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Google Keep, Why Didn't I Know Sooner?

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I'm a geek who uses the technology at my disposal to my advantage whenever possible. So why is it a year after the launch that I'm only now learning about Google Keep? Somehow this slipped under my radar and that's odd because it’s the sort of app I've been looking for. In today’s world, we have a long list of things to do or that we would like to get done. Sometimes we think of these ideas at work, at home while playing on the computer or if we are out, we typically have our smartphones. Perfect! Now we can put this connected lifestyle to work for us…

BikeShops Go Where Review

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So if you have been paying attention to our recent posts as well as our FB page, you will have noticed that we have been enjoying our bike adventures. Well, after posting a video of one of our trips, an app developer got in touch and recommended his app. It's a bike shop locator for the Singapore and Malaysia areas…

A Bike Ride Becomes An App Review

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On Sunday the 30th of March, the wife and I headed out for a bike ride without a proper destination. I had considered attempting to go to East Coast but thought I didn't need a map as I had walked there before. I guess I had forgotten the directions and when we had reached Novena I pulled up a map on my phone and looked for an alternative location to end our run. Which didn’t get us very far because my new direction put us in the heart of the very busy shopping district of Orchard Road. So we sought yet another new route and decided to go back to my original plan of going to East Coast. That led to riding through the downtown area and over the Benjamin Sheares bridge. And then…

Dreaded Intentions

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Hey readers! Today is the start of a much dreaded project. My intentions are to clear my computer of all the photos I've taken. So what does that mean for you...

Why Not Demand More Design?

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I've wondered for years why the common household device known as the PC hasn't had a makeover to help it blend in with the furniture. I guess a few other people have given this some consideration, then modded various cases and come up with some really amazing works.

The Brick Is Back!

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Before moving to Singapore I had been working selling phones. So I know something about features people look for and how there are some things overlooked by the phone makers that well, I might have found the answer to…

When I Say Social, You Think What?

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I guess I'm getting old these days. Not exactly pining for the days gone by, but wondering how we got to where we are today. Back when I was a teen and later a young man, I'd spend a lot of time with my friends and family. We would perhaps talk about things that just happened or plans for the future or even speculate possibilities. This actual connecting with people was a healthy thing. Friendship bonds were made and memories formed that last a lifetime. But how times have changed…

Light Metering The New Old-Fashioned Way

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Hey photographers, I've found a free app for your mobile device that is really a great way to get that shot. It's called LightMeter and it's exactly that. It has a very retro style and simplicity about it. Yet I'm finding it just the thing I need when it comes to using a pinhole lens on my camera. You see, the lens I’m playing with is a f/97 and so dark that you’re not going to see much on the display of your digital camera unless it’s a damn bright daytime. So using the phone’s camera…

An Apple A Day...Or Not

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I'm sure most of you have heard that Apple has released its latest iPhone, as well as an update to its iOS that affects all of the users who have Apple stuff like iPads, etc. The hype has been crazy and if you listen to sites like Gizmodo, you might think, “WOW! I wanna get that NOW!” Though I personally envision the guys of Gizmodo in a dimly lit room, staring at their new iPhone with a bottle of hand lotion and a box of tissues (if you know what I mean). So what does it mean for us...

Microsoft Acquires Nokia: Are They Doing A Pepsi?

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Well, I guess it's a bit of old news by now that Microsoft is looking to buy up Nokia's handset division. Seems like a great move to some, seeing how this might make MS more in line with Apple when it comes to smartphones. And let’s face it, even back when I was selling cell phones for a living, Nokia was in decline and any phones carrying MS software was lagging behind the competitors in features and speed. So here these two giants can team up and perhaps make a great product. But I see problems in this…

What Will Your Computer Say?

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What do you expect from a company named Nuance? Ok, so they have a lot of really useful tools, but I found one that's well... Well, it’s about turning text into voice, and it’s hilarious! Vocaliser 5 for network gives you all kinds of accents to play with too. Now I know this is really more a simple waste of time for the most part, but I’m thinking...

