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Surviving The Digital Revolution



 

The iPad Air Review

After playing with the fifth-generation iPad tablet computer for a short time, I must say that I’m impressed. On a scale from 1 to 10, I would give the iPad Air at least an 8, and possibly a 9. This tablet is expensive but it is sweet.

Battery charging is excellent on this unit. What is the longevity after a good charge? I believe it’s about 10 hours.

The feel, look, and speed of the iPad Air is fantastic. There is no stumbling while browsing online. I don’t see how anyone could have a problem with the functionality of this tablet. It looks professional.

I tend to agree with Woz’s comment pertaining with Apple’s obsession on decreasing the size and weight, rather than increasing storage space. For me personally, weight isn’t that big of an issue. A larger screen is a plus for me. I’m big on memory and speed. I’m big on sound.

Not necessarily an issue at all, but the speakers are wimpish, and this is normal for these type of gadgets. This would not prevent me from buying the unit, but better speakers would be nice. This isn’t a complaint; just an added comment.

A tablet isn’t terribly important to me, yet after browsing on the iPad Air for some time, I can understand how the user gets spoiled. It is quite convenient to check the weather, listen to my favorite audio apps, and just enjoy the afternoon browsing the internet.

For bookworms seeking a gadget for reading, this is the ticket. The text on the screen can be enlarged in a New York minute, and this is important for those that like to read (like myself).

Performance is outstanding with the iPad Air and I highly recommend it for casual use. And this is coming from someone who is not exactly an Apple fan boy nor a huge fan of the tablet. Seriously folks, it is nice. The iPad Air adds an elegant touch to the shack for sure. I think I can get used to it.

Roku Purple Light Keeps Blinking

The Roku set top box updates itself often. Not long after a reset I noticed one of the Roku boxes was doing something rather odd. The purple light continued to blink and it wouldn’t stop. The Roku unit worked great, but the purple light kept blinking. The light should not be blinking all of the time.

What could the problem stem from? I was sure it had something to do with the software updates. Yes, that had to be the problem. Wrong again.

It was the screensaver settings. Bingo!

Steps To Stop The Purple Blinking Light

1. Go to Home.
2. Go to Settings.
3. Go To Screensaver.
4. Click on the Preview.
5. Go to Wait time (Not required but recommended).
6. Click the time desired (Not required but recommended).
7. That’s it. You’re done.

You get those annoying telemarketers calling you night and day. Survey this, donate that, and please vote for me lingo. The call waiting feature is big bonus, along with an answering machine. Is there a way to stop those annoying robot calls?

The call blocker is the latest technology available designed for this task. I personally haven’t  tried this gadget but I can see it happening.

Take the CPR Call Blocker V202 for example.

Details: “Block unwanted callers at the touch of a button with the large “Block Now” button.”

Sounds interesting doesn’t it?

The Best Infrared Heater For Me

How well do those infrared electric portable heaters work? This was a question that I asked myself some time ago. What is the best infrared heater for me?

There have been good reports about several models of the infrared heater group, but I was skeptical at first.

Then, I acquired the LifeSmart LifePro LS-1002HH 1,200 Sq Ft Infrared Quartz Electric Portable Heater. I will give an honest review of this product.

Not only would I recommend this brand, I probably wouldn’t buy anything else in this genre of heater. I’ve owned the heater for a short time now and I’m totally pleased with it.

There are a few features that are worth mentioning.

The remote control is absolutely a must with the infrared heater. No, it’s not a matter of being lazy, it’s all about convenience. If you want consistent heat and do not want to be bothered by the trivialities of a switch, the remote control totally eliminates this distraction.

Another important feature that is very helpful is the on/off power switch on the back of the heater. When I’m sleeping or leaving any portable heater unattended, I prefer to turn the power switch off. The unit accommodates with a simple, easy to access switch that works well.

The problem with some of the smaller portable heaters is that they have no switch. I prefer a power switch for safety reasons. This can serve separately from the thermostat functions.

The unit is built well and has wheels that roll. The wheels aren’t exactly necessary, but I have grown accustomed to them. The unit is easy to maneuver with the wheels.

The unit has a fan to distribute heat throughout the room. The fan is a luxury and is a welcomed one. I also use an additional portable fan for heat distribution.

The thermostat is a practical feature.

For those wondering about the square footage of the room, this isn’t really an issue. I generally feel that this type of heater will heat half of the estimated value. I don’t put too much weight on this factor. I can confidently say that the heater will do what it claims.

