Monday, November 28, 2016

Time Machine: PNY versus Lexar

Last Christmas and again this Christmas, I have packaged family related materials (video and pictures) onto a memory stick for the purpose of gift giving.  As such, I try to stick with low cost memory sticks as a worst-case scenario would be that even if one was defective, the content could easily be recovered from the original source.  While I haven’t encountered performance issues for this simple task, I have developed some preferences. Among them, I prefer memory sticks that are one piece, such as the type that retract.  I dislike those with a removable cover as I find I can easily misplace it and then waste time searching for it.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

You've had your 8 years...

I voted for Hillary and I’m still reeling from the shock. Like many I wasn’t passionate about either candidate this time around and in the absence of enthusiasm, I completely skipped writing a political post until now for this presidential year. If there were anyone less appetizing than the candidates, it would be their supporters and their detractors. While the yellow media was highly critical of Trump, they also had a fixation with covering Trump. Every Sunday for the past couple of months, I have opened the Times Union to see the talking heads in the Perspective section ranting of the evils of Trump. While I have never felt that Trump is a “nice person” I found it highly offensive for pundits to continually lambast him with socially charged labels such as racist or sexist or xenophobe.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Return to Apple Computer after 30 years

I became a quick convert to the Apple iPad several years back. I love the way that you can quickly turn it on and find information. I still don't like the way that the device is so tightly tied to the Apple Universe, particularly iTunes and iCloud. It gets very confusing. Due to both cost and Apple's tight control, I started my smart phone history on an Android device. I probably would still be with Android except for a twist of fate a couple years back when I bought an iPhone 4S for my wife and she did not want it due to the screen size. Somewhere along the line, I gave it a try and found that I preferred it to my Samsung Galaxy S3. As related in a previous post, the Samsung has a gorgeous screen and superior hardware, but the iPhone 4S had much better battery life and was much simpler to use.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

How to price an iPad to sell on Craig’s list

In a recent post, I referenced that I had recently purchased an iPad Air 2 through Craig’s list and was hoping to sell my iPad 4 for around the same amount.  I probably was a little over optimistic in my pricing.  In the end the “upgrade” cost me about $30 which I feel was still extremely worthwhile.  The strategies used in this post can be used to help price many other electronics as well.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Equal Responsibility

We’re in the midst of preparing our final child for college.  He is a senior in high school and my wife has been busily assisting with the FAFSA (financial aid form).  One of the interesting things about FAFSA is that the student is supposed to fill it out, but of course the student is not in a position to know much of the financial information that is required.  Thus, my wife “helps”.  But this year was different... a couple weeks back my wife came downstairs after a FAFSA session and related that she went as far as she could but was stopped when it required “Selective Service Registration”… and she relates with a shiver, “that’s one thing I’m not filling for him.. I just don’t feel comfortable.”