Category: Tech Thursday

The 100 series finale recap: The Fight is Over

One of my many guilty pleasures has been watching The 100 since it debuted in 2014. The 100 is a post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book series by Kass Morgan. At first it seemed like a typical CW show: good looking young actors portraying teens who... Read more »

I binge watched Lost In Space so you didn't have to

Before I begin my review of Netflix latest series Lost In Space, I want to set the table, so to speak. First, it’s not easy for me to watch anything these days. Movies involve a babysitter and a tight window of opportunity. Our TVs are usually streaming Octanauts or PJ Mask (and whatever the next cartoon... Read more »

Review: Geekbes Smart Socket WiFi Mini Plug

 I purchased a <a href="https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA3525XV4607" target="_blank">Geekbes Smart Socket WiFi Mini Plug 3-Pack </a> (Model YM-WS-1) when it was a flash sale at Newegg.
On a whim I purchased a 3 pack of Geekbes Smart Socket WiFi Mini Plug (Model YM-WS-1) a few weeks ago.  Ordinarily smart sockets are not a thing I  cannot live without, but it was a flash sale at Newegg so I figured a $25 investment wasn’t going to break me. I have been looking for... Read more »
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What if Anakin Skywalker didn't kill the Younglings after all?

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YnwkE4trA48" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> <strong>The Evidence Against Anakin</strong><br><br>  After Anakin is brought over to the Dark Side he leads the attack on the Jedi temple, where the Jedi younglings hide from the battle outside, he allegedly murders them, in spite of the adorable youngling asking him for help.
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<em>Or is that really how it happened?</em>
A long time ago in a galaxy very far away some terrible things happened.   A dispute between the Republic and the Trade Federation sowed the seeds for the Rise of an evil Empire; a forbidden love affair between a jedi and a Queen exposed a clone army; Manipulated by a genius Sith Lord, the Galactic... Read more »

Hey Alderman: Let the teenager sell me alcohol already!

Scene:  Me in a long line at Jewel.  My Super Power is the ability to always choose the slowest moving line.  If there are three registers open, no matter which one I pick, it will grind to a halt. Finally it’s my turn and the young checkout clerk (what do they call them these days?)... Read more »

Parents need kidproof appliances, not refrigerators that can stream Game of Thrones

I like technology as much as the next geek, but only to the extent that it either really helps make my life easier, or it is really cool without a high cost of entry.  Alas there are some technologies out there that miss both these markers and will not be seen in our household any... Read more »
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How I got my old school stereo system to stream music inexpensively

<strong>Speakers in the ceiling:</strong>  The previous owner installed some speakers in the kitchen when he updated it.  It would be a shame not to use them, but I was limited to only what I could get on the radio.
The previous owner of our house had installed some speakers in the ceiling of the kitchen.  The speaker wires feed into a cabinet above the fridge.  I can play local OTA radio stations (aka Celestial Stations) and CDs through it ( He left behind a non-working CD player which I have replaced with an old... Read more »

Some things to consider before cutting the Cable Cord

Cutting the Cord is the new thing these days. So much so that Cable Companies are actually paying attention. You can find a lot of good articles about how to do it here and here and here. But there are some things to keep in mind before you ditch cable. Essentially it boils down to... Read more »

If you really like a free app, make a donation to keep it around

To manage the emails for this blog, I used an app called Mailbox.  I also subscribe to a lot of other blogs (pro-tip for bloggers: do this!)  with this email address and the nice thing about the app was when I was behind in my reading, I could forward an email to the future.  It... Read more »
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My Star Wars: The Force Awakens theory on who Rey is

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By now you probably have seen the movie and if you haven’t, well okay spoiler alert. I think there are at least three camps for who Rey’s parents are. She’s Han and Leia’s other child She’s Luke’s daughter (hopefully with EU favorite Mara Jade) She’s Ben Kenobi’s grand child There are probably a few other... Read more »