Tag Archive: Marty Silbernik

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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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