The At Home With Technology Blog
Don’t Take Your PIN to the Grave
Mon, 09 Jul 2018 16:00:31 +0000
On Sunday morning, I received an early phone call from the son of a client, informing me that his father, my client, had passed away. It was sad news, but not shocking; he had been ill for some time. The primary reason for calling me, however, wasn’t just to inform me of the loss. The […]
Lucky Thirteen
Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:00:51 +0000
On Friday, At Home With Technology celebrated its 13th anniversary. I didn’t commemorate the milestone on the day, because I was “too busy.” And over the weekend, I got to reflect on just how lucky I am to be so busy. For any new company to last longer than a decade is a minor miracle; […]
No, I’m Not Getting the New Apple TV—At Least, Not Yet. Here’s Why.
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:00:59 +0000
When Apple recently unveiled their latest version of the Apple TV set-top box, I was thrilled to see it labeled, “Apple TV 4K.” Finally, this box, along with the iTunes video content it will stream, can support the super-high resolution of 3840 x 2160 (it’s called “4K” because “3.84K” is a little awkward, so they […]
Yes, I’m (Planning On) Buying an iPhone X. Here’s How, and Why… but WHEN?
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:00:16 +0000
When I watched Apple’s iPhone presentation last week, one of the biggest surprises to me came when they unveiled the iPhone 8, because it wasn’t the 7S!   First, a brief history lesson (scroll down to “HOW” to skip to my thoughts on the iPhone X): In 2008, Apple released their first upgrade to […]
The Sweet Sound of My Echo
Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:00:39 +0000
This is going to be a quickie. I’ve got some more in-depth articles planned for the near future (such as my first few weeks with Apple CarPlay, among other things), but  I wanted to share a simple pleasure I recently discovered. I’ve been studying for recertification, and music helps my mind focus. But if it […]
Does This Hard Drive Make Me Look FAT?
Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:00:50 +0000
I recently had a client approach me with hours of digital video that needed editing. My video-editing colleague works on Adobe Premiere for Windows, and the drive containing the video was a Mac-formatted ThunderBay 4 drive from Other World Computing. We were therefore faced with two problems—which soon became three. Problem #1: Physically Connecting the […]
Apple Believes in “Magic…” Perhaps Too Much?
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:00:54 +0000
Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a couple clients reach out to me, complaining that the wireless mice that came with their brand new iMacs had “died.” Since these new mice are meant to be recharged, I explained the process of plugging them in with their included recharging cables, and letting their batteries refill, […]
UPS, I Love You (And I Don’t Mean the Shipping Company!)
Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:00:16 +0000
On Saturday night, my area of Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley experienced a large blackout. The L.A. Department of Water and Power (LADWP) experienced an explosion and fire at one of their power stations in the Valley neighborhood of Northridge. To aid the fire department’s efforts to put out the fire safely and quickly, LADWP […]
Twice the Speed? USB C-ing Things!
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:00:23 +0000
During this past weekend, I heard from my client from May, on whose Dell PC I had performed a clean Windows 10 installation. Since I last reported, we’ve done a RAM upgrade (from 12 Gigabytes to 16); and we’ve added a spiffy new graphics card. These upgrades have extended the usefulness of the now nearly […]
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Nuking a Computer
Mon, 01 May 2017 16:00:22 +0000
On Sunday, a client contacted me to recruit my help with her Windows computer, a Dell tower. During an overnight video render, it froze up and became unusable. When I came over to check it out, the only thing visible on the black screen was a white cursor. It moved, but there was nothing to […]