I 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.
For 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.
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.
It 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.
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).
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.
I 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.