Keep in mind the infrared heater is supposed to be supplement heat. It is not designed to heat the house in the far north during a harsh winter. It is designed to heat a living room and possibly a nearby dining room. (It’s probably too much for a small bathroom.)

The public has somewhat built a myth around the infrared heater. Some claim that a heater such as this will heat the whole dwelling. A bigger heater is definitely going to be necessary for harsher climates.

For those looking for supplemental heat, look no further. This unit is the one. It’s perfect for a mid-sized to large room. If you’re wanting to take the chill out of the room, this one is handy and durable. I do recommend it.

DVD Playing In Black And White

Why is my DVD playing in black and white and the picture seems to be distorted? Just what have I done wrong? The DVD player was playing great not long ago. I wonder what is going on?

Solution
1. Make sure the wires in the back of the television are hooked up correctly. Yellow on yellow, green on green, blue on blue, therefore, make sure the video is straight.
2. Make sure the two audio wires are plugged into the audio jacks, and not the component jacks.

Reflection
Sometimes when adding a new device, we think that we need to move the wires around. Normally we do not need to with today’s technology. Most of the modern jacks are HDMI (High Definition Media Interface). The HDMI jack is slowly replacing the old style RCA jack.

In my case, I recently added a streaming device and dislocated my wires. Common problem, but enough to get the blood stirring.

Acer Aspire 5552: How To Replace The Jack

Acer Aspire 5552 Jack Replacement Tutorial

The goal is to replace the DC Power Jack Plug Cable for Acer Aspire 5551. For those needing to do so, it would be a good time for another replacement: LotFancy Keyboard for Acer Aspire. My keyboard was okay and I didn’t have to replace it.

This video helped me to repair the Acer Aspire 5552.

Symptoms

This laptop was not charging up as it should. The jack was very loose and didn’t seem to be secured very well. Simply put, the laptop quit charging and something had to be done. The jack needed to be replaced with a new one.

As far as the instructions on the video, it was pretty much to the letter. I must say this was a very helpful video. I appreciate the valuable information.

I wrote the steps down as an aid when putting the laptop parts back together. The instructor was absolutely spot on every step of the way.

Video Source: After Hours Tv & Pc repair

Steps To Follow

1. Keyboard off. Loosen tabs. A little patience required.
2. Press on white piece toward you.
3. Disconnect track pad.
4. Unhook speaker.
5. Unhook power switch.
6. Disconnect white tape with green sticker.
7. Disconnect black attachment, goes to screen.
8. Install new power jack.
9. Reverse steps for assembly.

It was kind of a pain to get the keyboard loose. It’s not so bad after you do it once. I was afraid of breaking something, but I did not break anything. A few tabs fell off and I just put them back on. No problem.

So, this project can be done if you don’t mind a small amount of stress. The main thing was to get started and keep confident that the goal could be accomplished. Persistence is key.

Overall, not a bad project. The best part is that the old laptop works great now. There was no repair bill, other than a few hours of time. After replacing the jack, the charge light came on and I was ecstatic.

This repair was a success!

Recommendations
1. I think it would be a good idea from now on to keep the charging cord plugged in at the laptop. And, when it’s time to unplug, just unplug at the electric outlet. This prevents wear and tear on the laptop jack.
2. I used a Lutz Screwdriver for my project. These are well made screwdrivers.

Ravelli APLT2 Tripod Review

Ravelli APLT2 50″ Light Weight Aluminum Tripod with Bag

For anyone searching for a lightweight aluminum tripod for photography, I will take a moment to review the Ravelli APLT2 Aluminum Tripod, since I do own one. The height on this tripod is 50 inches,  which is roughly four feet tall. This tripod comes with a chic carry bag.

Here’s what the Ravelli APLT2 is designed to do. It’s perfect for the small point and shoot camera. It will also hold Kindle, iPhone, Galaxy phone, iPad mini, web cam, etc.

The light, stylish Ravelli is better suited for still photography shots, light video projects such as YouTube, and ordinary outside photography. Although it may hold a DSLR camera, it probably will not hold it steady enough. Take this into consideration.

The tripod isn’t very tall. This is no hindrance for taking pictures whatsoever, but tall people ought to know.

Yes, this is a cheap tripod, but I wouldn’t say it is cheaply built. For the small price tag, I feel it is quite a bargain.

If you’re seeking a lightweight tripod for using with a lightweight point and shoot, I think you’ll be satisfied with this product. I know that I am. For those looking for something more professional, you should examine the carbon fiber tripods.

