Category Archives: Ask J.D.

Turn your Christmas lights on/off with Alexa

One of the most useful aspects of Alexa’s home automation capabilities, as for turning Christmas lights on and off. Particularly exterior Christmas lights. Alexa in conjunction with TP Link has allowed me to control my Christmas lights from anywhere that I have my phone, or an Alexa enabled device. On cold evenings, or when arriving at the house, it is woot enjoyable to remotely turn the lights on. 👍 My preferred home automation company is TP link. I have had

Pull-up challenge: 25 for Dec 25th

This evening marks the starting point of my pull-up challenge. My goal is to do 25 pull-ups by December 5th. I am calling this my “25 for Dec 25th”. 🙂 From 11/22 to 12/25 gives me 33 days to meet my goal. Details: +Excellent form (all the way up, all the way down) -No swinging or pumping of legs -No time limit, i.e. hanging on the bar and resting is allowed Tomorrow I will post my initial max pull-up starting

How to get Audible credits/books cheap

Audible offers an amazing assortment of audio books. However, with one credit a month it can be hard to get your full audio book fix. While you can always purchase audio books at “full price”, the cost is often quite expensive (i.e. $20-$40). Thankfully, Amazon added a new feature where you can find audio book versions of your favorite ebooks at a significant discount. Any existing purchase you have made on Amazon may be eligible for the sale price. I was surprised that

ROMOSS fast charging USB car charger review

My latest USB car charger is a ROMOSS 36W QC 3.0 model. Over the years I have tried a variety of car chargers and so far this has been a good option. Pricing: As of today, $13.99 on Amazon Specs: (2) USB ports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 36W max rated output Overall charging performance has been excellent. This has been over the course of a number of business trips and one family vacation. All of these trips involved significant driving with phone navigation,

How to re-claim 100GB Google Drive space

Recently I purchased a LG G6 phone. The first time I opened Google Drive it offered me a free 2-year 100GB Google Drive promotion. I already pay for the 1TB a year plan for my account. However, my wife could certainly use the free 100GB. I actually already pay $1.99 a month for 100GB for her, so with the free plan I could cancel the paid plan and save almost $48 over the course of 2 years. Therefore, I promptly canceled out of the

Essential preorder phones are now ready to ship

Just got an email that @essential phones are ready to ship! #essential Great news, your phone has been built! We now just need your payment details and we will ship within 7 days. If you would like to change the items in your reservation prior to checking out, please contact our support team at support@essential.com. If you reserved an Essential 360 Camera, you will receive a separate email as soon as it’s ready to be shipped. Your Essential Phone is

+Cancel FreedomPop Premier service [SOLVED!]

Question: Hello J.D., I have read your FreedomPop articles in the past and I really like their free internet services. I made sure to downgrade to the free plan and I love it. However, now I am getting a $9.99 bill for “Premier service” and I can not for the life of me figure out how to cancel it 🙁 Can you please help me cancel? Thank you, Tony K. Answer: Dear Tony, thank you for your message. Yes, I think I

How to reset Amcrest IP security camera remotely [SOLVED]

Q. How do I reset my Amcrest cameras remotely from my PC? I am on the same network but do not have physical access. A. Here is how to remotely reset your Amcrest IP camera: Determine the IP address of the camera that you would like to reset Use a web browser to navigate to the IP Login (admin username, admin password are the default login credentials) go to System -> Auto Maintain -> Manual Reboot   Your Amcrest IP

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