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
In the old days, you could tell how fast a computer's processor was
by a few simple designations. Pentium 4? Faster than Pentium III. A
500MHz clock speed? Faster than 300MHz.
These days, however, processor lingo can be a lot more
confusing. Yes, Intel's current line consists of fairly simple
numerical branding--Core i3, i5, and i7--but within those
categories you'll hear terms like Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, and,
most recently, Haswell.
What the heck do all those words mean, and if you're in the
market for a new laptop, do they matter?
Just like Intel's Pentium line before it, the Core series has
evolved over the years, with each new generation bringing various
changes and improvements.
Long ago, I recognized the World Wide Web for what it was: a
great equalizer, a way for little-guy businesses to compete with
industry giants. Of course, that was assuming they already had a
product to sell. Back then, you still had to go through traditional
channels--starting with raising capital--to take an idea from
concept to production.
Kickstarter is the great equalizer of the modern era,
allowing anyone with a cool idea (and a great pitch to go with it)
to raise money from interested parties around the world. It's a
concept more widely known as "crowdfunding," and it's really
For example, perhaps you've heard of the Pebble, one of the very first smartwatches
to hit the market.
It's true: there's no such thing as a free lunch. (Well, not unless
you have a sandwich-shop card with nine punches.)
But tech stuff? There's more "free" out there than you might
think, including a few items that might surprise you. Below I've
rounded up five of my favorite tech freebies, including phones,
phone calls, and e-books.
Last year's hot smartphone
Not everybody needs all the bells and whistles afforded by the
latest and greatest smartphone. Indeed, if you're willing to
"settle" for one of last year's models, you can score a sweet
deal--possibly even a free one.
For example, a year ago the phone to have was Samsung's Galaxy
S III, but you'd have paid $199.99 for the privilege.
If you spend a lot of time in the car, nothing beats
Of course, unless you check them out from the library, they
don't come cheap. Even if you subscribe to a service like Audible,
you're looking at around $15 minimum per book.
Thankfully, there's a dirt-cheap alternative: Inkstone
Software's Audiobooks Free for iOS serves up more than 5,000
public-domain titles. True to its name, the app costs
I suppose it goes without saying that you won't find Stephen
King or Toni Morrison in this collection.
It's that time of year again: tax time. For me that means
another sad realization that I'm hopelessly, endlessly
disorganized. Help me, technology, help me!
Maybe 2013 will be different. Actually, I'm sure it will be if
I take advantage of this deal: For a limited time, B&H Photo
has the NeatReceipts mobile scanner for $149.99
shipped. This is the same model that normally sells for
$179.99, and until very recently was priced at $199.99.
This USB-powered, travel-friendly device makes short work of
scanning, storing, and organizing receipts.