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At Home with Tech – The Year in Review

How about 50 Tech Tips for my 50th post to kick off the New Year? Let’s begin!

How about 50 Tech Tips for my 50th post to kick off the New Year? Let’s begin!

We’ve covered a lot of ground this year!
And what have we learned in our quest to keep our digital gears spinning at home?
The trek is never over.
But the journey doesn’t have to be so confusing.

That said, it’s time for my year in review!
Here are my 50 tech tips to take with you into the New Year:

50 At Home with Tech Tips

What’s Your Backup Plan?
#1 – Technology is a Tool That Will Eventually Turn on You
That T-800 with your name is never far away.
So don’t get complacent.

It Got Cloudy
#2 – Happily, There’s Life After MobileMe
If you want to share your photos online, use Flickr.
For your home videos, use YouTube or Vimeo.
If you need to share some files, then go with Dropbox.

Date Night and the 42” Plasma
#3 – Without Planning, You Can’t Guarantee a Good Date Night Movie at Home
(Even with full access to Cable TV, Netflix DVDs/Streaming, Apple TV, Roku, and Blockbuster!)

My Mission for the Perfect Picture
#4 – Taking an Amazing Photo Is Often Just an Accident
Embrace your accidents! And keep taking lots of pictures. It’s free.
Statistics are in your favor.

The IT Guy is in the Doghouse
#5 – Don’t Try to Win the Battle with Older Tech
Your tech is only as strong as its weakest link.
Enough said.

Your Shoebox Vs. the Cloud
#6 – Print an Annual Photo Book of Your Life
Otherwise, your best photos will get lost in the quagmire of your photo glut.
Time is your enemy.

I Am a Road Warrior
#7 – When a Tech Door Closes, Look for a Window to Open
My cable company locked down its box, which shut off my mobile media viewing on my portable DVD player. Then, streaming cable content on my iPhone became available through services like HGO Go.
Go figure.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
#8 – Just Because You Know How to Make Someone Younger in a Photo Doesn’t Mean You Should
My digital moral code says don’t mess with someone’s CDI.
(The Core Digital Integrity of a person’s image).

Please Rate This Product…or Else
#9 – No Product Ever Gets a Perfect Score Online
You’ve got no choice but to rely on Tech Group Think.

Is it Time to Stockpile Light Bulbs?
#10 – New Tech Light Bulbs Cost $50!
Thank The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
It says incandescent bulbs aren’t cutting it anymore and need to be 25% more efficient or else.
The solution? Pricey LED Bulbs.
The new darling ‘A Bulb’ by Philips launched with a steep $50 price tag.

The Art of Inaction, Part 1
#11 – The Tao of Total Tech Caution Says Don’t Upgrade Unless You Absolutely Have To
That also means never buy the first of anything.

The Art of Inaction, Part 2
#12 – Remember the Software Update Button
When you finally upgrade to a new operating system months after the rest of the world, don’t forget to immediately check Software Update.
Otherwise, gremlins will show up!

Parental Omniscience for only $24.95
#13 – You Can Have X-ray Vision Through Your Smart Phone
An Eye-Fi wireless memory card + a Flickr Pro account, + Flickr’s iPhone app = The power to almost instantly see photos of my lad’s adventures wherever I am.

Loving the Loser Light Bulb
#14 – Don’t Spend $50 on the Lexus of New LED Bulbs
Go with the runner up bulb for $15- Philips’ AmbientLED!

Joe and the End of Your World
#15 – If Your Coffee Mug Spills Near Your Computer, Game Over
Buy the HotJo Stoneware Wide Base Travel Mug.
(It’s pear-shaped!)

Living in the Amazon and Loving It
#16 – Amazon Prime Is the Best $79 You Will Ever Spend
Amazon to the rescue…
Every day!

Taming the Evil Work BlackBerry
#17 – It’s Okay to Turn Into a Pumpkin
Choose a time to stop responding to work emails on nights and weekends.
Everyone is supposed to catch some Z’s at some point.

