Ben BoychukMacworld

Ben Boychuk is associate editor of City Journal, a public-policy magazine, where he oversees the magazine's coverage of California. He's also a columnist for ScrippsHoward News Service and the Sacramento Bee. He lives in Southern California with his wife, two children, their cat, and an albino corn snake named Bart Karateman.

Don't get Apple picked: How to protect your Mac from theft in public places

Protecting your Mac from theft in public places might seem like a pain, but taking a few steps can save you a lot of hassle down the road, as Ben Boychuk learned firsthand.

Rhyme Time for iPhone

This simple but reasonably sophisticated rhyming dictionary app fits the bill for those times when you're stuck on a word.

QuickVoice2Text Email for iPhone

QuickVoice2Text is an excellent recorder capable of capturing high-quality sound for long periods of time. But its chief selling point -- the ability to translate your recordings into text which you can e-mail -- is distressingly hit-and-miss.

Home inventory apps for iPhone

Ben Boychuk looks at a trio of apps for the iPhone and iPod touch that will help you organize your worldly possessions and perhaps save you some time in the long run. The three home inventory apps serve the same purpose and share similar drawbacks, but My Stuff emerges as the most user-friendly offering of this lot.

iVideoCamera for iPhone

iVideoCamera gives iPhone users the video capability they wouldn't otherwise have, but certainly not the quality of video they could expect from an iPhone 3GS. If something is better than nothing, then iVideoCamera at least meets that minimum standard.