Review: PowerGen 2.4-Amp (12 Watt) Dual USB Wall Charger

powergen-12-watt-dual-usb-wall-chargerWe all seem to have multiple portable devices these days, and keeping them all charged up and ready to use can be a challenge. And if you travel often it can be even more difficult.

That’s why always having a good portable wall charger on hand is a must.

The PowerGen 2.4-Amp (12 Watt) Dual USB Wall Charger is one of the handiest chargers I have ever used. It’s small enough to easily carry it around in a pants pocket, yet it supplies a respectable 12 watts of charging power to up to two devices. [Continue Reading]

How to become a ‘Pirate’ on Facebook

facebook-pirateFacebook has an enormous user base that literally spans the globe, which means they necessarily support a number of other languages in addition to English. One of those supported languages is “Pirate English”. And yes, I am very serious.

Once you set your preferred language to Pirate English, you’ll be greeted with “Pirate language” in various places on the page (don’t worry, it’s all family friendly and in good fun!).

If you’d like to give it a try, follow these simple instructions to become a “Pirate” on Facebook: [Continue Reading]

Help emergency personnel quickly reach your emergency contacts

ambulanceThese days its seems like most everyone carries a mobile phone, and many first responders around the country are now being trained to use them to quickly identify and notify the people that you have designated as your emergency contacts. And if you think about it it really makes a lot of sense.

You already have the people you care about the most in your contact list right? Why not make it easy for emergency personnel to use that info to track down your next of kin if you’re ever in a serious accident or in need of serious medical attention? It’s really easy to do. All you have to do is append the abbreviation ICE to the end of your emergency contacts’ names like this:[Continue Reading]

Q&A: Why does Facebook show an old version of a web page when I share it?

facebook-logoQuestion from Manuel O.:  I have a blog with a sticky post that I update every day with a new photo and different text. The page’s URL is the only thing that stays the same.

When I try to share the updated post on Facebook it always shows the old version of the post instead of the new one. Why is this happening?

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Q&A: What’s the difference between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth?

bluetooth-wifiQuestion from Mary Anne F.:  After using a flip phone for years, I finally decided it was time to upgrade to a smart phone. I found a good deal on a new iPhone 5s at Best Buy so I bought it.

I like the phone ok, but some things about it are really confusing. For example, the user manual says the iPhone 5s supports Bluetooth wireless connectivity.

What is Bluetooth and how is it different from Wi-Fi?

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Q&A: MacBook Air or MacBook Pro – Which is better for a college student?

macbook-proQuestion from Alveda F.:  Hi Rick. My daughter is a college freshman. Her laptop was stolen a few days ago during a visit to the library and she needs to replace it.

Price is an issue, but it’s important to me that she get the best computer for her needs even if it costs a little more.

I know they are more expensive than Windows laptops, but her friends have convinced her that she needs to buy a MacBook. That’s fine with me, but she’s confused about which model to get.

Her choice is basically between a MacBook Air and a MacBook Pro. Which do you think would be better for her? She’s a History major if that makes any difference.

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Review: PC Matic

pc-matic-logoIt seems that you can’t turn on your TV these days without seeing a commercial for PC Matic, especially the one in which the company’s founder and CEO touts the software’s “superior” virus protection.

And of course there’s the ever-present pitch aimed at users of the now-abandoned Windows XP.

Upon the request of several of this blog’s readers, I decided to put PC Matic to the test. [Continue Reading]

Do you have cable Internet? Save big by buying your own cable modem!

motorola-surfboard-sbg6580If you get your Internet service through Comcast, Charter or some other cable TV company, you are probably paying a hefty monthly rental fee for your cable modem. But you can save that rental fee by buying a modem of your own.

For example, if you have Comcast cable Internet, you’re probably paying $7 per month just to rent their modem. That’s $84 per year!

A better alternative in my opinion is to tell your cable company to keep their modem and buy your own!

The modem that I use and recommend is the Motorola SURFboard SBG6580 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem and Wi-Fi N Router. This is an exceptional cable modem/wireless router combo that’s currently selling on Amazon for just a little over $100. [Continue Reading]