On Sunday, April 7, every GPS device on the planet will "roll over" the date. This shouldn't affect most devices, but it's likely that quite a few will no longer show the correct date. We know this because it already happened back in 1999 and similar GPS date issues have been cropping up for the last few years. The good news is that all this trouble will soon be at an end, with … [Read more...] about GPS Time Rollover Failures Keep Happening (But They’re Almost Done)
Automatic is a cool idea: Monitor your car and your driving using a Bluetooth dongle plugged into the diagnostic port found on every recent car. But the service itself is frustratingly limited, a dunce driving nanny rather than a useful tool. What Is Automatic? Automatic is a "smart driving assistant", made up of two components: A hardware dongle (the "Automatic … [Read more...] about Hands-On Review: Automatic, a Nanny For Your Car
One reason the smartphones like the iPhone are gaining ground on purpose-built cameras is their instant connectivity: Take a photo and you can immediately share it on Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, or other popular sites. Wouldn't it be great if your SLR or digital camera could do the same? This is the promise of the Eye-Fi card: It adds Wi-Fi connectivity to most popular cameras, … [Read more...] about Introducing the Eye-Fi X2 Card
Remember what it was like to drive without a GPS? Sure, it's possible, but a good GPS takes it to a whole new level. Need gas? A Denny's Grand Slam? A detour around traffic? You've got it! And when the kids start asking "how much longer" you have a precise answer! Old-school server metrics are like the gauges in your car: They show what's happening now and can be useful to … [Read more...] about What is Application Performance Monitoring?
I'm a crazy gadget freak. My prime consideration when buying gifts is electricity: If it buzzes, lights up, or moves I'm all over it! Holiday shopping in the USA traditionally kicks off with "Black Friday", the day after Thanksgiving. Although not quite the bonanza it's rumored to be, many retailers do offer compelling Black Friday deals. Here are my favorites for … [Read more...] about The Best Black Friday Deals For Nerds Like Me (2010 Edition)