Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

A Defense of Traveling Without a Smartphone

Last week, my husband and I spent a few days in Montreal, Canada. It was our first trip up to the Great White North since moving to the Boston area almost exactly one year ago. I had heard that Montreal is primarily French speaking, so I was prepared for a bit of a cultural immersion. What I didn’t...
September 2nd, 2014 | Culture, Media, Other, Technology | Read More

It Is All About Presence

You may have seen a recent commercial that talks about all the wonderful uses of a pencil, as the screen focuses on one while the background changes to thematically coordinate with the narrator’s descriptions. After a few shifts, the background remains still and a hand reaches down to grab the new...
December 10th, 2013 | Technology | Read More

Can Microsoft Play with the Tech Giants?

Spoiler alert: I think Microsoft is one of the tech giants. When characterizing the technology wars of our age, I suspect many of us come up with the right wars. We think PC vs. Mac for home computers, we think Google and Apple for smartphones (though Microsoft is coming up in this area rather nicely),...
December 5th, 2012 | Technology | Read More

Microsoft Surface: A Brief Review (of sorts)

Reviews of the new Microsoft’s new Surface tablet suck. There, I said it. Someone had to! Mossberg gives his thoughts on it, David Pogue opines about it, Josh Toplosky reviews it, everybody has something to say about this new piece of technology from Microsoft. They break down this new gadget in every...
November 6th, 2012 | Technology | Read More

I like my iPhone, and Jesus does, too

“In the early Christian icons,” my priest explained. “You can tell the Christians from the non-Christians by the technology they’re using. The non-Christians are reading from old scrolls, but the Christians stand flipping cooly through books in the codex form. The early Christians...
October 29th, 2012 | Education, Technology | Read More

#FirstWorldProblems

I hate it when I check my food order after I pull out of the drive through, and I have to walk inside to ask them to fix it. How does that complaint strike you?  Mildly amusing?  Ironic?  Or are you offended at my callousness toward those who are actually suffering? The Twitter hashtag #FirstWorldProblems...
October 12th, 2012 | Ethics, Media, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy, Politics, Social Justice, Technology | Read More

Spellcheque

When I made my last laptop upgrade (about a year ago), I switched to a different chat program. I’d been using one that functioned very well for my little netbook, but with more screen real estate, I decided to return to a program I had abandoned years ago, right around the time that my friends...
October 5th, 2012 | Featured, Technology | Read More

Sensationalism and the iPhone: Where Did Thoughtful Blogging Go?

Incendiary pieces about Apple’s newly announced iPhone (the curiously-named iPhone 5) are a dime a dozen, that is to say, they’re extremely common and of no particular value. A quick internet search will return literally thousands of articles regarding the announcement. These articles vary in their...
September 25th, 2012 | Featured, Technology | Read More

Mirror Mirror: the iPhone 5 and Introspection

Well, Apple did it again. They’ve announced and detailed a phone that will come out within the next couple of weeks. The pattern is predictable, which is far from a bad thing in the usually-in-flux world of technology, but there is something underwhelming about a lack of surprise. It comes with...
September 13th, 2012 | Featured, Technology | Read More

Microsoft’s New Logo: Representative of Their Direction

Well, Microsoft unveiled a brand new logo, the first time in twenty five years. It’s no secret around these parts that I’m a fan of Microsoft’s work, both in the mobile phone department and on their soon-to-be Tablet Surface front. This has been a heck of a few years for Microsoft,...
August 24th, 2012 | Featured, Technology | Read More