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Review: the BenQ ScreenBar Lite Brings a Portable Bubble of Warm or Cool LED Lighting To Your Laptop

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The BenQ ScreenBar Lite is the latest and greatest addition to the ScreenBar family. A while back, I reviewed the ScreenBar and then a few months later, the ScreenBar Plus (which my wife completely loves, and I’m quite jealous of). But now, it’s my turn to be the subject of envy with BenQ’s latest computer lighting solution, the ScreenBar Lite (and I love the play on words here…lite versus light). All three of the products provide you with a useful, unobtrusive, and elegant way to light up your desktop environment. And now, with the ScreenBar Lite, you have that same lighting solution in a mobile form factor, designed to bask your laptop’s keyboard in dimmable, cool or warm LED lighting. (*Disclosure below.)

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Smart Home Guide 2019: Before Buying that Smart Home Device, Check These 8 Things First

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Google, Hardware, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Review, Smart Home, Technology by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Making your home “smart” or automated is all the rage right now. There are hubs galore, smart sensors and lights, speakers that respond to your voice, thermostats that regulate your home’s comfort level, blinds that raise and lower automatically…the list goes on and on. And, it seems like every day, new devices come on the market which claim to simplify your life with some new type of automation or set of smart features. But before you rush out and get the latest and greatest smart home tech, read through this list of things you should think about when buying a smart home device.

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The $20 BOYA BY-M1 Lavalier Mic Takes Your Videos to the Next Level – Review

In Audio, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Technology, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I launched my YouTube channel back in 2008 and have produced over 200 videos on and off over the years. But there was one piece of equipment I didn’t use in pretty much all of my video until now…a microphone. As audio is a critical part of the equation when producing videos, I decided to “invest” in an external mic, and chose the budget-conscious BOYA BY-M1 lavalier lapel mic as my first test in upping my audio game.

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Got Time Machine Backup Errors? Like Error Type 11? How To Easily Identify & Fix!

In Apple, Application, Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Do you back up your Mac regularly? Best practices suggest you should have three types of backups: one always-on local, one local but moved off-site, and one fully remote (like a cloud backup). But how many of us follow this? I know I don’t. The closest I have gotten is to have the always-on local backup using Apple’s Time Machine as well as storing all of my docs on Microsoft OneDrive. Better than nothing I guess. But sometimes backups fail. And I recently had my Time Machine backup fail repeatedly. After some investigation, I figured out how to identify the culprit and then fix the issue. Here’s how I did it.

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Give your Laptop a Lift with the Rain Design mBar Pro & mStand – Review

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The other day, my wife was helping with some office work that involved some data entry. As she and I know the benefits of alternating between sitting and standing when you work in front of a computer, after a little bit of time, she realized that she needed to do some standing work. Unfortunately, all of the desks in that particular office were “sit only” so she went searching for another solution. That was when she came across a fancy, brushed aluminum riser for laptops that nobody was using. She quickly grabbed it and was extremely happy being able to stand and do her work. The riser, it turns out, was made by Rain Design, and, as I later learned, was not their latest and greatest solution. But I found the one that I loved! The mBar Pro. (*Disclosure below.)

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