Tag Archive: How To

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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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 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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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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Oct 10

What happened to all my files???

What would happen if you turned on your computer or your phone or your tablet and nothing happened.  It won’t turn on.  You can’t get to your info. Over the last several weeks, a couple of people called me and told me that something happened and that they lost a bunch of emails and other …

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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 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 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 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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Aug 21

Cutting the Cord 2 – Getting Programming

Network Logos

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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Aug 15

Cutting the cord … are we paying too much for TV?

Rabbit Ears

Every month I get a bill from DirecTV. Actually, I get an email telling me that they charged my credit card for the monthly service. And every month I look at the bill and ask myself why am I paying over $100 per month to watch TV. When I was a kid, you put up …

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Jul 25

Is it a Tweet or a Twit – and do I care?

Ever since I started writing this blog, I was trying to figure out how to deal with Twitter.  In fact, even before I started writing the blog I tried to figure out why I would want to use Twitter.  So I activated a Twitter account (@MartySilbernik) and I slowly started to “follow” Twitter feeds that …

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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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Jul 12

Extend your Battery Life

Auto Lock

We’ve all seen it.  You pull out your phone, and suddenly that low battery signal shows up.  You scratch your head and wonder… “I didn’t use it that much today.  Why is my battery almost drained?” Well, battery life is based on more than simple usage.  Whether you’re talking or browsing on your phone, there’s …

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Jun 27

Facebook 1.0 – What is it and do I need it?

As I sat down to figure out what I wanted to say about Facebook, I realized that this was such a large topic, I didn’t want to make the posting so long that no one would read it.  So, I’ve decided to talk about Facebook over several posts — most likely interspersed with other random …

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Jun 21

I always thought it was a Pound Sign

You’ve seen it all your life.  It always meant one of two things… either it was the number key on the telephone keypad (it never was there on a rotary phone) or you saw it after a number indicating a weight.  I grew up calling it a pound sign it’s the # symbol. But today …

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