How I set up a world-class personal weather station

Davis Instruments Vantage Vue wireless weather station
“Everybody complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it,” said Mark Twain, long before the advent of the personal weather station.

You still can’t really do anything about the weather but you can certainly measure it, report about it, collect live weather data and send it to the Internet and display the results all over your house. That’s been my passion over the past 15 years, and I’ll show you how you can do it with your own personal weather station. Continue reading

Product photography tips for bloggers: It’s not as hard as it looks

Product photography how-to

If you’re a blogger, you also must be a photographer. Where to start? I’ve been taking pictures for 50 years, and I’m here to help.

In this post, I’ll show you 20 examples of product photography I’ve taken over the past year for the blog you’re reading now and on my previous job as senior editor of Mashable. I’ll tell you why I made the choices I did, and why I think these pictures work within the context of a personal blog. Continue reading

Video: We talk with Mr. Media about Bloggers Boot Camp

My writing partner John Biggs (TechCrunch, Gizmodo, The New York Times) and I talked with a cool guy the other day. Bob Andelman, known worldwide as “Mr. Media,” asked us about our newly released second edition of Bloggers Boot Camp. We talked about the book and a lot more for the better part of an hour.


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Bob asked us some great questions about blogging, creating content, and generally being cool on the Internet. Johnny and I talked about our experiences at Gizmodo, NBC Universal, Mashable and TechCrunch, and made each other laugh while we tossed out a plethora of blogging tips.

It was a great treat to be able to hang out with John in our first dual interview. Enjoy!

Brando Power Jacket Adds Endurance to Samsung Galaxy S5

Brando Power Jacket

The newly released Galaxy S5 brings a 2.5GHz quad-core CPU and a gorgeous 5.1″ display to your hands, but only a 2800mAh battery. Brando has aimed to address this by releasing its Power Jacket series of cases in both covered and non-covered versions and with different battery capacities.

I put the $33 non-covered 3500mAh version of the case to the test for two weeks and gathered some real-world performance data and observations.

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