Asus ZenPad S 8 Review

By | December 18, 2016

After using an Nvidia Shield tablet for a year or so, and dealing with a battery recall and then an RMA because it would no longer hold a charge after only 3 months, I decided to try something different.  The Shield is an impressive tablet, and the original version even more so.  I would still recommend it for… Read More »

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D-Link DSP-W110 Wi-Fi Smart Plug Review

By | December 13, 2016

For the last few months, I’ve had a D-Link DSP-W110 sitting in a drawer.  I bought it when it was on sale, and have been meaning to compare it to the TP-Link HS100 smart plugs.  Having put up our Christmas tree yesterday, I thought that now was the perfect time to pull it out of the drawer, set… Read More »

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A Few Thoughts on Tablets

By | December 10, 2016

I’ve been through quite a few Android tablets since they first hit the market a few years back.  I started with the incredibly well built T-Mobile branded Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.  I actually still have this tablet and it still works.  This particular tablet was during Samsung’s early days in the Android smartphone and tablet market.  It is… Read More »

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Who Shall Control My Media? Part 4 – Backend Storage

By | October 16, 2016

So you’ve got a lot of videos, home movies, pictures, etc., that you want to have access to from all of your devices and get them on your big screen.  Sounds simple, right?  Its anything but.  With the huge amount of competition and proprietary solutions out there it can be very confusing and extremely frustrating trying to figure… Read More »

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No More Homework in Our House

By | September 14, 2016

After my last post questioning homework for elementary school kids, we’ve done a lot more reading and researching on the subject.  A lot. Since the last fight, we took a stand — our first grader won’t be doing any more homework.  While dropping him off one morning, she asked him for his homework folder and I calmly and… Read More »

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Elementary School Homework or No Homework?

By | August 25, 2016

This is quite the detraction from the normal types of posts I make.  I typically try to put things that are tech related or other “hobbies” of mine up here.  But this is something I’m feeling very strongly about, so I wanted to share and possibly get feedback from. Long story short, I’m in my mid 40’s and… Read More »

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My first few days with the OnePlus 3

By | June 26, 2016

I didn’t really want a new phone but my HTC One M9 was starting to really irritate me.  Specifically the battery and power usage.  It got to the point where I was having to charge it at least 3 times a day or I would run out of power.  I was able to watch the battery tick down… Read More »

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Who Shall Control My Media? Part 3 – Media Players

By | June 18, 2016

Media players are a interesting topic.  Over the past couple of years, we’ve tried a variety of them.  The first one was back in 2007 and was the D-Link MediaLounge DSM-520 that got its media from a UPNP Media server.  It was designed to fit into a home entertainment unit, the typical ~19 inches wide and looked a… Read More »

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