Category Archive: How To

Mar 10

Holy Resource Batman!!

I’ve spent a lot of time talking about using technology for those of us that are a little afraid of tech.  But, you know, there’s so many resources out there that I think it’s time to start taking a little tour through some of the resources that we really might not think about. A couple …

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Mar 06

Hey Honey – do you have any idea what this is for?

Have you ever found anything at your house and wondered “what the heck is this for?” Well it happens to me all the time.  I’m going through a closet and suddenly I see something like this… Yup… the ever present cable box.  I think I have cables in there from before I got married.  I …

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Mar 03

It’s been a bit hectic

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks around here with family events and happenings, so I’ve been kind of quiet, and probably will be until the end of the month. If I get some time, I’ll try to find something interesting to talk about. But, in the interim… I was watching TV and saw this …

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Feb 22

If you have an Apple device, don’t ignore the new update

I don’t want to get into a lot of details, but if you use an iPhone or an iPad, there was a problem with one of the security features of the operating system. I don’t want to get into the details, but when you get the notice, update your software as soon as you can.  …

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Feb 19

Candy Crush Crushes Tootsie Roll :(

Well, it seems to be official, according to every news report I’ve seen or read. The value of Candy Crush — that addicting game that I know you’re playing but won’t admit to — has been “valued” at $5 Billion (yeah – with a “B”). In fact, I heard that their profits are now up …

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Feb 17

Tech Addicts Anonymous (or is it Unanimous)

I was watching the local news the other day and a headline came on and said “Are we addicted to technology”.  My first inclination was no, we weren’t. Tech is a tool — a tool that we use daily. But then I spent a few minutes thinking about it.  In the last several days I’ve …

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Feb 10

This web site just won’t work on my iPad!!

In prior posts, I’ve talked about how we’re slowly moving away from computers to mobile devices.  It’s really evident in my house, as I’m sure it is at yours.  More often than not the computer sits there on the desk and you do your email, browsing, gaming or whatever on your mobile device — sometimes …

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Feb 04

Don’t ya just love Caller ID?

Ah… I remember the days fondly.  The phone would ring and we’d pick it up.  You never knew who was on the other end.  It could be the neighbor next door.  It could be a family member.  It could even be a wrong number.  But no matter what, you answered the phone. Fast forward to …

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Jan 30

Are those pesky electronics affecting your sleep?

I read a lot of blogs and articles on quite a large number of subjects. I recently read one about the effect of smartphones (and being tethered to them) and sleep. Let me give you the top-line in an article I read the other day written by Dan Cook for the site www.benefitspro.com.  According to …

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Jan 27

If my phone is getting smarter am I getting dumber?

When I was growing up, our phone looked like these… Then, as the years went by we saw a progression like this…. Next, we were all amazed when we could walk around the house without tangling up any cords… Then, suddenly the era of being able to talk anywhere arrived… And talk we did! You …

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Jan 10

Where do we go from here?

I was reading something the other day and it got me thinking.  The article was about what the future held for electronics and tech devices.  If you read my blog regularly, you know that my friend, Stuart, wrote an editorial about the Millenials that I shared with everyone. If you haven’t read it you can …

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Jan 02

Looking for some feedback

So, the other night my wife was catching up on the blog.  And as she was reading it, she said something that kinda surprised me.  She looked at me and said that she got to a part in the post about the universal remote and got “lost” and didn’t understand what I was talking about. …

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Dec 26

How the $%#@ do I turn this thing on??

When I was a kid there were 5 TV Channels in Chicago – 2, 5, 7, 9 and 11, CBS, NBC, ABC, WGN (Independent) and PBS. Oh, what a simple time.  If we wanted to turn the TV on, we walked over to it and we turned the knob (yeah, an actual knob).  Changing channels …

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Dec 23

TV as we know it is changing — and it’s somewhat scary!

I’ve written a number of times about cutting the cord, but my friend Stuart, who’s the online presence for Solid Signal, recently posted an editorial about Millenials (and I didn’t even know what a Millenial was until this weekend!) and how they get their news, information and entertainment. Take a look at this link and …

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Dec 18

How good are those App ratings and reviews…?

Let’s face it… technology today is driven by apps.  It used to be software, and for some users, software is still important.  But when you’re dealing with tablets, and phones, and even software to some extent, many of us are getting our apps through some sort of App store. It might be called the App …

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Dec 16

I really want to get it but…

I know that I’ve talked about getting the latest and greatest devices over the year or so I’ve been blogging.  But this time of year the thought of “strapping” yourself with old technology (which is really current technology that will soon be updated) can cause a lot of concern.  What should you do?  Buy it …

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Nov 29

Webmail vs. Stand Alone Email Clients

Over the last few weeks I’ve had a few folks tell me that they didn’t like their email software but kept it because they didn’t want to change the email address that they’ve had for years. So being the inquisitive type, I asked what software they were using.  In every instance (and there were quite …

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Nov 27

To Password Protect or Not to Password Protect — That is the question!…

For years and years I used my phones without any kind of password protection.  I would see folks unlocking their phones every time they took them out to do anything.  It seemed like a bit of a pain to have to do that every time they used their phone. I thought to myself, why should …

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Nov 23

Updating Apps

I’ve always been one of those who wanted the latest and greatest… friends were always betting on how soon I’d have the newest iPhone or other gadget.  I’ve slowed down a lot over the last few years, and just am not as impulsive and obsessive over the newest toy any more. But one thing I’ve …

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Nov 19

What do I do with all these pictures on my phone??

Before smartphones and digital cameras, parents and grandparents used to carry what I called a “brag book”.   They’d pull out a 3×5 or 4×6 book of the latest pictures and everyone would ooh and aah over the latest pics of the kids. But today, you can carry thousands of pictures on your phone, and if …

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