Recommended For Pro Use: Induro CT-113 8X Carbon Tripod 3 Section 58-Inch Max Height 17lb Load

The INDURO CARBON 8X CT-113 Carbon Fiber tripod is the strongest, most stable tripod ever offered. If you want excellent quality at a great price, the Induro CT-113 8X Carbon Tripod is a good choice.

An additional accessory is the Induro BHL1 Ballhead.

Food For Your Eyes Only

What Foods Help Prevent Macular Degeneration?

What foods help prevent macular degeneration? Leafy green vegetables are a great source of nutrition for healthy eyes. Omega-3 fatty acids are important. Eat your spinach Popeye.

These are fish, nuts, and seeds. Salmon, tuna, halibut, mackerel, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, soybean oil, walnuts, broccoli, corn, peas, Brussels sprouts, green beans, kale, turnip greens, collard greens, spinach and romaine lettuce.

A couple items we need to know about are lutein and zeaxanthin.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

If you wear eyeglasses or by chance had a recent visit with your eye doctor, then you may have heard of macular degeneration. This is a “medical condition that usually affects older adults and results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula) because of damage to the retina.”

And getting to the question that has been nagging me lately: What is the difference between optometrists and ophthalmologists? Hint: The ophthalmologist is a physician and the optometrist is not.

Back to the topic. Can vitamins help prevent macular degeneration (AMD) ? The experts say that in addition with the right diet, supplements can prevent disease and keep the eyes healthy.

Symptom: A grid of straight lines appears wavy and parts of the grid may appear blank

One symptom is the following. Distorted vision in the form of metamorphopsia, in which a grid of straight lines appears wavy and parts of the grid may appear blank. Patients often first notice this when looking at miniblinds in their home.

Recommendations

It is recommended that everyone takes a multivitamin. Also, omega-3 fish oil and “antioxidant plus zinc” supplements are considered key ingredients to eye health. Always check with your doctor first.

Wireless Headphones For The Gym

1. Kinivo BTH220 Bluetooth Stereo Headphone – Supports Wireless Music Streaming and Hands-Free calling ($20.99) — Durable. Tough. Popular. The best for gym workouts.

2. JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones — Through perfecting a custom implementation of the native Bluetooth SBC codec, which we call Shift, we deliver a level of purity and sound that rivals and challenges the very best in wired headphones. Lifetime Warranty Against Sweat. These buds are very popular. Check it out!


Wireless Headphones

1. Jabra MOVE Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset ($79.99) — Jabra is great quality. Cheap entry level.

2. Sennheiser RS 170 Digital Wireless Headphones ($214.00) — Excellent sound. Leakage factor is very good.

3. MEElectronics Air-Fi Matrix2 AF62 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless + Wired Headphones with aptX, AAC, and NFC ($94.94) — Can be used both wired (stereo audio only) and wirelessly. The wired option is a plus. Excellent sound quality.

4. Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound ($99.99) — Gamer set.


Best Balanced Headphones

1. Koss PortaPro Headphones with Case ($39.36) Good quality cans that can be portable. Essentially unchanged since the beginning. Comfortable. Rugged. The sound is surprising.

2. Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones ($95.47) — Dynamic, closed-ear headphones with up to 32 dB attenuation of outside sound. Lightweight and comfortable, ergonomic design.

3. Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Collapsible High-End Headphone for Professional Monitoring Use (Black) ($114.99) — Exceptional comfort for extended listening.

4. AKG K 272 HD High-Definition Headphones ($133.84) — Go to everyday cans.

5. AKG K712 PRO Reference Studio Headphones ($389.00) — The cans you really want. Open wide wallet.

6. Shure SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphones (Black) ($199.00) — Shure makes great products. Building on 87 years of pro audio experience.


Technical Terms

Bluetooth — A wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances using short-wavelength UHF radio waves in the ISM band from 2.4 to 2.485 GHz.

Near field communication — (NFC) A set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, typically a distance of 3.9 in. or less.

Dolby Digital Plus — A digital audio compression scheme developed by Dolby Labs for transport and storage of multi-channel digital audio.


Are you satisfied with your selfie? You love the selfie but you can’t afford to bring along a film crew with you. No problem darling. Here is the… Selfie Stick (Black without Remote) by CamKix. Beware, this version does not come with a remote. What a great tool for photography. Comes with universal phone holder suitable for iPhone.

The selfie stick is compact and will fit in your handbag, saddlebag, suitcase, etc. Beauty is only an arm-length away!

If you are interested in the remote capabilities you may want to look at this: Selfie Stick With Remote by Ipow. It is ideal for travel, video diaries, camping, concerts, aerial photos, sports, etc.

Now you can get all of your friends in the picture and add it to your favorite social media application.

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