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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...

Going Back to the Flip Phone

Why, in the age of the smartphone, would someone voluntarily go back to a flip phone?  I can hear you asking, "You run a Tech Blog, why would you do that!" Well, there are a few reasons why I have done it.  I will try to lay out a couple of them here for you.  Maybe...

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Review: HP Chromebook 13 G1

I have been on a bit of a Chromebook kick lately.  I don't make any apologies for it either.  I have been using as my primary device the HP Chromebook 13 G1.  Not the best name but it is what they call it.  This is one of the best Chromebooks, I think, you can get...

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The State of Chromebooks – 2017

  It is not a secret that I am a huge fan of the Chromebook.  When it comes to a day-to-day laptop it is the best device for my needs.  The low cost and low power requirements of the ChromeOS means I can get high dollar like performance from a laptop with stats that...

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The latest from #madebygoogle

Google no longer wants to be seen as strictly a search engine and house for all the worlds information.  They want to also be seen as a hardware company.  Stop me if you have heard this before *cough* Microsoft *cough* but maybe Google can do what the big M failed to...

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Getting Your Message Out

In the current world, we live in, there are several avenues in which to get your message out to the audiences you hope to address.  With that, there are several challenges that are created in order to elevate your message above the noise.  The old models and metrics...

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Why do lithium-ion batteries catch fire

  It's a matter of chemistry Lithium-ion batteries are in everything nowadays.  Their lightweight and high capacity make them great for all kinds of mobile applications.  They can be found in wireless headphones, laptops, cell phones, kids toys and portable speakers....

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Film Friday – Nikon FE

  Welcome to the first of I hope many, Film Friday reviews Nikon FE 35MM Film SLR As I talked about in a previous post, I have been looking for ways to slow down and go analog once in awhile.  I stumbled back into film photography about a month ago when I picked up...

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OS Choices

How you interact with your computer matters If you find it hard to use something, chances are you won't use it.  That has been the focus of this blog from the start 6 months ago.  I like making things easier for people to understand the new tech coming out and making...

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Going Analog

We live in an always on, connected world Well at least in the Western Countries that is, in the last 25 years we have seen a fundamental shift in how we interact with each other and the world around us.  We are always available, always on, and can never shut down.  We...

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Review: Acer R11 Chromebook

A lot of things to a lot of people The Acer Chromebook R11 2-in1 was one of the first wave of Chromebooks to offer the Google Play App Store.  I wondered if this addition was going to be value added or somewhat of a distraction from an otherwise great operating...

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Some new things coming…

I have been enjoying demystifying your tech But I am feeling called to do a little bit more, don't worry I will still be bringing you latest in tech news and reviews and how-tos.  I am going to be launching a new venture alongside Average Guy Tech. I will be dropping...

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Alternatives to Skype – Video Messaging

Skype is the big name, but not the only game Thanks to being "first" to the game and being the best positioned and marketed video calling service, Skype is now synonymous with online video calling.  As we have seen before, in the world of the internet, being first...

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From Windows to the Mac

I am not anti-Apple... I just never saw the point in paying more for the hardware I already had.  I thought of Apple MacBooks as really expensive laptops.  Since they pretty much are for what you get.  When I got the chance at work to switch to a MacBook I took the...

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What is a 4K TV?

  This is the biggest TV sale time of the year The weeks between new years and the Super Bowl (The Big Game) are the most popular times to buy a new TV.  So with the game coming up this weekend maybe you are still on the fence about buying one of the new 4K TVs but...

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What’s the difference between storage and RAM?

The difference is big One of the most misunderstood stat, that everyone quotes, is that of how much "memory" a device has.  Usually, people when talking about how much storage space they have they call it memory.  "Oh, I can't save any more pictures since I am out of...

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What to do with your Baofeng Radio

So you picked up a new Baofeng radio, either a 5R or something else.  I will stick with the 5R for this article since it is what I know.  Now that you maybe have had a chance to try it out on the local repeater or simplex.  Maybe you have been using it to listen to...

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Why are Computer Sales Slumping?

Why don't people want "real" computers anymore It's not news that overall sales of new computers have been slumping for a couple of years now.  Worldwide the sales of PCs and Mac computers have been on a downward slide due to low consumer demand and a shift to more...

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What is Bluetooth?

More than just a strange name What is Bluetooth, really? It has become a word in our language, but do you really understand what it is, or what it can be used for? Let's take a look at how this amazing technology can make your life a little bit better and maybe see if...

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How to Protect Yourself Online

  It's not all fun and games out there The internet as we know it is probably one of the greatest inventions of human history.  Never before has the access to the collection of the world's knowledge ever been more available.  It used to be people needed to travel to...

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The New Acer Rugged Chromebook 11

There are a lot of great Chromebooks coming out When the MadebyGoogle event happened back in October 2016, there was some disappointment that there was no mention of new Chromebooks coming out.  Well, it looks like everyone was waiting for the 2017 Consumer...

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