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

Drones, Beats and Radio Shack Means #GiftSmart Shopping

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 that didn’t matter, I couldn’t wait to play…er…let my kids play with these #GiftSmart items from Radio Shack.Underneath the appropriately red ribbon and nestled in the box were three items found at Radio… [more]

Drones, Beats and Radio Shack Means #GiftSmart Shopping Drones, Beats and Radio Shack Means #GiftSmart Shopping

How to Fix Mac Office 2011 Crashing in Yosemite

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 if I opened a document directly or one of the Office applications, within a few seconds, the Office App would crash.I went searching for a solution on various forums but only seemed to find… [more]

How to Fix Mac Office 2011 Crashing in Yosemite How to Fix Mac Office 2011 Crashing in Yosemite
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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.

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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 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. The Highlander seemed to be a way to potentially enable those activities.

2014 Toyota Highlander - AutoNation

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2014 Toyota Highlander - Side View

So why do I have high regards of the Toyota Highlander as that next evolutionary step as a family vehicle? After about 10 days test driving the Toyota Highlander, there were several features that stood out.

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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 that didn’t matter, I couldn’t wait to play…er…let my kids play with these #GiftSmart items from Radio Shack.

Radio Shack #GiftSmart present

Underneath the appropriately red ribbon and nestled in the box were three items found at Radio Shack, specifically, the 2.4GHz RC Surveyor Drone ($59.99) and the Beats by Dr. Dre Pill 2.0 Wireless Speaker ($199.99) – both of these also appropriately bathed in a Radio Shack-esque red. Oh, and there was a set of AAA Radio Shack batteries ($5.59).

My 10 year old daughter immediately took to piloting the Surveyor Drone. In order to make things festive, I connected the Beats by Dr. Dre Pill with Pandora’s holiday music channel and let her gain her piloting wings. Not to get sidetracked by this speaker, but it’s really easy to pair via Bluetooth, has quite good sound quality (bass and treble), and with the 2.0 version, you can charge a device via USB. Later on during the Thanksgiving holidays, I placed the speaker on various bookshelves around the house to fill rooms with musical cheer.

Radio Shack #GiftSmart Beats by Dre Pill and Surveyor Drone [click to continue…]

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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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The Unu UltraPak Gives Fast Charging Power To Go

November 15, 2014
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From tablets to smartphones to other digital gadgets, people’s biggest complaint is always batterylife. Until new battery technology comes in to play, you either have to always be in search of a plug or carry something that can provide you with a recharge on the go. There are lots of battery packs or cases out […]

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13 Tips to Optimize Your Mac After Yosemite Installation

October 23, 2014
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As most of us know, Apple’s latest operating system Yosemite (10.10), a free upgrade from Apple, is now available. And with it come a lot of nice new features, visuals and enhancements. But, as with any upgrade, there is always the possibility of having issues. While I had been running the Developer Preview on my […]

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