Reviews Archives

  1. Goodbye Spanning Sync

    I really wanted to like Spanning Sync, I bought a lifetime copy and tried it for over a month. However, I’d had to give it up and go back to my old solution: subscribing to my Google Calendars in iCal. Here are the reasons I’m turning Spanning Sync off (for now): It would somehow decide…

  2. Starting to “get” Skitch

    When I first saw Skitch, I have to admit I really didn’t get it. For some reason, it just didn’t resonate with me and I didn’t see a real need/use for it. I think part of the reason is the consumer oriented web site, packaging, etc. – marking up photos and sending them to friends…

  3. Spanning Sync Impressions

    I was initially critical of Spanning Sync1. I still think this would be better as an application than a service, but I’m also a pragmatist and since their pricing is reasonable I decided to give it a shot. Note: Make sure you get the latest version if you are running Leopard. I’ve been using Spanning…

  4. EVDO Over WiFi (CradlePoint CTR350 Review)

    Having an EVDO card is one of those “once you have one, you can never go back” sort of things. A normal EVDO card is great when you’re out around town and/or traveling alone, but if you’re with a group1 it can be a bit of a pain to try to share the connection. Also,…

  5. Two Word Reviews: Rental Cars

    Recent travels have had me in a few different rental cars. My reviews: Chrysler Crossfire – topless fun Dodge Nitro – underpowered unresponsive Jeep Liberty – surprisingly satisfactory Share your two word reviews in the comments.

  6. Finding Neverland

    I finally watched Finding Neverland last night. Fantastic movie, Johnny Depp quite deserved his Acadamy Award nomination. Interestingly, I think this is a movie I’d never have actually seen if it weren’t for Netflix. I’d heard great reviews of it from several people, but for some reason it just wasn’t clicking with me and I…

  7. BlackBerry Curve First Impressions

    My gear lust finally drove me away from high-bandwidth happiness in a somewhat clunky 8703e with Sprint to a nice sleek BlackBerry Curve and AT&T service. The Curve is slightly thicker than the iPhone and a good bit shorter. It’s more narrow and thinner than the 8703e. The size difference to the 8703e is smaller…

  8. iPhone First Impressions

    So I bought an iPhone. I plan to use it as an iPod (music and video), camera and as a development testing machine. Not as a phone. I’m hoping I can get this to function as a wifi-only device. I don’t want the AT&T Wireless service – or more accurately, I don’t want the monthly…

  9. HelpSpot

    A couple of months ago, we moved from Mailroom to HelpSpot to manage e-mail support for the Use Tasks service. We liked the concept of Mailroom, but the execution left a little to be desired. I’d been aware of Ian Landsman and his work on HelpSpot for a while, but hadn’t really investigated it thoroughly…

  10. OneBox

    When I decided to offer phone support as a premium support option from King Design I had to set up phone service that would work the way I needed it to. I’ve been using a OneBox account for this, and I’ve been quite pleased at the way it’s worked out. My requirements: A toll-free number.…

  11. Public Internet Access via FON

    I picked up a FON router when they were offering them for free a little while back. It’s a pretty nice little device and I like the idea behind it (trade some of your bandwidth to use other’s bandwidth). It creates 2 wireless networks: a private network that is password protected and a public network…

  12. Coda

    There have been lots of hubbub going on around Panic‘s new web development tool, Coda, and with good reason. Coda’s approach to web development quickly divides folks into two camps: those that love it and those that don’t. Of course, now that I’ve said that I’m going to try to place myself in the middle.…

  13. Invisible Shield Review #2

    I’m surprised at how much I like the little Canon I picked up before my last golf trip. The high-speed video mode works really well for dissecting a golf swing. The only problem is the beating it takes bouncing around the golf cart. I was careful to keep the screen side up to avoid banging…