Author Archives: Tracey Capen

Taking Firefox for iOS 2.0 for a tour

Today, Feb. 18, Mozilla released an updated iOS version of its popular browser. That immediately caught my interest because I use Firefox on my MacBook Pro and Windows PC every day. So I downloaded the new browser onto my iPad Air, running iOS 9.2.1. (I couldn’t download it to my… Read More

The dilemma of hardware upgrading

Those who know me know that I’m a gearhead. No, not a motorhead; I’ve always had a deep interest in the latest digital technology, backpacking gear, tools, and other stuff. It’s the main reason I’ve covered computing for 25 years. But I’ve also relatively immune to the upgrade syndrome —… Read More

Adding NTFS support to Mac OS X

I’m perfectly capable of changing the oil in my truck, but I’d rather pay someone to do it. Sometimes the same holds for making a DIY system change to OS X or simply purchasing a utility to do it for you. That came up recently when I tried to connect… Read More

Why I keep Windows on my Mac

For work, I use both Mac and Windows systems. But when away from my office, I take my MacBook Pro (along with my iPad and iPhone) . Unfortunately, there are some tasks that simply can’t be done in OS X — primarily because a software vendor has opted not to… Read More

Life with a low-bandwidth connection

I recently purchased a small farm in a rural area of Washington’s Olympic peninsula. We have all the basics: heat, water, and power — but (so far) no high-speed Internet. I can live happy without the Web for a few days, as I’ve done when traveling into the backcountry, but… Read More