PSB M4U1 Headphone Review

PSB M4U1 Headphone Review

Posted by bhall

After quite a bit of research, I think I’ve found my perfect pair of headphones, designed right here in Ontario. The PSB M4U1 offers a fantastic listening experience.

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Toshiba R600 Review

Toshiba R600 Review

Posted by bhall

Step in the way-back machine while I review a remarkable laptop from 2009 that in many ways can go toe-to-toe with the latest Ultrabook.

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BlackBerry Z30 Review

BlackBerry Z30 Review

Posted by bhall

Exquisite. That is undeniably the best word to describe the BlackBerry Z30. It’s been my daily phone since I bought it.

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Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

Posted by bhall

The summary: The 1020 is a one-trick pony, but it is an excellent trick. If I wasn’t so smitten with BlackBerry OS, this is the phone I’d use.

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Back on the horse

Back on the horse

Posted by bhall

I haven’t posted much on this site for most of 2014. I’m not going to write more about it here but the short version is that, personally, we’ve been through the ringer in 2014.

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Congratulations Ubuntu

Congratulations Ubuntu

Posted by bhall

PPAs, LTS, Ubuntu One, Mir, Unity, JeOS, juju, DevOps, OpenStack, Ubuntu TV, Ubuntu Touch, Ubuntu Phone, Wubi, Steam support. Wow.

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Ubuntu Awesomeness

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OK, so I do worry about Canonical from time to time, but this should in no way be taken as a slight against Ubuntu. I think it’s fabulous for a host of reasons. Here’s a new one: The LTS Enablement Stack. Let me explain…

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Handy Unix sorts

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Time for a few shell tips and tricks:

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BlackBerry Efficiency

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I’ve been happily using a BlackBerry 10 device for over a year now and I’m still amazed at how much I can get done on this device.

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GoSaBe servers unaffected by Heartbleed (Whew.)

GoSaBe servers unaffected by Heartbleed (Whew.)

Posted by bhall

There’s been a lot of press coverage of the OpenSSL bug affectionately called Heartbleed. (And for good reason. It’s a nasty one.) I’m happy to report that GoSaBe’s servers are unaffected by this bug, though if you’re recycled a password, it would be prudent to change it.  

What’s going on at Canonical?

What’s going on at Canonical?

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With the imminent release of Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu Phone set to launch later this year, Canonical announces it’s plan to discontinue key media and cloud syncing pieces.  What’s going on?

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BlackBerry Q5 Mini Review

BlackBerry Q5 Mini Review

Posted by bhall

I’ve happily been in BlackBerry 10 land for over a year now. I love it. As far as I’m concerned, there’s still no better all-around device than the BlackBerry Z10 and no more efficient OS than BlackBerry 10. That said, despite great hardware and better software, BlackBerry is on the ropes and their devices have […]

A year of BlackBerry 10

A year of BlackBerry 10

Posted by bhall

Today marks a year of daily use with my BlackBerry Z10, which I bought a couple of days after Koodo Kingston started stocking them. In my opinion, it’s still the best all-around smartphone on the market.

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Elementary OS update: Mostly great!

Posted by bhall

I’ve been running with Elementary OS for a bit now, and on balance am quite pleased with the experience. Enough so that I’ve moved to it at work too. It’s quite stable, looks great, and is a bit faster than Unity. Not bad! However, it hasn’t been perfect. For instance, getting a bluetooth connection that […]

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Clean up Mac OSX’s litter

Posted by bhall

I like MacOS, really I do. However, I don’t like the .DS_Store files that it leaves everywhere. Here’s how to ditch them:

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