Category Archives: Consumer Tech

WAN load-balancing routers

Intro I got an offer for $20/month broadband access from Centurylink. It got me to thinking, could I somehow use that as a backup connection to my current cable ISP? How would that work? Could I use a Raspberry Pi … Continue reading

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White web page: maximizes your backlight with no invasion of privacy

Intro Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve always had some issues getting my flashlight app to work on my phones. First there’s the issue of finding one from a trusted source (many contain spyware: access to my contacts?? for a … Continue reading

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Consumer tech: How to safely add steps to your Fitbit

So my significant other realized after going to the park that she wasn’t wearing her Fitbit Alta. She’s a member of not one but two separate programs that provide certain incentives the more steps taken. So she wanted to add … Continue reading

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What I’m trying out now – Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet

Intro I had previously praised an HP Touchpad Tablet, but that was another time and times have moved on. Now I’m trying the new Fire HD 8 Tablet and am quite impressed. It’s not perfect however. Here are some features … Continue reading

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Consumer Tech: Getting pictures off the Samsung Galaxy S7

Intro This is simple enough, but I keep forgetting how to do it since I only do it every few months. And the options provided seem almost limitless. Still, this approach works best in my opinion. The details Plug USB … Continue reading

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Consumer Tech: Fitbit Charge tracker disconnected solution

Intro I don’t want to oversell this solution. But let’s face it, you can lose hours and you probably will if you start rummaging through Fitbit’s own community forums on the solution of what to do when your Fitbit Charge … Continue reading

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Spousal request for slideshow on TV – fail

Intro Some things are just a lot harder than they should be. Given that I have two Amazon Firesticks for TVs, and tons of pictures on the Google cloud, wouldn’t it be great if while working at home my spouse … Continue reading

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Amazon Fire Stick/Sony BRAVIA TV compatibility problem – one solution

Intro There is a very long discussion of this topic on Amazon.com. Sony BRAVIA models more than five years old may not work perfectly with Amazon’s Fire TV stick. I have this problem and I’ll mention my workaround. The details … Continue reading

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