Monthly Archive: July 2011

Goodbye Wikimedia Foundation 3

Goodbye Wikimedia Foundation

It is with a heavy heart that I’ve decided to leave the Wikimedia Foundation. There are a number of reasons why I’ve decided to move on, but they really aren’t that important in the grand scheme of things. Like any job, there were times when I was stressed and there were times when I was ticked off, but most of the time I enjoyed being there. The main reason I...

Hands on review of the 4th generation MacBook Air (Mid 2011) 5

Hands on review of the 4th generation MacBook Air (Mid 2011)

MacBook Airs and I have had a tenuous relationship for many years. I have had an original first generation Air (Early 2008) unit loaned to me for the last several years. Sometimes I’d use the machine a lot and sometimes not at all. My main issue (besides my lack of love for Apple) was that beyond the size/weight, it just wasn’t that amazing. Everything about the Air underwhelmed me. Sure...

Prevalence of Free Wi-Fi 1

Prevalence of Free Wi-Fi

Recently, I went through several airports (RNO, SLC, ATL, MSP, and YUL) and became indignant when a couple of them (ATL and MSP) required a payment in order to utilize their Wi-Fi. In retrospect, I realize that I really shouldn’t feel that way, but it is hard not to, given the preponderance of free WiFi.

No AirDrop? You’re not alone. 4

No AirDrop? You’re not alone.

This weekend I upgraded my MacBook Air (Original Generation 1) to OSX Lion (10.7). One of the features I was looking forward to testing was AirDrop. After all, it is a new tech that allows you to share files (over WiFi) with Macs in the area without any sort of previous network configuration. Heck, you don’t even need to be on the same WiFi network. Such a minor thing can...

Hands on with the Acer AC700 Chromebook 7

Hands on with the Acer AC700 Chromebook

Last week, I got my hands on one of the brand spanking new Acer AC700 Chromebooks. I purchased this one over the Samsung Series 5 because the Acer has HDMI out instead of the Samsung’s VGA-via-dongle (it’s not portable if I have to remember 300 doohickeys to attach). My first impression with the unit is a good one. It’s sleek, well designed, and light. In fact, until you open the...