Our Switch to IP TV

Remote control pointing at tvYesterday our local phone company sent out installers to set up us with their TV over IP package. The installers were great and did a nice job setting up the service. They even gave us helpful advice regarding our initial plan to have two DVRs and three receivers. They advised against moving forward with that setup suggesting that the only thing we would lose by going with just one DVR would be live pause and rewind. → Read the rest

Beyond Black – Soccer in a Different Age

Puma soccer boot image

My son, Hunter, recently received a new pair of soccer boots for his birthday. I was educated that we no longer call them “soccer cleats”. Over the last couple of years, I could not help but notice that most of the guys that my son plays with or against have very vibrant and colorful soccer boots – much different than the black and white soccer cleats of my era. → Read the rest

My Friend’s New Website

I have been working together with my friend, Aaron Lundahl, to build his new business website. Squarepace seemed like a good fit since I am not a website developer by trade and we wanted to create a website that Aaron and his wife, Kristin would be able to manage on their own with a little “hand-holding” help from me. → Read the rest

Online Deadbolts

 

image of deadbolt lock with keyThe Internet is a buzz of late in conversation about the use of stronger passwords and security measures like 2 factor authentication after the Mat Honan hacking incident. Reflecting upon this event motivated me to evaluate how secure my email, accounts, and passwords are and what measures I should consider taking to secure my online presence.

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Review: Incase Magnetic Snap Case for New iPad

image of Incase case for iPad 3

Recently, I was looking for a back cover for my iPad that would be a complement to both the red leather Smart Cover from Apple that I often use as well as the Logitech Ultrathing Keyboard Cover that I wrote about recently. After I purchased the new iPad, I also purchased an Incipio Smart Feather Ultra Light Hard Shell Case to protect the back.

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First Thoughts: Review of the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad

image of Logitech Keyboard Cover for iPadI recently purchased the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad 2 and New iPad. I have been toting around the Apple Bluetooth keyboard and I like it, but it still is one extra item to carry around and the prospect of a cover keyboard combination really intrigued me.

The Logitech keyboard is well reviewed online and I continued to hear high recommendations on several podcasts that I listen to.

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“A Word Fitly Spoken…”

Kevin DeYoung has some thoughtful things to say about the content we post online:

Second, if you need to be critical (and my blog is critical at times) write in such a way that you would not be embarrassed to have the object of your criticism read it with his mother nearby. This doesn’t mean we have to be lily-livered or call for the nice police every time a Christian disagrees strongly with some other person or idea.

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Repost: What’s Pinging My iPad Battery? by Katie Floyd

Great discovery by Katie Floyd, one half of the Mac Power Users Podcast on the mysterious battery drain of new iPads:

After additional investigation I discovered the iPad was consuming power normally when active, but was draining more power than expected when in sleep or standby mode. What was the cause? In my case, I’ve narrowed it down to Ping, Apple’s nearly forgotten “social network for music.”  Like all good Apple geeks I checked out Ping when it was first introduced and setup an account, but I haven’t touched it since.

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Installing Zinio Magazine Reader to the Kindle Fire

I just found these instructions for installing the Zinio magazine reader on the Kindle Fire. They worked fine for me.

image of the Kindle Fire

Temporary alternate download method for the Zinio app on the Kindle Fire

Note: these instructions are ONLY for users on the Amazon Kindle Fire. This installer is not supported for any other device.

  1. From the main screen, tap Settings > More > Device > Allow installation of Applications (from unknown devices)> select “ON”
  2. Download the APK (app installer) from here .
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