Need a mic? Find a Yeti.

In the last few years it’s got­ten a bit easi­er to use a micro­phone to record audio on your home com­puter — USB head­sets with qual­ity micro­phones have been avail­able for a while, but only recently have USB desktop micro­phones oved out of the niche and spe­cialty retail­ers into the main­stream, driv­en mostly by the […]

How to run your favourite desktop utilities from almost any computer using Portable Applications

In the course of my day, I use two or three main desktop and laptop com­puters in two or three dif­fer­ent parts of the city. And yet, work­ing on dif­fer­ent devices, I still have access to a core set of tools and util­it­ies that I find essen­tial to my daily work. Here’s how I do […]

It’s not the size, it’s what you do with it

Some of you prob­ably suf­fer from the same prob­lem that I have; it’s just not big enough. Sure, you con­fide in your close friends, they all nod sym­path­et­ic­ally, tell you that ‘size isn’t import­ant’, yet really, we all know that it is. Espe­cially when we’re talk­ing about hard drives in Net­books! …more This post is […]

Backups don’t have to be painful

In a pre­vi­ous post (on my per­son­al blog) about pre­par­ing for your Win­dows 7 install­a­tion, I briefly dis­cussed backups. Aside from the obvi­ous reas­on of hav­ing a copy of your imort­ant stuff stored safely, backups have anoth­er bene­fit; they give you the con­fid­ence to work on your com­puter your­self — not hav­ing to rely on […]