Friday, December 24, 2010


Notes From the Technoground: A Peek at the Pandigital Novel Personal eReader
If all I want to do is read an e-book, do I really need the scads of features the Pandigital Novel comes with?
There have been times in my life when I was a voracious reader. Recent months, however, do not qualify. Between the book I’ve been writing over the course of the last six months, moving from an apartment in North Jersey to a house in South Jersey (plus all the fun things home living brings—who knew trees shed so many leaves?), and being a dad to a very active almost-three-year-old girl, reading has been far down on my leisure list. It’s been some years since I took a real vacation, but I remember that when I did, I read something like a book a day—perhaps making up for lost time...

Friday, December 17, 2010


Notes From the Technoground: Taking the Verizon FIOS Plunge
With my move to the ‘burbs, I say goodbye to Comcast and Vonage and hello to Verizon FIOS.
Some say that one of the benefits of living in a capitalist, democratic society is that as consumers we can choose where we spend our money. If we don’t like a particular company’s products or services (or even its policies, board members, or the color of its logo), we can choose to give our money to a different company. Unfortunately, that ideal is often less a reality than we would like...

Friday, December 3, 2010


Notes From the Technoground: Mission—Stream Everything, Everywhere!
The Orb Music Player sets me off on a quest to set up the ultimate media-streaming arrangement for my movies, music and photos. See how I got a third of the way there...
I like to take my media with me wherever I go. That’s why my iPhone is filled to the gills with my favorite music, videos, podcasts, recent photos, and even the odd audiobook. The trouble is, I can’t fit it all on my iPhone. My entire iTunes music library is currently at 6,568 items (iTunes reports that's 30.5 days worth of music) and takes up 65.28GB of space. It’s not that there’s so much I want to listen to at any given moment; I just like to know that I can access whatever I want, whenever I want. For instance, there have been occasions where I wanted to play a song for someone, but I couldn’t, because it wasn’t currently residing on my iPhone...