Lessons learned after a month of tinkering

TiVo Stream 4K

Weeks ago I posted my impressions of the TiVo Stream 4K Android TV dongle after just a week of use. I have been a Chromecast user for many years and decided to upgrade my streaming experience with a dongle that promised to bring…


TiVO Stream 4K

First, a little background. I’m an old-school TiVo fan. My first TiVo experience was with the DirecTiVo unit from the early 00s. When it died, I purchased a standalone TiVo Series 2 DVR and later a TiVo Premiere Series 4. …


Quite often when I post something about life with and without smartphone technology, someone points out how smartphones aren’t necessary and that we got along just fine without having these pocket communicator computers with us at all times. …


This pandemic has been an interesting journey. We moved to the Atlanta Metro Area just as the pandemic was getting underway. (Yes, I know, who moves during a pandemic, right?) The timing of the move meant that we didn’t get a chance to explore the area ourselves to decide on…


Tales from a support veteran

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I know you. You wandered into this article looking for 5, 10, or 15 quick and easy tips to improve your next experience with customer service or tech support. That’s not what this is going to be. …


It’s “Star Trek” stuck in the Berman universe

When The Orville was announced as an upcoming show on Fox in 2017, the comparisons to Star Trek were immediate and accurate. It’s certainly no accident since Seth MacFarlane is a major Trek fan and voiced his intent to create a show…


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I’ve never been an Amazon driver. Instead, I was a TV and major appliance tech for a national company. I can relate to what Amazon drivers go through unofficially because the company won’t officially acknowledge it and change the conditions that make such indignities necessary.

During my time on the…


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So, in a conversation with my wife the other night regarding a Twitter thread I’d seen, a question came to mind that I figured I’d have to ask the people who populate the internet.

Here’s the situation. Your partner has fallen asleep in bed while you’re elsewhere. You come in…


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When you’re young and stupid employers will take advantage of you.

As I read an article today about Amazon’s wage theft with their drivers, I thought about my own brush with wage theft. Amazon’s drivers weren’t paid for breaks and lunches, nor did they receive overtime when their workday went…


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Is it worth it to pay big bucks to AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile when you can save hundreds of dollars a year by using an MVNO?

First of all, what is an MVNO? MVNO stands for Mobile Virtual Network Operator. Basically, it’s a company that buys phone and data service…

Keith Wilson

I’m just a tech-minded guy with a wicked sense of humor and curiosity about tech, science, sci-fi, politics, and other stuff.

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