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Presentation device: Logitech R800

September 12th, 2014 Comments off

I present at some regional and local conferences and at my company.  Any regular presenter needs a presentation “clicker”

This Spring I invested in a presentation device by Logitech: the R800.

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It comes with a USB, RF dongle; ostensibly for good range of motion while presenting.  Here you see it side-by-side with the USB dongle for a Logitech M570 Trackball, my favorite pointer device.  I’ve tried it in different configurations (with no other RF devices and even no other USB devices and on other laptops but always with similar results).

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Sometimes We’re Not So Good At Balance

August 25th, 2014 Comments off

I’ve enjoyed watching friends and even strangers taking the ALS ice bucket challenge (a viral, community-driven challenge that benefits the ALS Association).  As of Monday, August 25, 2014 donations associated with this come to almost $80 million (USD).  That is AWESOME and it’s been a fun way to challenge our friends to do a generous thing.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - myfoxboston

 

As much as I don’t care to see another “ice bucket challenge” video in the near future I enjoy the participation and relish in people being so generous in such a fun way.

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Waterproof photography: Some Results from Pentax WG-10

July 29th, 2013 Comments off

I’ve been asked about my satisfaction with the Pentax WG-10 (original post).  I’ve been more satisfied with this camera than I expected.

I was very concerned about the body being watertight when I got it because the door to the battery and media card has some play in it; it will slide a little from regular holding/use.  Happily the play in the outer door is inconsequential to the seal of the inner rubber door and it is the pressure the locked, outer door puts upon the rubber door that maintains the integrity of the watertight seal.  With a good 15-20 trips into the pool the camera has held up fine.

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Upgrading from HP Pavilion dv7-6c95dx 17.3″ to Toshiba Qosmio X875-Q7380 17.3″

April 2nd, 2013 Comments off

I was recently at the intersection of a need and an opportunity to invest in another computer at home.  Having switched from a quad-core desktop to a quad-core laptop a year ago I decided to get a similar laptop.  Instead of purchasing a lower cost machine I wanted to purchase a newer, mid- to high-end laptop.*

Between coding with some Visual Studio add-ins and editing large images and video I opted for a high performance Intel Core i7 machine with 12Gb of RAM.  I’m a fan of the 17+” monitor and spacious keyboards on those laptops so the biggest issue was processor, RAM and upgadability.

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Change Passwords Often – Hotmail Phished

October 7th, 2009 Comments off

Fox News reports that thousands of users’ logon credentials and some private data was compromised by hackers phishing Hotmail’s website.

 

This is another reminder (I’m included as well) to be vigilant.

  • Keep separate passwords for different sites (e.g. – Google/Gmail, Yahoo, Facebook, etc.)
  • Include a mixture of lowercase, uppercase, numerals and, if the site supports it, a special character or two (e.g. – #, !, $, etc.)
  • Change your passwords on a regular basis.
    One idea might be to change your passwords once a month, on payday or at least as often as you remember.  If you have to carry around a list of different passwords then that’s better than using all the same passwords and never changing them.
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