Bike Safety At Night!

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So you're like me and not afraid of getting noticed. Besides, if you’re going bicycle riding at night, being noticed might just prevent you from getting hit by a car! Well, I’ve got good news for you...

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

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You work hard to make money, so wouldn't you like to save some and perhaps help the environment at the same time? Sometimes saving money means that you have to spend a bit more up front. I feel that I have to say that because I've had an argument over something as simple as buying toilet paper in a 12-pack when I was quite poor. I was told that I must have money to afford the $5 pack when I could have bought the 4-pack for $2. The real kicker for me here is that this person was a high school graduate and able to get a job easier than myself, a dropout. So having explained this, I’m going to break this down. Let's talk about what we have done to lower our energy bills...

But Who Is Still Saying Yahoo?

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As I’m sure most of you know, Yahoo has changed its policy and from the beginning of the month. I’m sure it was a way for its new director, Marissa Mayer, to show that she can help raise the value for its shareholders after coming on board with the company. That’s all fine and good. In fact Yahoo has made it appear as if it’s a way of helping to prevent scams and help people avoid content of malicious intent. If this were all, I’d be ok with it. But reviewing the language in the new TOS...

Step-By-Step Tutorial On Making HDR Bracelet Photos For Shop@AKAAWOL.com

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So here is the project. I need photos of the friendship bracelets that I made, and that I’m about to load into Shop @ AKAAWOL, this website’s new shopping platform for my readers. I want the photos to really pop with color and add some drama by having unusual backgrounds. Here I’m about to show you how I did it with open source solutions...


Long Live Open Source!

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Gimp may well become the favored choice as Adobe makes its ambitious move into the lofty Cloud. I’ve spoken with a series of avid Adobe users regarding the Creative Suite becoming a monthly subscription and no longer having support for the CS6, and there are a lot of mixed feelings. Some say they will just continue with the software they have, others say they may give this new system a try but those people seem to be more the professionals that require the tools for work. Then there are those...


Important News For All Shutterbugs Out There

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I’ve put on hold my really cool photo post to bring you this important news I’ve come across. The UK is passing a law that is quickly being dubbed the Instagram act. Most likely due to how Instagram had gone and changed the rules about your photography ownership. So why should you care? Who might this effect? Just about all of us actually, at least anyone who has ever uploaded a photo to Facebook, Flickr or any other social networking site. How so?


Expensive Alternatives

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There is suddenly a lot of talk about Adobe's latest release of Lightroom 5 beta. This for me was worth looking at, but I think it’s time my readers were shown an alternative. Lightroom 4 for the full package (and ya, I just looked this up) is S$178.75. This will allow you to manipulate the raw images you took with your digital camera to give it the best color and feel. But then you might need...


My Experience With WP

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I spent today going around in circles again over WP (WordPress). To those of you unfamiliar with what it is, it's a way to make websites with minimal effort. Just type what you want, add the pictures and poof, you have a post. It's so simple almost anyone can make a site that looks good with really minimal effort. So why all the trouble, you ask...


For Geeks With ADD

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Ok, so you say you don’t have time to watch all 6 Star Wars movies back to back. Oh, and you have ADD? Well, have I found just the thing for you...


The First Honest Cable Company

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I found this gem this morning and found it way too funny to not share. Having worked for a major player in the Detroit area and also having been an IT helpdesk tech, I have many opinions regarding the service they provide. I recall when you couldn't get internet without a tv package...


Website Under Construction

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Was working on updates to the site for a week. Tweaking bits here and there, making adjustments for ads and other new features. Just as I was tidying up, my good friends and wife all got talking about how to make the site even better...


Spring Cleaning

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I’m going to depart from my typical posts to share some insight with my readers. When was the last time you backed up your computer? How about reinstalling the operating system? Well let’s talk about some hows and whys...