With or without knowing it, most of us (native users of the English language, anyway) use a keyboard layout known popularly as QWERTY; if your keyboard’s top row of letters begins with anything but Q, W, E, R, T, and Y, then you probably use …continue reading
It seems that just about every keyboard case for the iPad I’ve seen has suffered from one shortcoming or another. Whether it be clunky keys, ugly case design, short battery life, or any combination thereof, it’s hard to find a keyboard case for the iPad …continue reading
Automatic Gain Control (AGC) is present in a multitude of different electronics and even a few biological applications. Simply put, it is a feature that automatically increases the signal coming out of an output into an input. Whether this is a visual, audio, electronic, or …continue reading
Recently I proposed offering a new short course for seniors interested in improving their computer skills. It is loosely based on one I presented a few years ago called something like “How to download nifty free thing from the Internet safely.” Since many of my …continue reading
When major disasters like earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, and giant alien killer robot invasions strike, they tend to leave vast swaths of people — estimated at an annual 100 million (and their pets) — homeless and in need of assistance. Unfortunately, as was the …continue reading
Earlier yesterday, several developments occurred at HP including an announcement by an HP Vice President that reportedly indicated that HP may stay in the tablet market. This makes me wonder, first of all, what HP is doing. Then came a second development, which also came …continue reading
Whether you’re using antennas to snatch tiny, magical, invisible signals from the air; speakers to listen to or broadcast such signals; or microphones to capture tiny, magical, invisible signals of your own, they’re going to be either omnidirectional or unidirectional in their function. Not sure …continue reading
There’s no question that the price drop of the HP TouchPad quickly changed the minds of many skeptical would-be buyers of the HP TouchPad in favor of the webOS tablet. While this price drop came with the warning that the product line was being eliminated, just weeks after …continue reading
LEGO is known for its versatility and wide range of shapes and components that can be combined to create pretty much anything the mind can come up with. But did you know LEGO can also be used in practical applications around the house? Sure, you …continue reading
At first earful, ethernet over IP, or EoIP, sounds like a backwards technology (usually we do IP over ethernet). But it’s got some very practical applications and helps to simplify situations that can easily get out of hand under more complicated systems.
If you’ve ever …continue reading
Over at the MSDN Web site, I have been following the new design concepts for Windows 8 that include, according to the blog, some of the newest and greatest improvements to Windows Explorer. For those of you who are not familiar with Windows Explorer, it …continue reading
The term “solid state” is used to describe devices that don’t rely on moving parts to function, and, as a result, generally enjoy longer lifespans than their traditional predecessors. Because it doesn’t have the wear and tear, friction, and vulnerability inherent in devices with moving …continue reading
There are two different types of speakers: electrostatic and driver. They sound alike, they look alike — at times they even walk alike. Well, they don’t walk, but you get the idea. These are two different technologies that help recreate sound.
In this video, LockerGnome’s …continue reading
What’s this DPI you keep hearing about? Does it have anything to do with the Department of Penguin Intimacy (ooh, la, la!) whose dedicated members work tirelessly to ensure the perpetuation of our flightless little Arctic and Antarctic friends? Perhaps. Is it a unit of …continue reading