Your Little One Can Use a Little Tech

It’s a new year. The eggnog is empty. School has rebooted. The piles of gift wrapping and ubiquitous Amazon boxes are stacked by the street. Wait. Is today recycle day or was that  last week? But not everything is back to normal. I’m sure Santa left you with new...

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Choose New Tech-gifting Options Big and Small

Can it really be time to talk holiday gifts? I’m not ready. But for you, our faithful readers, I’m willing to dive in. And there is a lot to talk about! The latest and greatest gadgets are out. Which ones look good? Which ones fit your budget? Which ones do you want...

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How Strong Are Your Passwords?

I have an admission. My passwords used to be weak. So says Kim Komando. Komando styles herself “America’s Digital Goddess.” And, with a name like Komando, why wouldn’t she be? Back in June, she wrote about “5 Password Mistakes Far Too Many People Make.” I plead...

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I SPY – The Latest Options in Security at Your Front Door

Let’s start with true confessions. There are two kinds of people in this world: those who answer their doors without hesitation, and those who recoil when the doorbell chimes. I’m a door half-closed kinda guy. Yeah, I’m that person. I might be overstating my loathsome...

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Get Your Tech In Back-to-School Shape

If you’re like me, the coolest back-to-school technology that you were ever able to brag about was a Crayola box with a built-in sharpener for first grade, parachute pants in late elementary school and a jam box in middle school. Phew! Times were tough back then....

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Water Hose Redux: Yard Tech Slip ‘N Slides into the Future

I’m not very good at it, but I try to avoid ecological tomfoolery. I like the environment. I like fresh air. I love the planet. In my bones, I’m a conservationist. I’d love a “John Muir is my homeboy” sticker on my (imaginary) Tesla. I do have to admit, however, that...

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RUSTY REBOOT: Awaken That Antique Laptop with the Latest Tool

  I was 28 years old when I bought my first laptop. I was ecstatic. “Imagine the possibilities!” I was untethered, I thought to myself. Well, as untethered as one could be while being plugged into a 30-foot-long telephone line. But never mind that, I had a...

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Tesla Announces a New Treat as Dreamy as a Summer Day

As a kid, I didn’t have an ice cream truck that toured our neighborhood blasting Pop Goes the Weasel. Imagine my surprise when my cousin introduced me to the ice cream truck experience one summer long, long ago. In the great Pavlovian style, the music played, the...

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Fear of Flying:  Take Your Computing into “The Cloud”

I hate flying. It terrifies me. I know it’s safe. I know it’s fast. But, I also know I’m the kind of person that gutturally moans, “If God would’ve wanted us to fly, he would’ve made us with wings.” It’s a defense mechanism. It’s my way of refusing to admit that my...

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Flu Season Never Ends When You’re a Computer

“It’s just a virus.” That’s what our family doctor calmly said twice in the past two weeks. Each one of my kids fell prey to the yuckies that have been making their rounds. We thought for sure that one had flu and the other had strep. Nope. “Just a virus.” Now, that’s...

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Meet George Jetson:  Is a Smart Home in Your Future?

The “internet of things” is starting to gather steam. Controlling lighting, alarms, temps and an array of other household tech will continue to grow in 2016. This new technology, known as home automation, is growing fast. Don’t think boring and limited. This ain’t...

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