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  • Can Keith Code? Middle-aged writer tries to reclaim middle-school coding glory days

    Posted September 24, 2014 - 2:07 pm

    Seeking to awaken the 8th grade programming wizard within, our intrepid reporter sets out to refresh the skills that had atrophied after discovering pursuits such as girls, college and beer (in no particular order).
  • WIN THIS BOOK: Help Your Kids with Computer Coding

    Posted September 19, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    Take your kids from browsing to building the web with fun projects using Scratch and Python. Five will win. Enter the drawing today!
  • 7 days with Google Glass

    Posted September 16, 2013 - 7:20 am

    Google Glass is not a product you can buy now, and it's not a product that the majority of people will want to have on their head within the next five or possibly 10 years. But here's why it is compelling at this point: It gets you thinking about what you want from technology.
  • 7 days without email: Taming the tyrant

    Posted April 30, 2013 - 1:21 pm

    Can one work productively without email? Kevin Purdy tried it so you don't have to.
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    7 days with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD: Revealing its inner power-tablet

    Posted February 11, 2013 - 3:25 pm

    Setting up Amazon's consumption device as a productive Android tablet isn't for the faint of heart.
  • Review

    7 days with a Windows 8 tablet: Not quite the best of both worlds

    Posted July 23, 2012 - 4:48 pm

    Can a Windows 8 tablet really be the one machine that does it all? We spent 7 days putting the Samsung Series 7 through its paces.
  • Farewell, Apple. Hello Linux Mint!

    Posted April 11, 2012 - 9:56 am

    After being seduced by the MacBook Pro, product reviewer Tom Henderson replaces it (initially) with the Lenovo X120e running Linux Mint. Here's how.
  • How I divorced Google

    Posted March 16, 2012 - 8:00 am

    In building the best search engine, maps, and Web-based email around, Google spent 10 years making itself an integral part of our daily online lives -- and spent the last few years exploiting that position with one intrusion into our privacy after another. But is there any hope of pulling Google's hooks out of our mouths? One brave man is here to tell us that it can be done. The first step is purging Google's traces from your browser, computer, and phone; next is the search for alternatives.
  • Can you do real work with the 30-year-old IBM 5150?

    Posted August 12, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    When IBM released its first personal computer, the 5150, 30 years ago, it was deliberately drab--black, gray, and low-key. That’s because IBM intended the 5150 to be a serious machine for people doing serious work.
  • 7 days with an iPad (and only an iPad)

    Posted July 25, 2011 - 9:00 am

    Can Apple's tablet replace all other computing devices for a solid week? Our brave guinea pig found out.
  • 7 days with Mac OS X Lion

    Posted July 21, 2011 - 1:30 pm

    Overall, in less than a week I went from hesitant about some of Lion's UI changes to being happy with most of them. Largely that's constant use, but as with any new piece of software it also involved tweaking things to my liking.
  • Review

    7 days in the cloud: My week with the Samsung Chromebook

    Posted July 18, 2011 - 7:39 am

    Steven Vaughan-Nichols recently spent a week working with nothing but a Samsung Series 5 Chromebook. Here is a day-by-day accounting of what he found. It's a tale of both triumph and tragedy. Well, OK, so it's really a story of what worked and what didn't work, but you get the idea.
  • 7 days without social media

    Posted July 11, 2011 - 4:47 pm

    For one week, Phil Johnson swore off social media: no updating or checking of Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, YouTube or LinkedIn, for work or personal use. He survived. But it wasn't pretty.
  • 7 days in email hell

    Posted July 6, 2011 - 9:48 am

    The author vows to read and reply to all email for one week. Can he tame the wicked beast?
  • 7 days using only keyboard shortcuts: No mouse, no trackpad, no problem?

    Posted June 27, 2011 - 4:00 pm

    A week of navigating only by keyboard shortcuts. Can it be done? Well, no. Not quite. But we do uncover some sites and apps with unexpectedly handy shortcuts.
  • Review

    7 days with the Chevy Volt: Gas-free and fully charged

    Posted June 16, 2011 - 9:38 am

    Dan Tynan likes paying $4 a gallon for gas as much as the next person. Which is to say, not one damned bit. So when the kind folks at GM offered to loan him a 2011 Chevy Volt, he leapt at the chance. His experience with what passes for Green Tech in Detroit wasn't what he expected -- in ways both good and bad (but mostly good).
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