My Technology Wish List

By Joanna Cabot
January 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

An article in today’s Morning Links has GigaOM’s Mark Crump explaining why 2014 will be the “year of the iPad” for him. It basically comes down to this: the iPad can’t do every computing task he wants to do. But it can do all the ones he needs to do on the go. So [...]

Is the ‘thrill of ebooks’ gone? A NYT letter writer weighs in

By Dan Bloom
January 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Fred Fenton is a retired Episcopal priest who lives in Concord, California and follows technology news on a daily basis. In a letter to the editor published in the New York Times last December, he wrote that a Times article headlined “Booksellers Wary About Holiday Sales” had noted that [...]

When texting in Japan, do as the Japanese do

By Dan Bloom
January 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Texting slang is not just the homegrown “argot” of English-speaking nations, of course, and as social media platforms expand worldwide, new slang expressions are coming to the fore in Asian nations as well, as Japanese, Taiwanese and Vietnamese netizens claim their own cool words for [...]

Kobo Glo: A Port After the Storm

By libertyc
December 24, 2013 // 2 Comments

I’m sitting in a coffee shop right now, typing this on my phone (which is sharing a power bar with six other phones) and enjoying my first hot drink since Saturday. We have had no power since then and this toasted s’mores hot chocolate is the first thing I have eaten that’s not a [...]

Do You Have Gadget Regret?

By libertyc
November 19, 2013 // 7 Comments

The iPad Air has me regretting my Mini a little. When I got the Mini, I was in search of the lightest and smallest Apple tablet I could get. Now that the Air is out though, I am reconsidering. A full-size tablet, but with the Mini’s weight? That is compelling to me. I am not in such a hurry [...]

In tech-savvy Philippines, 'digital humanitarians' playing big role in disaster response and recovery

By libertyc
November 15, 2013 // 2 Comments

The Philippines is a tech-savvy country and is one of the top global providers of Information Techology (IT)-BPO services in Asia. In Manila, everyone has a cellphone and text messaging is part of daily life. And yet when Super Typhoon Haiyian (Yolanda) hit the island nation this month, technology [...]

Something To Remember As We Read This Blog

By libertyc
November 13, 2013 // 1 Comment

I had a bit of a technology shock the other day. I was telling the Beloved about Kindle Match, the latest customer-grabber from Amazon, where you can get ebook copies of some of your past purchases on the cheap, and instead of debating with interest as he usually does, he shrugged and went back to [...]

Living off the wired grid and still enjoying a connected life

By libertyc
November 8, 2013 // 3 Comments

I have never owned a computer, or a laptop or a notebook or an iPad or an iPhone or smartphone, and the only technology I have in my apartment is a TV set. Yes, I am a news junkie and I like my CNN and I like my MTV and I like all my local TV channels in Taiwan, too, even though I cannot  [...]

The constant din is other people at breakfast checking their messages

By libertyc
November 7, 2013 // 4 Comments

In an interview a few years ago, the British writer George Steiner spoke about “the constant din” that surrounds us 24/7 now in this postmodern high-tech world we have created. He was speaking of the need to find silence from time to time, to get away from the constant din of life and [...]

Disconnecting Completely For the First Time In Years

By libertyc
August 26, 2013 // 7 Comments

Everyone loves to write about disconnecting while on vacation, and about whether it’s a good idea or a bad one. (Uh, yes, I do put myself in the category of loving to write about it.) Anyway, my husband and I just got back from a week-long camping trip where we disconnected completely. [...]

How to Roll Out Laptops in Schools

By libertyc
July 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

MediaShift has an interesting write-up about a school district in Massachusetts that’s grappling with how to best roll out laptops in its schools. The article talks about the program in Natick, Mass., which involved issuing Macbooks to all students in grades eight through 12. The results have [...]

Technology: No Big Deal Anymore?

By libertyc
July 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

I posted earlier about the computer shopping that’s been going on in my family lately. Well, gadget lusts strikes again—the Beloved’s mother showed me a 900-page doorstopper of a historical fiction novel she plans to take on an airplane with her, and I commented that it would be so [...]

Toronto Stormwatch 2013: When New and Old Technology Collide

By libertyc
July 9, 2013 // 3 Comments

We got walloped last night with the storm of storms—more rain in one night than we typically get in a whole month, with consequences that at one point involved police boat rescue units paddling in with dinghys to rescue 400 people who were trapped for seven hours on a flooded commuter train. [...]

Rapid Technology Change (or, "Really? I didn't always have an iPad?")

By libertyc
July 4, 2013 // 10 Comments

Occasionally, something happens to make me realize how quickly technology changes. That device we “can’t live without” today probably didn’t exist as little as five years ago. I still remember a question my son asked me when he was about nine: “Mom, what Gameboy games [...]

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