Articles By Brian Nadel

Easy and inexpensive ways to breathe new life into your old desktop

We may be a country obsessed with fixing our homes and tricking out our cars, but we usually throw away our PCs when they start to give us trouble. These days, however, the

Published on: June 24th, 2009 Brian Nadel

12 terrific gadgets to keep you going when the power stops

Whether you live in Toronto, Canada or Taipei, Taiwan power failures are a fact of modern life. But don't worry -- there is light at the end of this particular tunnel. When the

Published on: June 22nd, 2009 Brian Nadel

Palm Pre outclasses the iPhone

I have a confession to make: About two years ago I made a big mistake and bought a phone designed for mere mortals when what I really wanted was an Apple iPhone. Don't

Published on: June 12th, 2009 Brian Nadel

9 nifty ways to get awesome laptop audio

Whether your laptop is a state-of-the-art screamer that cost you thousands of dollars or a budget model that cost just a few hundred, chances are its speakers make it sound about as good

Published on: June 8th, 2009 Brian Nadel

Ultimate guide to buying the perfect laptop for business

Whether you're buying for yourself or outfitting a department, shopping for a laptop today is a double-edged sword. The good news is that there's a huge variety to choose from, all with pros

Published on: June 2nd, 2009 Brian Nadel

Bluetooth bonanza – 10 great gadgets to add to your arsenal

These days, almost every conceivable gadget comes with Bluetooth - from your laptop to your mobile phone. Named after 10th-century King Harald Bluetooth, who was temporarily able to unite several warring Scandinavian tribes,

Published on: April 17th, 2009 Brian Nadel

Cutting the cord

As the Universal Serial Bus (USB) approaches its 13th birthday, like other adolescents it's eager to start thinking and acting independently. For the USB, this means chucking the cable and connecting to a

Published on: April 8th, 2009 Brian Nadel

Five mobility advances that will make you more productive

The past two years have been exciting ones for mobility, with the dawn of netbooks, 4G communications and the first smartphones without keypads. The next two should be just as attention-grabbing, if not

Published on: February 5th, 2009 Brian Nadel

Three videoconferencing services that make business meetings a delight

The first round of layoffs has taken hold, your annual bonus seems like a cruel joke, and travel is off-limits. So how are you going to give your presentation next week in Omaha

Published on: January 7th, 2009 Brian Nadel

Mini-projector showdown: 3M, Dell, Optoma brands compared

Whether it's to clinch a sale, show off a new product or discuss a potential acquisition, the digital projector is major part of everyday corporate work. As a result, mobile workers who need

Published on: December 8th, 2008 Brian Nadel

Aftermarket laptop batteries that save you a bundle

It was five years coming, but the battery of my ThinkPad R50 finally met its maker. On a recent trip, it conked out after powering the notebook for only half an hour --

Published on: November 10th, 2008 Brian Nadel

The best business laptops for under $850

The stock market's a mess, your company's balance sheet looks like a sea of red ink and your budget for outfitting 50 employees with new notebooks has been slashed to the bone. What's

Published on: October 24th, 2008 Brian Nadel

How to create a superfast home or small business wireless network

One thing you can depend on these days is that the claims made for wireless routers, like 300Mbit/sec. throughput and 1,000-foot range, are nothing more than digital pipe dreams. The plain and simple

Published on: August 20th, 2008 Brian Nadel

12 Must-Have Gadgets for Digital Nomads

Calling all digital nomads -- you may not be wearing a dark suit, a tie and shiny shoes, but you're out there with at least a full day of work to get done.

Published on: August 19th, 2008 Brian Nadel

Three terrific large-screen notebooks that pull out all the stops

From the beginning of the age of mobility, we've been trying to squeeze more computer into smaller, lighter and more mobile notebook cases. A new generation of large notebooks with impressive displays, however,

Published on: August 15th, 2008 Brian Nadel