A Kickstand for any Phone or Case

I’ve been a big fan of Samsung’s LED Wallet Case for years. I had them for my last three Samsung Galaxy Note phones. They hold a couple of cards and have an LED display on the front that displays various simple lighted icons for notifications, calls, texts, and music. The one thing the case doesn’t […]

Fix Oculus Quest 2 Fan Noise

I was so excited when my Oculus Quest 2 arrived this afternoon. I booted it up, went through the setup and upgrade and prepared to play my first game. While I was waiting for the game to load I noticed a buzz or whining noise that my IT brain immediately identified as a fan. Sometimes […]

Improve Your Password Changing Practices

Back in the day, your network credentials were used to logon to your computer, get to your email server, and maybe to access some files or a printer. When you changed your password, if you changed it at all, it made sense to update it on the two or three systems that used it all […]

Ignite and VMworld Virtual and Free in 2020

IT conferences have always been a mixed bag of experiences for me. Some amount to a giant sales pitch with little value. The good ones cram a year’s worth of training and collaboration into a few days. They are almost always prohibitively expensive to attend when you factor in travel, but this year is different. […]

Dark Mode for Facebook, Linked In, and most Other Android Apps

I have always been sensitive to light. Ironically, I have spent a large portion of the last thirty years looking at bright white rectangles. Is it bad that I still see them when I close my eyes? I am the person that wears sunglasses indoors. I turn the backlight on all of my screens as […]

Is Your Laptop Plugged In All Day While Working From Home?

When you work in an office you go to meetings, visit clients, go to lunch and commute. Your laptop gets undocked or unplugged and runs on its battery for at least a few of these events. This is the normal cycle that the batteries in your device are designed for. Now many of us are […]

Adjust Your Service Plans to Save Money While Working From Home

Many Americans are working from home for a much longer stretch than anyone expected. For some, it has become a permanent change. For others, it is a temporary situation with no end in sight. The other night my spouse and I sat down to review and modify our various service plans to better fit our […]

Has the Pandemic Shown Us That We Don’t Need to Print?

I once worked with an individual that printed and filed his emails. All of them, even the SPAM. This person wore out a LaserJet printer about once per year. I asked about the endeavor while installing yet another new printer. It was a form of hoarding pure and simple, the printed copies were “in case […]

Use Your Phone to Scan Real Objects into Your Digital Projects

If you have a 3D printer, an interest in augmented reality, are a film maker, or game developer, chances are that at some point you have wanted to scan a real world object into your work. There are many systems and tools on the market to do exactly that. Solutions like the Go!Scan range in […]