Tag Archive: Tech

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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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Jun 18

Be Careful what you pay for Accessories

Best Buy

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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