Monthly Archive: July 2014


Pressy Adds a Programmable Button via Your Smartphone Headphone Jack

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSA successful Kickstarter campaign, Pressy is a cool button you can program and use when you need it. Whether it takes a photo, turns on the flashlight, or opens up your favorite app, the button can become a helpful gadget. Pressy comes with a keychain holder so you can store when not in use. Download the app from the Play store and insert Pressy. Alert the phone its inserted, then use it for whatever you programmed the button with. For example, I have one press opening the Pressy dashboard. Two presses and it opens up one of my favorite games. Three presses and a photo is taken. Programming is simplistic at this time. I forsee a lot more options – maybe a morse code system to add more functions. Short presses vs. long presses opening new apps. It’s only available for...


HP RDX Removable Disk Backup Storage for Archiving Data

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSA few weeks ago I conquered a challenge that a lot of Small to medium businesses don’t do. Backup my data. My friends at HP sent me an RDX unit with 2- 2TB drives to try out. The RDX unit is a external or internal USB 3.0 disk backup storage unit. The key is it can work in place of that tape system you might have or might still be using. The RDX removable backup system works by inserting the disk cartridge into the device. You can then backup the way you want. If it’s a single computer, copy files or run an OS backup. If its a Enterprise server, schedule backups of the OS and files using the RDX software. It takes me back to one of my old IT jobs where everyday I had to go into the server...


Posting Video of Illegal Activities on YouTube – Should it be Taken Down?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis last week, Daredevil Steven Hoeg posted a video on YouTube of him jumping off the Monona Terrace in Madison, WI. This is an illegal stunt that will cost him a fine of $400. However, the video stays on YouTube, which could make him more money and additional fame for just pulling the stunt off. Since Hoeg created a video doing something illegal, should that video be allowed to stay on YouTube? Youtube does have a policy for illegal activities. However, these activities are mostly limited to drug use, acts of violence, bomb making, choking games, dangerous content involving minors, or other acts where serious injury could result. This puts Hoeg in a grey area. It is dangerous but no injury happened. If Steven would have said “I dare you to try this”, YouTube would take this video down. Yet it...


HTC One M8 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5: Smartphone Throwdown Part 2

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast week I showed you the Samsung Galaxy S5 and all its glory. This week, we turn the tables and look at the HTC One M8. These phones are loaners from Verizon, so I thank them for allowing to use for comparison. Next up is the HTC One M8 phone. This device has a definite feel difference since its got a metal back design. You even have color options in gun metal grey, champagne, gold, and now red – which is a Verizon exclusive. The HTC One has added the UltraPixel module for depth of field. So if you are a shutterbug, this device not only will get you the best pictures, but also some great selfies. The phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core at 2.3 GHz. The screen is 4.7 inches with 440 ppi. The HTC One also...


Can Smartphones Be Slowing Us Down?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYou’ve seen it before – You’re running to get to a destination, maybe get to the next flight, walk the street to your next meeting. You run into that one person looking down at their smartphone, oblivious to the world and slowing everyone down. You would like to curse at them, but you know you do it yourself. Are smartphones slowing us down? I just read an interesting article on A popular New York restaurant noticed the service to be slow. They decided to bring in a group to see why. This group reviewed the surveillance system and noticed a trend that not made the servers slower, but the customer. The group had the restaurant pull up tapes from 10 years prior to figure out the problem. What they found was that the customer was slowing the process down because...


Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8: The Throwdown Part 1

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn this two part video, I take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 over the HTC One M8 – both are the latest Android phones for their respected manufacturers. Both of these phones are on loan from Verizon. After playing with the Samsung S5, I see why it s one of the top smartphones on the market. Samsung definitely takes the Android software and makes its own. A great camera, powerful battery and even more secure with its own fingerprint scanner to unlock the phone. Let s start with the screen. With a 5.1 inch phone using the AMOLED technology, you will be able to do everything from get that video shot to play Clash of Clans without squinting. The design of the phone is pretty standard, but kinda lack-luster. The plastic case phone comes in a white or black...


Coke and No Smile: Could “Share a Coke” Social Experiment Backfire?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSA couple weeks ago, Coca-Cola created a new social campaign – sharing a coke with a friend. On the side of the bottle, they put different names for you to share a Coke with. But does this social thought work, or backfire for sales of Coca-Cola? Coke is a major soda manufacturer. For years they have been the #1 Worldwide brand. In 2011 that started to change as tech companies Microsoft and Google wedged their way to the top. According to Interbrand, Coke dropped to #3 in 2013. Its looking like Coke will be dropping again this year, too. One major path Coca-Cola has taken was to get into Social Media early. They have run a lot of social experiments, including the Coca-Cola Happiness Machine, Share a Coke, the Ahh effect, and more. I remember back in 2004 I was collecting...


Cut Cold Butter with Spread That, Ice Cream with Scoop That!

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe folks at Useful Things sent me two very interesting utensils to try out. Scoop THAT! and Spread THAT! is a knife and ice cream scoop that uses your body heat to keep the end warm and ultimately help you fill your bowl or butter your bread. How Spread THAT and Scoop THAT Work When you hold the handle of either utensil, your body heat transfers to the end of the scoop or knife. This is what makes these items push through a lot easier. Perfect when you are making the kids bowls of ice cream – you don’t have to go to the sink and run water on the scoop to keep it from sticking. Simply hold on to the device for 20 seconds. That will warm up the edges enough for you to cut the butter or scoop the...


Sustainability Blues: Drinking Water Issues Around the World – Further with Ford

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you live outside the US, you might be very aware of the drinking water issues. Inside the US – you might not know this but in the next 10-20 years you will be faced with a drinking water shortage. While at the Further with Ford conference in Dearborn, MI I learned about how the world deals with getting clean drinking water. The Sustainability Blues also opened my eyes in the fact this resource is getting taxed. There are 7 billion in the world with expectations of hitting 10 billion people in the next decade. We all need water to survive. This panel features Sheryl Connelly or Ford, Christoph Gorder of, George McGraw of, Rob Frederick of Brown Forman, and Todd Walton of Ford as they talk about the environment and the concerns of the water issue.


I Convert My Macbook DVD into a USB Drive with OWC SuperSlim

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSince I put the OWC SSD into my system and moved out the DVD drive for another hard drive, I have parts from the Macbook left over – mainly the optical drive and older hard drive. There may be times I’ll still need the DVD, so I want to put it into an enclosure. Best part is I can use the DVD drive for any Mac or PC in the house. Especially since I just got an Ultrabook that doesn’t come with DVD drive, but did come with discs to install the OS and other drivers. In this video, I show you how to place in the DVD drive to the OWC SuperSlim, and how to place the SATA hard drive into the OWC Express USB enclosure. Get the OWC SuperSlim Get the OWC Express