Using a Tripod with my iPad to Save My Neck

I’ve recently started using a tripod with my iPad, and wish I’d done it sooner. My neck feels so much better as I’m no longer bending it over the iPad for hours.

Using tripod with iPadHere, I’m using it at the dining room table. The tripod allows me to adjust the height and alignment to fit any situation, including when I stand to work. The Bluetooth keyboard gives me the option of typing when tapping won’t do.

Here are Amazon links to what I’m using.

  • Quality tripod. You could use a more lightweight unit than this one, especially if you’re not using it for anything heavier. I travel with my tripod and didn’t want to take a chance of it tipping over.
  • Tripod mount for the iPad. Slip the iPad into this unit so it screws into the tripod. Be sure to get one to fit your model.
  • Desk clamp tripod (optional). I use this unit when I’m recording videos at my desk. It saves on floor space because I don’t have to accommodate the wide legs of a typical tripod.
  • Bluetooth keyboard. (This link is to my next keyboard that has a mousepad. Otherwise, it’s very similar to the one I currently have.)

I know I’ve already done a lot of arthritic damage to my neck over the years, but this is definitely making a difference. Just wish I’d thought of it earlier.

Have you set up something similar? Leave your ideas in comments.

PEACE.

 

Facebook Keeps Showing Me Old Posts – How to Fix That

A few weeks ago, I noticed that Facebook kept showing me the same posts with one or two new ones. I finally figured out why and how to fix it.

  1. Go to the Home view.
  2. Scroll to find News Feed.
  3. Click that drop-down, and click or tap Most Recent.

Facebook keeps showing old postsThat’s it, but keep checking because Facebook keeps switching it back. At this writing, I didn’t see any way to change it permanently through Options. If you have a tip to make that happen, please leave in the comments.

PEACE.

 

Equipment to Use to Record Videos Using Your iPhone or iPad

I’ve been recording and editing how-to videos for years. I’ll use either my iPhone, iPad, or a Logitech Webcam.

Here is a suggested list of what you could use to get started. These links are either Amazon or to a post right here on my blog, and I use everything listed.

iRig mic is made for iPhone/iPad and plugs into headphone jack
This microphone is designed specifically for the iPhone and iPad. I’ve been very satisfied with the quality. Order the windscreen that you’ll see with it. This helps to reduce wind interference when you say words beginning with “p”, for example.

Microphone arm. You’ll need something to hold the mic. I’m currently using this space saving mount so I no longer need a floor tripod.

Desktop Tripod for the iPhone or iPad. You’ll also need a tripod mount to hold the iPhone. If you ever decide to use the iPad, you could do that too, but you’ll need a unit to slip the iPad into so it’ll attach to this mount. I have the iPad 4 and use this tripod mount.

Bluetooth wireless remote. This Bluetooth wireless remote will start and stop the video app without your having to tap your device. You’ll have to use Bluetooth as opposed to a selfie wire that plugs into the headphone jack (because the microphone will be there).

PEACE.

 

Here’s What’s In My Gym Backpack – Get Organized And Stay Ready to Go

Backpack for exercising and carrying to gymI like systems, especially when it’s something I’ll do more than three times. And I always want to be organized. When I started walking in the neighborhood and going to the gym, I discovered the things I needed with me at all times.

I keep my backpack ready to go. Except as noted, these items stay packed.

  • My ID. There is a special inside pocket for my ID (driver license, healthcare cards, credit cards). I put it back in my purse at home.
  • Extra car key on ring with key card. I have to turn in a car key when getting the key to the treadmill. To avoid giving them all my keys, I keep an extra car key on a separate ring. It made sense to put the center’s key card on this ring.
  • Tube of skin protection. I rub this on before I leave home and throughout the day.
  • Sunglasses. I keep an extra, miscellaneous pair.
  • Small towel. That treadmill makes me sweat. I take it out for cleaning after each use.
  • Car charger for iPhone. I listen to music while working out, and my Steps app that tracks my calories sucks the battery life). When I’m on my way back home, I need this. This is an extra one that stays in the bag.
  • Bluetooth headset for iPhone. I can listen to music without getting tangled in wires. Here’s an article I wrote about this headset…love this thing. I remove it when I’m back home.
  • Armband that holds iPhone. Actually, I wear this around the house too. My Steps app that I mentioned above only works if my iPhone is on me.
  • Ink pens, notepad, business cards. Always ready to network.
  • Pack of Lysol wipes. Always with me for disinfecting anything I touch that’s someone else has used.
  • Arm band. This verifies I’ve been trained on the fitness equipment at my center.
  • Igloo cooler left in the car. I keep one bottle of water in the backpack. When I get back out to my car, I want cold water. I bought this small cooler and load it with a couple of bottles from the freezer before I head out.

What do you carry with you? Leave a comment.

PEACE.

 

Self Portrait (Selfies) Button for the iPhone – Dollar Tree

Selfie button for the iPhone at Dollar TreeI picked this selfie button up at Dollar Tree yesterday. It works with my iPhone and iPad, and is so simple. Just plug it into the headphone jack, pose, click the button for a photo or video.

No more trying to hold the device and push the camera button simultaneously. It works right out of the package, and also has a clip for clothing.

