Tag Archive: Electronics

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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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 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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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 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 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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Oct 23

Finally — Windows 8.1 has arrived!

If you regularly read my blog, you know that I’m primarily and Mac and Apple user.  But I have and do dabble in the Windows world as well.  I was pretty good at it, if I do say so myself, until Microsoft went and decided that Windows 8 and “tiles” were the way to go …

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Sep 27

There’s an App for that

A pretty common phrase… one that we’ve heard a lot – “there’s an app for that!”. And when you look at the sheer number of apps, you realize that there must really be an app for that. Now, it makes no difference if you’re on an iOS or Android device.  In fact, let’s include Blackberry, …

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Sep 18

Talkin’ ’bout my Generation!

Every time you turn around there’s something new happening in the electronics industry.  And while new devices are really cool, the one thing that makes you wonder if you’re gadget is too old is when new software or firmware is released. iOS 7 is being released today, and at dinner the other night one of …

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Sep 12

Why didn’t Apple go “cheap” or go “big”

In my last post I talked about the new iPhones and the new operating system.  Evidently, Apple’s introduction has created a flurry of activity on the net.  I have a good friend who posted this on his blog … MARK THE DATE: Here’s where Apple’s design leadership ends You can read the whole posting here. …

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Sep 11

They’re coming soon — and you knew I had to comment

Apple just announced two new phones and a brand new operating system. For the first time, Apple introduced two phones at the same time. The first is the iPhone 5s – an update and upgrade to the iPhone 5. The 5s comes in three colors – Silver, Gold and Grey.  Compared to the iPhone 5 …

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Sep 02

Taking a look back – A little Labor Day Levity

You know… today it’s pretty easy to program a recording on your DVR.  In fact, more often than not, all you need to do is to find it in the guide and hit the record button on the remote.  I can’t remember the last time I had to help someone record something. The other day, …

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Aug 28

Cutting the Cord 3 – Hardware

Apple TV 2

In the last two posts I talked about cutting the cord and the types of services that were out there to provide you with programming.  Now let’s talk about some of the devices that will let you stream and beam programming to your TV. First, the TV itself.  If you look at advertising for new …

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Jul 19

I need to get a new (insert device here) . What should I get??

It’s a question that I get all the time.  I need to get a new phone/TV/DVD/computer/digital camera etc. etc. etc.  And the answer is really hard.  How can I, someone who’s pretty into gadgets, tell someone what to get based on the way I use my equipment. Most of the people who ask that question …

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Jun 18

Be Careful what you pay for Accessories

Best Buy

Purchasing new electronics can be confusing. There’s so many choices and we’ll talk about that another day. Today I want to focus on something that’s really important and one area that I think people are getting taken to the cleaners. We purchase the piece of electronic equipment, and god forbid, they should give us the …

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May 14

Are you really too old to learn new tricks?

I’ve been working with electronics, computers, tablets and cell phones since their inception. I got my first computer in 1977, an Apple ][, and have been in love with electronics ever since. Back in those days, there weren’t a lot of people who could teach you how to use things like computers and techie stuff …

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