Consoles Software The Cloud

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…

About Shane Monroe

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

Computers Miscellaneous The Cloud

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…

About Shane Monroe

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

Computers Software Windows

Directory Opus 10: The Power User File Manager

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…

About Shane Monroe

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

Computers Featured Slideshow Software The Cloud Windows

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…

About Shane Monroe

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

Computers Featured Slideshow Software Windows

Secret Treasures: SpaceSniffer (Windows)

If you work with computers long enough, you’re bound to create an arsenal of “secret treasures”; little programs that you may only use once a year – but are indispensable when you do need them.  Every time you use it, you think to yourself, “What would I do without this?” and you wonder whom else…

About Shane Monroe

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

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NFC Tags: Novelty or Ready for Prime Time?

A couple months ago, I ran across something from Samsung called “TecTiles”. Coupled with Samsung’s Android app, you could use these stylish $3 each “tiles” to cause your phone to perform functions – just by waving your phone over the tag. From placing a call to opening a web page … turning on GPS to…

About Shane Monroe

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

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Five Reasons Why Everyone Should “Root” Their Android

Often incorrectly referred to as “jailbreaking your Android”, “rooting” your Android device can offer a wealth of new options and applications that can seriously enhance and enrich the time you spend with the little green robot. ROOT is a Unix term for the “ultimate privilage user” on an operating system. Windows users can think of ROOT…

About Shane Monroe

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

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DVDFab Media Player: This is not the droid you’re looking for …

  Blu-ray is a great format for high definition playback without compromise; especially if you use consumer Blu-ray set top box players.  Unfortunately, the Blu-ray format is also littered with copy protection.  This is seamless to end users with set top boxes, but for those of us trying to get these movies to play on…

About Shane Monroe

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

Computers Miscellaneous RandomPost The Cloud

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…

About Shane Monroe

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

Computers Miscellaneous

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…

About Shane Monroe

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