Did your new computer come with free packaged software? Here’s why you shouldn’t open it.

Earlier in the summer, I bought a new MacBook Pro at Best Buy.  That’s all I bought, just the laptop.  Before the sales rep rung me up, though, he grabbed a retail box of software off the shelf, told me it’s included for free.  I said “no thanks, if I wanted to use anti-virus software, I wouldn’t be buying… Read More Did your new computer come with free packaged software? Here’s why you shouldn’t open it.

R.I.P. The best tech purchase I ever made…

My HP Laserjet 1200.  2001 – 2014.  You will be missed. 13 years is long time for any piece of computer equipment.  Sure, printers have gotten faster and more colorful, but for an aspiring writer living in his parents’ house just after college, this affordable laser printer was a godsend.  Back then, if you wanted to proof… Read More R.I.P. The best tech purchase I ever made…

How to transfer all your podcast subscriptions from one app to another (the easy way)

Speaking of podcasts, let’s say you’ve gotten a brand new podcast-playing app for your iOS or Android device.  If only there were an easy way to get the new app to know what podcasts you were already subscribed to…  Wait, there is!  If you’ve been using a third-party podcast app like Pocket Casts, Instacast, Downcast, etc., there’s a good chance it’ll… Read More How to transfer all your podcast subscriptions from one app to another (the easy way)

Pocket Casts vs. Downcasts: Which is the superior podcast app?

I’ve been using Pocket Casts as my main podcast-listening app since the beginning of the year. (You can read my original review here.) The main advantage Pocket Casts has over Apple’s own podcast app?  Greater ability to organize podcasts.  For example, I like having a listview of only podcast episodes that have been both downloaded (i.e.… Read More Pocket Casts vs. Downcasts: Which is the superior podcast app?

DirecTV just rolled out a new feature for tracking your favorite sports team, but is it any good? (Not really.)

I live in Los Angeles, city of transplants.  Not heart transplants or face transplants, but whole people transplants.  Somehow I managed to marry a local, but everyone else I know out here seems to hail from somewhere else.  As such, we all root for teams that are way out-of-market, and watching out-of-market games isn’t cheap. As… Read More DirecTV just rolled out a new feature for tracking your favorite sports team, but is it any good? (Not really.)

Halogen vs. LED light bulbs: Which is the better replacement?

There’s a room in my house that currently has eight 60-watt incandescent light bulbs (i.e. the kind that have been commercially available for nearly a century now). Scratch that.  It has seven.  One blew.  Now I have to replace it. Since new laws went into effect on January 1st of this year, old-style incandescent light… Read More Halogen vs. LED light bulbs: Which is the better replacement?