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I am a technologist and love gadgets that add value by simplifying my life or by increasing my productivity. On this blog, I share how I use technology to improve my life and keep my personal information and most valuable data protected.

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macOS - How to change the icon of files and folders

Did you know that you can change the icon of files and folders in macOS? If you did not, in this article I will show you how it is done! Out of the box, macOS uses a generic blue icon for folders. That’s perfectly fine as you can always identify the folder by its…(Read More)

Home Automation: Review of Wi-Fi enabled LED smart lights from LIFX

I just recently got my feet wet with home automation technology from First Alert and Ecobee. The expansion to Wi-Fi enabled lights was the natural next step. So in this article, I will review smart LED lights from LIFX. When I told my wife that I would review one of those new smart lights…(Read More)

How to configure an Ethernet Backbone between two AmpliFi routers

AmpliFi’s mesh-networking technology provides excellent Wi-Fi coverage, even in large homes. But for those cases where you need the highest possible Wi-Fi performance and throughput, AmpliFi offers a so-called Ethernet Backbone feature. In this article, I will show you how to configure an Ethernet Backbone between two AmpliFi routers. If…(Read More)

Tidy up your desk with HiRise 2 and BackPack by Twelve South

Despite best efforts, my desk has a natural tendency to get cluttered. Some of it is just temporary, like a new gadget I am reviewing. Other clutter is longer-lived and thus harder to get rid of. In this article, I will show how I uncluttered my desk from cables and self-adhesive strips with…(Read More)

macOS: How to print to PDF via keyboard shortcut from any application

macOS offers multiple options to print to PDF. In fact, you can save almost every file as PDF, regardless of if the application supports saving to PDF or not. In this article, I will show you how to quickly print to PDF using a keyboard shortcut and automatically save the PDF in a particular folder…(Read More)

AT&T GigaPower vs. Comcast Business Class internet service

I have been a mostly satisfied Comcast Business Class customer for many years. But recently, AT&T GigaPower, the company’s superfast, fiber optics internet service came to our neighborhood in Alpharetta. I had the opportunity to try it out and compare it with Comcast Business Class. To better understand the differences in service…(Read More)

Review - Premium leather bands for the Apple Watch from Burkley and Monowear

In this article, I will review premium leather bands for the Apple Watch from Apple, Burkley, and Monowear. The latter two offer watch bands of outstanding quality but at a lower price point than Apple. Shop mentioned products Apple Leather Loop Band (Amazon) Burkley Holo Strap Padded Leather Band (Amazon) Monowear Perforated Leather Band (Online…(Read More)

Review: Onelink Environment monitor for the nursery or kids room

The Onelink Environment Monitor by First Alert monitors a room’s temperature and humidity and doubles as a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm. It is ideal for nurseries or kids rooms, but you can use it in any other room. In this review, I will explain the benefits the Onelink Environment Monitor provides in our home…(Read More)

Review: Twelve South charging stand for wireless headphones

Fermata, by Twelve South, is the world’s first charging stand for wireless headphones. I had the opportunity to use it during the last few weeks and here is my review. Shop mentioned products Fermata charging stand by Twelve South (Amazon) Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones (Amazon) I am a big fan of the Bose…(Read More)

'Empty subject line' bug in MailButler for Apple Mail

A bug in MailButler, a popular Apple Mail plugin, results in an empty subject line when replying to individual emails. The problem seems to affect only Exchange accounts, and there is currently no fix available. The good news is, there is a workaround. I am a huge fan of MailButler and have been using the…(Read More)

Review: Kanex GoPower USB-C portable battery pack for 12-inch MacBook

The Kanex GoPower USB-C portable battery pack is a slick, lightweight and versatile companion for the 12-inch MacBook and other USB-C equipped devices. As a bonus, it can charge a MacBook and a phone simultaneously. I usually travel light and with the least amount of gadgets in my backpack. That was one…(Read More)

How to install fonts on iPhone or iPad using iFont

Have you ever noticed that “missing font” warning when you opened a document or spreadsheet on your iOS device that was created on a Mac or Windows machine? In this article, I will show you how to fix that problem and how to install fonts on iPhone or iPad using a free app called iFont…(Read More)

Grammarly - Advanced grammar and spell checker

Grammarly is an advanced grammar and spell checker for the English languages. It helps me to write better copy at work and in my capacity as a blogger. If you write as much as I do, I would highly recommend to check it out. The need for an advanced grammar checker Let’s face it…(Read More)

Review: HomeKit enabled smoke alarm from First Alert

First Alert recently released Onelink; an Apple HomeKit enabled smoke alarm. I took that as an opportunity to get my feet wet with HomeKit and to start equipping our house with home automation gadgets. I reached out to First Alert, and they were so kind to send me a review unit of their HomeKit enabled…(Read More)