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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

Review – LV001 Livio Radio featuring Pandora

Internet radio has become one of the most popular ways to listen to an extraordinary range of music and programming. Internet radio is free, available 24/7, with more than 20,000 stations, but until recently it required a computer to listen. Now there are several manufacturers with a range of standalone radios that make it possible to listen without a computer. We took a look at the LV001 Livio Radio featuring Pandora to see how easy they make it to listen to your Pandora account and other Internet radio sources. Read more to discover if it deserves a “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down” review.

Thomas Fogel, Posted 11/14/2010

Review – Word for Mac 2011: Both Thumbs Up, Part 1

Speaking as a professional writer, after spending my first week testing a review copy of the newly released  Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, I offer herewith my nominations for the top 10 features of Word for Mac 2011:

A.D. Coleman, Posted 11/10/2010

Review – Sprint and Google Fight Back with the Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G against Cupertino!

4G is all the new rage when it comes to cell phones and mobile devices. It’s much faster and gives your phone more connectivity. But despite all the hype, it’s still relatively new, and very few phones can actually run on the network. So, when we received the Samsung Galaxy S Epic from Sprint, we were obviously excited to try it out! Read on to learn how it measured up!

Thomas Fogel, Posted 11/6/2010

Review – Using the Aleratec RoboRacer LS Duplex for the Mac to automatically archive your archive of photos and digital files!

One of digital photography’s and creative work greatest advantages is that it allows the portability of image and other digital files. Yet portability is also a threat to one’s images, videos, and work, since the approach that we take to store, protect, and archive that data becomes a critical decision. What is a photographer (or animator, filmmaker, illustrator, artist, or anyone else) who creates digital content that is large and needs long-term storage to do? Hard Drives and “The Cloud” are certainly options, but a tried and mature technology like optical media is great, but slow. Can the Aleratec DVD/CD RoboRacer LS Duplex for Mac and Windows makes it easy? Read our review to find out!

Harris Fogel, Posted 11/5/2010

Review – The Gaiam BalanceBall Chair can transform your time at your desk into an ergonomic core workout

An orderly, sedate office environment has always been praised for enhancing one's ability to focus at work, but it may be time to think outside the cubicle. The BalanceBall Chair from Gaiam can transform the time spent seated in front of a computer into an ergonomic experience that can help you sit up straight, strengthen your core muscles, and doesn't leave you hobbling out the door at quittin' time.

Nancy Burlan, Posted 10/1/2010