Cancel the Cable TV Mutiny
#18 – 50,000 Free Hot Spots Coast to Coast
The cable industry announced it will share metro Wi-Fi services throughout the nation.
Now we’re talking!

Saying “Sleep Tight from 5,000 Miles Away
#19 – When Traveling Internationally, Keep Your Smartphone Connected on the Cheap with Skype
Buy a Skype Online Number plus a $2.99/month Unlimited US and Canada plan.

The Price of Staying Connected
#20 – Skype Video Can Work on 3G (4G) If the Signal Is Strong Enough

At Home without Tech
#21 – The Digital Sisyphus Always Looms
Do you fear being at home without tech?
Fear is a great motivator. And so is a deadline.
Do your Apple software upgrades or suffer the consequences.

Laptop Time Machine
#22 – Your Laptop Really Is a Time Portal!
The tether of your social media connections remains long after you’ve moved on.
Today’s younger generation will never experience completely losing touch with old friends for decades.

Remembering MobileMe
#23 – Life Isn’t Easy. Why Should Your Virtual Existence Be Any Different?
The marketing gurus say moving your email to iCloud is so easy even a child can do it.
I say you’d better have a child around to show you how.

I Sold My Soul to the Digital Devil
#24 – Final Cut Pro X Claims to End the Era of Pesky Transcoding
Yes, FCP X will grudgingly edit your camera’s native H.264 MOV files without you first having to transcode them.

High Tide at Grand Central
#25 – My Favorite New York Minute of the Day!

Singing the Blu-ray Blues
#26 – It’s Painful, but Stick with Blu-ray Disks
Here are five reasons:
-The downloadable copy
-The extras come with extra extras
-DVD Player, Say hello to VHS Player in the attic
-Owning atoms instead of bytes

The Joy of Shopping at Midnight in your Underwear
#27 – Unless You’re Out of Toilet Paper,
Online Shopping Is the Way to Go!

Who’s got time to waste traveling to the mall, hoping they’ll have what you need and then waiting in a long line?

GPS Jane
#28 – Garmin Nuvi Loses to My iPhone During Their GPS Smackdown
(Probably still holds true even after Apple’s ‘Map-Gate’ debacle)

Going Batty Buying Movie Music
#29 – It’s Almost Impossible to Purchase the Complete Soundtrack for
“The Dark Knight Rises”
I found at least five bonus tracks available across two sales channels.
Holy Complex Marketing Scam, Batman!

Five Tips to Rescue your Best Summer Family Photos
#30 – Brutally Choose Your Best Photos and Leave the Rest Behind
The more vacation pictures you bring home to clog up your computer, the smaller the odds are you’ll actually share any of your best photos with family and friends.
Your only chance is to quickly find the few gems and forget the rest.

My iPad Doesn’t Brake for Flash
#31 – Apple’s Mobile Devices Don’t Use Adobe Flash Player
Now, Adobe has removed its Flash Player from the Google Play store, which is the beginning of the end for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook owners.

My New Area Code Twists My Tech-Dentity
#32 – Skype Online Numbers Let You Choose Your Area Code!
Now, you too can be a New Yorker without moving out of the ‘burbs…

My Laptop Battery Got Pregnant
#33 – Don’t be Surprised If the Lithium-Ion Battery In Your Old Apple Laptop Turns Into the Hulk
Mine did. After some research in the X-Files, I realized I was not alone.

I Don’t Know How to Install my Wireless IP Camera, Part 1
#34 – This Journey Can Break Anyone’s Tech Zen
I had no choice but to continue on and risk ‘tech-tastrophe.’

I Don’t Know How to Install my Wireless IP Camera, Part 2
#35 – My Winning Tech Death Match Against the Foscam
Wireless IP Camera

(model FI8910W)

Ode to iPhone 5
#36 – My 4S Contract Says It’s Not Yet Time to Upgrade
Instead, write a poem!

Epson Multifunction Printer Vs. Multi-Talented Toddler
#37 – In the Hands of Baby McGyver, the Evil Power of the Penny Will Destroy Your Printer
Time to look for a new one on sale.

