Three Quick Tips for Planning Travel with Technology


Many of us often travel abroad and I thought that it would be useful to put down some quick tips on international travel with technology. In this post I cover three important things to think about before you set out on your trip.

Zen and the Art of the Analogy

This "computer" sure has a lot of memory!

Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance first introduced me to the competing concepts of the “classical” aesthetic and the “romantic” aesthetic. In short, and with apologies to Dr. Pirsig, the classical aesthetic is the ability to see beauty and meaning in systems and the interconnectivity of systems, while the romantic aesthetic is the ability to see beauty and meaning in individual objects. While these two aesthetics are not necessarily at odds with each other, I find that in my work as an academic technologist in the humanities, it really helps me to understand and exploit these distinctions.

Back That Up!


Backing up your data can sometimes feel like a chore, but when you need it, you really, really need it! In this post, John suggests a few different strategies for backing up your data, from stashing thumb drives to using cloud services.

Touch and the Computer Interface


In this post, I talk about the trend towards the touch interface of personal computers. The question is, why now? Both Apple and Microsoft have chosen to start designing their operating systems around more iPhone and iPad-like touchscreen interfaces.