May 15, 2020
The Netgear RAX200 router is among the most elite routers available for home networks. It has the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology for wireless connections and five Ethernet ports for wired devices. It is configurable using a web interface and you can manage it with a mobile app. On top of all that, it looks cool.
But does it live up to the hype?
Looks aren't everything when it comes to computer equipment, but I would argue that solid design adds value to any device that sits in plain view all day. The RAX200's sleek aesthetic appears to receive inspiration from the recent Star Wars trilogy. It looks like it might just take off and fly away. Fortunately, in the 30 days I used the router, it remained firmly planted on my desk. The stark black design is not for everyone or every space, but I like it.
April 1, 2020
To curb the spread of COVID-19, people around the world have been forced to stay home for several weeks. While the lifestyle change is challenging for the average person, it is especially difficult for celebrities.
"Attention is like water for celebrities," according to entertainment correspondent, Don Tesh. "Without frequent attention, they shrivel up and die. They need the spotlight like a flower needs the sun."
Hundreds of stars have provided evidence for Tesch's claims. Several have posted blurry videos of themselves playing songs alone in their bedrooms. Others have shared clips of themselves cleaning their houses, making basic dinners, and performing other activities even normal people find boring.
March 18, 2020
And just like that, COVID-19 crippled the world. In less than a month, the coronavirus went from being a vague concern to affecting all of our lives. From school and event closures to mandatory quarantines, it seems every person on the planet has been affected in some way.
The economic impact may last for months, and possibly years. Around the world, people are filled with fear and anxiety. It may seem like a hopeless situation.
But within this crisis, yes – even this pandemic, there are things for which we can be thankful. Here is a list of ten things that come to mind:
February 29, 2020
They say you don't know what you got until it's gone. With technology, sometimes you don't know what you're missing until you upgrade.
I finally upgraded my old Apple Watch Series 2 to a new Series 5 "Nike" watch at the end of 2019. I should have upgraded a long time ago. Maybe I was nostalgic after wearing the same watch on my wrist for several years. Or maybe I was hesitant to trade in my old model because I was underwhelmed by the last two iPhones. Whatever the reason, I waited too long.
In some ways, the Series 5 is just another Apple Watch. In other ways, it is significantly better. Based on my experience over the past three months, here are my top reasons to upgrade:
January 1, 2020
Last January, I announced my 2019 stock pick — Western Digital (WDC). Before I choose a new one for 2020, let's see how WDC performed in 2019.
The price of WDC on January 1, 2019 was 36.97. The stock hit its 2019 high of 65.31 on September 13, for a gain of 76.7%. It finished the year at 63.47 for a one-year return of 71.7%. WDC also has a healthy dividend, which started the year over 5% and is now at 3.15%, thanks to the higher stock price.
My criteria for a successful stock pick are simple:
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