Category Archives: General Technology

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.

 

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.

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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.

 

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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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.