When my family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, last year, one of the biggest
adjustments was dealing with city parking. While we usually remember
what side of the mall we parked on, there was a time downtown that I
couldn't remember what parking garage we used, much less what level or
In a recent career shift, I went from an employer who provided me
an iPhone to one who provides me with an Android (Galaxy S4 to be
specific). Although I was happy to move to a Linux-based handset, I was
concerned about replacing the "Find My iPhone" capability that Apple
Anyone who knows me well enough knows I love mobile
devices. Phones, tablets and other shiny glowing gadgets are almost an
addiction for me. I've talked about my addiction in other articles and
columns, and Kyle Rankin even made fun of me once in a Point/Counterpoint
column because my household has a bunch of iOS devices in it. more>>
I'll admit, I've always been impressed with Apple's iMessage
program. With its integration into texting, it seamlessly combines
instant messaging and SMS into a single communication stream. Whether on
an iPhone, iPod, iPad or Macintosh, the messages can be seen and sent
to other Apple devices. more>>
I sleep poorly. In fact, insomnia has plagued me for years. As it turns
out, even when I think I'm sleeping well, I'm usually not. There's
nothing worse than a shoddy night's sleep followed by an abrupt alarm
going off when you've finally settled into a deep slumber.
Android is a lot more free than iOS, but there are limits. We need to break
At its birth, Android was the horizontal and open solution to the problem
of Apple's vertical and closed silo. On Android, hardware makers and
software writers could build devices and apps, free to operate outside the
walls of any vendor's closed garden.
When the Space Shuttle program shut down, I have to admit, it deflated
my excitement about space exploration just a bit. Although it's not fair to
pin the future of manned missions to space on a fleet of aging crafts
built in the 1980s, the Space Shuttle represented the latest step in a
process that would get us to other planets. more>>
Most people are familiar with Instapaper and Read It Later. Those types
of services are great for tagging Web articles for later reading, and
in the case of Read It Later (now called "Pocket"), they do a wonderful job
of copying articles off-line for reading when the Internet isn't available.
How many times have you heard, "there's an app for that"? But
sometimes, there actually isn't "an app for that", or the apps that do
exist don't meet your needs. As Linux users, we tend to like to scratch
our own itches, and if that means we write some code to do it, so be
At some point in the early 2000s, I got my wife a Nokia phone with a keyboard,
so we could text each other. It was a great little phone, not hard to use or
understand, but she texted me only once with it, to send the word
in late 2007, not long after the iPhone came out, she told me she wanted one.
I've owned two different Android phones since they first were released,
and I eventually rooted both of them. My Droid (original) was such a
popular phone that rooting it was very simple. I used my rooted Droid
until it wore out and rebooted every time I slid open the keyboard. My
second Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy S2, is the phone I have right
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