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

Here’s how to save $277 on cable broadband charges

Motorola Surfboard SB6141
If you’re getting your broadband service through a cable provider like Time Warner, Comcast, Cox, Charter, Mediacom or many others, you’re probably renting a cable modem.

When I found out I could stop paying that $5.99 monthly rental fee [update 7/1/15: now it’s $7.99, a 33.3% increase in two years!] by buying one myself and then returning the rental cable modem to Time Warner, I picked one up for $82 and stuck it to The Man. I’ll never pay a cable modem rental fee again, and neither should you. Continue reading

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is now half-price at $24.99

Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Dragon Dictate
Are you a slow typist? There are plenty of websites and software that can help you learn to type faster, but I have an easier solution: Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 speech-recognition software for Windows. And now I’ve found an incredible deal on this life-changing software. Continue reading

How we won CES with Avatar Journalism

avatar journalism graphic

With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014) coming up in a few weeks, you might be wondering how all that information gets to you. It’s traditionally done with a tremendous amount of effort, personnel, equipment and money. But my colleague Curtis Walker and I developed a better way to cover CES that’s cheaper, faster and better in every way: We call it avatar journalism. Continue reading