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The Compleat Writer: The MacBook Pro DIY Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Hard Drive/RAM Upgrade, Part 1

Coleman's Law: Media content expands to fit the storage space available. One consequence: Almost inevitably, you'll outgrow your hard drive. How hard can it be to do an upgrade yourself? With the aid of some online tutorials from OWC, A. D. Coleman goes under the hood of his mid-2007 MacBook Pro for the first time, to swap out a 160GB standard drive for a new Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB Hybrid SSD 7200rpm replacement, and reports on his experience. Using the new Momentus XT 500 GB Hybrid SSD 7200rpm hard drive, and a touch of DIY technical courage, read on to see how the upgrade went!

A. D. Coleman, Posted 5/16/11

Review - Rango: The Video Game - An Imaginative Story in a Wild World on the Wii

In March of this year, Rango puzzled moviegoers everywhere with its pop culture references, slapstick humor, and inspired premise. Meanwhile, EA Games has been hard at work finishing Rango: The Video Game game for the masses. Can it settle down to provide something solid? Read our review to find out how it plays on the Wii!

Thomas Fogel, posted 3/14/2011

Review – Back to the Future: The Game

Great Scott! Marty and Doc are back in an all-new adventure from Telltale Games. Is it worth the wait? Well, sci-fi fans and children of the ‘80s can fret no more, because Telltale Games has released Back to the Future: The Game. Are you itching to time travel? Read on to find out how Marty and the Doc do it!

Thomas Fogel, Posted 1/21/2011

Review – OmniFocus for Mac OS and iPhone

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to get more organized? Would you like to usefully synchronize your tasks and goals between your Mac and your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad? We take an in-depth look at The Omni Group’s OmniFocus for Mac and for iPhone and how well they implement the Getting Things Done philosophy.

John Mulhern III, Posted 12/22/2010

Review – Hard Drives Continued – Speeding up data transfers with Seagate, Western Digital, Buffalo, Iomega, & Hitachi – Part Three – USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 Based Hard Drives!

Data data everywhere! Need to move it here and yonder in a hurry you say? In Part Three of our hard drive roundup we look at the next generation of USB 3.0 drives from Seagate and Western Digital, and FireWire 800 drives from Hitachi. Can one drive rule them all? Seagate’s Free Agent GoFlex series thinks so! Read on for our full review.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/10/2010

Review – Hard Drives Continued – Protecting data with Imation and WiebeTech – Part Two – Encryption Based Hard Drives!

Protecting your data in case of loss is an ever-present problem, and we take a look at hard drives based around that premise. Is it wise to trust our digital lives to our computers? Probably not, but with encryption based flash and external drives this becomes a non-issue. In Part Two of our hard drive roundup we look at drives from Imation, and WeibeTech and try to decode the various schemes available for consumers. Read on for our full review.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/2/2010

Review – Hard Drives – Part One – Life In the Fast Lane With SSD Drives from Imation, Intel, & Kingston!

Now that we entrust our digital lives to our computers, flash drives, external drives, and the “cloud”. One thing is certain in the digital ecosphere and that every year our digital needs and expectations grow which translates to new storage. Are you looking at drives and trying to figure out the differences? We spent the last few months trying to do the same thing. We looked at a bevy of hard drives from Hitachi, Imation, Seagate, Western Digital, and WiebeTech to sort it out and spot the trends. In Part One we look at SSD Drives from Kingston, Imation, and Intel. Read on for our full review.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/1/2010

Review – Word for Mac 2011: Both Thumbs Up, Part 2

Cultural journalist A. D. Coleman continues his discussion of Word for Mac 2011, which began with a list of his 10 favorite features. Now he addresses new options and deleted functions. Ever the optimist, he announces his plan to develop a complete publication-ready e-book in this latest iteration of Word for Mac, while offering his wish list of suggestions for things to come in updates and the next full release.

A.D. Coleman, Posted 11/27/2010

Review – Magellan RoadMate 3065 Commuter GPS

You can go home again! And, with the Magellan RoadMate 3065 Commuter GPS, you can get there without getting lost along the way or stuck in traffic. Read more about the cool features that this unit has to offer…

Nancy Burlan, Posted 11/27/2010

What is a holiday without a holiday tradition? Empty and cruel that’s what! Luckily one tradition still holds forth, the annual revision of Rock Band, this time Rock Band 3. The holidays are fast approaching, and with them come a new wave of video games, what to choose? We tested the upgrade version of Rock Band 3 for Wii aimed at folks with Rock Band 2 gear. Rock Band 3, which has been in the works for over 2 years forces the question; are the years of development worth it? Or does it amount to just another music game? Read our review to find out!

Thomas Fogel, Posted 11/27/2010