ExpanDrive – Real Drive Letters for Cloud Storage

Cloud.  Today, it’s all about the cloud.  Store in the cloud, work in the cloud … live in the cloud.  Google even created ChromeOS to embrace the cloud – and we now have laptops that do practically nothing unless they are connected to said cloud.  While you could argue the merits of cloud computing all…

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

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Google’s “Breakfast with Sundar” Wrapup

Everyone is being like Nintendo these days; forgoing the “all in” during big conferences – instead, setting up multiple, smaller conferences and demos regularly spaces throughout the year. On July 24th, Google presented “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai” to reveal new hardware, software and services. Let’s take a quick look at everything in a nutshell, and…

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

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Synology DS212j Network Attached Storage Solution

Storage. For almost everyone that owns technology, storage is the very fabric of life. It doesn’t matter how entrenched in tech you are – storage need eventually raises its ugly head. When it does, we scramble for a “storage solution” which is commonly equated to “more”; more GBs, more TBs (maybe even PBs for some).…

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

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Freemium Part Deux: DRM in Disguise

In my article, Freemium: It’s Real, It Sucks, It Really Sucks I discussed the latest bait and switch from the gaming industry. The concept of micro-transactions isn’t new; but now instead of it being an afterthought, games are being BUILT around picking your pocket, $.99-$99.99 at a time. Games like Simpsons: Tapped Out show how the model…

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

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Google Reader Dies on July 1, 2013: Why It Matters

Let me preface this article by saying I am not a regular user … of anything.  I use the web differently than most people.  I use my phone differently than most people.  I even use my tablet differently than most people. However, among the regular users of Google Reader?  I’m a pretty average user.  That’s…

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

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Google Drive: Why You Should Care

Introduction Cloud storage is big business. Everyone wants to handle your online storage needs. If you go searching for a storage host, you’ll see venerable names like DropBox, Box, SkyDrive, Amazon – and some names you may not be familiar with like SpiderOak and SugarSync. There are a lot of potentials out there, but which…

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

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1dollarscan.com – The Magazine Followup Review

Last fall I wrote a review of the scanning service 1DollarScan.com, a service where you send in your books and documents and they would professionally scan them into unprotected, high quality PDF documents. In addition to basic scanning, they also offer some premium services (which I did not take advantage of) such as OCR, filenaming…

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

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Subsonic: Why you don’t need Google Music

When Google flagships a new product, the media blitz is astounding and Google Music’s release into beta (invite only) status was no exception.  Unless you’re living under a rock, you know all about Google Music and what it promises to bring to the table. This all comes, of course, on the heels of Amazon’s own…

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

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