Tag Archive: How To Use Tech

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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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 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 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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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 08

Why do I keep getting messages from people I don’t know?

It happens all the time.  I get a  message from a friend… sometimes it’s a text message, and sometimes it’s an email.  Regardless of whether it came in as text or mail suddenly I find my inbox being flooded with replies from people I don’t know. It’s more prevalent with text messages, since many phones …

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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 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 09

Sometimes I just want to be left alone

We all need our down time, but you know that smart phone you have just keeps going off. Sometimes it’s a phone call.  Sometimes its a text or email.  Don’t you wish that you could just tell it to leave you alone for a while?  Maybe you’re at a movie or in a meeting — …

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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 21

Cutting the Cord 2 – Getting Programming

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In my last post I talked about how to try to “Cut the Cable” — finding ways to reduce that $100+ per month Cable or Satellite bill.  In this, the second segment, I want to talk about where to find the programming that you want to see, but just don’t want to pay as much …

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Jun 05

Is there anything I can do about SPAM

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Let’s finish up the conversation on email. There’s just one more email topic I want to talk about and we’ll move on to the next segment. Minimizing SPAM. We already talked about how to not contribute more email addresses to the folks harvesting them. But you’re still getting SPAM or a lot of stuff that …

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May 23

Google is your Frienemy

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You know, when I was growing up, in a time that they affectionately call the mid-century 1900’s, finding answers to questions was a bit more challenging that it is today.  There were really only a few sources that you could turn to… Encyclopedias The Library Newspapers A friend or acquaintance that knew the answer In …

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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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