Tag Archive: I’m too Old

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 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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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 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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Oct 01

Is the “Expert” always right?

I was helping a friend the other day.  And as I worked with him on his email problem I asked myself “How can anyone still be on AOL any more?”  AOL went from the top of the heap to a nearly non-existent entity over the last 10 years or so. So, why oh why would …

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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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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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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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Jun 05

Is there anything I can do about SPAM

Spam

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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