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Advice about Facebook Messenger for Kids

Facebook is rolling out a new version of Messenger aimed at kids.  Normally kids under the age of 13 are not allowed to sign up for a Facebook account, this is managed by the really hard to fool, birthday picker. Is this a good idea, to give...

Vintage Camera Review: Olympus OM-1

This post first appeared on my Photography blog: Zulu Fox Photo I am just going to say it up front, this is a beautiful camera.  It is nice to look at, it is nice to hold, it is great to shoot, with a couple of caveats.  I fell in love with this camera the first time...

Tablets: Why do we need them

Really, why do people want or need what is basically a large smartphone that can't make phone calls?  I have written about this before, but I figured it was time for an update.  Turns out there are a lot of reasons, many of which I am finding out since I have ditched...

How to Switch from Windows to Chromebook

Switching is easy! So you got a new Chromebook as a gift or you are thinking of jumping from Windows (or Mac even, the steps are close to the same) and move onto a lighter and more responsive OS.  Laptops that are cheaper and don't require the overhead of a full...

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What can you do with old tech?

Out with the old, in with the new The holidays are coming to a close and hopefully, you are enjoying all the new techno gadgets you got.  I know I am.  With the new influx of tech, what do you do with the old, outdated but still working stuff?  Do you just dump it in...

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Switch from iPhone to Android

It's not as hard as you think So maybe you asked for and got the new Google Pixel for Christmas and are ready to ditch the iPhone.  Maybe you are just holding on to the iPhone since it is all you have ever known.  If you have been seeing your friend convert from...

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Survival Tech: Stay Safe and Alive

Better to have it and not need it, than to not have it and need it I heard a story on the news the other day about a mother who hiked out 30 miles in a snowstorm after she and her family became stuck in the mud looking for the Grand Canyon.  So many things went wrong...

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Full Review: Google Pixel

First Week with the Google Pixel It's been a week since I bought a Google Pixel, I chose the Very Black 5 inch 32GB version.  I am switching from the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active that was also a 32Gb and made that work just fine.  I didn't see the need to pay another $120...

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

Christmas is two days away And you haven't done any shopping yet.  All is not lost.  Well, it might be if you need to ship something since the holiday falls on a Sunday this year (2016).  If you are looking locally for that last minute gift for that special tech fan...

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5 Quick Steps to Set Up Your Blog

Time to get started You have kicked around the idea of starting a blog long enough, it's time to just do it.  Or maybe you have setup a blog on one of the free services like Blogger or Wordpress.com and you want to take it to the next level by monetizing your work....

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First Impressions: Google Pixel

The most anticipated phone of the year: Well, at least the one that still has a headphone jack and also doesn't explode in your pocket.  A lot of signs early in the summer pointed to Google releasing their own phone.  For many years the Nexus line of phones have been...

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Star Wars: Rogue One – No Spoiler Review

Star Wars: Rogue One So this is the first movie, set in the Star Wars universe but is not originally part of the original story arc.  This movie takes place just before the events of Star Wars 4: A New Hope (The first one released in 1977).  In the original movie, we...

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What is Linux?

What is Linux anyways? If you have been around the tech world for a little while and have more than a passing interest in computers, there is no doubt you have heard of Linux.  Maybe you never really looked into what it is, or how it could benefit you.  Let me try to...

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5 Reasons to get an Amateur Radio (Ham) License

What is Ham radio Amateur (Ham) radio is a service and a hobby.  People use it every day as a means of communication around town and around the world.  Small handheld devices can let you chat over the air with people nearby and more expensive radio with large antennas...

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An Average Guy Tech Book Review

Wait, books aren't tech! I know, but I wanted to take a quick break from the tech stuff to write about a series of books that you should read if you like Sci-Fi.  Besides, you can read it on your Amazon Fire Tablet.  There I tied it to some tech. Old Man's War John...

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7 Great Tech Gifts on a Budget

It's that time of year again It's the holidays.  The time of year we make sure we show the people we care about how much we care about them by buying them some stuff.  What should you get the tech inclined in your life?  I get this question a lot from my non-tech...

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Amazon Fire 7 and HD 8

The best deal on a tablet today Amazon has done it again.  With the launch of the first Kindle Fire a couple of years ago, Amazon turned the tablet world, that was dominated at the time by iPad, on its head.  The first headlines touted it as an iPad killer and people...

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7 ways to speed up your laptop

So you want to keep the old laptop Laptop sales have been on the downward trend for the last couple of years.  With overall sales down for Windows and Apple laptops, it's no wonder people are holding on to older machines. Instead of upgrading the whole device, we are...

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Acer Chromebook 14 vs 15 inch MacBook Pro

Putting the Chromebook through its paces A lot has been said about how a Chromebook would work in real life.  I have spent several pages explaining how I have been able to fit the Chromebook into my work and into my play.  The myths and old preconceptions about what a...

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Tablet Reviews

What is the best tablet? Which is the best tablet?  Why do you need one?  Which one should you buy?  All very good questions.  Tablets were supposed to be the death of the laptop computer.  The tablet was the end all solution to your mobile computing needs.  Bigger...

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Has Apple lost it’s edge?

There is not a lot of innovation coming out of Cupertino Really, what's going on there?  Apple for awhile has been riding the wave of good customer vibes and the cutting edge of design and tech.  They have produced some of the most sought after products of the first...

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AI Home Assistants, should you get one?

If you can't get a real person to help you, get an artificial one Let's start with one thing.  The new AI that has been put into a little speaker by Google and Amazon, and to a lesser extent Siri and Cortana, are not really AI.  Not in the traditional sense of what an...

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What is USB-C and why it will matter to you, soon

There is a change coming The writing's on the wall.  There is a new USB standard coming down the road.  The release of the new MacBook sealed it.  USB-C is here to stay and will be everywhere, very soon.  So what is USB-C?  Let's take a look. The latest and greatest...

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