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iPhone 6S & 6S Plus Rumor Round-up

The Apple Watch is here…well almost. But we all pretty much know what it will have, what it will look like, what it will cost, and many of us are just waiting for it to adorn wrists around the world. But many people, myself included, are looking further down the road, past the March 9th event (most likely about the Watch) and on to WWDC 2015 (the Apple World Wide Developer Conference) where new (or updated) Apple products are announced. I, and others, expect Apple to announce the iPhone 6S… [more]

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The Epson XP-820 is a Tiny “Small-In-One” Printing, Scanning, Copying & Faxing Powerhouse

Don’t judge a book by its cover, I’ve always been told. So with that in mind, when I unboxed the Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-In-One printer (whew, that’s a mouthful), I was wondering how the heck it could do all of the things that it claims to do. I have tested quite a few ink jet printers in the past, many of them Epson's, and I must say that in a crowded home where shelf or table-top space is a scarcity, it is really nice to find a printer that doesn’t hog up a bunch of real… [more]

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Safety, Performance and Comfort Define the 2015.5 Volvo V60 T6 R-Design Wagon

My family and I have an unwritten love affair with Volvos. We have never owned one (apart from when I was about 6 years old), but we have always wanted one. Volvo has always been known as a safe car, and over the years, the quality and comfort has grown to be part of the mix. With the 2015.5 Volvo V60 T6 R-Design Wagon  I can now throw “performance” into the mix of adjectives describing Volvo. The 2015.5 Volvo V60 T6 R-Design, in my opinion, is all about conquering the various aspects… [more]

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Blogger Warning: LLT Consulting Banner Ad Scam

I receive a lot of advertising and guest blogger solicitations on my site. To set the record straight, I don’t currently allow guest blogging and the advertisers I choose must be reputable, well-known, and/or part of a network. This morning I received an email via my contact form from a “Josephine Bergson” from "the LLT Consulting company” who said they wanted to place banner ads on my website, stating they could "pay up to $950.00/month.” Wow, I thought, that’s a pretty high rate. But… [more]

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The NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender Solved My Yosemite WiFi Problems

There is a little WiFi “bug” going around that is affecting some Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) users. It seems that some people’s machines (both old and new) who upgraded to Yosemite are having issues connecting to their WiFi environment. It turns out that I have one machine (one that I just repaired) that is affected by #WiFiGate where WiFi connections are being dropped or have incredibly slow (dial-up speed) connections. While I have been testing just about every “fix” that people are posting,… [more]

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The Apple Watch is here…well almost. But we all pretty much know what it will have, what it will look like, what it will cost, and many of us are just waiting for it to adorn wrists around the world. But many people, myself included, are looking further down the road, past the March 9th event (most likely about the Watch) and on to WWDC 2015 (the Apple World Wide Developer Conference) where new (or updated) Apple products are announced. I, and others, expect Apple to announce the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

iPhone 6S & 6S Plus Rumor Roundup

Here’s a list of rumors around the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus from a variety of sources with links to their articles on the topic as well as a few of my own ideas. As a reader of this content, you need to try to separate the fact from fiction.

  • There WILL be a new iPhone 6S and a 6S Plus (but some speculate there may even been a 6c or even a 7 which would be different from the 6S and 6S Plus [knowyourmobile.com]
  • Design will most likely remain the same (accessory manufacturers should rejoice)
  • New iPhone 6S & 6S Plus may have updated Samsung A9 processor [recode.net]
  • iOS 9 will debut with it [9to5Mac.com]
  • The iPhone 6S/6S Plus may have an updated Touch ID sensor [appleinsider.com]
  • The phones may include a new Force Touch feature where tapping and pressing hard on the screen could be different input types [bgr.com]
  • Apple may allow larger iOS app sizes, increasing the limit from 2 GB to 4 GB [bgr.com]
  • Debate on camera changes continue; one side says the 8 MP camera will remain, other side says there is a new 2-lens camera coming [macrumors.com]
  • The new iPhones may have a Saphire lens produced by Foxconn [macrumors.com]
  • Apple may bump up the RAM of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus to 2 GB from the current 1 GB [techradar.com]
  • I expect the storage size to mirror the current arrangement (16 GB – too small, 64 GB – the sweet spot and 128 GB for those with deep pockets, completely skipping the 32 GB as last time)
  • The colors will probably not changes with Apple sticking to Silver, Gold and Metallic Gray

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Don’t judge a book by its cover, I’ve always been told. So with that in mind, when I unboxed the Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-In-One printer (whew, that’s a mouthful), I was wondering how the heck it could do all of the things that it claims to do. I have tested quite a few ink jet printers in the past, many of them Epson’s, and I must say that in a crowded home where shelf or table-top space is a scarcity, it is really nice to find a printer that doesn’t hog up a bunch of real estate. Oh, and it has enough features for just about every member of the family.

