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CalendarDecember 2, 2019

PC.net is Mobile-Friendly

PC.net is Mobile-FriendlyAs of November 29th, 2019, PC.net is officially mobile-friendly! This is great news, but it begs the obvious question: What took so long? Here are a few reasons.

1. The desktop version of the PC.net scaled pretty well on mobile. The text was legible and most links could be tapped without much difficulty.

2. Based on the nature of the content, most PC.net visitors come from a desktop or laptop computer.

CalendarOctober 19, 2019

Why I Returned the iPhone 11 Pro

Why I Returned the iPhone 11 ProOh no... it happened again.

I returned the iPhone 11 Pro to Apple and went back to my iPhone 7. It is only the second Apple product I have returned in over 20 years of using Apple products. The first was the iPhone X, two years ago.

I was optimistic about the 11 Pro. I had no doubt when I preordered it that it would be an excellent replacement for my aging iPhone 7. Plus, 11 is my favorite number, so I figured it was meant to be — especially after passing on the iPhone X. But after using the 11 Pro for a week, I still didn't like it.

CalendarMay 25, 2019

Free Wi-Fi in Japan, 5 Years Later

Free Wi-Fi in Japan, 5 Years LaterI finally made it back to Japan last month, five years after my first visit. I say "finally" since I had hoped to return much sooner. Japan happens to be my favorite place in the world.

A lot can change in five years, especially with wireless technology. When I visited Japan in 2014, it was almost impossible to find free Wi-Fi. Fortunately, I purchased a 120 megabyte data plan from AT&T before leaving for my 2014 trip. This was my lifeline as traveled up north, where English signs disappeared and most people only spoke Japanese.

In April 2019, the Wi-Fi situation was completely different. I was able to find free Wi-Fi in nearly every city I visited, including Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. I even found several places with free Wi-Fi in Iwaki, located 2.5 hours north of Tokyo in the Fukushima prefecture.

CalendarApril 1, 2019

Small Typo Sets Back Apple Design More than a Decade

Small Typo Sets Back Apple Design More than a DecadeOne small letter can make a big difference.

On March 19th, Apple announced the first update to its iMac line in almost two years. While Mac users were happy to see updated iMacs, even the most loyal Apple customers were left wondering — will there ever be a new design?

The "computer-on-a-stand" design has remained relatively unchanged since Apple released the iMac G5 in 2004. Despite growing complaints from Apple users, Apple has not strayed from the iPod-inspired design of the early 2000s. Finally, after more than a decade, information has surfaced as to why the company has been so reticent to update the design.

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