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A Usable Stand-Up Desk for $25? Yes!

12:30 PM, Mar. 16th, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Oristand cardboard stand-up desk for $25

There’s no shortage of controversy in the debate over whether sitting or standing at your desk is healthier. But if you'd like to try standing and would prefer not to spend $500 or more on a stand-up/sit-down desk, Dr. Mac found a cool new standing desk fabricated out of industrial cardboard that sets up in seconds and costs only $25! 

Desktop Printer Ink Wars 2016: Part II

4:50 PM, Mar. 9th, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Epson EcoTank HP Instant Ink

Epson and HP each introduced a new approach to the inkjet printer ink dillemma. Epsons features five new EcoTank models that have huge ink reservoirs with enough ink for up to two years of printing. Hewlett-Packard (HP) introduced “Instant Ink,” which charges you not for the ink you use, but for the number of pages you print each month. His results may not be surprising, but one of the printers gave him an unpleasant surprise. Read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves #165 for the thrilling conclusion to Desktop Printer Ink Wars 2016 (continued from last week). 

Desktop Printer Ink Wars: 2016

3:50 PM, Mar. 2nd, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Ink Wars 2016

Dr. Mac was (understandably) excited when  two printer manufacturers — HP and Epson — each offered him a printer to test with their new ink initiatives — HP's Instant Ink and Epson's EcoTank — which were created to make the whole ink replacement thing more convenient and affordable. 

A Tale of Two Universal Remotes: Harmony vs. Blumoo

4:30 PM, Feb. 17th, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

It’s been a couple of years since Dr. Mac talked about universal remote control devices and apps. He says an awesome universal remote control is the holy grail of home automation; having a single device that can mimic every function of all five individual remote controls for his home theatre system is priceless. And the ability to control his Phillips Hue and Lutron Caseta lights, Nest thermostat, and other smart devices from a single remote (or iOS app) is the icing on the cake.

Living with an iPad Pro

2:40 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Drawing made on iPad Pro

As Dr. Mac told you last week, he's been testing a 128GB iPad Pro with a new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard and while it won’t replace his laptop, it has quickly become his iPad of choice for a variety of reasons (which you'll only discover if you read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #161: Living with an iPad Pro.

Everything Old is New Again (or You Do Know Jack, Don’t You?)

4:10 PM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

The Jackbox Party Pack

Dr. Mac's son came home raving about a cool new party game called You Don’t Know Jack. The good doctor regretfully informed him that You Don’t Know Jack (YDKJ hereafter) first became available as an interactive CD-ROM the year before he was born and has been available continuously on various platforms ever since. It turned out it actually was a new game called The Jackbox Party Pack; it costs $24.99 in the Mac App Store. Read the column to see why Dr. Mac really, really liked it.