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The Best Gifts
by Sally Wiener Grotta

December 17, 2011

Tags: Sally's entries, Lexar Media, Backup, Norton Ghost, HP Z800 workstation, USB 3.0, Optimizing computer performance, Sally's photography

My aunt Hetty was a remarkable woman a combination of the aunties from Gigi and an Auntie Mame. I learned so much from her about people and life and living fully within this remarkable world of ours. I remember Hetty once chastised my sister when we were both very young, after Amy asked Hetty what she wanted for her birthday. "How can you not know what I want? If you listen to a person, you'll know exactly what it is she wants and needs. But it takes really paying attention to the other person."

Over the past month, I learned that (more…)

QuickOffice Pro HD: Bringing Office to the iPad

December 14, 2011

Tags: iPad, iPad Apps, Software reviews, QuickOffice, MS Office

Although not without some limitations, the iPad version of Quickoffice Quickoffice Pro HD ($19.99) can quickly become indispensable for storing and sharing files in the cloud, as well as for creating, editing, and viewing word processing docs, spreadsheets and presentations geared to....
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Adobe Announces Lightroom 3.6 and Camera Raw 6.6 Final Releases

December 13, 2011

Tags: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw, Software

If you use Adobe Lightroom or Camera Raw, new updates are available online for registered users of the current versions. Just click on Update in the programs' Help menu.

Cool iPad Accessories

December 13, 2011

Tags: iPad, Hardware reviews, Gadgets

What makes a product cool? Besides being practical or exotic or fun, the product exhibits a certain style, flair and panache. Here's a sampling of a dozen carefully selected add-ons that iPad owners might love to see under their Christmas trees or Hanukkah menorahs -- or anywhere, at any time of year....,
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LG External Blu-ray Disc Rewriter BE12LU38 (With Millenniata M-Disc Technology) Review and Ratings

December 12, 2011

Tags: DVD Drive, Hardware Reviews, Blu-Ray, M-Disc, Computer Shopper

Millenniata, a Utah-based startup, believes that it has the answer for reliable data archiving using optical discs, with its innovative M-Disc technology. In M-Disc, the company claims to have manufactured recordable DVDs with a thousand-year lifespan...

Read our review of the LGBlu-Ray Disc Rewriter with Milleniata M-Disc Technology on

Roundup of PDF Apps for the iPad

December 12, 2011

Tags: iPad, PDF, Adobe Acrobat, Apps

Roundup of PDF Apps for the iPad

We tested a number of PDF (Acrobat) apps for the iPad.
Here are our findings and recommendations on