A Writer’s Wicked Review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3Reviews on new tech are a dime a dozen online. But I’m not going to bore you with a slew of sterile specs on this little device. You can look those up all over the web. What I AM going to tell you is that I’ve been waiting for weeks to review this particular device. As a writer, the pen option (not to mention the larger surface/display) had me all excited before I ever saw one up close.

You see, the problem with being a person who loves high tech and “old school” manual things — both at the same time — is usually one of practicality. I may spend longer than necessary trying to make technology work in a way that’s not really suitable — for instance, I may struggle with trying to make an app, my fat finger and a smallish phone screen work (poorly) when what I really need to do is jot down something with a pen and a piece of paper. The problem is, I travel light when possible, and although I always have my cell phone, I seldom have a pen and paper quite so handy these days.

I was looking for something that would bridge the gap between a cell phone, a tablet and a Moleskine journal with a pen. Continue reading

An Android Camera Review: The Samsung Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy CameraSide view of GalaxyOk, the initial “wow” factor is pretty long-lasting. I love this camera. My 69-year-old mother loves this camera, my 15-year-old daughter loves this camera, and even my professional photographer and videographer boyfriend was impressed (and now wants one!). Verizon has this camera.

I was just thrilled to have the opportunity to play with it and offer a personal review of this new device. Continue reading

Want a Time Machine Function for Windows 7?

Automatically Backup Multiple Versions of Your Files From Hard Drive - For FreeSteve was cruising the tech boards this weekend (as he often does) and he found a great little utility for me. I thought I’d share it with my readers. It’s called DocShield and it’s a free download for Windows OS.

Why It’s Awesome

You can control which documents, files, or folders the program will back up. You can control where it’s backed up, how often, and the size of the back up. And it’s not just limited to backing up on the same drive you use on your computer. You can backup on the cloud, on your own server, on a USB drive or anywhere else via FTP.

Why You Need It

It’s not made to backup your entire system, but it will help you in those cases where you lose a particular version of a document, image or other file. Set this up and it could save you hours when your computer decides to crash when you are putting the finishing touches on that digital masterpiece and the power fails, the OS burps, or the cat jumps up for attention and lands on your power button. And the next time you have multiple versions of that all-important file, the version tracker will help you determine which one is the right one. Ahhhh! That’s nice.

Download DocShield for free now!

Hummingbird, Google, and Your Site’s SEO

Search Engine SEO for ContentAbout a month ago, Google quietly released Hummingbird – a change to the Google search algorithm. Unlike the Panda and Penguin Updates (which only tweaked the existing structure), Hummingbird represents a change to the entire structure of Google’s search engine. The last big change was back in 2010 with the Caffeine release and that was primarily for “a new web indexing system” according to Google’s blog, and was not a variation in the way the search itself performs. Hummingbird IS. Continue reading