Category Archives: Geeking around

How Screwed-Up is Apple Safari? I Think It Needs Therapy.

Some people think that because I worked for Microsoft for so many years that I’m an Apple hater.  Well, that’s not actually true.  Fact is, I’ve had a Macintosh on my desks, at work and home, pretty much constantly since … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Design, Geeking around, Media, Organizations, Software, Technology, Thoughts | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rotten Bitter Apple

Update: Word from comiXology now after many hand-wringing updates overnight is that Apple didn’t prevent comiXology from pushing to iOS apps, but comiXology made the call.  In a letter on their blog page, comiXology CEO David Steinberger noted: After hearing … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Entertainment, Geeking around, Media, Organizations, Personal, SciFi Fantasy, Thoughts, Writing | 2 Comments

Savino Wine Preservation System Unboxing

Sometimes we have to put the tech, and the presenting and the other stuff geeky aside and just enjoy a glass of wine. But maybe we can combine a few of these. The latest tech in wine storage. The geeky … Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment, Food and drink, Geeking around, Personal, Technology, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Calming Down the Grandpa in Office 2013

I got a lot of good feedback on The First Thing to Do to Your New PowerPoint 2013, thanks and wow – happy to help. So OK, here’s the second thing you should do after you install Office 2013.  It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Design, Geeking around, Health and wellness, Personal, PowerPoint, Presentations, Random thoughts, Software, Thoughts | 6 Comments

Love of Books – An Unboxing of “The Fifty Year Sword”

I’m a big fan of books. Not just the stories, but the book construction as well. From bindings, paper choice, typeset, typography, layout, it’s all interesting to me. Mark Z. Danielewski is most famous for House of Leaves, an inventive … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Design, Entertainment, Geeking around, Movies, Personal, Technology, Uncategorized, Writing | 1 Comment

The First Thing to Do to Your New PowerPoint 2013…

Warning, I’m pretty opinionated when it comes to a garish design that I have to look at for hours at a time. I find it personally offending and I’m not going to mince words here. Luckily there’s a quick fix … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Design, Geeking around, PowerPoint, Presentations, Software, Technology, Thoughts | 3 Comments

PowerPoint History, 25 years ago…

This has to be quick.  Sorry for any typos or errors, but I’m packing, medicating, and generally running about today and this could not wait. I got a very nice letter from Bob Gaskins yesterday. If you don’t recognize the … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Business, Deals, Design, Geeking around, History, Media, Organizations, Personal, PowerPoint, Presentations, Software, Technology, Thoughts, Writing | 2 Comments

25 Gigs for Nothin’ And The Clicks for Free…

Ok, I’ll apologize for that title first. Sounded better in my head. Wanted to get this out fast because according to a quick poll of friends a lot of people may have missed the news. Hope you already had a … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Deals, Geeking around, PowerPoint, Presentations, Software, Technology | Leave a comment

This is so easy to do…

There are some things that are such a pleasure to do, to pass along, to endorse… it kind of feels like cheating, like “duh” this doesn’t even have to be said. Yeah, this is one of those. I love the … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Design, Geeking around, History, Home and Family, Media, Movies, Software, Travel | 3 Comments

GoPayment Vs. Square – One More Thing, One Less Thing…

I signed up for Intuit’s new GoPayment card system yesterday. Thought I’d share a few thoughts. GoPayment is a way for regular folks to take credit card payments from other regular folks using your cell phone or tablet.  It’s advertised … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Geeking around, Personal, Random thoughts, Software, Technology, Thoughts, Uncategorized | 17 Comments

QuickTechThought: Our Red Toaster

Our pretty red toaster died this week. Sunbeam Oster. It wasn’t even three years old.  I know, I know, they don’t make things like they used to.  But it’s just a toaster, it’s supposed to be pretty fundamentally simple.   … Continue reading

Posted in Design, Food and drink, Geeking around, Home and Family, SciFi Fantasy, Technology, Thoughts, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How Facebook Will (May Have Already) F#@k You Up

Really, I’m not doing much here.  Just trying to draw your attention to someone else’s work on how Facebook’s recent bout of ill-conceived changes continue to mess with your privacy, your communications, and your ability to actually use the system … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Design, Geeking around, Home and Family, Media, Organizations, Personal, Random thoughts, Technology | Leave a comment

Nest Learning Thermostat

Last Friday I installed a new thermostat in the house, the first one since we moved in. Now the prior thermostat was programmable, hourly and daily you could configure it to heat and cool as you like.  It made a … Continue reading

Posted in Design, Geeking around, Health, Home and Family, Personal, Random thoughts, Technology, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

This Just In: Microsoft Fails to Get the Macintosh – or just good installation practices…

Just got notified that there’s a Silverlight update for the Mac. OK, I’ll update, what’s the… Wow. The instructions are so dense with unnecessary text, and eventually tell you to first uninstall any previous version, which necessitates removing half-a-dozen files … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Design, Geeking around, Software, Technology, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My iOS 5 Update on iPad

Just finished the iOS 5 update on my iPad 2. Man, what a marathon. It basically needs to back up your data, reset the device, update the OS, then restore your data. So plan for a few hours to completion. … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Design, Geeking around, Random thoughts, Software, Technology | Tagged , | 1 Comment

And about that moon…

Sometimes you just do things for fun. For the last four years I’ve produced a weekly podcast and occasionally written articles for a web site called Fanboy Planet. There’s no money in this, but usually it gets you into conventions, … Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment, Geeking around, Media, Personal, Random thoughts, SciFi Fantasy | Leave a comment

Why does this appeal to me so?

There’s something magic about retro tech. Continue reading

Posted in Design, Geeking around, Technology, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fanboy

 I’ve been helping out some friends with their Podcast, mostly moving them from a hand-held memo recorder to some more serious sound recording equipment.  Yesterday I contributed a somewhat fragmented WorldCon report.  I’m mostly quiet during the comics discussion, they … Continue reading

Posted in Geeking around | Leave a comment

Q3.0

More coolness.   http://www.minixm.com lets me listen to XMRadio through the Q.  Not sure if that will work if you don’t have a subscription already.  According to QUsers there’s a similar capability for Sirius radio, but that involved a zip … Continue reading

Posted in Geeking around | Leave a comment

Q

Bought a Motorola Q Smartphone this week.  I’d been writing a couple of messages daily to friends also interested in the phone, just letting them know my experiences and discoveries.  Today I realized that I was blogging it through mail … Continue reading

Posted in Geeking around | Leave a comment