Jul 07

jetech-apple-watch-caseIn discussions with prospective Apple Watch users, worries about scratching the watch’s screen seem to be foremost on their minds.  In my experience with Apple’s devices, however, the screen is far less vulnerable to scrapes and scuffs than the surrounding anodized aluminum.

Apple 1st Gen Apple Watch Sport is built with new “7000 Series aluminum” that the company says is far more resistant to scratches, but scratching this section of the watch continues to be my primary aesthetic concern.

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Jun 02

Moving from a Fitbit Flex to an Apple Watch has been a mostly enjoyable experience for me, but one frustrating – and inexplicable – omission from Apple’s watch software is a way to view total calories burned in a day. My Fitbit not only gave the number of calories burned so far in a day, but also predicted end-of-day total calories based on my current activity level. 

But after days of searching, I was left asking: “How can I view my total calories burned in a day on Apple Watch?"

The Apple Watch’s Activity app displays a number of activity-related datasets including calories, minutes of exercise, and standing time. But the calories screen shows only active calories, not resting or total calories burned.

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Sep 05

Windows 8 Lock ScreenBeing able to lock your PC is quite a  useful thing, particularly  if you share a common space, have people frequently in and out of your office, or tolerate nosey roommates. But locking a PC shouldn’t require several steps steps.

It should be quick, simple and effective.

In Windows 8, the default method of locking your PC is effective, but it takes several clicks (not quick) and is buried in a menu (Metro > User, drop-down menu… i.e. not simple)

But there is a quick and easy shortcut for locking a Windows 8 PC, and it works for Windows 7, too:

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Apr 21

Samsung 840 Pro SSDI’ve written about SSDs several times since I first adopted the technology three years ago, and there’s no doubt that replacing a spinning hard drive with an SSD is the best way to boost overall performance of an existing PC (or Mac).  I’ve owned three SSDs in total, and am about to replace my current model – a 128GB Crucial C300 – with something newer, faster and bigger (in storage capacity). 

As is my custom when upgrading computer components, I’ve spent hours researching various reviews, benchmarks, real-world user observations, and recommendations from trusted online sources to find the best SSD available.  And in this particular hardware treasure hunt, I’ve had the welcome (and rare) experience of finding almost every source of information pointing to a single choice:

The Samsung 840 PRO SSD

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