random endorsement

  • The random endorsement: Regular buttons (touch-based ones are dumb)

    Who here likes buttons? Like, honest-to-God buttons that you push and then something happens? I do. It’s one of the reasons why I’m fairly nonplussed by the iPhone. (All the pre-launch THIS WILL CHANGE THE WORLD nonsense also bothered me, too.) I’m not trying to be all “unreasonable” or anything, but I simply prefer the feeling I get when pushing a physical button. Read More

  • The random endorsement, All About Linux 2008 edition: Open Source Software

    [photopress:endorse032608.jpg,full,right] Continuing with this week’s festival do Linux, I’ll be endorsing open source software today. Not so random, no. Only software that’s free as in freedom has been considered; freeware that I can’t futz around with the source code, not that I would know what to do, rightly, was ignored. Devastating, yes. This endorsement is a twofer. Read More

  • The random endorsement: George Foreman Grill

    [photopress:endorsement031908.jpg,full,right] We’re endorsing the George Foreman Grill today. This is how I spend my spring break. Before using the GFG, I didn’t know how to cook. After using the GFG, I still don’t know how to cook! Is that the fault of the grill, or the fault of my own faulty upbringing and complete lack of ambition? I’m gonna guess it’s my… Read More

  • The random endorsement: Digital SLRs (or why point-and-shoots are a waste of time)

    [photopress:endorse030508.jpg,full,right] There wasn’t an endorsement last week—frowny face—because head whip cracker Biggs had me write that cute Usenet primer. As a result, one of you wants me thrown off the Internet for good, which I wouldn’t be altogether opposed to. But we’re back to basics today; another plain jane, vanilla otherredundantword endorsement… Read More

  • The random endorsement: XM Satellite Radio (or, why regular radio stinks)

    [photopress:endorse022008.jpg,full,right] In about two hours I will be watching either Manchester United tear apart Olympique Lyon or Barcelona and its Fantastic Four give Celtic a lesson in… losing to Barcelona. In the meantime, I just have to make with my random endorsement, which has become less and less random as the weeks have gone by. I actually have to think on the subway to… Read More

  • The random endorsement: Nifty little Mac apps

    [photopress:endorse021308.jpg,full,right] Back to tech today. Well, software. Whatever. It was raining hard and windy and I dropped my umbrella in a garbage by accident earlier. I’m not kidding*. Today I’m giving a “shout out” to some the smaller Mac apps that make my life a little easier. Small apps, not the big obvious ones like iTunes or Firefox. Aurora, Unison… Read More

  • The random endorsement: The New York Football Giants

    [photopress:endorse020608.jpg,full,right] Watch this video first. Listen to the words, man. /me Clears throat.
    /sings 18 and 0 (18 and 0) one more to go (one more to go), SuperBoooooooooowl. Patriots fans no doubt heard that song a few times between when they beat the Chargers to clinch the AFC and Sunday night. Too bad they’ll now have sing, 18 and one (18 and one) what have we done… Read More

  • The random endorsement: surround sound

    [photopress:endorsess.jpg,full,right] Big deal, Kennedy endorsed Obama. Today I endorse surround sound and I fully expect sales to increase one million fold. Yes, after a brief hiatus in which I spent my time watching Home and Garden TV and refreshing Drudge every eight seconds, I return today with the endorsements. No doubt many of you don’t give a damn what I think—you have… Read More

  • The random endorsement: Wikipedia

    There was controversy when I endorsed the movie “Once” last week, primarily because some folks (where “some folks” is defined as one of my friends) argued that movie reviews have no place on a tech site. Well, hater(s), this is my column and I’ll endorse whatever the heck I want. Today, though, I’m bringing it back to tech. Wikipedia, you just got… Read More

  • The random endorsement: the movie "Once"

    Well, well, I’ve just been giving permission to expand my “Random Endorsement” column beyond the world of tech. That’s fantastic news for everyone, because, if you couldn’t already tell, I was running out of tech-related things to endorse. Today I endorse the movie “Once,” easily the best movie I’ve seen all year, and that includes… Read More

  • The random endorsement: umbrellas

    After throwing Peter under the bus last week with my random endorsement defending e-books, I felt it was necessary to return the random endorsement to its roots. That is, giving me an opportunity to take everyday objects and laud their capabilities, often hating on other present-day “tech” in the process. Today I endorse umbrellas, albeit somewhat reservedly. I’m mainly… Read More

  • The random endorsement: e-books (and anyone who disagrees is an imbecile)

    This endorsement is by no means random. It is a direct challenge to one of the many well thought out theses put forward by Peter Ha in his terrific Kindle review: I’ll be the first to admit that e-books suck. They’re great in theory, but they’ll never catch on. There’s nothing that screams dork more than an e-book. I, like many others, enjoy the real thing. Read More

  • The random endorsement: you, our readers

    Like I said last week, my random endorsement column will be a little unorthodox sometimes. It won’t be all Product A is great, I endorse it. No, sirs. Today I endorse you all, the CrunchGear readers. And a special endorsement+ to all you who leave comments. Aside from our delightful chat room, y’all make it worth getting up stupid early to do this. Take a bow. Read More

  • The random endorsement: iPod nano

    I see myself as slightly less corrupt Krusty the Clown. I won’t put my name on just any product, no sir. There won’t be any Deleon Brand Grade F Meat Substitute nor will you see my name on books I don’t approve of. So when I endorse a product, rest assured that you can say to yourself, “Hey man, if Deleon’s down with that, I need to be down with that.” Then… Read More