8 Reasons Why I Sold my iPad and Bought a MacBook Air

by Paul Riegler
8 Reasons Why I Sold my iPad and Bought a MacBook Air

I’ve had an iPad for over a month but, after spending over an hour in an Apple Store, I decided to replace it with a basic 11″ MacBook Air. I plan to sell the iPad on eBay as I’m not really satisfied with it.
I know you will ask why so I’ll tell you.
1.) It is no laptop. Every trip away from home, I wanted to do something and then realized, …

Blackberry River Inn, Norfolk, Connecticut Review

by Jonathan Spira
Blackberry River Inn, Norfolk, Connecticut Review

New England is famous for its autumnal foliage and the start of the fall season was the perfect time for a drive to Litchfield County, Connecticut, home of the Blackberry River and Lime Rock Park. Litchfield County was established in 1751 and borders New York State (Columbia and Dutchess counties) and Massachusetts (Berkshire and Hampden counties).

I’d never stayed at an inn before, but I needed a quiet place to gather …

BMW 335d Review

by Jonathan Spira
BMW 335d Review

BMW introduced the 3er Series in 1975 as the successor to the 2002, the car that first defined the sports sedan.  Since its launch, the BMW 3er Series has not only consistently defined the prototypical sports sedan, but it is also the car that other automakers try very hard to emulate.
Now in its fifth generation, the 3er doesn’t pamper driver and passengers; instead, it fully engages the driver in the …

Radio Swiss Classic Review

by Paul Riegler
Radio Swiss Classic Review

This is not your father’s classical music station.  Radio Swiss Classic is a child of the Internet age – a music-only (no news) station run by a major broadcaster (in this case SRG SSR idée Suisse) that is only available via the Internet.
I started listening to Internet radio over 10 years ago and it was, at that point, a well-established medium as regular Internet radio broadcasts had begun as far …

Schloß Elmau, Bavaria, Germany Review

by Jonathan Spira
Schloß Elmau, Bavaria, Germany Review

Just 100 km (62 miles) from Munich at an elevation of 1060 meters, a castle hotel named Schloß Elmau beckons.
Since my arrival was in the late evening, I imagined how beautiful the view must be as I drove the last few kilometers, the beautiful and dark forest illuminated by my car’s headlights.
As I pulled up to the door, the doorman ran out to greet me – by name.
They were obviously …

The Heathrow Express – Review

by Paul Riegler
The Heathrow Express – Review

The Heathrow Express, which opened in 1998 after some five years of construction, may be one of the fastest ways to get from an outlying airport to a city center which, in this case, is London.
Backers of the project predicted that the Heathrow Express would remove as many as 3000 cars from the heavily congested M4 motorway that leads to London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR).
The overall Heathrow Express experience is superb.  …

Apple iPod touch Review

by Jonathan Spira
Apple iPod touch Review

Last year, I commented that Apple’s  iPod touch “may” defy categorization.  Now that I’ve had a chance to spend time using the fourth generation touch, I feel comfortable changing the “may” to a most emphatic “does.”  This is clearly the best iPod yet.
The newest Apple iPod touch is not only an ultra-portable mobile Web browser, a game console, and an MP3 music player, but it is also an HD …