Author: Mike Giles

I just want to tell people about the products I like, and which ones to avoid.

Advice about Facebook Messenger for Kids

Facebook is rolling out a new version of Messenger aimed at kids.  Normally kids under the age of 13 are not allowed to sign up for a Facebook account, this is managed by the really hard to fool, birthday picker. Is this a good idea, to give access to a powerful messaging app with their […]

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Vintage Camera Review: Olympus OM-1

This post first appeared on my Photography blog: Zulu Fox Photo I am just going to say it up front, this is a beautiful camera.  It is nice to look at, it is nice to hold, it is great to shoot, with a couple of caveats.  I fell in love with this camera the first time […]

Cameras Reviews

Tablets: Why do we need them

Really, why do people want or need what is basically a large smartphone that can’t make phone calls?  I have written about this before, but I figured it was time for an update.  Turns out there are a lot of reasons, many of which I am finding out since I have ditched the smartphone.  A […]

Advice Reviews Tablet Tablets

Going Back to the Flip Phone

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Why, in the age of the smartphone, would someone voluntarily go back to a flip phone?  I can hear you asking, “You run a Tech Blog, why would you do that!” Well, there are a few reasons why I have done it.  I will try to lay out a couple of them here for you.  Maybe […]

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Review: HP Chromebook 13 G1

I have been on a bit of a Chromebook kick lately.  I don’t make any apologies for it either.  I have been using as my primary device the HP Chromebook 13 G1.  Not the best name but it is what they call it.  This is one of the best Chromebooks, I think, you can get […]

Laptops Reviews

The State of Chromebooks – 2017

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  It is not a secret that I am a huge fan of the Chromebook.  When it comes to a day-to-day laptop it is the best device for my needs.  The low cost and low power requirements of the ChromeOS means I can get high dollar like performance from a laptop with stats that would […]

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The latest from #madebygoogle

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Google no longer wants to be seen as strictly a search engine and house for all the worlds information.  They want to also be seen as a hardware company.  Stop me if you have heard this before *cough* Microsoft *cough* but maybe Google can do what the big M failed to do. With the announcement […]

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Getting Your Message Out

In the current world, we live in, there are several avenues in which to get your message out to the audiences you hope to address.  With that, there are several challenges that are created in order to elevate your message above the noise.  The old models and metrics of market share and audience reach do […]

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Why do lithium-ion batteries catch fire

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  It’s a matter of chemistry Lithium-ion batteries are in everything nowadays.  Their lightweight and high capacity make them great for all kinds of mobile applications.  They can be found in wireless headphones, laptops, cell phones, kids toys and portable speakers.  If it needs a battery and has a large power draw, chances are the […]

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Film Friday – Nikon FE

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  Welcome to the first of I hope many, Film Friday reviews Nikon FE 35MM Film SLR As I talked about in a previous post, I have been looking for ways to slow down and go analog once in awhile.  I stumbled back into film photography about a month ago when I picked up some […]

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