Now Is a Good Time to Get New Surge Protectors. They Don’t Last Forever

surge protectorI recently purchased an all digital washing machine. Before it was delivered, I bought a surge protector to use with it.

I refreshed my knowledge of surge protectors and discovered that surge protectors do not last forever. Who knew? Every time it takes a hit, it loses juice and its effectiveness. And it’s important to note that the indicator light on it is no guarantee that it’s still doing its job.

I’ve replaced all the surge protectors in my home. Everything electrical is plugged into one, including kitchen appliances. Here are links to the ones I chose.

Learn more about surge protection. Here’s an article with more details. And here’s another good one.

One last thing: I unplug everything when I travel, during lightning storms, and when the power goes out while I’m home.

Don’t procrastinate and replace all your surge protectors today!

PEACE.

I Came Close to Getting a New iPhone. I Did This Instead

iPhone 4/4s CaseI had a momentary lapse of sanity and considered purchasing a new iPhone. By the time I’d get all the adapters, etc., that I needed and wanted, I’d be out of close to $1000.00. For a phone!
 
I decided to purchase this new case to upgrade how my iPhone 4 looks. Works for me. The case is good-looking, nice quality, and a perfect fit, all for $8. 
I’m not a big phone person and communicate mostly via email for business. And I spend way more time on my iPad. Going this route just made more sense to me.
PEACE.

Laptop Repair at the Microsoft Store – Who Knew?

iPad training with personal productivity expert, Peggy Duncan Duet DisplayFor weeks, I was frustrated every time I booted up my laptop and sat down to work. Something just wasn’t right. Then all kinds of weird error messages started to appear. I made an appointment at the Microsoft Store near my home, and I’m now back up and running.
All this time I thought Windows 10 was crap, and it turned out to be a failing hard drive. Amazed that it didn’t just fizz out completely.
 
The Microsoft Store will diagnose and repair your devices, including iPhone and iPad. I had no idea…they’ve always done a less than stellar job promoting what they do, including how powerful their software is.
 
I spent the evening reloading software and setting up my Outlook email accounts. One issue I had was QuickBooks Pro because I didn’t have a DVD. Fortunately, I’d ordered it from Amazon. They have a software store where you can re-download whatever you bought and also get the activation number.
I’m back in business and ready to go!
Note: I’m writing another post on what to do before and after your computer has been wiped clean and you have to start from scratch with new Windows.
PEACE.

Desktop Tripod Mount Reduces Needed Floor Space for Home Video Studio

I’m setting up a video “studio” in my small home office. No matter the setup, having a traditional tripod with those wide legs just wasn’t working. This gadget just arrived, and it’s perfect. It’s a desktop tripod mount.

desktop tripod mount for iPhone, iPad, Android, camerasIt clamps onto my desk, and has a tripod mount that works with my iPhone case (it has a tripod connector).

I still haven’t decided on my video platform, but with one more problem solved, I’ll figure it out soon.

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PEACE.

How to Match Your Gadget to Its Cable

 I’ve been using colored stickers (my dots) for years to match my gadgets with their cable. Place a sticker on the cable, right side up so you’ll know at a glance which way it plugs into the port. If you exhaust all colors, just add two or more matching stickers.

This is also a great way to organize books, CDs, DVDs, etc., by genre.

Here’s a link to stickers on Amazon. Avery also has some, but you have to order as an add-on item (orders of $25 or more, which is no problem for me).

Get Organized Now!

Need more help getting organized, check out my ebook, Get Organized At Work And Make It Easy.

PEACE.

Note: The image above is my Bluetooth headset…awesome!

How to Select, Collect, and Insert Multiple Items from the Office Clipboard

When you Ctrl+X to cut text or Ctrl+C to copy, you might think that you’ve lost the text once you cut or copy more text.

Actually, everything you’ve cut or copied is still on the Clipboard until you shut the computer down. Here’s how to view and use everything.

My Bluetooth Headset Makes Being Mobile Easier

I love gadgets that make my life easier or more fun. I have a full category on this blog for them. But I don’t just buy technology unless I need it, and need it right then. My latest is a Bluetooth headset.

Why I Wanted It

The three main reasons I wanted this device: Listen to music or watch a video on my iPad, but not be wired to it; hear my iPhone ring when it’s in another part of the house (especially since I don’t have a landline); enjoy being in the same room with a football game but not have to hear it.

