VR in the house? – consumer’s FAQ by PC Guide

One of my last technology research projects years ago at Hughes was focused on visualization [1]. Visualization, among other things, included applications using virtual reality (VR). Since then, as noted elsewhere, I’ve followed the topic casually for commercial, industrial and consumer uses. But I’ve not invested in any consumer gear as yet. I’ve wondered, for… Continue reading VR in the house? – consumer’s FAQ by PC Guide

Multiple monitors for work-at-home

What with stay-at-home and work-from-home, I found this PC World article interesting. I talked with a friend over the weekend about using an external monitor with his notebook PC. He’d brought a 27″ monitor home from his employer’s office, and wanted to place multiple Office documents on separate screens. Note that the article considers 2K… Continue reading Multiple monitors for work-at-home

Is Windows 10’s built-in security all the free you need?

Here’s an update to a topic discussed in my January 31, 2019, post “Best PC anti-virus — free or not” and whether Microsoft Windows 10’s built-in Windows Defender is adequate for many PC users. PC World > “Windows Security review: There are better options, but not for the ‘price’” – Windows Security (nee Windows Defender)… Continue reading Is Windows 10’s built-in security all the free you need?

Best Mac anti-virus program?

MacWorld > Best antivirus for Mac: Protect yourself from malicious software by Glenn Fleishman, Senior Contributor, Macworld (Nov 12, 2019) If you’re concerned about protection against malware on your Apple Mac computer, here’re some notes from MacWorld’s latest reviews. Summary Best overall antivirus software – Sophos Home Premium for Mac Best free antivirus software – Avast… Continue reading Best Mac anti-virus program?

Lookalike web page addresses

Ever mistype a Web page address? Mistype the URL? Like typing “Gogle” instead of “Google.” Ever click a result from a Google search that looked like the site you wanted but took you to something else? With maybe some scary ads? Well, these two articles (links below) are a reminder about this common way criminals… Continue reading Lookalike web page addresses

Charging your smartphone battery — best practices

I’ve followed this topic for years: When and how often to charge your smartphone’s battery. What to do and not — in order to prolong the usable life of that battery (and so not worry about replacing the battery before you’re ready to get a new smartphone, eh). For many of us, charging the battery… Continue reading Charging your smartphone battery — best practices

Which Mac to get?

Considering purchasing a Mac for the first time or replacing an older one? Apple computers are premium products; so, congrats on your decision. If you’re a typical user, your experience on a Mac will be smoother, more consistent over time, particularly due to less housekeeping distractions than on a PC. And while Macs are not… Continue reading Which Mac to get?

Mixed reality — if the price is right?

I’ve been following this topic for a couple of years: virtual reality and mixed reality consumer gear. I have one PC which meets the requirements, but I’ve yet to make the investment in a headset. Now there are choices other than Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive if “mixed reality” is good enough. Price still can be… Continue reading Mixed reality — if the price is right?

Best video streamer — Roku?

Some of my clients are using streaming devices (or sticks) for viewing movies and TV shows on their TVs over the Internet. Quite popular — these over-the-top (OTT) services versus over-the-air (OTA) or cable TV channels. Personally I’ve used a Fire TV Stick since 2015. And if all you’re interested in is getting to Netflix, that’s… Continue reading Best video streamer — Roku?

Rose Parade — screenshots

My Rose Parade 2018 screenshots: Rose Parade 2018 • 42 items • Shared [Wiki] The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses Parade, is part of “America’s New Year Celebration” held in Pasadena, California each year on New Year’s Day (or on Monday, January 2 if New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday). The… Continue reading Rose Parade — screenshots

Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) — deceptive, insidious malware

This year I’ve seen more and more Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) creep onto some of my clients’ PCs. Sometimes their anti-virus programs detect these objects; but more often than not, I’ve installed the free version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MWB), which has proved extremely useful at detecting and removing PUPs. Here’s a link which describes MWB’s… Continue reading Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) — deceptive, insidious malware

4G Reality

Walt Mossberg’s recent article “4G or Not 4G: A Guide to Cut Through All the ‘Fast’ Talk” discusses the current state of mobile device connection speed. Of all the confusing technology terms used in consumer marketing today, perhaps the most opaque is “4G,” used to describe a new, much faster generation of cellular data on… Continue reading 4G Reality

HTML5 Video

I’ve been following the evolution of the HTML5 standard for awhile. In particular, what the new standard might do for Web video. Christopher Harrington wrote a good summary of the state of affairs recently: “The State of HTML5 Video Sucks.” The video tag is promising. I’ve built a few demo pages (see below) over the… Continue reading HTML5 Video

2009 Research and Development Summary

AVCHD MP4 H.264 (720p) video editing and playbackWestern Digital WD TV HD Media Player(alternative in some respects to Apple TV)EyeTV (ATSC HDTV / DVR for Mac OS X)Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard”Ubuntu (Linux)Hard disk cloningPC troubleshootingDymo LabelWritersNetbooksSQLiteOpenOfficeWindows 7

Skype Video Testing

Just a note that in December 2006, I installed and evaluated the latest versions of Skype for Mac and PC. I tested interoperability between Mac and PC, and video conferencing. I recommend Skype because of interoperability and the large international user base. I also looked at web cameras. There are a lot of them. I… Continue reading Skype Video Testing

Using FileMaker Pro as a GUI to a SQL Database

As of 11-17-2005, I’ve built a sample model for using FileMaker Pro as a GUI to a SQL Database using ODBC. My objective was merely to explore whether it was practical to use FMP (rather than other less “friendly” GUI applications or tedious Web-browser based HTML/PHP interfaces). I had found no useful examples on the… Continue reading Using FileMaker Pro as a GUI to a SQL Database

Another research topic – More DreamHost Goodies

DreamHost’s latest newsletter (Newsletter v7.1 January 2005) describes additional “Goodies” which can enhance client web sites, such as Bulletin Boards, Polls, and Stores. Here’re some excerpts below. — … we’ve converted the new “Goodies > WordPress Blog” area into the now-even-newer “Goodies > One-Click Installs” area! Everything’s just like it was before, except now you… Continue reading Another research topic – More DreamHost Goodies