Technically Geeking: Stop Whining Steve

Did you see the Apple press conference last Friday? It was His Steveness himself trying to explain to the lowly public how the reception problem on the iPhone 4 is all good, we’re going to give you free cases, it’s really no big deal! Well, actually it is a big deal or you...

Technically Geeking: iPad Real World Tests

So maybe you read my initial review of the iPad, and for whatever reason you’re still on the fence, with questions like: Can it replace my laptop when I travel? Can it replace my laptop all the time? What CAN’T it do that my laptop CAN? Is it better than a Kindle? Should I get one...

Technically Geeking: Now Is a Good Time for Electric Cars

Duh. The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the biggest natural disaster in our country’s history, and it is still happening. The effects on wildlife, economies, and quality of life in the region will be devastating and long-lasting. If that is not enough to make you cry, here’s the...

Technically Geeking: iPhone 4 iOS 4 iNeedaLife 4

It’s that time of year again when Apple announces a “revolutionary” new device that will “change everything” and send hipsters and preps alike into credit card debt to buy it. I’m referring of course to WWDC – Apple’s Worldwide Developer...

Technically Geeking: (Lack of) Privacy on the Internet

There’s been a lot of concern in recent weeks about Facebook’s changing privacy policy. For example, the EFF has created this timeline to demonstrate how Facebook has decreased user control over personal information over the years. For a more visual representation of this...

Technically Geeking: This Was Written On My iPad

a blogumn by Justin Time This is a test. I’m composing this from the BlogPress app for iPad. As someone who thought the iPad could potentially change the computer you put in your carry-on, the computer you buy for your grandma, and the computer you use when you are not working, I felt...

Technically Geeking: TiVo Premiere (or not?)

a blogumn by Justin Time Hi. My name is Justin. And I’m a Tivoholic. I’ve been using TiVo since 2004. So I’m not the earliest of adopters, but still we go way back. And I love TiVo. I had a Series 2, then when we went HD, I got the Series 3 when the prices finally came down...

Technically Geeking: It’s Magical?

. a blogumn by Justin Time I’d be remiss as a pretend tech blogger if I didn’t talk about the iPad this week. You may not want to hear another word about the latest prophecy from his Jobs-ness, in which case, watch the MadTV video. At the risk of sounding like a zealot or, even...

Technically Geeking: Google vs. China… Fight!

a blogumn by Justin Time I’m a little worried. I’ve been working in the tech industry for ten years, and I’ve tried to be security conscious to a certain degree, but it often feels like more effort than it is worth. Sure, my credit card number has been stolen from online...

Technically Geeking: Ski With Your iPhone

. a blogumn by Justin Time My wife and I spent the holiday break in British Columbia, which I found to be far more British than Colombian. We skied a few days in Whistler-Blackcomb where the Olympics will be hosted next month, and I wanted my iPhone to be snow-ready. So I downloaded a handful...

Technically Geeking: SixthSense Wearable Computer

. a blogumn by Justin Time Just as the smartphone put powerful computers in your pocket, this revolutionary idea from Pranav Mistry may just do away with the concept of a stationary computer altogether. Basically, you wear this computer like an amulet, a la Flavor Flav, and wherever you are,...

Technically Geeking: Eat-In Kitchen

. a blogumn by Justin Time In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought it apt to take a look at kitchen technology. All geeks eat food, most enjoy it, and there are even some who pry themselves away from their computers and other devices long enough to cook a meal in a real life kitchen. Once a...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block [November 9-12]

Wow, I’m not trying to say that I should flake more often, but this week’s numbers were WAY up. So big thanks for everybody who stopped by and chatted. Here are our Best ofs: PHILOSOPHICAL MONDAY re: Single White Nerd: A Nerd in Cougarland, in which Michael Kass near bout blinds...

Technically Geeking: I Sing the (Auto) Body Electric

. a blogumn by Justin Time Since etc and CH bought a new car, it seems only fitting that I bring it back to electric cars this week. Lately, I’ve been drooling over early Porsches, as the ultimate sports car, they have an important place in my heart. Even though restoring an old car is...

Technically Geeking: Humans Infect Their Computers with H1N1 Virus

a blogumn by Justin Time As you may have heard, President Obama recently declared H1N1 (aka Swine Flu) a national emergency. What really got my geek attention, however, was when I noticed in the headlines that Microsoft has posted a website where you can go to self-diagnose your flu symptoms...

Technically Geeking: The Next Wave

. a blogumn by Justin Time Not a company to rest on its laurels, Google has yet another “something new” coming from its labs in Mountain View these days – Google Wave. In their words: “Google Wave is a new online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block Sept. 14 – Oct. 1

Well, you might have noticed a change in my mood (picture) and yes, that means that I’ve finally finished my big HarperCollins rewrite. I could not be happier about this, and I’m super-excited to get back to the second novel, even if I’m not sure it will sell, since...

Technically Geeking: What’s New in Bikes

a blogumn by Justin Time If being a gadget/software geek is my day job, then being a bike geek is my secret passion. I’ve held off discussing bikes here as long as possible, but since Interbike (the MacWorld of bicycles) was held last week in Vegas, I think the time has come. There are...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block [Sept. 11-17]

So Patrick Swayze died this week and the new Jay Leno show started and Kanye West dissed Taylor Swift, therefore guaranteeing that he will continue to get invited to the VMA’s b/c he is act-a-fool ratings gold a great performer. We also had some awesome comments and quotes. Check...

