Summer of Reviews Series

On the show, we certainly enjoy talking about the latest hardware and trends on the internet, but there’s one aspect of technology that has always been near and dear to my heart that we often don’t get to talk about much: software. Face it, whether they’re programs on your PC, apps on your mobile device, or even websites that live in the cloud, software is what makes all of our technology sing and work for us in ways that we understand.

About four years ago, I celebrated software on my personal blog with a straight month of daily reviews that I wrote of various Mac software applications that I had tried and used. This year, I’m ready to challenge myself again with another month-long series of software reviews, this time here on the Tech tAUk blog throughout the month of July.

July will be a big month for Mac software. Apple has already released Final Cut Pro X, and will follow that up with OS X Lion in the coming weeks, and I’m looking forward to putting both through their paces. I’ll also be reviewing a wide gamut of Mac apps, ranging from well-established programs to much more recent goodies that cover a variety of uses. And at the end of the series, on July 31, I’ll do a combined review of the lineup of Mac web browsers and share my thoughts on the many choices available for web surfing today.

So be sure to keep an eye out for my Summer of Reviews series, starting this Friday. Who knows? Maybe you’ll discover some awesome apps for your Mac that you weren’t aware of before. At least, that’s what I’m hoping…

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About Douglas Bell

I live in Washington, D.C., and work as a Broadcast Technician at WAMU 88.5 FM, the local NPR affiliate in the Washington metro area. My primary shift is to engineer the local feed of NPR’s Morning Edition, including local news and weather, long-form features and station breaks… and yes, the shift starts at 5 am, so I’ve got the whole quasi-nocturnal thing going on. I am also the Coordinating Producer for Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie, an independently-produced podcast and public radio program. Extracurricularly, I play cello, and participate in a church choir and a handbell choir. I enjoy discovering new places, and am constantly searching for the perfect cheeseburger. I am also known as a frequent teller of puns.