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Right to Bear Arms or Freedom? Pick One.

I usually use this site to write about technology, but this week is so different for me. I don't know about my readers, but I have spent this entire week reflecting upon the terrible tragedies that transpired at Sandy Hook Elementary. All week I have bounced back and forth between anger and sheer grief. My heart goes out to the victims and their families from this terrible day.

The word “gun” is short, but it is loaded.
To Americans, guns represent danger, safety, fear, destruction, death, freedom and so much more. We live in a culture dominated by guns. The United States is the biggest producer and consumer of guns in the entire world. We are also the country responsible for the largest count of shootings and gun murders.

Just this past week, 28 lives were taken by guns. 20 of which were innocent children being protected by 7 equally innocent teachers who wanted nothing more than to keep their children safe. But they couldn’t protect them, and neither could harsh gun laws... because…

Apple, What Happened?

Every year around summer or autumn, Apple is known for introducing a revolutionary update to an existing product, something that exceeds all expectations and includes features we didn’t know we wanted until Apple told us we did. This past month, Apple introduced its long-awaited iPhone 5 and a completely refreshed line of iPods. While the devices are definitely an upgrade, there are no true surprises to be had with these new products. Not only that, but the design of the iPhone 5 has been known for months now. What happened to all the secrecy, the surprises, and the drastic advances that we’ve been brought up to expect with the introduction of a new Apple product?
It’s true that the iPhone 5 is unlike any phone on the market. It’s thin, light, fast, and sleek. The iPhone 5, which sold over five million units in it’s first week, has received unanimous critical acclaim as the “best smartphone available today.” The iPhone 5, which is more or less a minor incremental upgrade from the iPhon…

iPad Killer or Kindle Fire Killer? The Nexus 7 Review

Review Background

Ever since I can remember I've been hunting for an inexpensive way to carry out my typical computational needs and desires. Five or so years ago, I thought that was only possible through older machines. So I bought an old iBook Clamshell. It worked... but it wasn't fast, it didn't support some modern software, and the battery life sucked (even after I bought a new one!). Because of this, the next device I purchased was a snow iBook. Same problem. Next! I bought a Netbook. Finally I realized that I wasn't going to get away with buy all these sub-200 dollar devices and having them work very well, so I buckled down and bought a MacBook. It lasted me more than three years before the hardware just wasn't good enough anymore, and the trackpad broke. Now, I have my Dell Vostro 3450- the best laptop I have ever owned. I ran Windows 7 on it for about a month or two before I decided that Ubuntu would work best on it.

But I have never been satisfied with a lap…

Why Isn't Everyone Using Ubuntu? (Rant)

I've been an avid Linux user for many years now, starting with my adoption of Red Hat on my old beige box HP, going down to running Ubuntu 7.04 on my old Gateway 15 inch hunker of a laptop, and now on my 14 inch Dell Vostro 3450. I've at least tried every version of Canonical's famous community-supported OS since 2003. And I've also experienced such distros as Fedora, Mint and MEPIS. Needless to say, I've certainly gotten my feet wet in the Linux world, so using Ubuntu has never been anything new or odd to me.

There's just something so intimate about using Linux, from the installation, to boot, to use- everything feels more personal, more customized, more free. And isn't that the very purpose for the existence of Linux distributions?

This in itself is one of the main reasons I typically recommend Ubuntu over other linux distributions. It works with incredible consistency, is supported by an unbelievably large community of devout users, is super easy to use, a…

Google's Project Glass is the Future of Mobile Technology

I write about technology for many reasons, but one of them that I think is the most important, is that technology is constantly evolving. Sure, it's frustrating that it evolves so frequently that you may need to replace a product every two years. However, this is a big part of the cycle that keeps everything up to date and fresh. The best of the best now instead of later. Then again, it isn't everyday that a product released that will become a main part in our lives, and it certainly isn't everyday that the product in question only requires your voice. And that in itself, is certainly incredible.

Google did it. They've found a reasonable way to have a HUD (heads up display) device that is right in front of your eyes, yet all the same, disappears when it doesn't need to be there. It seems to be fully integrated with Google's services, and while it doesn't look to be the device for a huge app market, it definitely has a place as an inexpensive convenience tied…

Windows 8 Spells Out a Dark Future for the Platform

Windows has been built onto ever since Windows 2000, 12 years ago. Yeah, I said "built onto" as in, Microsoft has kept the same, unstable, decaying core of the operating system, simply adding on top of the framework new layers. Layers that are unneeded and unpractical still exist. Layers that need updating but are ignored still exist. It's like digging a hole in sand. It just keeps filling up, and you'll never get to where you need to. Windows 8 is bad. Real bad. Microsoft essentially took Windows Phone 7, Xbox's UI, and Windows 7 and mashed it into a bastard child only Steve Ballmer could love. Do you want to know what is wrong with the new Windows? Do you want to know your alternative choices? What about what you can and should do now to prepare? Read on past the break to find out why Windows 8 is a bad idea.

Apple 2012: Resolutionary, Not Revolutionary

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple probably said it best at last weeks' "new iPad" presentation when he said we are now totally immersed into a post-PC world, where Apple is at the forefront, and Apple has reinvented portable computing with it's iPad. But Apple also made a very interesting pun that not only applies to it's new iPad, but also to the company itself in this last year. It's not revolutionary... but rather, resolutionary. There have been countless huge changes to the company in this last year, but all the while, the company has been able to shift itself slowly in the right direction, making small changes to big things, and doing a great job at it.