Living the Spartan Tech Lifestyle

102411_rg_SpartanTechLife_01.jpgWith the economy looking glum and the job market even less stellar, buying and upgrading new tech devices has been put on the backburner. Instead, most of us have had to tighten our belts and eschew splurging, focusing on the essentials. Of course, the fact we love technology means we’ll always have some in our lives, but here’s how we’ve learned to be more careful and considerate of our tech spending habits…

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Reading Ebooks without Ebook Readers

100511_rg_EbooksnoEreader_01.jpgOver the last few months, we’ve started to make a switch towards ebooks. While most of the reasons behind the switch are practical, we’re not using an ereader to read our ebooks and we read every single day. Ereaders are nice devices, but the technology evolves so quickly and we don’t want to upgrade it every single year.

Green Laptops: Going Eco-Friendly on the Road

081211_rg_GreenLaptops_05.jpgAs with green PCs, there isn’t much information available about the how environmentally friendly your current laptop is, but with a bit of digging, you can find out a lot about your next one. While going green is great, you also have to think about how long you’ll be able to use your next laptop. If you can keep it an extra year, you’ll not only save money but also keep the environment cleaner by consuming less.

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How to Reuse Your Obsolete Laptop In Creative Fashion

041211_rg_CreativeLaptopReuse_01.jpgWith many manufacturers refreshing their laptops every year or so, many people wonder what they can do with their old laptops. Old laptops, just like old desktops, can be used for many different things instead of just junking them or recycling them. From kitchen computers to media stations, there are many uses for these old notebooks. The trick is to be creative and not be afraid to try stuff out.

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Making the Best Out of a Bad Tech Situation

011411_rg_WellPrepared_01.jpgWhen life hands you lemons, you need to be able to think about lemonade. Recently, I ended up in the hospital, but something helped me spend those dreary hours in a hospital ward: being well prepared. For one thing, I rarely go anywhere without my backpack, and my backpack holds a lot of mobile tech.

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How To Direct Connect For Faster File Transfers

011211_rg_DirectCable_01.jpgIf you aren’t that well versed in how to setup your computer network, and if you are looking for a way to transfer files between computers that’s fairly quick, then you should try using a direct cable connection between them. All that you need is an Ethernet cable that’s plugged into both computers, and you’re pretty much set. Here’s how to do it.

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Are Desktop Computers Obsolete?

102910_rg_AreDesktopObsolete_01.jpgAs more and more people are buying laptops, it begs the following and immediate question: are desktop computers obsolete? It all depends on what you do with your computer. For a lot of users, laptops are fine, especially if you one of the more powerful desktop replacement laptops. However, in some cases, desktops are still very useful.

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Is the New MacBook Air Right For You?

102810_rg_MacBookAirRightForMe_01.jpgApple just released their new version of the MacBook Air last week, and slowly but surely the reviews have started trickling in. The MacBook Air makes a few compromises to achieve its extreme low weight of 2.3 lbs for the 11.6-inch model and 2.9 lbs for the 13.3-inch model. But is it the right MacBook or laptop for you? Read on to find out more.

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What Would Your Perfect Laptop Include?


If you’re currently shopping for laptop, or looking at the available options, you’ve probably put together a wish list of features that you’d like it to have. It’s true that not all laptops are created equal, and that some of them are just better designed than others, but what’s the perfect laptop?

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MacBook Air or MacBook Pro?

Sexy shots of the MacBook Air

I’ve been waiting for some reviews for the MacBook Air, and unless you read some of the fanboy gushes that I’ve seen, the MacBook Air is an interesting product, but pretty much underpowered. It’s nowhere near a desktop replacement laptop, and even though the booting times are fast thanks to the flash-based SSD storage, it doesn’t make up for some of the shortcomings, including a slow processor, lackluster battery autonomy (~5 hours), and not enough RAM.

The fact remains that the MacBook Air is a sexy beast. Heck, I want one, but I won’t pay $1,800 USD for one, which is what the souped-up model costs. That includes 256GB of storage and 4GB or RAM, putting it at the same price as the 15-inch MacBook Pro, which is considerably faster and is a desktop replacement machine. That’s kind of insane.

This also makes me believe that Apple is about to change their MacBook Pro line in the spring. They’ll probably have top of the line models working with their new flash-based storage. Now those puppies will be blindingly fast and I most probably will delay buying a MacBook until then.

No matter what people say, the MacBook Air 11.6″ is basically a netbook. Fanboys will protest, but yep, that’s a netbook. A really sexy one, but still a netbook. When you can buy the same specs in a netbook for about $300, that’s a problem. It costs Apple $718 to make the 11.6″ MacBook Air, so Apple will be raking in the dough when they sell these.

Still, it’s a great mobile machine, if you’re in the market for an ultraportable.