Tag Archive: Marty

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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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 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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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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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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Aug 15

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

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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

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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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Jul 07

Facebook 2.0 – Protecting Your Privacy

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In my last post I talked about the basics of Facebook and how to get some value out of it for those of you who might be a little afraid of “putting yourself out there”. Now, I’d like to talk about how to set some of those privacy settings that limit who can see what …

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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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Jun 18

Be Careful what you pay for Accessories

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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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Jun 13

Back to Social Networking!

Now that I’ve beaten viruses to death, let’s get back to the topic of Social networking.  I suspect you think I’m going to talk about Facebook, but guess what… next to email there’s still one type of social networking that came into play before Facebook became so popular — Text Messaging. Text Messaging, or texting …

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Jun 09

YOUR COMPUTER IS RUNNING SLOW!! Click here to fix.

I’ve said it before in this blog, I’m a Mac/Apple user.  But I’m also pretty familiar with Windows and PCs.  If you’re a Mac User, this post isn’t for you, but you should still read it.  It’ll make you a look like a genius when one of your PC using friends has a problem. Anyway …

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May 27

Happy Memorial Day

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Just a short posting to wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day. Please remember, today for more than parties and BBQs. It’s for remembering all those who have and who continue to serve our country. Regardless of your political position, please take a few minutes today to remember these dedicated folks!

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