RAVPower RP-PB19 Deluxe 15000mAh Portable Charger

Every year, our power needs grow. Tablets get bigger, phones get more needy. Portable power is pretty much a must for anyone travelling or for someone that works away from a power source all day. The good news is – there are hundreds (if not THOUSANDS) of choices for portable external battery chargers. The bad…

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

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TaoTronics Elune TT-DL01 Dimmable LED Desk Lamp

Typically, I wouldn’t review a lamp.  Once again, my wife was the guilty party – wanting something to craft with next to her chair. Whenever my wife goes all Zen over something, I start learning things.  Like artificial light is bad for cross stitching. I will spare you the lecture on how similar colors are…

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

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Plex – The (Near) Perfect Solution for Personal Media

I have a lot of media.  I own several thousand DVDs and Blu rays.  I have collected a lot of media from the internet.  I prefer to OWN (and store) the media I have.  I don’t like Netflix and I don’t like Hulu.  These aren’t solutions for me.  I am paying a lot of money…

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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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Television Intros: A Look at 25 All-Time Greats

Before we look at twenty five of the greatest TV show introduction videos, I’d like to put forward that these aren’t THE TOP 25 intros of all time. Obviously, these lists are always subjective – usually determined by what the writer remembers from his own frame of references. Much like video games, music and other…

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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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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…

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

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Game Frames

Some guys have wives that let them put whatever they want on the walls.  Unfortunately, most of us must resign the designing of our walls to our “better half”.  After all, game boxes and movie cases aren’t exactly Rembrandt.  As such, many gaming fanatics like myself must hide our boxes away in drawers, closets or…

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

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