The Gadget

Bluetooth headset for iPhone, iPadI didn’t want one of those tiny earpieces because they’re too easy to lose. I ended up buying an unbranded headset on Amazon. In addition to having great sound, it also has these great features.

  • Comfortable. This smooth earpiece fits around my neck and is forgotten.
  • Easy storage. It’s easy to pack and go because the entire piece folds into three sections.
  • Retractable wires. Push a button on each side, and the wires slide right back into place.
  • Volume control. Up and down buttons right at your fingertips.
  • Phone control. Answer, end, reject calls. You can also call the last number dialed.
  • Music control. Adjust volume, change songs, and pause.
  • Siri integration. Double-tap the Up volume control and Siri is activated.

This Bluetooth headset is a winner! Check it out on Amazon and read the reviews.

PEACE.

 

Record TV Shows Without a DVR Using the iView Converter Box

I dumped cable several years ago and use a digital antenna with my Panasonic Smart TV to watch all local channels (ABC, NBC, MeTV, etc.). I also have a subscription to Netflix. Everything was going great until MeTV moved Perry Mason to 9:00AM Eastern (from 10:00AM). That threw me off my morning schedule.

Due to a momentary lapse in sanity, I considered getting basic cable with a DVR, which would have given me a $30 monthly bill. Fortunately, I found a solution for a one-time payment of $29. It works perfectly with equipment I already had.

At this writing, this solution does not work on Smart TVs.

iView Converter Box records TV shows

Here’s How

Test the Signal. Based on your home’s location such as the proximity to the towers, trees around, etc., you may get lots of channels, a few, or none. This site supposedly allows you to find out, but it didn’t work for me. It said no channels were available in my Zip Code, but I have plenty. My advice is to buy a good antenna, run the scan, and test it yourself.

iView Digital Converter Box. This converter box is designed to record programs that it receives through an HD antenna. I thought I’d be able to use the converter box on my Smart TV, but that didn’t work (others have reported that they’ve been able to get it to work on a Smart TV). Fortunately, I have an old analog color TV that works great. (This unit also works on HDTVs, but I wasn’t able to get it to work on my Smart TV. Others reported success with that, however.)

Here is a newer version of this converter box, but it still doesn’t offer the weekday recording option, and it costs a little more (I unplug my external hard drive on the weekends so it won’t record). Reading through the reviews, the only improvement is the layout of the remote control (which needed that!).

Digital Antenna. The above image shows an antenna plugged into the iView Digital Converter. I also connected an external hard drive to the converter since it doesn’t provide storage. I have two antennas, and here is a link to the newest one.

External Hard Drive. I’ve scheduled the recordings of Perry Mason at 9:00-10:00AM and again at 11:30PM-12:30AM. There is no option to choose weekdays, so I had to choose daily (I hope a future software update will add weekday option). I have the 1TB hard drive, and here is a link to the newer 2 TB unit.)

Extra USB Cable. I like watching the show on the big screen (my Smart TV) so I have to unplug the external hard drive from the iView and plug it into a USB port on the side of the Smart TV. My TV is mounted, so this isn’t convenient. I bought the extra USB cable that works with my hard drive and leave one in the iView and one in the Smart TV. No more fumbling to reach the USB port.

On my Smart TV, I simply plug the external hard drive into the USB cable that I leave in the TV, open the Media Center, go to Videos, and click to play any scheduled recording.

The iView Digital Converter box has other functions such as pause when playing. Check out all the details and reviews on Amazon.

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. Or if you have alternate solutions, let us know.

PEACE.

 

 

 

Free Media Player for Newer Versions of Windows – Kodi

I recently discovered that newer versions of Windows (starting with version 8.1) have no media player!

I had downloaded the free VLC player, but I had no success in playing a DVD. Kodi is a free, open-source media player for various platforms. Download it here and choose the “current stable release.” Also check out the add-ons for videos, including TV networks.

The player is free and donations are accepted. This is one slick-looking, flawless player.

PEACE.

 

How to UNSEND a Message in Gmail (video shows you how)

My 2-Minute rule in Outlook defers delivery of a message so I have plenty of time to get it from the Outbox, make a change, and resend.

Google recently made it possible for the masses to UNSEND a message in Gmail, and I recorded this quick video to show you how.

Outlook is my preferred email client, and I organize and manage my life with it. For training, call me. I conduct workshops, conference seminars, Webinars, and individual SKYPE sessions. I also have some pre-recorded lessons here.

 

PEACE.