closing deals at breakfast, on the golf course, at lunch, back on the golf course and at dinner. Of course, with all that deal closing comes a lot of travel, making finding connections to the Internet and your e-mail a chore.
The Strong and Silent Type of Notebook
Posted: 08.18.2005
While more and more people turn to laptops for their computer needs, many are still hesitant to let go off their accustomed desktops, unwilling to sacrifice their large display, comfort of use and reliable performance for the sake of mobility. For these people, the HP nx6125 notebook is a great compromise.
For Every Hero there is a SideKick
Posted: 07.14.05
From Robin to Dr. Watson, every great hero has a sidekick in tow, to ready the Batmobile, or save our hero from danger. I’ve always figured that for a regular guy to really pull himself up to the level of hero, finding a trusty sidekick is a good start. So after many months of waiting, I got my SideKick II in the mail and felt instantly better equipped to fight crime. Or at least receive every e-mail and phone call it might take to fight crime.
Is There Anything It Can’t Do?
Posted: 06.30.05
You’re a rising professional who needs a stunning visual presentation to close the big account. You’re a mobile worker with the need to display the same PowerPoint slideshow in different locations and from different (and possibly dissimilar) computers throughout the same day. You’re a drunken college student who decides it’s a brilliant idea to project giant adult videos onto the face of the building across the street at 3:45 a.m. on a Saturday night. The BenQ PB2240 Digital Mobile Projector is for you.
Elevate Your Status
Posted: 06.23.05
Okay, so you’re not wearing the biggest wig in your organization. In fact, you’re just a lowly middle manager who is merely saddled with the bulk of the responsibility to run a wide spread sales and service unit. You’re in the trenches every day and often travel from hub to hub, ensuring that your division runs smoothly. Ah, traveling.
A Networking Solution: Maybe Not
Posted: 06.09.05
I’ll admit, my lifestyle doesn’t exactly beg for a compact mobile printer. I don’t specialize in on-the-go business transactions requiring receipts, I don’t usually need to quickly produce several adhesive conference nametags and I cannot conceive of a nerdier way to record and give my information to a prospective date. After two days with the Brother MW140BT, however, I tried reconsidering just how nerdy that would be.
Smartphones that Understand You
Posted: 06.02.05
If I calculated on my hands the sum of all the text messages I have ever sent, I wouldn’t even come close to running out of fingers. And it’s not because I possess a vast number of fingers. Got only 10, like everyone else. I abandoned text messaging about an hour after I got my first cell phone, after sending a couple of messages. It was so frustrating having to push a button several times to enter a character, and I just didn’t feel like spending two minutes typing, “Hi, how are you?” For the same reason, my phone calendar hasn’t even one event.
A Girl’s Best Friend
Posted: 05.12.05
I’m skeptical of thin and lights that don’t include an optical drive. Ever since I first met the Panasonic CF-W2, which is under three pounds and has an integrated optical drive, I don’t see a need to go without one? But then I met Dell’s latest thin and light, the Latitude X1, and I’m hooked.
The Monster Toolbar
Posted: 04.28.05
I wasn’t looking for a toolbar when I came across Advanced Searchbar. I don’t even like toolbars (not even the Google search one) because they take up precious browser window space and complicate the view. However, when I accidentally bumped into the description of Advanced Searchbar for Internet Explorer while searching for a calendar, I couldn’t resist trying it. And I’m glad I did.
How to Get There from Here
Posted: 04.22.05
The problem with online mapping and directions, when you live in a walking city, is that the maps and directions are made for people in cars. You also have to remember to map and print the directions in advance. (This may sound like a silly or small factor until you are juggling dozens of details and your mental check-list, running out the door in the morning, involves glancing down to make sure you’re wearing shoes. And pants.) If you have a Web-enabled device, you could surf on the go, but that’s not ideal, and it still leaves you with the issue of driving directions if you’re walking, and if you’re driving it would be awkward (and dangerous) to be constantly glancing down.
Credit Where Credit is Due
Posted: 04.14.05
In fulfilling the dream of anywhere, anytime mobile connectivity, Verizon has led the charge. With its initial EV-DO roll out, a service it calls BroadbandAccess, a simple PC Card connected to your laptop enables high speed, anywhere anytime access. Verizon originally rolled out BroadbandAccess to San Diego and Washington, D.C., late in 2003.
Tales from a Messaging Madman
Posted: 04.07.05
Though only really just beginning to catch on in the United States, I have always been a big fan of text messaging. When you only need to convey a few brief words, nothing suffices more than sending a quick text message to a colleague, friend or loved one. Far less intrusive than making a phone call, text messages serve a noble purpose in making mobile communications more efficient, 160 characters at a time.
Through Cyberspace to Your Phone
Posted: 04.01.05
I came across Vazu’s PC-to-mobile phone connection service recently. After reading about it I was impressed by its functionality, which promised to transfer text and contacts from any computer running Windows PC or XP to nearly any phone. So I decided to give it a try.
Almost the Mountain Top
Posted: 03.24.05
The promise of anywhere, anytime access is relative to your connectivity options. Luckily these options have been rapidly expanding over the last year, with more hotspots popping up everywhere from the airport to McDonald’s and with true 3G services like EV-DO from Verizon Wireless and AT&T Wireless’ (now Cingular Wireless’) EDGE service.
Tiny, Wireless, Easy
Posted: 03.17.05
When it comes to trying out new products I never get tired of saying, “it worked!” I guess it’s due to having been through too many hype cycles. So here’s another product I am proud to announce really works; this one’s a gem of a tiny, 802.11g wireless router that was so easy to use, it’s as if we really have hit the wireless age.
Small but Tough
Posted: 03.03.05
I have to admit that the Averatec C3500 Convertible Notebook is the first Tablet PC I have ever touched. It usually takes me a while to get used to new ways of doing things. I once spent weeks trying to adapt myself to a certain touchpad and still ended up buying a mouse. So I was surprised when, after twenty minutes of exploring this notebook using only the stylus pen for navigation, I felt like I’d been using it for years. And after getting over the scroll wheel nostalgia, I forgot that computer mice ever existed.
Book Report
Posted: 02.23.05
Back that Disk Up
Posted: 02.17.05
Being a creature of habit, and habits that are often bad, I don't really back up my computer. I mean, I think about it—I certainly am able to draw on data and personal testimonials to the importance of backing things up—but really, I hardly ever do it. It's as if, hearing and knowing about the need to do it every day makes it already done.
GoToWorkEasily
Posted: 02.03.05
Whether it was to get some work done over the weekend, or because you forgot to print an important file at work, you know you’ve at least once wished you could access your work computer from home. GoToMyPC Personal enables you to remotely access a host computer or wireless device from any computer in the world—as long as it’s connected to the Internet.
Bright Lights, Small Projector
Posted: 01.27.05
Nothing if not thorough, I put this little Epson to the test—perhaps more so than the good people at Epson intended. I spent a rainy weekend watching movies (an approximately 7-foot-wide projection being enormously more satisfying than my 13-inch TV), elicited ooo’s and ah’s from friends on New Year’s Eve, and even set it on a platform 15 feet in the air and—via remote—used it to play a documentary at the opening party of an art exhibition in a refurbished factory. Against a high, crude wall, and with lights blazing, the picture was rich and sharp—and a good 9 feet wide. Total success.