There is a toxic tradition today of presidential candidates being pressured into releasing their personal medical information. It can only be used as a disgusting tool that moves debate away from anything resembling actual substance. Candidates like John McCain and Bernie Sanders have faced nasty attacks, but anyone being honest will admit both are examples of candidates with a tremendous amount of experience. Our country shouldn't lean on one person so much that an illness or death in the White House would send our country to a grinding halt. We have a system in place to handle the loss of…

The single most important class I ever took in school was typing. The classes where we played computer games were fun and sometimes educational, the classes where we learned Microsoft Office might have been good at the time and taught a few computing principles, but typing is a skill I doubt I'll ever quit using. There are some overall concepts like critical thinking that are much more important, but those are learned over the course of many years, both in and out of school. Typing took 9 weeks. Typing might not be as important to you as it is for…

Probably not. But in all seriousness, ignore the alarmist news stories about people getting robbed or killed. You'll find a few tragedies every day in any sample containing millions of people.…

It's launch day for iOS 5, the latest operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple claims the update includes more than 200 new features, but you'll probably only notice 10 or so. Here are some of my favorite new features in iOS 5 and how to get the most out of them. Customizing Notification Center Better notifications has been one of the longest running demands of iOS users, with maybe the exception of wireless syncing. Apple has done an amazing job of making notifications more useful. To view all of your latest notifications, swipe downward from the…

Last week Apple released Lion, the latest version of their desktop operating system. Ever since the first announcement of Lion, they've made it clear they were getting "back to the Mac" by bringing it some of the best features from iOS on the iPhone and iPad. I won't go into the details of every new feature, there are plenty of reviews that do that, but I felt like sharing a little about gestures. At first I was extremely skeptical of Apple's attempt to incorporate more gestures into the OS, not because I thought they were a bad idea, but because…