what I use

What I Use

I get a lot of questions about the hardware and software I use and recommend, so I’ve decided to publish the list. Here’s the devices and services I use the most.

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Sprint users, enable Google Voice services!

Do you have Sprint service?  If so, I would encourage you to take advantage of Google Voice services. Some might fear the ever-growing tech giant for permeating ever-increasing corners of our lives, but I for one welcome our all-knowing computing overlords at Google. Seriously though, have you heard of Google Voice?  The service was previously known as Grand Central and was purchased by Google back in 2007.  They’ve been making steady improvements, the latest of which is seamless integration for Sprint users.…

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My Mobile Evolution

I’ve shared my favorite desktop apps and tools several times, now it’s time to discuss a device that is more intimate in nature. It’s hard to overstate the significance of the object that is so ubiquitous. For many, it is the first thing we see when we wake up, and the last thing we see when we go to sleep. It’s in our possion more than any other item.  It knows every person you communicate with, everywhere you go, and…

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Windows 7 Flies Faster on Same Hardware

Why do I love Windows 7?  Today, because it lets me multitask like never before.  Right now, I have no less than 16 applications running.  One of those is a virtual PC of Windows 2000 that I use to connect to my workplace (they use a legacy VPN system).  So really, I’m running two full operating systems and dozens of applications… But you’d never know because the computer is as zippy as ever.  I can minimize, switch, resize, move, compute,…

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Google Chrome blocks ads the right way (for them and us)

Google Chrome’s popup blocker actually allows all popups to load, it just hides them from view.  The popup doesn’t even know, so to speak, that it has been blocked. Content is still downloaded and rendered, off screen.  If you choose to allow that popup instance, the window is drawn and you see the content that has already rendered: no refreshing or reloading. I actually prefer this behavior.  When Internet Explorer blocks a popup and you choose to allow it, the…

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