29
November
2016

Wifi Access Points and a Decoder ring

Now that Apple is out of the business, it’s time once again to look for a reliable and fast wifi network for home and small business. But it is really hard to figure out what is going on without at least some background in wifi and how it has evolved. So, this is a huge […]

27
November
2016

4K Content

Wow the world has really improved. Three years ago you had to get a dedicated 4K playback thingy from Sony to watch UltraHD content. Now life is way simpler. Let’s start with the easy stuff and then move on to the tougher stuff Movies (a first start) There’s a great movie guide at 4K.com, but […]

22
November
2016

Google Fi Group Plan single Pause glitch

Ok, we’ve been using Google Fi for a while when we are away traveling because they have the T-mobile wonderful feature where they do not charge for roaming. However beware if you try to use their new group plan. We put two numbers on a group plan thus saving $5 on the second line (Instead […]

21
November
2016

Storing high resolution photos backup on Amazon, share on iCloud

Well Facebook sharing is cool but limited in resolution. What if you want to share the high resolution images? TL;dr Amazon Prime now offers unlimited high resolution storage for five family members. It’s sort of free if ur amazon anyway  Two sort of good choices: Apple iCloud (for low resolution only but essentially unlimited) and […]

20
November
2016

Black Friday is all about 70 inch TVs and 40 inch monitors!

Well the price of UHD (aka 4K) has just collapsed. Three years ago a 4K monitor cost $5K now a basic one is more like $500. But if you want a monstrous 70″ one what’s a person to do. Rtings.com is really helpful with detailed reviews and buying guides. They even tell you the best […]

16
November
2016

MacOS Sierra and Adobe Creative Cloud

OK this is a little annoying, but the standalone (perpetual license) versions of Adobe Create Cloud like Photoshop etc. do not install properly on MacOS Sierra, you have to manually navigate to the Installer/Contents/MacOS/install and run the command line application manually. This seems true for Creative Cloud 2015 and 2014.

16
November
2016

Decoder ring… one connector to rule them all USB/C

Well with Apple making a huge statement by moving to a single connector for everything, it’s time to look back and figure out how we got here. So here in chronological order is a short incomplete history of computer cabling and some explanation for how we got here. TL;dr The future is that all peripherals, […]

15
November
2016

Restarting Amazon Affiliate links

OK for the last year I’ve been terrible at Amazon affiliate links. First I missed the deadline to update my website information (there is some regulation about sites) so my old affiliate ids (tongfamily-20) were invalidated and I have to start again with new ids. But how to change 20 years of links? Well, at […]

15
November
2016

Microwaves

(another break from the political news) Well we’ve had two of them break in the last six months, so time to actually spend some time shopping for the. Three big sources are Amazon reviews (I know they are biased for small things, but people do not often give away microwaves for reviews ;-), Wirecutter’s home […]

14
November
2016

Battery Buying Guide

It’s a sad day when the best battery reviews are found buried in an Amazon rating, but there is someone who actually went ahead and tested batteries but: AAA Alkaline. AC Delco. the no-name AC Delco came up on top and for less than the cost of Amazon Basics even? AA Alkaline. Duracell Quantum. Then […]

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