Tired of spending a small fortune on printer ink? I hear you
loud and clear. In my homework-heavy household, it seems like I'm
replacing inkjet cartridges every couple weeks--to the tune of
$30-40 a pop.
Fortunately, as a card-carrying tech-pert, I've learned a few
things about conserving ink. With a few simple tweaks to the way
you work, you can stretch those cartridges a lot farther--and maybe
even save some paper along the way.
1. Use economy/draft mode
By default, every print churns out the sharpest, richest text
and images it can. But how often do you really need the highest
quality output? If you're simply printing a draft or something
that's not headed to the boss/teacher, consider an ink-saving
Most printers have an economy or draft mode that uses less
ink. The output won't be as dark, but it'll still be
The days of subscribing to cable TV (as we know it) may be coming
to an end. And good riddance, if you ask me. I'm tired of paying
$60 per month just for local stations and the smattering of cable
channels I watch.
Indeed, there's a growing movement of "cord cutters" who would like
nothing better than to ditch their monthly TV bill and rely solely
on Internet-powered viewing options.
Just one wrinkle: to watch local channels, you need an antenna.
Even then you're not guaranteed a perfect picture. And if you want
to record shows to watch later? There's no easy way.
Enter Aereo, a new
service that's available now in about nine major cities and coming
soon to over a dozen more. I've been test-driving it for about a
month, and although I was skeptical at first, I must admit I'm a
Aereo is the missing link for cord cutters, a way to not only watch
local TV, but also record it.
Months back I wrote about my love for the Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook, by
far the most expensive laptop I've ever owned, but a great overall
Or at least it was.
In recent weeks, for reasons I can't explain, battery life has
dipped significantly. In the beginning, I'd get 6-7 hours before
needing to plug in the charger. Now I'm lucky to get four
(Yeah, I've checked all the power-plan settings, lowered the
screen brightness, and all that. I'm no novice when it comes to
squeezing extra juice from a laptop. Something systemic is amiss
But things really went awry after I installed Windows 8.1.
Again for reasons I can't explain, the Series 9 will no longer run
at its native screen resolution.
When it comes to productivity, nothing beats a second monitor. At
its most basic, it lets you keep two full-screen windows open
simultaneously: browser here, word processor there, and so on.
Indeed, I'll often run Chrome on one monitor and Outlook on
the other. Being able to see both at the same time is a huge
benefit, to say nothing of a time-saver.
But second screens are also great in customer-service
environments, like when you're working behind a desk and want a
client sitting opposite to be able to see what you're seeing. And
if PowerPoint is your thing, you'll love being able to show a
presentation to everyone at the conference table while still
interacting with your laptop.
The AOC E1659Fwu is designed expressly for
A couple weeks back I told you about the one tablet deal you don't want to miss:
the 7-inch Barnes & Noble Nook HD for $129. (I also sang the
praises of the 8.9-inch Nook HD+, which was slashed to $149, but
that's a topic for another day.)
Even though Barnes & Noble has announced it will no longer
be making its own color tablets (instead partnering with a
third-party manufacturer), it was probably inevitable that Amazon
would respond to such a huge pricing discrepancy.
And it has: the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD has been cut to $169 from $199, though
this isn't necessarily permanent.
A couple weeks ago I shared some thoughts on owning an ultrabook, ultimately
trying to answer the question of whether these thinner, lighter
laptops are worth the money.
See, I'd just purchased a Lenovo IdeaPad U310, which at the
time seemed like a great bargain. But having spent some additional
hours with not only that model, but also a Samsung Series 9, I
wanted to hit this topic one more time.
As I noted previously, "ultrabook" is neither a brand nor a
generic classification, but rather an Intel-created marketing