All I Want is to Have my Peace of Mind and Cloud Storage
#38 – You Need a Backup Cloud Solution
For total peace of mind you should create a copy of your precious home media offsite.
I went with the CrashPlan+ Unlimited one-year plan.

How to Rescue your iPhone Voicemail
#39 – Use an Old Analog Mini Audio Plug and Audacity Software
Rerecord your messages and save your visual voicemail onto your computer as AIFF audio files.

My Cable Box Blurred my Political View
#40 – Don’t Press the “#” on Your Cablevision DVR Remote Control. Ever.
Don’t lean on it. Don’t point at it. Don’t look at it.
You’re welcome.

How to Fix Your Broken Email
#41 – Use Connection Doctor
It will tell you if you’ve got the right incoming and outgoing mail server settings.
Then listen for the happy ‘Whoosh’ or ‘Ping!’

Fighting the Digital Darkness after Hurricane Sandy
#42 – MiFi Can Repair Your Broken Tech Bubble
If your smartphone has a signal, and you’ve got some power at home,
a MiFi mobile hotspot generator will get the rest of your tech back in business.

How to Lose Your Email while Upgrading from Entourage to Outlook
#43 – Moving to Outlook for Mac 2011 Shouldn’t Be Hands-Off
After loading it, you’ve then got to copy all your email over from Entourage!
And if you’re not careful, you’ll create unwanted duplicates from your mail server and then accidentally purge your entire email archive. (like me)
Check the settings first!

I Got Lost While on Safari 6.0.2
#44 – Safari Has Received Some Significant ‘Upgrades’
Get used to the Google URL OMNIBAR.

Best Digital Cameras to Capture Your Speedy Toddler
#45 – Buy Last Year’s Canon PowerShot S100 at a Great Discount
I also got the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens to upgrade my old Canon T1i DSLR.

The Beginner’s Guide to Editing Your Camera’s Video Clips
#46 – There’s Nothing Like a Deadline to Push Your Video to Completion!
Shoot some video. Edit it. And distribute the magic. All in one day!
I took the challenge and quickly created a little finished flick from my father-and-son outing to Stepping Stones Museum.

Holiday Gift Guide for Home Tech
#47 – Nine Winning Tech Gifts for Anytime of Year!

Blinded by the UltraViolet Promise in Your New Blu-ray Movie
#48 – UltraViolet Streaming Has Replaced Free iTunes Downloads on
Blu-ray Disks

This bait-and-switch has only further destabilized my commitment to physical discs.

What Photomosaic Software is Best?
#49 – Download cf/x Photo Mosaic v 2.0 for $29.99 From the Mac App Store
Become the new family Picasso!

#50 – Keep Blog Posts Short.
(I’m working on it!)

Happy New Year!
(And I wish you much ‘Tech Clarity’ in 2013!)

I Got Lost While on Safari 6.0.2

After I upgraded to the newest version of Apple’s Safari web browser, I felt like I had taken a wrong turn in the wild.

When you wake up in the morning, you expect your iPhone to be where you left it the night before. Right?

Similarly, your sleeping computer in your home office downstairs should be waiting, ready to go where you left off the night before.

That expectation can be somewhat muted by a toddler running about the house.
But if you set your alarm early enough and get yourself up before he does, you can usually beat his cyclone effect.

Barring a CPU meltdown, I expect things to operate more or less the way they did the day before.

My Safari Wasn’t What I Expected
So when my electrician came to my house this week to talk about installing a portable generator in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and I reviewed a few options with him online, I expected my Safari web browser to behave.

But it didn’t.

We sat down, and he suggested I check out
After we reviewed a few generator options, I wanted to show him another website I’d found, but I forgot the exact URL and needed to google it to locate it again.

My eyes gazed upward to the top right of my screen to place the curser in the Google search bar… and suddenly it was gone!

Yes, the Google search bar was gone!!
(You can imagine my embarrassment.)

