So Far, Next-Gen Is Being Won By Crap You Can Already Do

Progress! Turns out that what's next is what's now. After watching two big press conferences for two big consoles (Xbox One and PS4), it looks like the future is being decided by the present. » 6/11/13 2:58pm 6/11/13 2:58pm

Don't Buy New Video Game Hardware. Not Now.

With fantastic games on offer across just about every platform, with libraries that grow more accomplished with each passing day, you might think it's always a good time to buy new video game hardware, should you still be without one of the major systems. Mostly, you would be correct. But not this month. » 6/06/13 3:20pm 6/06/13 3:20pm

Hey Microsoft, Please Don't Let PC Makers Ruin Windows 8

The Windows 8 consumer preview is utterly delightful. But I have a huge suspicion that by the time it ships, it could completely suck. And that's because the people who make the machines on which it is installed will fuck it right up with a bunch of crap. » 3/01/12 2:40pm 3/01/12 2:40pm

Nobody Uses Their Real Name Online, and Other Outdated Notions

Usernames and anonymity have their place. But is it time to move toward using our true identities online? A personal reflection on the past, present, and future of names on the Internet. » 8/25/11 1:20pm 8/25/11 1:20pm

I'm sure there are people at Google who have thought of all these things already. It's always easier to sit…

This Sponsored Gadget is the Beginning of the…Look, Free Stuff!

Amazon's new Kindle is really their old one made cheaper by the inclusion of ads. It at first caused me utter outrage. I felt as angry as if if someone took my favorite book (The Silent World by Jacques Cousteau, in case you're wondering) took some paste, and covered up the dolphins and the last few paragraphs of every … » 4/11/11 9:04pm 4/11/11 9:04pm

Why iPads Aren't Ready For Classrooms... Yet

A tony prep school in Knoxville, Tennessee has made it mandatory for every student between grades 4 and 12 to own an iPad. That might be a good idea, someday! But being this far ahead of the curve shortchanges students. » 1/25/11 3:20pm 1/25/11 3:20pm

Is the MacBook Air the Perfect Traveling Writer's Laptop?

The 11.6-inch MacBook Air: One well-traveled, veteran author labels it the "perfect writer's machine." As a 13-inch owner myself, I'm inclined to agree, somewhat, with one pretty substantial caveat: Let's add "established" or something similar before "writer," shall we? » 1/16/11 4:00pm 1/16/11 4:00pm