Category: Reviews

  • Finally, a good Subversion client for Mac OS X

    If you don’t have a Mac, or don’t know what SVN is, please accept my apologies for this very directed post. To the one guy remaining, rejoice: For the longest time, there has been no good SVN interface available on the Mac. Windows folks had TortoiseSVN, and Linux folks wouldn’t be caught dead using anything […]

  • First impressions of the iPhone 4

    I had the honor of being the last person to get an iPhone 4 in Cambridge on launch day, wandering in to the Reserved line at 8:59, stupidly thinking the store closed at 9:30 instead of 9. Am I glad I braved the line and the self-loathing attendant with standing in line to buy a […]

  • Dropbox: How to REALLY not run a public beta

    Man, am I having a bad week. No sooner had I been burned by beta testing Mendeley, I get absolutely toasted by trying out Dropbox. The goal of Dropbox, in case you haven’t heard of them, is to allow one to keep a folder of files transparently synchronized across multiple computers (and the web). In […]

  • Review: Uppababy Vista Stroller 2009

    There are a lot of things to love about this stroller. For me, the best thing is that it’s one of the few strollers designed for tall people. The handle extends to a reasonable length for a 6’4″ person. There is no through-axle, but instead an arch that gives plenty of space for your feet […]

  • Mendeley: How NOT to run a beta preview program

    One of the (many) influences Google has had on the software industry is the concept of the beta release as product. In some ways, this is a good idea, as it creates a community of early-adopters who can act as a massive beta testing community, giving the company feedback on real world use and making […]

  • iPhone 3G initial impressions

    Last Friday (through means which I’m too embarrassed to publicly discuss) I got an iPhone 3G. Here are my initial impressions after using it for a couple of days. Screen. Visually, it’s near perfect. Bright and with sufficient field of view. The only problem I have with it is that sometimes my finger just won’t slide […]

  • REALbasic: Cross-platform that really doesn’t work

    It sounds too good to be true. Write once, run everywhere. (Where did we hear that promise before?) Alas, it is. I’ve been working with REALbasic for about a year, now, and my conclusion is that it’s not ready. Given that they have been working on it since 1996, I suspect it never will be. […]

  • For the love of all that is holy, stay the hell away from OpenOffice

    Twice now I’ve had it hopelessly corrupt a file on me. (What is it they say about “fool me twice, shame on me?”) Saving isn’t enough with this ungodly piece of shit. You need to run ten minute backups of the file you’re working on so that OpenOffice can’t kill it. The latest accomplishment of […]

  • In-depth review: Logitech QuickCam Communicate STX

  • Review: Olympus SP-560UZ

    I switched to this camera from a Canon A610 that died on me. The first thing I noticed with this camera is that the picture quality on my $200 Canon was better or equal than this $400 camera. The dynamic range is poor, with skies often washed out to white. Like many “super-zoom” cameras competing […]