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CalendarJanuary 22, 2018

Wi-Fi in London, England

Wi-Fi in London, EnglandI do my best to provide updates on Internet access in all the places I travel. As 2018 began, I realized I forgot to provide an update after my recent trip to London. So... better late than never.

Overall, Wi-Fi is readily available in England, but still not as ubiquitous as in most large cities in the United States. Free Wi-Fi was particularly hard to come by, even in busy areas. The norm seemed to be the "sign-up to access the Internet" option, which I've never liked. In all my years using the Internet, I've never signed up for a "fake" email account. For me, it's usually not worth providing my personal information to a random company for a few minutes of Internet access.

Even Starbucks, recognized internationally for their free Wi-Fi more than the quality of their coffee, often required me to create an account in order to access their Internet connection. At least some Starbucks locations offered free Wi-Fi with no hassle.

The popular British coffee/pasty shop, Pret A Manger, which can be found on roughly every street in London, provided Internet access at every location. But... only after signing up with a valid email address. I suppose if I had been in London for an extended period of time, signing up for Pret's free Internet would have made sense, but for my three-day stay, I refrained.

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CalendarDecember 6, 2017

Looking for a laptop this Christmas season?

Looking for a laptop this Christmas season?The most popular question I receive at PC.net — by far — is:

"What laptop should I buy?"

I'm not sure why this question is so popular, but perhaps having a domain name like "PC.net" draws some PC-related questions. While I have an affinity for desktop computers, I know quite a bit about laptops as well. So if you're looking for laptop recommendations, you've come to the right place.

I just published my Christmas 2017 Laptop Recommendations.

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CalendarNovember 10, 2017

Why I Returned the iPhone X

Why I Returned the iPhone XI feel like I broke up with a girl because someone better came along. A few days later, I missed my ex and realized my mistake. Fortunately, my ex hadn't moved on and was willing to take me back. I said goodbye to the iPhone X today and am happily reunited with my iPhone 7. ❤️

Before I explain why I didn't like the iPhone X, let me first say it is an amazing phone. Even my 7 might understand its allure. The X is easily the fastest iPhone I have used. The apps open rapidly and the scrolling is silky smooth. The resolution of the OLED screen is amazing and it has better contrast than any of my previous iPhones. The X's built-in speakers are noticeably louder and produce a fuller sound than those in the 7.

Face ID, introduced with the iPhone X, is incredible. It works in the dark and when I'm wearing sunglasses. I can be looking directly at the phone or at an angle and it still works. More importantly, it doesn't work when anyone else uses it. Face ID is an amazing technological achievement.

So why did I return the iPhone X?

There were a few things that bothered by about the iPhone X, which got more annoying over the course of the week.

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CalendarSeptember 13, 2017

That Notch Tho

Apple introduced the new iPhone 8 yesterday. Then they introduced the even newer iPhone X.

Why no iPhone 9? Because 7 ate 9, of course. Maybe the number 9 is bad luck in the tech world. Microsoft jumped from Windows 8 to Windows 10 and now Apple is skipping the nine in the their iPhone line. I suppose Apple could still introduce an new older model (does that make sense?) called the iPhone 9 next year, but let's not worry about that for now.

The only thing I'm worried about right now is that "notch" at the top of the iPhone X screen.

Apple iPhone X Notch

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CalendarJune 29, 2017

Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone

Happy 10th Birthday, iPhoneTen years ago today, I bought my first iPhone. I waited in line for more than three hours to make sure I would get one the first day it was available. This wasn't an iPhone 3G, 5S, or 7. It was just "iPhone" — the original.

On June 29, 2007, I replaced my old Samsung flip phone with the Apple's smartphone and switched from T-Mobile to AT&T. I've never looked back.

Less than a week after buying the iPhone, I left for Europe. The iPhone wouldn't be available in Europe for several months, so you can imagine how excited people were when they saw it. Whether I was in France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, or Denmark, the iPhone never failed to impress. The locals were awestruck by the iPhone's sleek design, built-in camera, and amazing touchscreen. The first time people saw "pinch to zoom," their jaws dropped.

People looked at me like I was from the future — because I was. The iPhone not only changed the mobile phone, it changed our way of life.

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