Jun 18

Logitech M600 Touch MouseLogitech has long been my mouse and keyboard maker of choice, and I’ve used their input peripherals for as long as I can remember.  So, when I recently had an opportunity to try out the Logitech M600 Touch Mouse I seized it, and wanted to briefly share my thoughts.

Apple was the first big-name company to release a touch-based mouse, the Magic Mouse, in 2009. In typical fashion,  Microsoft released a similar product shortly thereafter, the Microsoft Touch Mouse.  Logitech’s M600, therefore,  is the latest arrival to the party, released in early 2012.  So, does it bring anything new to the table, desk or sofa arm?

Not really.

Product Brief

The Logitech M600 is similar to both Apple’s and Microsoft’s offerings in that its surface is touch-sensitive (conductive).  But’s it’s also more limited; the mouse offers touch-based up and down scrolling, and swiping back and forth between web pages.  That’s about it.  There are no gestures – configurable or otherwise – though you can swap the left and right “button” functions in the SetPoint software should you wish to. Left and right clicks are achieved by physically pressing either side of the M600 where traditional mice buttons would be located, which produces an soft, well-oiled pop-pop.

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Apr 15

iMac as PC Monitor...? Not So MuchFor reasons too esoteric and boring to list, last week I decided to add a Mac desktop to my office setup. 

This week I set about figuring out exactly how that could work.

I didn’t have an extra limb to hawk, so Apple’s Mac Pro was out.  A Mac Mini could work, but would require either an additional monitor alongside my existing PC’s display, or connecting both the Mac Mini and PC to my monitor and work out the wiring, adapter and configuration nightmare that monitor sharing can be, particularly between a Mac and PC.

The iMac, on the other hand, seemed perfect.  With it, I would get not only a Mac, but a monitor upgrade for my PC as well.  This was a beautiful solution: I could leave most everything as-is, simply removing the old PC monitor and replacing it with the iMac. I’d connect my PC’s video-out to the iMac, use it as a display for both, and without so much as an extra inch of desk space used, I’d be ready to rock and roll with two OSes in a nice, neat package.  I could even sell my 22-inch monitor to help fund the iMac. 

You could almost call it elegant.  I’d found the ideal dual-OS setup. 

And then my “brilliant” plan fell apart.

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Apr 05

ssd_swapIf you have a large 1TB or 2TB boot drive in your Windows PC, you probably won’t care about this article; a few lost gigabytes means jack to you. If, on the other hand, you’re using a high-speed SSD as a boot drive, every gigabyte counts, and you’ll want to read on. 

Most Windows users with SSDs probably have either 64GB or 128GB models (256GB, 512GB, and other large capacity models are still quite pricey).  Filling these drives with applications, videos, photos and games is easy, but we expect these things to occupy our precious gigs of space.  What we probably don’t expect – and certainly don’t like – is having 10-15GB taken up for no good reason at all. And, for most users, that’s exactly what the HIBERFIL.SYS and PAGEFILE.SYS files do: take up space and offer nothing in return.

What follows is a quick outline of how to get rid of these two files and free up space on your SSD or hard drive.

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Mar 01

Dell’s first ultrabook, the XPS 13, is now available for purchase.  Starting at $979, the new notebook offers a MacBook Air type look and feel for Windows users, and at a lower price.

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

The XPS 13 Ultrabook’s exterior is a blend of machined aluminum and light-weight carbon fiber.  The 13.3-inch edge-to-edge LED display is protected by Gorilla Glass, similar to many Android smartphones and Apple’s iPhone, and the backlit keyboard allows for typing in low light (if you’re not a touch-typist).  Weighing 3-pounds, the XPS 13 is just 0.24 inches at the front, and 0.7-inches at its thickest point. 

You can choose between 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, depending on your needs (and your budget).  You can also select either a 128GB or 256GB SSD. Standard internals include 4GB of DDR3 RAM, Intel HD Graphics, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

For a limited time you also get a T-Mobile 4G mobile hotspot with 90 days of service, free with the purchase of select XP3 13 ultrabook configurations.

Find out more @ Dell.com

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