Monthly Archives: December 2013
What’s Inside the New Mac Pro?

Just published on Medium: a look inside the new Mac Pro.

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Think Different” was an Apple slogan from a few years ago. And the company has done that, especially when it comes to design, producing a string of computers and tablets that have different approaches to design. The new Mac Pro is a great example of this…

The Gadget We Miss: Kodachrome Film

Just posted on Medium: A look back at this popular camera film.

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When you look at your family slides from the 1960s and 1970s, they have a particular look, with rich, deep colors and sharp, clean details. But the colors had subtlety, looking bright and vivid without being garish. It’s an instantly recognizable look that comes from the film that was used to shoot the images: Kodak Kodachrome.

High/Low: SD Cards

Just published on Wired: a look at low- and high-end SD Cards, and what the differences between them are.

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So you’ve just bought yourself a nice new camera. You’ll need an SD card to store all those images on. Do you save some scratch and go with the cheapest SD card, or do you splurge and opt for one of those expensive versions that come with names like Ultra or Extreme? At first glance, it seems like a no-brainer: The cheaper cards offer much more space for less money. So, why would anyone spend more on a smaller card?

The Gadget We Miss : Tamagotchi

Just posted on Medium: a look back at one of the most annoying gadgets ever.

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If aliens ever visit the earth, they will no doubt puzzle over many of the things that we do. One of the things that they might struggle to understand is the Tamagotchi, a virtual digital pet that was popular with the pre-teen set in the 1990s.

Not Buying Refurbished Laptops? You Could be Wasting Money.

Just published on Medium.

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The manufacturers of laptops and other gadgets make a big deal out of the thrill of buying something new. And they have a point; there are few thrills as good as getting a new laptop and figuring out how much better it is than the old one. But there is an industry secret here: many people don’t feel the thrill, and end up returning them.

Review: 3D Systems Sense 3D Scanner

Just posted on Toms Guide: a review of the Sense 3D Scanner, from 3D Systems.

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If you have a 3D printer, you have probably downloaded and printed a few objects, and then moved on to building your own — only to realize that 3D modeling is difficult. Often, it is easier to model an object in clay and then scan it, or just scan an existing object. That’s what the $400 Sense 3D scanner from 3D Systems does: scans an object and creates a 3D model that can be modified on a computer and printed from a 3D printer or online printing service.

The Gadget We Miss: The Fax Machine

Just published on Medium.

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There is something to be said for pieces of paper. Phone calls are all very well, but a signed piece of paper provides more vailidation. And that is why the fax machine was the go-to for making sure that things were signed, sealed and delivered in the days before digital signatures.