Computer geeks like me love coffee, the stronger the better. We computer folks are also known for experimentation and a "do it yourself" ethic. Some of us even love to get outdoors and toss around a flying disc or football. What happens when you mash up all of this? You get the Aerobie AeroPress, the hacker coffeemaker. What Makes Good Coffee? Everyone has had a terrible … [Read more...] about Aerobie AeroPress Review: The Hacker Coffee Maker
Apple's AirPrint technology hasn't gone very far yet, but it promises to allow iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone to reach more-broadly into the realm of general computing. After all, who doesn't need to print a document or photo occasionally? But the range of AirPrint-compatible printers is exceedingly limited: You have to choose from one of less than a dozen HP models! … [Read more...] about Which AirPrint Printer Is Best?
How fast is a hard disk drive? How about the various flavors of SATA and Fibre Channel? Check out this handy Pack Rat infographic to answer the question, "how fast is it?" … [Read more...] about How Fast Is It? A Storage Infographic
The world of photography is like so many others: A vast gulf separates the amateurs and enthusiasts, from equipment to nomenclature to skills. I am decidedly in the amateur camp when it comes to photography, but I recently upgraded to a new compact interchangeable-lense camera, the Sony alpha NEX-5. It is an excellent match for my needs, allowing me to expand my skills and … [Read more...] about Sony NEX-5 Camera Review
Trade shows are a veritable swag-fest, some with great loot and some with junk. I've been critical of the booth babe and chotchkie phenomenon, but my friend Kevin Houston has a better suggestion: Donate your (useful) swag like backpacks and pens to school kids in need. Kevin first suggested this to me at HP Tech Forum after I refused the giveaway backpack I wouldn't have … [Read more...] about Donate Your Swag to School Kids In Need