Epson XP-820 - front

Let’s think a little bit about things you may need to do in the home that the Epson XP-820 can handle…

Printing from the XP-820

Well, duh, it’s a printer. But it’s just not a run-of-the-mill printer. It does black (& white) printing (there is an extra-large slot for black ink). It will also automatically do double-sided printing which will save a few more trees out there. It is rated to print about 14 pages per minute with black ink. You can quickly print out those essays and reports. It prints absolutely amazing photos, especially if you use premium glossy paper and choose the appropriate photo printing setting. My wife and I were actually pretty amazed at the quality. It simply looked professionally done. We cranked out a couple of 4×6 inch photos in about 10 seconds. There is even a tray where you can store the smaller sized, glossy photo paper (which can also be used for envelopes).

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My family and I have an unwritten love affair with Volvos. We have never owned one (apart from when I was about 6 years old), but we have always wanted one. Volvo has always been known as a safe car, and over the years, the quality and comfort has grown to be part of the mix. With the 2015.5 Volvo V60 T6 R-Design Wagon  I can now throw “performance” into the mix of adjectives describing Volvo.

2015.5 Volvo V60 T6 R-Design Wagon - AutoNation

The 2015.5 Volvo V60 T6 R-Design, in my opinion, is all about conquering the various aspects of engineering: design, features, comfort, performance and safety. The model that I tested for about a weeks was a flashy red, actually, Volvo calls it “Passion Red.” It’s bright and loud and racy, and it stands out in the crowd (quick warning, when you race down the road, it’s easy to see to watch those speeds.)

2015.5 Volvo V60 T6 R-Design Wagon - Side Profile

But it doesn’t look like a sports car. It’s got a lot of round edges and is a bit bulbous in the back. Since it is a wagon, it doesn’t have that sports coupe look to change the aerodynamic look. But on further inspection, it does have a few items signifying its R-Design nature:

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I receive a lot of advertising and guest blogger solicitations on my site. To set the record straight, I don’t currently allow guest blogging and the advertisers I choose must be reputable, well-known, and/or part of a network. This morning I received an email via my contact form from a “Josephine Bergson” from “the LLT Consulting company” who said they wanted to place banner ads on my website, stating they could “pay up to $950.00/month.” Wow, I thought, that’s a pretty high rate. But when you get these types of “offers,” as a blogger, you need to be very careful about these things. So I decided to do some investigation.

Ltt Consulting Scam - email

Above is a screen grab of the actual email, with a couple of annotations that sent up warning flags. Below is the text of the email. (Note: I have unlinked the URL and added spaces – please don’t click through on it!).

Hello!
My name is Josephine Bergson representing the advertising department 
of the LLT Consulting company. We are interested to place ads 
(banners), of your choice, on your websites.
Design and sizes can be seen on our website at 
www. lltconsulting . net/id_kmptyvo/ 
Depending on the banner size you choose we can pay up to 
$950.00/month.
If you are interested to become an advertising partner please let me 
hear from you.
Kind Regards, 
Josephine Bergson 
josephine. bergson @ lltconsulting .net

The first thing that jumped out at me is the very high banner payment amount ($950 is a lot). As I was reading on an iPhone (which doesn’t support Java nor Flash), I decided it would be relatively safe to click through on the link. This is what I saw on my mobile browser.

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The NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender Solved My Yosemite WiFi Problems

January 19, 2015
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Review of the NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender which can help fix Yosemite WiFi issues.

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How to Reset the TeamViewer ID After Cloning a Mac

December 30, 2014
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Recently, I set up a new MacBook Pro for my step-mom where I used Apple’s Migration Assistant to easily copy over all of her data, applications and preferences. One of the applications that I actually use on her machine is TeamViewer which is fanstanstic if you need to provide remote assistance to a Mac or PC (you […]

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Kids on Cell Phones Too Much? “Lock” Them in a Book #LifeHack

December 24, 2014
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As like many other parents out there, my wife and I constantly battle with our kids about their cell phones and when it is ok to use them. If left to roam freely, I’m sure our kids would be glued to the tiny glowing screens 24/7 with bits of their mushy brain running out of […]

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How To Replace a MacBook Pro Keyboard after a Liquid Spill

December 22, 2014
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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 […]

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