PLEASE Don’t Be This Little Girl’s Grandpa!


May the Fourth be With You!


If You Think Computers are Expensive Now…

I ran across an old computer magazine from 1994 with this ad from Dell on the back cover.  Compared to this, you could buy today a computer with a processor 300 times faster with 4 cores rather that one, 1,000 times more memory, a hard drive 2,000 times larger, a 27” monitor, 1,000 times more memory in the video card, a high-def blu-ray drive instead of a CD reader (not even a burner), an operating system 22 years newer and all for less that $1,000.  $2,599 in 1994 would equal a $4,055 computer today!


One More Reason to Hate Texting…


I Learned What HP Stands For From a Client!

imageI had a client today who just moved here to Austin from North Carolina.  Neither of her printers would connect to her network, therefore she couldn’t print – frustrating for anyone.  She had a Brother laser printer I connected with a cable to her router and BOOM!, printing.

Then came her HP printer.  It had been configured to work ONLY on her old network (she didn’t realize it.)  I corrected it and STILL couldn’t get it to print.  I tried removing the printer from the Control Panel, it would go and magically come back, but come back broken.  Finally after maybe 45 minutes (because I hate to LOSE to technology) I beat it down into submission and got the printer working.  That’s when my client who was sitting there just said “HP – Highly Problematic”.  And there you go.  Couldn’t say it better myself.

Tech Support…

Why didn’t I think of this as a solution?  Chewing on the cable!

Take Pictures Like a Pro With Your Galaxy S7 Phone

Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgeIf you fancy yourself a bit of a photographer, and wish you had more versatility and control over the camera in your new Samsung Galaxy S7, well then you need to look into using “Pro mode”.

You can change settings like filters, focusing, white balance, ISO, shutter speed and exposure.

So go out and have fun with your new phone taking pictures.  There’s lots of color in the world this time of year to capture.

Learn all about it here in an article in Digital Trends:

“fourwordsalluppercase” (What’s so hard?)

Yes, I truly understand why you find passwords confusing, does this one make your brain melt?


And People Wonder “How Do the Bad Guys Know?” ‘Nuff said!

It’s Coming to This, Isn’t It! I’ll Be Out of Business!

If you’re reading this in your email but don’t see the image, check your email settings.  I always include an image in my posts.


Was Your Name Popular When Your Were Born?

Update:  Try it now.  I had posted the wrong URL in this post. Now it will work or you can click on the images.


imageHere’s a fun little site. has an interactive chart that let’s you enter your name, and it will show you how popular that name was over the years.

As you can see in the chart when I entered my name it gives you a chart showing the popularity of the name for newborns in a given decade.  Without giving too much away, let’s just say it was actually pretty accurate in my case.

Do you know anybody named Gertrude?  Probably not, look at the chart below and you’ll see why.

imageSo, have some fun and see if your parents went with what was popular, or were they rebels and didn’t follow the crowd.

Well, It Was Bound to Happen

10 Signs You’re an Old Geek

These aren’t original from my own little brain, Steve Tobak at wrote the column, I just tweaked it a bit (the original column is here).  So here we go…

10: You remember using a slide rule (I do)

9:   You were sure by now we’d have a domed city on Mars (never did)

8:   You remember when computers used punch cards (I do)

7:   You knew that Betamax would rule the video world (I did)

6:   You owned a $5 digital watch (I did but it was more that $5)

5:   You remember when “brick” meant that big Motorola cell phone that weighed 3 pounds (my 1st)

4:   You remember when “state-of-the-art” meant DOZENS of transistors on a chip (today it’s billions)

3:   You think “Geek” is an insult (I wear that badge proudly!)

2:   You loved the Jobs-Gates interview from 2007 (even I don’t remember that)

1:   You still say that you need to “dial” the phone (if I do say it – it just slips out)

Connect Your Phone/Tablet to Wi-Fi with a Barcode!

imageI can’t believe I haven’t heard about this before. posted an article about this a year ago.  If you have an Android phone or tablet, this is absolutely the easiest way to connect to a wi-fi network.  I’ll get to you Apple folks below.

What you’ll need is 1) a barcode scanner app (ZXing’s Barcode Scanner in the Play store is one of the best, and free.)  2) You’ll need a QR code of the network.  This is easy to make and so whenever you want to share your wi-fi network with someone, all they have to do is scan the QR code.

To generate the QR code, go to  Enter the name of the network (the SSID), the password and the Network type (of encryption – WEP or WPA) hopefully you’re using WPA or WPA2.  You can leave the other settings alone and click on “Generate”.  What you get will be something like the QR code you see above.

If you scan it, you’ll see I created a fictitious network called “TEK-CHIC QR TEST” with a password of “MonkeySeeMonkeyDo”.  Scan it, click on connect and IF this network existed where you were, you’d be instantly connected.

So what you say?  How about you create the QR and then PRINT it out.  Whenever someone comes to your home and would like to connect to your network, they can just scan the QR code and they are connected – you don’t even have to tell them the password!

OK, now for you Apple folks.  Unfortunately Apple won’t let you just scan a code and change wi-fi settings. BUT, you can scan the QR code and copy/paste the information in (at least you won’t have to type it all in.)

If you don’t have a barcode reader on your Apple device, then you can try QR CODE READER by Scan to read the QR codes.

This Will Get Your Kid’s Attention

imageThis was so good I just had to share it with you.  If you want to learn how to change your wi-fi password at will, let me know.

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