27
November
2017

Airbnb discounts for Christmas 2017

Covered elsewhere but you no longer get 5x points on Ink Plus/Cash on eBay using Paypal Digital Gifts. Also does  not work with giftcardmall.com anymore, although giftcardmart.com still works. But most reliable way is to: Right now on chase, there is a 4x bonus for using chase mall to get to staples.com but only for physical […]

26
November
2017

Corporate Mileage Programs for Airlines

Even as airlines relentlessly devalue their points (United alone has gone from 2.4 cents/mile to 1.4 in the last five years), there is one thing to try. As all airlines are trying to recruit companies, if you have a small business (or a large one), you should sign up for their corporate programs: United Perks […]

25
November
2017

Tesla Tips

Ok the many oddities of a complex car, but here are some simple things I didn’t figure out until I RFMed: The Tesla X trunk memorizes a particular open position. This is so if you are short the tail gate will be in reach. It also uses the center beam sensor to determine if there […]

21
November
2017

Changing from Grid to List View on Apple Watch and Time Travel…

OK this has to be the most undiscoverable thing ever. When will someone say that every option needs a visible menu item. Anyway, if you hate the complex “grid” view on your watch, then in Apple Watch, you hard press on the grid view and you can change. And another strange thing is getting into […]

17
November
2017

iPhone and iPad charging demystified

I can’t believe how hard it is to figure out how iPhone and iPad charging work. The mysterious parts are what cables and what chargers work where… Here’s a quick summary The original USB standard was 5V and 500mA. This is why when u plug a phone into old computers it charges so slowly. That’s […]

09
November
2017

2017 Chevy Bolt not Qi Compatible

How sad is that. The 2018 is though so if you fit your phone into that little slot it will work there. Sad to say I’m not sure why they made it a spot rather than a tray. The 2016 Prius has it about right although as a tray underneath the dash it still isn’t […]

09
November
2017

Safely syncing your git fork to an upstream master

Well there are about a million commands you can use to do this, but the notes on GitHub.com unfortunately create merges which are bad, bad when you are trying to maintain things, here is what they suggest. And note that this also works with private repos run by say Gitlab. Fork from the GitHub.com repo, […]

08
November
2017

iPhone X fast wired and wireless charging

Ok this is actually pretty hard to decipher but here’s the scoop: Apple finally supposed USB C Power Delivery. This means that with a USB C to lightening cable it can vary the voltage and amperage. The shipped system is a USB A to lightening cable and adapter that charges at 5V at 1A so […]

07
November
2017

Using Veracrypt and MacOS

OK, I love Veracrypt, it is a very nice tool for running encrypted volumes on your system. On the Mac though, it uses MacFuse underneath and you can run into not having enough file system slots to run it. You will get a cryptic message like: mount_osxfuse: File System is Not Available (255) Thank goodness […]

07
November
2017

Indoor air quality monitors

If you have someone at home that has allergies or other health issues, it’s nice to be able to track. There are a host of startups and home devices that track this and let you see them in the cloud or on your phone: PM2.5. These are the small particles that get past your defenses. […]

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