Technically Geeking: A Week Off From Tech

a blogumn by Justin Time Last week saw a huge spike in tech news largely due to the attractive 9/9/09 date for launching new wares. To summarize, in order of importance: iTunes 9, iPod Nano, Palm Pixi, Zune HD, Motorola CLIQ, and The Beatles Rock Band. Okay, now that those things are out of...

Technically Geeking: Los Angeles is Burning

. a blogumn by Justin Time In my last entry, my wife and I were navigating the pitfalls of car buying. Well, we got through it ok, and here are some lessons we learned: –> Research prices extensively to make sure you pay only slightly more than the dealer paid. –>...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block August 13-20

Whatta week, and is it me or has this summer going by incredibly fast? How is it almost Fall already? Anywho, I’m a little too exhausted today to think up a good transition, so I’ll just say, here are the best comments of the week: HELLO FRIDAY re: FIERCE ANTICIPATION: August...

Technically Geeking: Buying a Car

. a blogumn by Justin Time First off, I’m proud that my blogumn pressured China to change its policy about censoring computers. Nice job, self. The timing was fortunate, since I now have to turn my attentions to a much more difficult task – buying a new car. I’ve avoided it...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block July 17-23

Hey guys! Whatta a week. And of course the comments were wonderful as usual. Check out our best of… HELLO FRIDAY re: Fierce OR Nerdy: Aliens vs. Ghosts, in which slpc asked us to compare the scariness and sexiness of ghosts and aliens. JessicaH: Not so scared of ghosts – not so...

Technically Geeking: Carlectric Boogaloo

. a blogumn by Justin Time It used to be Ferraris, Jags and Porsches. Now it’s Teslas, Volts and Priuses. I come from a long line of car-obsessed men. My grandfather would buy a new car even when he had 3 others and could barely drive. My father can’t drive on the expressway...

Technically Geeking: Camping Gear

a blogumn by Justin Time Photo Credit: Francesa Tronchin Camping is supposed to be cheap fun, right? Just you and a couple friends, communing with nature – roughing it. All you need is a tent, a fire, a sleeping bag, and a clearing. Right? Turns out, if you are a gear head like me, this...

Technically Geeking: The Traveling Geek Show

a blogumn by Justin Time My post is late this week. I know you have been waiting with bated breath for my steaming-hot tech ramblings. My timing is off because I have changed time zones traveling back east to visit the wife’s family. I figure this is a good time to give you some...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block June 5-11

Warren Beatty, Clive Cussler, Darth Vader, and OKKKKKKKKKK-lahoma all showed up in this week’s comments. Check it out: HELLO FRIDAY re: Fierce OR Nerdy: Bank Error in Your Favor, in which slpc presents us with the ethical dilemma of whether we would run off with millions of dollars that...

Technically Geeking: The Great Firewall of China

. a blogumn by Justin Time Hot on the heels of news that the Chinese government is blocking its citizens from viewing websites containing stories related to the 20th anniversary of Tiananmen Square, yesterday the government unveiled plans to require all new PCs sold in China to have...

Hello, Friday: The Fiercest Nerds on the Block May 22 – May 28

TGIF. I don’t know about you, but this week has been super-exhausting. Lots of work, lots of worry, and lots of sadness about the court’s decision not to overturn Prop 8. But at least we had great comments to keep us warm at night. HELLO FRIDAY Photo by Ariel Boston re: Fierce...

Technically Geeking: New Touch Phones Coming Soon

Last time, I gave you some iPhone app recommendations. Now it is time for a look at the possible next-gen iPhone and its sworn enemies from Palm, BlackBerry, Microsoft, and Google. First, let’s get the next iPhone out of the way. WWDC is less than 2 weeks away, and Apple is expected to...

Hello Friday: The Fiercest Nerds On The Block (May 8-15)

Whatta week, whatta week! Spock, Rats, Responsible Procreation — you know, there’s an app for that… HELLO FRIDAY re: Fierce OR Nerdy, in which slpc asked you to choose between Fierce (Wolverine) or Nerdy (Spock). cybele: I’m not sure how I feel about sci-fi...

Technically Geeking: There’s An App For That.

. a blogumn by Justin Time No doubt you have seen the Apple commercials for the iPhone and its apps: “Say you’re a coal miner. Your canary dies and the entrance to your mining shaft collapses. There’s an app for that.” My wife joked last week that it should become the...

Hello Friday: The Fiercest Nerds on the Block April 23-30

Hey guys! Make sure to stop in next week when one, possibly two HUGE announcements will be made re: your dedicated FaN editor. Oh, and if you haven’t weighed in on which photo I should get made into Michel Gondry sketch, please do so here, as I’m going by your results and sending...

Technically Geeking: 94% of All Email Is Spam — No, Really

. a blogumn by Justin Time Spam, Spam, Spam… No, I’m not referring to “America’s favorite canned meat.” Sadly, I am talking about spam: everyone’s least favorite email – also known as unsolicited commercial email (UCE). This kind of spam is back to...

Hello Friday: The Fiercest Nerds on the Block – April 9 – ...

I think this week’s FNotB comments can best be described as gross, metaphorical, hypothetical helpful and informative. HELLO FRIDAY re: Procrastinate on This!, in which we directed you to a post about two sisters not only eating placenta, but converting into a panini placenta sandwich...

Technically Geeking: Richies Riot Over Google Street View

. a new blogumn by Justin Time I’m a geek. And I like cars. That’s why last week I was captivated by a story about the geekiest car of all – the Google Street View Car. If you don’t know what this is, it’s a regular car onto which Google straps a camera and...