I quickly changed the subject and said I’d do more research another time.
We shook hands as he left with the promise that my house would one day have some level of energy independence, even though I was clearly chained to my fickle tech!

I walked back into my home office and sat down at my desk.
I stared at my computer. Was it mad at me?
(It would certainly benefit from a little electricity during the next blackout.)

What happened to Safari?
And then I remembered…

I had just performed an Apple software update the day before, and yes, it included what seemed like a minor Safari update…

At Home with Tech, there are no coincidences.

Be Careful What You Let in the Front Door
I took a look at my latest version of Safari –

I haven’t been paying attention lately to Apple’s software tweaks, and I hadn’t even taken the time a few months back to upgrade my operating system from Lion to Mountain Lion.
(Still on Lion Version 10.7.5)

So I did a little research and quickly realized Safari has been undergoing some significant ‘upgrades.’

These enhancements had first shown up through Mountain Lion over the summer.
And now it was filtering down to Lion through the Safari V6 updates.

Time to Yell at your Computer
If you’re like me and have been innocently going about your software update schedule without paying much attention, you may to be in for a big surprise with Safari.

And here are the three questions you will probably be yelling at your screen in the near future:

  • Where did the Google search bar go?!
  • Why won’t a link open in a new window anymore?!!
  • Why are parts of URLs grayed out?

The good new is Safari isn’t broken.
It’s just ‘better.’
So don’t panic.

You’re supposed to know ALL of this by now,
but if you’ve been distracted, here’s the scoop:

The Google Search Bar is Missing!
Yes, Apple eliminated it.
Instead, you can use the new URL ‘omnibar,’ which has been upgraded to handle Google searches. It’s now a unified search and address bar.

Apple calls it the Unified Smart Search Field.
In fact, Apple isn’t the first to make this switch.
(Google Chrome has had it for a while…)

The ‘USSF’ takes a little getting used to, but it works just fine.

Tabs, Tabs, TABS!!!
Once upon a time, if you clicked on a link, it usually opened up in a new window.
Now, it opens in the same window, but listed under a new tab.
In Mountain Lion, you can easily move from tab to tab, but in Lion, it’s a little harder. (Hint, hint…time to upgrade to Mountain Lion.)

But don’t despair.

There’s a setting, buried in Safari’s preferences, which returns Safari to its old way of opening up new windows:

  • Go to Safari ‘Preferences’
  • Go to ‘Tabs’
  • You’ll see the pop up menu- ‘Open Pages in Tabs Instead of Windows’
  • Select ‘Never’ (instead of ‘Automatically’ or ‘Always’)

Apple has more info in this support article.

(Again, when you get to Mountain Lion, all this tab-mania apparently makes more sense…)

Why is Some of my URL Gray Now?
Yes, the tail end of URLs are now gray, instead of black. That color shift allows you to more easily view the main URL name in black.
(Well… I didn’t think it was that hard to see in the first place. Anyway…)

And So You’re not Surprised…
While we’re at it, here are a couple more changes:

No More “HTTP”
The “http://” prefix doesn’t show up anymore in the Unified Smart Search Field.
(When was the last time you even typed it, anyway? No loss there.)

Private Browsing
You can turn on ‘Private Browsing’ as a security measure in the drop-down menu under ‘Safari’ on the top left.
According to Apple, that step not only stops your computer from recording your web traffic, searches and cookies, Safari “also sends a request to websites not to track you.”
(I hope they’re polite.)

In addition, you can activate ‘Do Not Track,’ (DNT) which according to Apple is “an emerging privacy standard.”

To do this, go to:

  • Safari ‘Preferences.’
  • ‘Privacy’
  • Next to Website tracking, check ‘Ask websites not to track me.’

A quick note about DNT technology:
DNT still seems to be a work in progress.
(Take note of the descriptive word- ‘emerging.’)

Enjoy Your Safari!
So there you have it.

Next time you do a software update and Safari 6.0.2 shows up, you shouldn’t feel lost in the wild.

And with Cyber Monday just around the corner, you don’t want a lion on safari to slow you down.

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