Monday, November 28, 2016

Amazon Voice Devices On Sale Cyber Monday

On sale today, all of the Amazon voice recognition players: Echo, Tap, Dot. I have the Echo in my office and like it as it has a very good speaker. I have just connected a Dot to my home theater system with an adapter cable (mini-phono/headphone plug to RCA plugs...also from Amazon) and now can listen to just about any genre of music whether it's in my library of music or on Amazon's.

This is the cable I purchased:

Upload Your Music: To play your personal music from iTunes, Google Play, and more on your Alexa device, you can use Amazon Music for PC and Mac to upload your collection to My Music on Amazon from your computer. After you upload your music, you can ask Alexa to play your music and control playback with simple voice commands. You can upload up to 250 songs to My Music for free.

And many subscription services can be linked to "Alexia":

Monday, November 21, 2016

Facebook Spreading Malware via Messages

The malware threat using Facebook messenger and messages in the computer Facebook screens is much greater. Be very careful what you click on when friends do send you a message. Typically, Facebook will give you a preview of a link or a graphic, but be aware of where you land as Kim Komando warns in her latest blog posting:

Saturday, November 19, 2016

16 Tech Products that will Sell Out Fast on Black Friday

From Dealerscope's blog, check out these hot sellers for Black Friday this year:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Black Friday Shopping at Amazon

Black Friday is just a week and 2 days away. I'll do all my browsing online, and Amazon is going to be my primary source. So here is a preview of what to expect from Amazon as well as some apps that will assist in your shopping:

Friday, November 4, 2016

How to Fix User Profile Service Failed the Login Error

If you have problems signing into Windows 7, you may need to repair your registry as this YouTube video shows.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Telsa proposes solar roof tiles at competitive cost to reroofing your home

These are Tesla's stunning new solar roof tiles for homes

Non-destructive re-install of Windows Vista and 7

While working with a friend, he asked if there was a site where everything was written down on how to reinstall Windows 7 without losing installed programs. Initially, I told him it was all in my head, but after a Google search, I found this great site that literally does have it all written down!

Links for reinstalling Windows 8 the same way are in the article.

Good site to bookmark.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Impressions of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

I attended the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, produced by the Consumer Technology Association (name change from Consumer Electronics Association last year.)

I've been attending regularly, although of late, it's usually every other year, as I seek to see major changes in the electronics industry, and lately, I haven't seen many significant revelations in just one year, although the event is a gadget lovers paradise.

A good friend and I also attend virtually, surfing the web sites that report the news from CES, and the summary of the trends in the industry, and new announcements, which are almost impossible to see in a 5 day show.  I wouldn't trade the actual experience of being there in person with only online information, but it's in the online information that much is revealed.

Here, then are some of the sites that we've visited with updates you may wish to visit yourself as well:
  1. My presentation on CES given to the Central Florida Computer Society on February 14th:
  2. Adam Blakin covers CES Unveiled, an event prior to the opening of CES to the general public:
  3. Gary Shapiro, President of the Consumer Technology Association, gives the keynote presentation for CES:
  4. The Last Gadget Standing: An annual event at CES as producers of new products compete to be the winner of a competition. Link to their site with the nominees and winners:

    Video presentations of the finalists and the award ceremony:
  5. Two of c/net's many journalists covering CES summarize their top ten picks from the show in a 15 minute presentation:
  6.'s top picks from CES:
  7. c/net's review of OLED TV's from CES:
  8. DEsign News Blog covering 5 of the coolest 3D Printers from CES:
  9. Check out this video of the 3D printing of a beautiful deer model on the Ultimaker 2 3D printer:
  10. Next Generation Cars at CES video presentation by Time Warner Cable:
  11. Virtual Reality at CES video presentation by Time Warner Cable:
  12. c/net reviews the Elac America Uni-Fi UB5 bookshelf speaker which the reviewer states, "The results left me positively beaming.
  13. Drones were everywhere at CES. Now there is an anti-drone rifle that lets police take control of UAVs with radio pulses:
  14. (Watch this post for additional links)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

How to prevent Windows 10 from downloading

If you're like me and don't want Windows 10 to install or even download on your computer then you should follow the instructions in this article to prevent it from downloading and taking up a lot of space.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Don't Be Deceived

Take a look at this blog post, 5 Ways To Spot Social Media Scams & Rogue Apps

Ever wonder why so many people are so easily deceived? I guess we're just gullible, although we don't like to admit that we'd be one of those who would fall for such a scam. Be sure and read some of the earlier postings called out in this article too, and then share it with your friends on social media so the word gets around.

Scamming the Scammers

Isagenix: Can You Afford Not To?