Retrospective: 2017

Retrospective: 2017

As I do each and every December, I sat down to write about the past year, and all its up and downs, reflecting on whether it was a good year, or a bad year. 2017 must be categorized as both. For Houston, it was both a great year, and a terrible one. For me and my...
Review: iPhone X

Review: iPhone X

The iPhone X (yes, it’s pronounced “10”, not “ex”) was announced to much fanfare, and fans immediately began salivating over it. Critics argued that it was merely copying what was already out there–phones like the Galaxy S8, the LG G6, and others. And while those criticisms are somewhat valid, after using the iPhone X for a few days, it’s clear that they’re not exactly true. This really is a next-generation smart-phone, and in many ways has arrived ahead of time.

Apple, I Wish I Could Quit You

Apple, I Wish I Could Quit You

With the release of the next wave of Android flagship phones, namely the Galaxy S8 by Samsung, I find myself lusting over that new phone, and yet, want as I might, I cannot make myself switch back to Android. Apple has managed to lock me in, and I can’t navigate...
Review: Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen)

Review: Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen)

Amazon wants us all to believe that the Echo, and Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, is something we absolutely need in our homes. She’s an always-listening artificial-intelligence assistant, ready to help out in myriad ways. Alexa can provide information...
Retrospective: 2016

Retrospective: 2016

As has become my custom, I take a look back at the previous year, the good and the bad, the surprising and the obvious, and reflect on the year as a whole. Many would agree with me that 2016 was not a great year. It saw turbulence across the globe, in all aspects of...
Retrospective: 2015

Retrospective: 2015

As 2015 ends, I take my yearly look back, at what has happened, not happened, and try to determine how happy I am with the previous year. 2015 has been quite a year, with mostly some very significant ups, and the downs being fortuitous in that they could have been far...
Another 24 Hours with a Windows Tablet

Another 24 Hours with a Windows Tablet

In February, 2014, I wrote a post titled “24 Hours with a Windows Tablet“. I had purchased a Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet, with the intention of using it primarily as a media consumption device, and having the added benefit of it being a full-blown computer...
Review: HP Stream 7

Review: HP Stream 7

How much would you pay for a 7-inch tablet? An iPad mini, with a slightly larger screen starts at $250, and most Android tablets cost at least $100–$200 or more for a decent one. What if you could get a 7-inch tablet that could also double as a full-fledged PC for...
Unthinkable: How Apple lured me back…

Unthinkable: How Apple lured me back…

It’s no secret that I’m a technology enthusiast; a gadget geek, through-and-through. For the past few years, I’ve been a huge proponent of Android, and–while not exactly bashing Apple–I haven’t been the biggest fan of iOS for quite...