Anandtech has a review of the Micron M500, which is the first 960 GB SSD to retail for less than $600. Micron had to make some decisions to get that combination of capacity and price, so it’s not truly a no-compromises SSD, but like the article states, it’s a not-quite-a-terabyte capacity at the price that [...]
A coworker expects to inherit a two-bedroom house in the next few years and asked for some advice on fixing it up to rent out. It’s a surprisingly simple formula, really.
When I wrote my take on used-book sales, I originally included a question, then took it out because it turned into a sidebar. But it’s a valid question. Would I rather be a full-time author?
There was talk on Slashdot on Friday about reselling digital media, and typical sky-is-falling predictions saying that secondhand sales will drive down prices and drive artists out of business. “Look!” some say. “There are used books on Amazon that sell for a penny!” Yes there are. My book was one of those, until Windows 95 [...]
HP unveiled its first Android tablet this weekend. They’re not playing in the Polaroid or Archos space, but for $170–neatly between Amazon’s and Google’s prices–you get Android 4.1, a 1024×600 display, and a microSD slot.
Pricing collectibles is more art than science, and most guides have some errors in them, so large (or at least very vocal) numbers of people mistrust them. I still use them, however. Knowing how they’re produced–or would be produced, in a perfect world with perfect data–helps someone to use them to maximum effect. The principles [...]
Customizing Matchbox or Hot Wheels cars can be fun. I tend to buy representations of pre-1950 cars and un-hotrod them so they’ll look like they belong on my train layout; others buy them, paint them differently and put different wheels on them to make something different from what Mattel sells. It’s a job you can [...]
This week Cnet interviewed Phil Lapsley, the author of Exploding the Phone, a book about the early history of phone phreaking. Phone phreaking is absolutely fair game for the CISSP exam. I couldn’t tell you anymore how many phone phreaking questions I had to answer, but let me just say I’m glad I’d read those [...]
A couple of years ago, I stood up a WordPress server. I made no effort to tune it, let alone turbocharge it, which is a decision I later came to regret. If your site gets more than a few hundred hits per day, you need to tune it. If you want to get more than [...]
CNN offered up some good tips on saving money on tech. But of course I want to analyze and comment on it myself. Anything else would be out of character.