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Michael L. Berman
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Michael L. Berman has more than 40 years' experience writing and editing for The Hartford Courant, The Norwich (CT) Bulletin, The Journal of Commerce and The Middletown (CT) Press. Mike's Techtalk column was syndicated by the Scripps Howard News Service from 1995 to 2000 and appeared as a computer and technology blog on until No. 19, 2013. You can also visit Mike's consumer technology website at

Entries by Michael L. Berman

Three Printers That Can Save on Space, Time and Money

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 4:40 PM

We have found ourselves surrounded by printers. Big and small. Fast and slow. Wireless and tethered. But they all have one thing in common: They get the job done with a minimum of effort on our part.

Sitting in front of us are three new models of desktop multifunction printers...

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New Tech Makes Routers Powerhouses for WiFi

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 2:15 PM

WiFi access is a-changing, or at least it is with several of the major wireless router manufacturers.

We recently played with three of the newer generation routers from Netgear, Linksys and D-Link and, although they all had one clear objective - - - to make wireless connections more accessible...

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Several Ways to Give Mobile Devices the Charge they Need to Survive

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 2:06 PM

Unfortunately, in this world of mobile devices, we must face one harsh reality -- all of them need to be recharged. With that in mind, we took a look at several items that can make that task a bit easier.

The folks at Belkin have developed a 10-Port USB Charger...

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Remembering a Few Things We Forgot

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 3:11 PM

Okay, so everything isn't perfect in geekland! We get it. We're fallible and forgetful (insert old age jokes here).

With that in mind, we dove into our piles of gadgets and discovered we unintentionally left four noteworthy items out of our past blogs. There are probably more, but we haven't...

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These New Wireless Speakers Help Quell Our Music Addiction

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 4:41 PM

Being music addicts, we need access to our tunes in the bedroom, living room, boardroom and dorm room - - - even outdoors, if possible. With that in mind, we took a look at five wireless speaker systems and weren't disappointed.

On the surface, they all have the same features:...

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Polaroid Enters the Action Camera Business with XS100i

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 2:39 PM

Usually when we think of sports action cameras, GoPro is the first brand that comes to mind. Well, the folks at Polaroid are determined to change that.

The new Polaroid XS100i ($179.99) is a 1080p HD, waterproof camera that delivers everything you'd expect from one of these rigs.

The one...

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New Headsets Geared Toward Mobile/Gaming Generation

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 5:53 AM

Sitting in front of us are seven different over-the-ear headsets from seven manufacturers that want us to believe their product is "unique." Unfortunately, nothing is "unique," although each of these sonic boomers has a feature or two that sets them apart from the others.

All of the headsets included in...

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Choosing Between These Three 'Computers' is a Difficult Task

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 9:58 AM

We're confused! Nothing new, you say? Well, read on my friends.

Sitting in front of us are three "computers:" a tablet, a new ultrabook and a so-called convertible device that can be used as an ultrabook or tablet. An ultrabook, loosely defined, is a thinner, lighter laptop without an internal...

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Cerwin Vega Rises From the Ashes with New Speaker System

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 3:48 PM

It wasn't our fault!

The doorbell rang and standing on the front porch were two visibly annoyed delivery guys bearing 191 pounds of speakers from Cerwin Vega.

We weren't able to appease them, but we have benefited from the experience of putting the speaker system through its paces.

Included in...

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Apricorn and Toshiba Help Keep Data Safe

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 8:48 AM

How secure is your data?

Can anyone log onto your computer and access files on your hard drives or flash drives?

Unless you've been diligent about encrypting and password protecting those files, the answer is probably "I don't know."

The folks at Apricorn Inc. and Toshiba America Information Systems Inc....

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RCA Fills Niche Market with Internet Music System

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 3:11 PM

Remember RCA?

Remember their logo featuring a dog listening to a gramophone?

Although it's not the audio and television giant it used to be, the company is still around and has been developing products for what has become known as "the niche market."

Among those products sits an Internet Music...

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New Nikon D3300 Redefines 'Entry Level'

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 2:35 PM

What is "man's best friend?"

A dog? No.

A spouse? No.

It's his faithful, trusting camera.

Think about it: It never lies to you, is always by your side and oftentimes shows things as they really are.

But many of us fear the "new-fangled" digital single lens reflex cameras, because...

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June 15th Is Reserved for Dads

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 4:43 PM

Okay mom, move over. It's dad's turn.

Father's Day is on Sunday (June 15) and we know you've probably already bought the annual T-shirt, cap or tie saying "World's Greatest Dad," but are you reaching the inner tech dad?

We've been playing with a few items that may make Sunday...

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Mother's Day Gifts for the Technomom in Your Family

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 5:24 PM

Another year has passed and it's almost Hallmark -- uh, -- Mother's Day. Now, before you get the woman that gave birth to you or the mother of your children the usual card, flowers candy or jewelry, consider the consequences of your decision. She may be a certified techno-mom who...

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Microsoft Scrambles to Release new Win 8.1 Update and Battles IE Security Flaw

(7) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 12:00 PM

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

It seems that's become the Boys from Redmond's motto as they prepare to roll out yet another update for Windows 8. This will be the second major update for what it dubbed Windows 8.1 since February, but will it be the...

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Are You Ready for Windows 8.1.1?

(32) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 9:48 AM

In the beginning, the Boys from Redmond created Windows 8. And it was good so they released it unto the computer world.

But the members of their flock rebelled and rejected it, because it was "different."

So, in their infinite wisdom, the Boys recreated their creation, naming it Windows 8.1....

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Home Monitoring Sytems Let You Control Devices While You're Away

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 5:57 PM

Did you leave the lights on?

Has your dog dug up your favorite potted plant - - - again?

Home security/monitoring has become a big issue as we continue to hear about "the break-in down the street" or possibly next door.

With that in mind, we played with two...

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TheFormTool Simplifies Creation of Multiple Documents

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2014 | 5:56 AM

Filling in forms can be a tedious task, especially if there are tons of variables to deal with. But, thanks to the capabilities of the one-eyed monster sitting on your desk or lap, the chore can be simplified using Microsoft Word and TheFormTool from Your Dollar Matters.

Designed primarily for...

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New Aegis SSD Features Speed and Portability

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 12:13 PM

Remember when your mother told you to stop feeding certain animals because they will multiply?

Well, someone has continually been feeding ideas to the folks at Apricorn and they have given birth to yet another great product.

The new Aegis Portable 3.0 solid state drive ($399 and $599....

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New Livescribe 3 Makes Apple Devices More Delicious

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 1:07 PM

Odds and ends -- you know, everything we commonly refer to as "stuff" because we aren't sure how to classify them. We've been receiving many items recently that fall into that category, or into categories we've covered so recently that it's not time for them to be reviewed. So, with...

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