Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE Phone Review



On December 15th, there were two types of people in the world; ones that had never even HEARD of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone and ones that were ready to burn down the nearest Verizon store if there were any other delays in releasing this device.

The consumer’s anger toward Verizon’s handling (or mishandling) of this phone is actually mitigated and completely understandable – especially as the story began to unfold.  The phone’s release dates were leaked by “reputable” sources, only to come and go without release.  Some dates appeared to be purposefully changed immediately after they were leaked; as if Verizon was saying “Now now now … no peeking .. and just for that, we’re going to delay it another week – just to teach you a lesson”. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Android Phones, Smartphones

1DollarScan.com – Scan your books to PDF!



The digital age has been good to us.  We’re able to carry around thousands of books, cds and games around with us in our pocket or handbag.  Amazon and Google have provided almost endless reading in the way of eBooks for cheap (and even free).

But what happens when the book you want isn’t available digitally? Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Computers, Miscellaneous

What exactly is a “tablet”?



After duking it out on Google Plus and screaming in the streets about tablets (what is and is not), I figured we were due for an article discussing the whole tablet craze – once again in the interest of serving my fellow man.

What exactly defines what device is considered a “tablet”?  Ask 25 people, get 25 different answers.  Here is just a short list of what some people consider “tablet” defining characteristics: Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Tablets

10 Things You Won’t Be Doing With the Amazon Fire



These days there are two phrases that are making me crazy: “Android Fragmentation” and “Amazon FireTablet“.  Both of them are deceptive and largely incorrect and this article goes about setting the latter one straight.

I’d like to point out that even Amazon themselves do not call the Fire a “tablet”.  In fact, if you look over the entire Fire site, the only time you’ll see Tablet mentioned is by reviews that are quoted.  Does that seem strange to you?  It should.

Instead of picking apart tech specs and such, I’ll simply outline ten things you won’t be able to do with a Kindle Fire that you SHOULD be able to do with an actual tablet. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Gadgets, Tablets

The Six Million Dollar Man DVD Box Set



The late 70s and early 80s were popular times for superhero TV shows.  We had it all;  Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, a live action Spider-Man – and of course The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman.

History

The Six Million Dollar Man (SMDM from now on) started off as a TV movie loosely based on the Martin Caiden novel Cyborg – about Steve Austin, a near-dead astronaut crash victim given superhuman bio-mechanical limbs.  With his special new abilities, Austin is conscripted into a government organization known as the OSI (Office for Scientific Intelligence – ran by Oscar Goldman) where be acts as an agent for difficult and often secret missions.

The movie was so successful that they made two more movies and eventually parried the movies into a full-time series that subsequently ran five seasons.  The show spawned The Bionic Woman spinoff featuring parachute accident victim (and Austin’s high school sweetheart) Jamie Sommers (Lindsay Wagner).  Both characters visited the other’s TV series in what is known as a “cross over” episode.  Often a two-part episode would start on one series, then finish on the other show.

Bionics quickly became a household phrase and the SMDM (and to a lesser extent, the Bionic Woman) became firmly planted into pop culture.  Toys, lunch boxes, action figures – you name it – you could get it branded with a bionic superhero. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : DVD, Movies/TV

Directory Opus 10



I’ve written reviews for Directory Opus v6 and v8 – and reused content from the former for the latter. In this review of Directory Opus v10, I’m starting from scratch. Surely I will cover similar topics but I’m going to take a new approach to this review than the others.

At first look, Directory Opus could easily be mistaken for “just another file manager”. There are many of them around, too. It seems the “enhanced file manager” concept finally started taking off and there are no less than a half a dozen, fairly well-known file managers floating around out there. Despite this fact, Directory Opus (Dopus from now on) still remains a mystery to most people – largely due to the fact that it costs money while so many other ones are free.

I’ve always said that file management software is a lot like anti-virus software and I think it is true now more than ever. People believe both products should be free – that somehow they are entitled to quality versions of these products. Many people don’t believe they need either one. Microsoft has “freebies” (one included in Windows, one you have to add on manually) and folks just seem to think that they are “good enough”. Lastly, both products end up being just as good as you pay for. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Computers, Featured, Software, Windows