How To Replace a MacBook Pro Keyboard after a Liquid Spill

Liquid and laptop keyboards are not a match made in heaven in any way. In fact, if you don’t act quickly, a liquid spill will fry out the circuitry in your laptop very quickly. I recently received a mid-2012 MacBook Pro (MBP) 15” with Retina display from a family member who spilled some coffee on it. A row of keys wasn’t working nor was the space bar. With some help from iFixIt.com (guides and parts), I was able to replace a MacBook Pro Keyboard. The process is NOT easy, in fact, I would… [more]

How To Replace a MacBook Pro Keyboard after a Liquid Spill How To Replace a MacBook Pro Keyboard after a Liquid Spill

I Hated Driving the 2015 BMW M3…Here’s Why!

It’s not often that I really hate driving a car. But I just had to say it this time. I got to drive the 2015 BMW M3 for about ten days and I hated it. Honestly though, it really had nothing to do about the vehicle itself. I actually really loved the M3. It was the fact that I had to drive it in an everyday environment, that is to say, in rush-hour traffic, around the city, picking up kids down the block, you get the picture. The 2015 BMW M3 really deserves a better, more fun driving environment… [more]

I Hated Driving the 2015 BMW M3…Here’s Why! I Hated Driving the 2015 BMW M3…Here’s Why!

20 Things to “Jump” About DISH TV, Hoppers & Joeys

Uh, this review is a bit overdue. Originally, I was going to write about DISH's "new" Hopper and Joey hardware  I actually started this review back in September  2012. But for one reason or another, I kept holding off. Part of me wanted to really use this new hardware for a while in order to fully understand it. Another part of me had a feeling that more was to come. I was actually smart in holding off. And actually, the changes kept coming from Dish. So I figured that I would draw a line in the… [more]

20 Things to “Jump” About DISH TV, Hoppers & Joeys 20 Things to "Jump" About DISH TV, Hoppers & Joeys

Connected Working (or Playing) on the Go with the AT&T Unite Pro

I started writing this review sitting on the sand at Stinson Beach, CA. I had the football game streaming on my WiFi-only iPad, my MacBook Air was connected to the Internet where I was uploading and downloading photos I had taken for this review, and I was synching my article with Evernote as the waves crashed in the background. My sandy office had its connectivity brought to me by a 4G LTE AT&T Unite Pro WiFi Hotspot.Finding a WiFi connection while out on-the-go can range from being difficult… [more]

Connected Working (or Playing) on the Go with the AT&T Unite Pro Connected Working (or Playing) on the Go with the AT&T Unite Pro

Taking the Family High Road in the 2014 Toyota Highlander

When my kids were toddlers, the minivan was the vehicle of choice with it essentially being a house on wheels. We even removed one of the seats and put a fake polar bear rug on the ground to make diaper changes a bit more cozy. Fast forward almost a decade and our mini van is long gone, replaced with an economical 4-door and a crossover. But when I got behind the wheel of the 2014 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum SUV  I started having some visions of road trips, camping, or heading to the snow.… [more]

Taking the Family High Road in the 2014 Toyota Highlander Taking the Family High Road in the 2014 Toyota Highlander
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Liquid and laptop keyboards are not a match made in heaven in any way. In fact, if you don’t act quickly, a liquid spill will fry out the circuitry in your laptop very quickly. I recently received a mid-2012 MacBook Pro (MBP) 15” with Retina display from a family member who spilled some coffee on it. A row of keys wasn’t working nor was the space bar. With some help from iFixIt.com (guides and parts), I was able to replace a MacBook Pro Keyboard. The process is NOT easy, in fact, I would be very careful attempting to do this type of repair. But if your MBP is already broken, you might give it a shot.

