Archive for January, 2014

Tech Frustration Friday For 1/31/14

Posted January 31, 2014 By Mom

As anyone who has a cat knows: cats REALLY love laptop computers.    

  I can’t count the number of times in any given day that someone posts an urban legend online, all in a panic over kids being stabbed by drug-filled hypodermic needles in McDonald’s ball pits, rapists using children to lure their victims, that the surfaces of cut onions are more likely to cause food poisoning […]

  You may have heard that many public and corporate libraries now offer ebook lending, and OverDrive is the app that makes it possible to read those borrowed ebooks (and use other borrowed digital content, like audiobooks) on your various portable devices. In this article I’m linking to the Android / Kindle Fire version in […]

Not All Information Gathering Is Spyware

Posted January 28, 2014 By Mom

  Lately I’ve noticed that there’s a lot of paranoia out there among consumers, and this is leading to a HUGE disconnect between the technology they want and an understanding of what’s required to create that stuff. For example, consider the NEST “smart” thermostat. If you ask the average homeowner if he’d like to have […]

Should I Run My Own Personal Cloud Server?

Posted January 27, 2014 By Mom

I’ve been seeing a lot of TV ads lately for ‘personal cloud’ servers: computer hardware that allows you to have your own, personal Cloud storage and remote access like what you may already have through Amazon or iTunes, but totally under your control. This idea appeals to a lot of people who have privacy concerns, […]