Author Archives: Mike Giles

About Mike Giles

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

Going Back to the Flip Phone

By | October 20, 2017

Days of Future Past 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… Read More »

Review: HP Chromebook 13 G1

By | October 13, 2017

Mainstream Chromebook 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… Read More »

The State of Chromebooks – 2017

By | October 11, 2017

  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… Read More »

Why do lithium-ion batteries catch fire

By | March 16, 2017

  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… Read More »

OS Choices

By | March 9, 2017

How you interact with your computer matters If you find it hard to use something, chances are you won’t use it.  That has been the focus of this blog from the start 6 months ago.  I like making things easier for people to understand the new tech coming out and making the best use of… Read More »

Review: Acer R11 Chromebook

By | February 24, 2017

  A lot of things to a lot of people The Acer Chromebook R11 2-in1 was one of the first wave of Chromebooks to offer the Google Play App Store.  I wondered if this addition was going to be value added or somewhat of a distraction from an otherwise great operating system.  I held off… Read More »