Replace a MacBook Pro Keyboard - the operating table

The important thing to remember is that you should do your best to keep liquids away from electronics. But if you DO happen to spill on your laptop, there are two things you should do immediately:

  1. Turn off the laptop
  2. Turn the keyboard upside down to drain the liquids

The faster you can do this, the less likely you will have permanent damage to the circuitry. But with the 2012 MacBook Pro that I had, the damage had already been done. While it did boot up, I couldn’t log onto it because my password had some letters that could not be typed on the keyboard (luckily a USB keyboard worked fine). Oh and the keyboard had a wonderful aroma of coffee. [click to continue…]

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It’s not often that I really hate driving a car. But I just had to say it this time. I got to drive the 2015 BMW M3 for about ten days and I hated it. Honestly though, it really had nothing to do about the vehicle itself. I actually really loved the M3. It was the fact that I had to drive it in an everyday environment, that is to say, in rush-hour traffic, around the city, picking up kids down the block, you get the picture. The 2015 BMW M3 really deserves a better, more fun driving environment like a race track, in a mountain road, or on a long stretch of empty, police-free highway.

2015 BMW M3 - AutoNation BMW of Mountain View

According to the Sales Manager at AutoNation’s BMW of Mountain View they can’t keep the M3’s on the lot. Of the entire M-Series, the M3 is the most popular, and I can totally see why. It is quite a performance machine!

Sponsored: This is a sponsored review, brought to you by AutoNation’s BMW of Mountain View and AutoNation  America’s Largest Auto Retailer. Buying a new car? There are over 20,000 AutoNation Associates at 250 new vehicle franchises across 15 states. Looking for a used auto? Get CARFAX history report, 135-point safety inspection, 3-day/150 mile money-back guarantee and more.

2015 BMW M3 - Side View [click to continue…]

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Uh, this review is a bit overdue. Originally, I was going to write about DISH’s “new” Hopper and Joey hardware  I actually started this review back in September  2012. But for one reason or another, I kept holding off. Part of me wanted to really use this new hardware for a while in order to fully understand it. Another part of me had a feeling that more was to come. I was actually smart in holding off. And actually, the changes kept coming from Dish. So I figured that I would draw a line in the sand and write about all of the things that my DISH environment has (as of November 2014).

DISH Network - Wireless Joey

Another part of the inspiration for writing this was a little anecdote on setting up a Story about running cords to garage.

Recently, my wife and I cleared out our garage in order to have a place where the kids could hang out and play video games or watch movies or TV (also, I kind of needed a “man cave” where I could go and watch sports). Before I got the Wireless Joey (see below for details), I ran a super long coax cable that was split from an adapter I had on my wired Joey in our bedroom. I had tested out the RF Remote (again, see below) and I was able to change channels from the garage (controlling the bedroom Joey) so I figured that I could just take the remote out to the garage and whatever I was watching there would also be playing in the bedroom. To make a long story short, I successfully ran coax to the garage and I had DISH TV running there.

DISH Network - Wireless Access Point [click to continue…]

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Taking the Family High Road in the 2014 Toyota Highlander

December 4, 2014
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When my kids were toddlers, the minivan was the vehicle of choice with it essentially being a house on wheels. We even removed one of the seats and put a fake polar bear rug on the ground to make diaper changes a bit more cozy. Fast forward almost a decade and our mini van is […]

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Drones, Beats and Radio Shack Means #GiftSmart Shopping

December 1, 2014
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Who doesn’t like when holiday gifts arrive early! And normally, you just stick those gifts under the tree or save them to open at the appropriate time, but in this case, I needed to open the package right away. The funny thing is, I knew what the gift contained and who it was from. But […]

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How to Fix Mac Office 2011 Crashing in Yosemite

November 24, 2014

Recently, my  version of Office for Mac (Office 2011), started crashing on my MacBook Pro. Every time I launched Word, Excel or PowerPoint, the app would crash after a few seconds with an error asking if I wanted to recover my work, reopen the Office app and send the error to Microsoft. It didn’t matter […]

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10 Tips for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Users

November 22, 2014
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When Apple releases new hardware and software, often times some of the newer features go un-noticed. People are generally used to doing things their own way…which is usually the “old” way. With the introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus recently, new chips and screen sizes have enabled new features for those lucky owners […]

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