I don’t take a lot of selfies, but for $1.00, I snapped it up. Also works with Android.

Note: I ordered an inexpensive selfie button that’s Bluetooth on eBay. I’ll let you know if it works. It’ll come in handy when I’m using a microphone plugged into the headphone jack.

PEACE.

 

My Little Plan for Losing Weight – Just Get Started


I am going to lose weight and get more fit. I have healthy eating habits, but I was spending too much time at my desk, in front of my laptop.

I started walking in my neighborhood, and I have a Yoga mat (Ross has a great selection) and hand weights (Amazon) that I use at least every other day (great lessons on YouTube for anything you want and at any level).

I made my first trip to the senior center Downtown Durham and signed up to use the fitness center. I connected with two classmates, and we commit to each other to come back. We do.

I needed to remove all barriers to procrastination. Make a plan and work it, as they say. Here’s the plan for getting ready.

  1. Schedule the time. Block out time on your calendar to do it. Turn off the TV, and you’ll be surprised how much free time you have.
  2. Buy some cute outfits so you don’t have to ponder over and stress out about what to throw on. If you haven’t exercised before, you won’t have anything suitable. I found some great buys at Dollar General (of all places). I’ve washed them and am happy to report the quality has held up (I have no interest in buying designer workout clothes…at least not yet).
  3. Organize everything. I organized the outfits with all the tops and sports bras in one drawer, and the bottoms in another. Everything is somewhat arranged by color.
  4. Bought another pair of sneakers (Ross for $20). I wanted a pair that matched most of my outfits.
  5. Bought a lightweight backpack. Whether I’m walking in the neighborhood or at the gym (senior center), I carry my ID and health insurance card. This backpack is lightweight and has a place for my water bottle. When I travel, it rolls and folds up into it’s own pouch.

I’ve been walking for a month or so (only about one mile, but hills). I’ve gone to the center for a week. I’m already seeing results…less back fat is the most noticeable LOL.

Tip: Lay your outfit out the night before, and put it on when you get up. When you’re ready, you’ll be ready.

Here are my dumbbell set with stand and backpack.

hand weights
Lightweight backpack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you made a plan and had results? Let us know in the comments.  PEACE.

Add One Space After a Period, Not Two. Here’s How to Fix Your Document and Break the Habit

Since the advent of computers and word processing software, one space goes after period, not two.

Why? The simplest explanation is that in typesetting, software makes room for a wide font such as W.

One space has been the norm since mid 20th Century. “The Complete Manual on Typography (2003) states that “The typewriter tradition of separating sentences with two word spaces after a period has no place in typesetting” and the single space is “standard typographic practice.”

Find and Replace Command

In Microsoft software, use the Find&Replace command.

  1. Press Ctrl+H.
  2. In the Find what box,  type a period and hit the spacebar twice.
  3. In the Replace with box, type a period, and hit the spacebar once.
  4. Click Replace All.

The software will find all instances of where you added two spaces after a period and replace them with a period with one space after. Fixed before you can blink.

When I was in publishing and had to fix documents from other people, I recorded a macro and created a shortcut and a toolbar button that made it even quicker.

Break the Habit

To break the habit of adding two spaces after the period, every time you do two spaces, stop right then. Delete that last word (or more) and try again, focusing on doing one space. It’ll soon become the norm for you.

PEACE.

My Mail Station Idea – Everything Organized At Your Fingertips

mail station behind doorI like taking advantage of every space I have in my small home office. This is a solution I’ve used for years as a mailing station. This particular organizer is where I store various envelopes I use for mailing and also greeting cards. It’s perfect for my needs.

This is an over-the-door organizer designed for a small pantry. I don’t remember where I purchased this, but I found something similar at Sears and a similar one at Target.

Everything else I need to ship or mail items is in an organizer next to my desk and includes tape, multiple denominations of stamps, and mailing/shipping labels.

Etiquette expert, Jacqueline Whitmore, liked this idea. Here’s what she did with it (for office supplies).

organized office supplies from jacqueline whitmore

Hope this will jumpstart your next organizing project.

PEACE.

 

 

 

Find the Right Laptop Part by Knowing Your Exact Model

The battery on my laptop has been malfunctioning for a couple of years, and now it’s completely gone. Before I ordered a new one, I wanted to be sure to order the right one the first time.

HP Laptop Battery eBayI found this link on the HP Support Website, and was one click away from getting the information I needed. The site identified my laptop, and listed all the information I wanted.

HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx Entertainment Notebook PC

I knew I had the HP Pavilion Entertainment Laptop Dv7, but I needed that “6b55dx” portion.

I went to ebay.com and searched “HP laptop battery Dv7-6b55dx,” and found several vendors selling brand new batteries for my 3.5-year-old laptop. Done.

PEACE.

 

The Letters on My Laptop Keyboard Faded. Fixed It With This.

I must not be the only one whose letters had faded off the keyboard because I found this very inexpensive solution: Keyboard letters.

faded letters on keyboard fixed with sticky lettersI ordered a pack of sticky letters from Amazon and very carefully adhered them to each key. Done. My laptop looks new.

Instead of buying a new keyboard for my laptop and shipping it to HP or leaving it somewhere for the installation, I spent less than $5.00 and fixed it myself.

PEACE.