Connect The Amazon Echo Connect To The Ooma Telo

Getting Started Several months ago, I “cut the cable” and unbundled my Internet, TV, and phone services from Spectrum.  Ooma was selected for the new phone service. At the heart of the Ooma service, is a little black box called the Telo. The Telo connects to my Internet router/modem via an Ethernet cable. A telephone… Continue reading Connect The Amazon Echo Connect To The Ooma Telo

How To Launch An OS X GUI App From The Command Line

Sometimes, to  launch an OS X GUI app is easier than working with its command line counterpart.  For example:  Though I like “nano”, a command line text editor, my go-to text editor of choice is TextWrangler, a GUI app.  Using the command “open” from the command line makes opening TextWrangler easy.  Here is the string:… Continue reading How To Launch An OS X GUI App From The Command Line

Homebrew-Install And Update Mac Programs From The Command Line

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What Is Homebrew? Homebrew for OS X is a command line program manager, similar in functionality to “apt-get” found in some Linux distributions. By itself, Homebrew offers a user the ability to install (and update) a good number command line programs for Unix. When the “cask” option is used, the user has access to over… Continue reading Homebrew-Install And Update Mac Programs From The Command Line

WiFi Extender Setup

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WiFi Extender Setup:  The Basics What Is A WiFi Extender? Wifi Extenders (or Repeaters – synonyms at this point) wirelessly connect to an existing router to lengthen a wireless signal by amplifying and rebroadcasting it.  With enough power, proper location, and correct setup, a wifi extender can eliminate most, if not all, of the wifi signal… Continue reading WiFi Extender Setup

Seven Steps To Secure Your Mac 2017

Secure Your Mac.  Step 1:  Know Thy Enemy The first step to secure your Mac is deciding just how much security it needs. Let’s say you are walking on a sidewalk by a very quiet street. Coming toward you, on a building top, you see a man dressed in black. He seems to be zigging… Continue reading Seven Steps To Secure Your Mac 2017

Use Google Search Guide For Better Targeted Searches

Google Search is a powerful tool.  From googleguide.com, I downloaded to the desktop of each of my computers a PDF file version of the Google Search cheat-sheet seen below (which is two jpg files). This is a tool I use every day.  The Google Search cheat-sheet can help you improve the targeting of your searches.… Continue reading Use Google Search Guide For Better Targeted Searches

How To Buy A Computer On Ebay

I have purchased a number of computers, both new and used, from Sellers on Ebay. In each purchase, the computer arrived well protected in its shipping container, and was in its advertised condition and specifications. As with any computer, adopting the machine to my needs often takes some configuring. Each computer made this transition fine,… Continue reading How To Buy A Computer On Ebay

Encrypt An Extra Hard Drive For Your Mac

Though Mac’s FileVault2 encrypts your entire startup drive, you can encrypt other internal (or external) hard drives as well.  Once encrypted, you can configure the drives to decrypt automatically as OS X loads, or you can have the drive decrypt only when you need it.  If you choose the “manual” option, a window will appear… Continue reading Encrypt An Extra Hard Drive For Your Mac

Use A HDTV As A Computer Monitor

For A  HDTV Computer Monitor, Size Does Matter You can use an HDTV as ac computer monitor with varying  degrees of success.  I know this statement sounds ambiguous.  This ambiguity stems from pixel density: simply put, the number of pixels used in a square inch on your screen.  TVs are designed to be seen from… Continue reading Use A HDTV As A Computer Monitor

Marry Logitech Harmony Hub To Amazon Echo

Logitech Harmony Hub Amazon Echo Dot   Speak To Reach Harmony Linking Logitech’s Harmony Hub to Amazon’s Echo allows you to use Alexa (Amazon’s voice activated digital assistant) to “open” and “close” any activities you created for your Harmony hub/App/Remote application.  Simply say, “Alexa, turn on the TV”, and your TV and all components you… Continue reading Marry Logitech Harmony Hub To Amazon Echo