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  • The In Sound From Way Out: Hi-Res Music Gets a Second Chance Online—But Do You Know What You're Getting? Published 8/28/2013 at 1:38 p.m. 0 comments

    Sometimes, I want to really listen to music, closely. It’s all part of my belated effort to rediscover a shred of inner peace. (The yoga didn’t take.)

  • Buying a New Television Set Is a Miserable, Dehumanizing Experience Published 12/5/2012 at 10:08 a.m. 1 comment

    Here’s what I wanted to do: Get a nice, straightfoward, not-too-expensive HD television set to enjoy Blu-ray movies and video games. Absolutely no problem, right? We live in a digital age of high technology at affordable prices. Picture quality and ...

  • New Adventures in Hi-Fi: The Audio Technology That Wowed Your Grandparents Makes a Comeback Published 10/31/2012 at 10:28 a.m. 0 comments

    I’ve just discovered the wave of the future: hi-fi stereo. It involves playing pre-recorded music via gigantic metal boxes that send audio signals through cables (actual copper wire!) to two even larger boxes called “speakers,” which emit the sound to ...

  • Microsoft’s Xbox Finally Starts to Realize Its Potential—and It’s Got Little to Do With Games Published 6/20/2012 at 11:47 a.m. 0 comments

    Microsoft threw down the gauntlet earlier this month at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, naming this as the year that all your devices—from your computer to your tablet to your phone, with the Xbox 360 at the helm—will finally all speak ...

  • The Stop Online Piracy Act is the Law That America Desperately Needs. Right? Published 1/4/2012 at 11:43 a.m. 2 comments

    Say hello to H.R. 3261, also known as the Stop Online Piracy Act, a one-two punch of government intrusion and corporate oligarchy that detractors can decry as the harbinger of the end of the World Wide Web from the convenience ...

  • Verizon’s iPhone Is a Nail in the Coffin for Our Resident Neo-Luddite Published 2/16/2011 at 1:02 p.m. 0 comments

    For most of its existence, Verizon was a safe haven from unwanted advances in wireless technology. A rich heartland of pure, reliable network infrastructure largely unspoiled by the rampant hardware growth that plagued other networks, Verizon represented necessity unfettered by ...

  • Webb Provides Ideal Testing Ground for iPad's Educational Applications Published 2/2/2011 at 1:24 p.m. 0 comments

    Way down deep inside, Jim Manikas is living an IT guy’s dream. As technology director at Webb School, it falls upon him to implement Webb’s ambitious new iPad program, a mandate that all students in grades 4-12 use Apple’s tablet ...

  • Mind the Gap on iPhone 4 Published 8/4/2010 at 10:09 a.m. 0 comments

    By simplifying nearly everything about the smartphone experience while simultaneously opening their product to outside development and locking down that same development into only styles which help unify their vision, Apple positioned themselves via the iPhone as frontrunners in next-gen ...

  • A 140-Character Sonnet Published 3/24/2010 at 11:04 a.m. 0 comments

    I used to troll dating sites for sport. A combination of boredom, morbid fascination, and frustration at my own inability to effectively communicate online led me to hop from one to another in a halfhearted attempt to find the Rosetta ...

  • Apple Tries to Get in on the News Business with the iPad Published 2/10/2010 at 9:25 a.m. 0 comments

    Apple may have nixed the Macworld Expo in favor of its own proprietary PR model, but if the internet’s reaction to the iPad—Apple’s upcoming venture into tablet computing—is any indication, Apple’s love of January unveilings remains intact.

  • Will Microsoft's Windows 7 Render Your PC Obsolete? Published 9/23/2009 at 12:08 p.m. 0 comments

    Operating systems are at their best when they sit down, shut up, and do exactly what the user wants. The truest test of an OS is how quickly the user forgets about it, and Windows 7’s greatest strength may be ...

  • Oontz Oontz Oontz Published 12/17/2008 at 2:51 p.m. 0 comments

    Based upon 1978’s MS-10 analog synth (get the name yet?), XSEED Games’ software adaptation of the classic entry-level KORG hardware marks a significant push forward in console gaming’s largely-ignored side quest to be taken seriously in non-gaming arenas.

  • Film Society Published 9/24/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments

    As digital cameras and hard drives have gotten progressively cheaper, we’ve become a nation of videographers, not only documenting the daily magic of baby dribble, but also taking our own stabs at the auteur theory with short films, fan extensions ...

  • Cyberspace Hero Published 7/30/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 6 comments

    Joss Whedon, the talented nerd/writer/TV producer who somehow infiltrated network TV with Buffy the Vampire Slayer a decade ago, has produced his own Web series, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and it’s a humdinger. He’s managed to infuse just the right ...

  • Short Cuts: Marble City Film Festival Published 6/25/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments

    It’s 7 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre when the doors are flung open by a brace of lissome volunteers, and the avalanche of filmmakers, film-lovers, and the merely film-curious that will form tonight’s audience tumbles into the lobby. Such hubbub ...