Category Archives: tech tips

Missing locals on Dish Network (Oscars, Superbowl) [FIXED]

We had an unpleasant surprise when we turned on our Dish receiver to watch the Super Bowl, no local channels 🙁 We ended up watching it online (without commercials :-(). Now it is a few weeks later and the Oscars are approaching. Locals were still not coming in so I logged into my Dish online account and used the chat feature. Here is the transcript. They were able to reinitialize my channels and they showed up during the chat, they

Turn off Kindle singles recommendations etc. [SOLVED[

Some Kindle questions from readers: Q1. How do I turn off the annoying Kindle singles crap that takes up half of my Kindle’s screen?! Menu -> Settings -> Device options -> Personalize your Kindle -> Advanced Options -> Cover View Recommendations -> Off Q2. Can I get rid of recomendations, they are way off?! While you are at it, you can also turn off Special Offers Recommendations: Menu -> Settings -> Device options -> Personalize your Kindle -> Advanced Options

Intel Centrino 6235 or 7260 Bluetooth not detected by Windows [SOLVED]

I came across an interesting tip today: […] Samsung RC530 and a 7260.HMWWB. Bluetooth can’t be activated on some notebooks, so you need to activate it manually with a hardware “hack”. Just get some Scotch Tape / Sellotape (in german “Tesafilm”) and stick it on pin #51 (picture). Put the card back in the PCIe slot and have fun . […] this workaround works also for the 6235 and other Intel Wifi/Bluetooth cards.. via Intel Communities. Well worth checking out

Galaxy S5 screen repair, iheartrepair review

In August I broke the glass on my Galaxy S5 screen and sent it to iheartrepair.com for repair. Overall the process went quite smoothly: Pros: Simple ordering process Coupon code available for discount Turn around time was quite short: 2 days for delivery 2 days for repair 2 days for return delivery Upon completion of the repair they promptly emailed photos of the device, it looked GOOD! 🙂 They carefully packaged the phone for shipping Phone was fully repaired Cons:

BlackBerry Passport, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 6 size comparison photo

The Passport is a very intriguing device and it looks rather huge in most photos. For comparison, I wanted to see the size compared to two other rather popular phones 🙂 So, here is a visual size comparison between the BlackBerry Passport, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple iPhone 6 *photos courtesy of BlackBerry press page and Apple press page Dimensions: BlackBerry Passport 128 x 90.3 x 9.3 mm (5.04 x 3.56 x 0.37 in) iPhone 6 Plus 158.1 x 77.8

Mini-itx AM1 gaming system w/discrete video card and DC PSU!

Mike sent me some info and photos of his awesome mini-itx system: I crammed the AM1H-ITX along with a 5350, a Kingston HyperX 4gb DDR3-1600 stick, Slimline DVD-Rom, Microcenter house brand120gb SSD, a couple 40mm fans, and an EVGA GTX 750 2GB (non-ti) into a Travla C158 case. I’m powering it with a DC power brick (part number 316688-001 or spare 317188-001) from either a beefy HP laptop or possibly a docking station. The specs are 18.5v, 6.5a, 120 watts.

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