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Backblaze vs. CrashPlan - Comparison of cloud backup solutions

CrashPlan recently announced that it would exit the consumer backup business. As a result, the company will discontinue their CrashPlan for Home product and is advising customers to switch to their business plan or Carbonite. In the search for a viable alternative, I stumbled across Backblaze. In this article, I will compare Backblaze vs. CrashPlan…(Read More)

LIFX Smart LED lights now work with Apple HomeKit

On September 19th, 2017, LIFX finally announced support for HomeKit, Apple’s home automation platform. Support is limited to the third generation LIFX and LIFX + lights and available via a firmware upgrade. Shop mentioned products LIFX Wi-Fi-enabled Smart LEDs (Amazon) About LIFX LIFX makes Wi-Fi-enabled smart LEDs that you can control…(Read More)

How to copy the path of any file or folder in Finder (macOS)

If you are working in a team that is using shared (Dropbox) folders to collaborate, it’s sometimes necessary to point team members to where they can find an individual file or folder. Instead of sending them a link that opens in a browser, I often just want to point them to a particular file…(Read More)

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 to 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 high quality watch bands and other Apple Watch accessories but at a lower price point than Apple. Shop mentioned products Apple Leather Loop Band (Amazon) Burkley Holo Strap Padded Leather Band (Amazon) Monowear…(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)

Is the new ecobee4 smart thermostat with built-in Alexa voice service worth the upgrade?

ecobee just announced the newest version of its smart thermostat – the ecobee4 with built-in Alexa voice service. I own two of the original ecobee3 thermostats, and in this article, I will tell you if the ecobee4 is worth the upgrade and how it stacks up against the ecobee3. Shop mentioned products ecobee4 Smart WiFi…(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)

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