ReadeREST. Kaspersky vs WebRoot. LastPass. Squashage.

ReadeREST
The ReadeREST eyeglass holder system

Once I saw the ReadeREST magnetic eyeglass holder system on Shark Tank I knew I had to have one. This is a simple device consisting of a metal frame that sits on the outside of your shirt and a backing that goes under the shirt, with the two held together through the cloth with a pair of strong magnets. I have been using this since I saw it in 2012, and I like it very much. Prior to that I would hook my glasses in one of my shirt pockets and they would often come loose and drop to the ground – sometimes scratching a lens. With the ReadeREST this almost never happens. My glasses are hooked at one hinge in the metal bar on my shirt and when I lean over the glasses swing out and stay vertical. Continue reading ReadeREST. Kaspersky vs WebRoot. LastPass. Squashage.

A new car key. Dinner at Outback Steakhouse.

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This is the replacement key fob for our Equinox

Recently the Unlock button on my key fob for our Equinox got pushed too hard and the rubber cover got depressed inside and broken out. I was able to slightly rearrange the broken cover to be able to use the unlock function, but I figured it was only a matter of time before it broke out completely and I would not be able to use my key fob to unlock the doors. I have heard that dealers charge from $150-300 to make a new key fob for you so I did some research online and found I could avoid going that route. I bought a pair of blank key fobs on Amazon for less than $29 for the pair. Continue reading A new car key. Dinner at Outback Steakhouse.

3D printing. More on lobsters.

the printer
This is Pete’s 3D printer with the finished policeman object on the platen. The black filament spool is on the left.

Our friend Pete Petersen recently bought a 3D printer and this last week he has been bringing samples of the output to the pool to show the gang. He has made several little policeman dolls, a whistle, and other items. His printer is a┬áMP Select Mini 3D Printer and it can handle objects up to about four inches. Many people are confused by the term “3D printer”, since it does not actually do any printing as we normally think of printing. Instead, it forms three-dimensional objects using, in most cases, colored plastic filament. Continue reading 3D printing. More on lobsters.

Decorating golf cart. Dropbox vs. OneDrive.

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Front view of our golf cart decorated for Independence Day

Elaine did a wash job on the golf cart today – wow, it sure looks great again! (She also washed half the driveway as well.) That was in preparation for decorating it for the golf cart parade tomorrow morning. After swimming this afternoon we did the decorations and now it is ready to go. I think she did a great job in picking out decorations to use. It sure is colorful! Continue reading Decorating golf cart. Dropbox vs. OneDrive.

Kindle app. June 26 1990 =122. 112 today.

It was a simple request, and one I thought would be easy to accomplish. It turned into an hour or more of complexity! Elaine asked me to install the Kindle reading app on her new tablet. As it turned out, the app was already there but there were only four books showing when there should have been hundreds. That was because the app was logged in under her Amazon/Kindle account instead of mine. So my first step was to add her account to mine and form a household account so we can share the library. That way she can also share in my Amazon Prime account. Continue reading Kindle app. June 26 1990 =122. 112 today.

Backing up. Vacationers. 114.

Allway Sync
A typical Allway Sync screen shot

I discovered that my Allway Sync Pro backup system was not operating. It must have gotten lost when my computer was last worked on by Geek Squad. I use CrashPlan by Code42 for my online backups and also have CrashPlan do a backup to my external hard drive. But those backups are in a compressed format not directly readable without going through CrashPlan, so for convenience I also do plain file backups to the external hard drive using Allway Sync. I have been using Allway Sync for more than ten years, with great satisfaction. Continue reading Backing up. Vacationers. 114.

Violette sign. Deck footstool. Echo vs Alexa.

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Here’s the new Violette name sign recently added to our front planters

I completed installing our new Violette name sign this morning. This is a metal sign, painted black, with our last name in light violet done with vinyl lettering. We had it made at deSIGNery Sign Company on W Hatcher, the same place where we had the banners made for Royal Palm Social Club. Bill was very helpful in selecting sign materials and techniques.

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An overall look at the new Violette name sign

The sign is placed to cover the gap between planter face boards and helps to identify who lives here. As if they couldn’t tell from all the violet colors on the house! It fits in very nicely.

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Pete assembling our new deck footstool
Elaine and footstool
Elaine and Gizmo relaxing and using our new deck footstool

My second project this morning was to assemble the deck footstool Elaine bought at IKEA the other day. Actually, Pete Petersen did the assembling while I sat and read the instructions and held some parts while he fastened them. Elaine thought the colors and materials would complement our rattan deck chairs, and she was correct. It fits in well. We both prefer to have our feet elevated when relaxing and needed something on which to rest them while sitting in our deck chairs. We both agreed that we are more likely to use our deck in good weather now that we have that footstool.

I changed the code word from “Alexa” to “Echo” for our Echo Dot. Those are two of the four options recognized; the other two are “Amazon” and “Computer”; the latter word is used often enough in our house that I didn’t want to use that one. The reason I changed it is that Elaine was having trouble remembering “Alexa” and kept wanting to call it “Alexia”. She tried some commands and got frustrated and gave up when she was not getting proper results.

Alexa and Dish. IKEA. Las Glorias Grill.

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Elaine’s two large IKEA shopping bags

Elaine got invited to go to IKEA this morning with Pete Petersen and Bill Russell. They have often talked of shopping there but we have never been to an IKEA store mostly because they are just too large for me to last long in. So she was pleased to have this opportunity. They left around 9:30 and returned around 2:30, which means they spent about four hours in the store! She came home with two very large blue shopping bags as you can see in the photo, plus a box containing a knocked-down hassock or footstool for the deck that will need to be assembled. Continue reading Alexa and Dish. IKEA. Las Glorias Grill.

Pro 4 setup. Kindle vs Kindle. Elaine phone to Best Buy.

I continued setting up my new Surface Pro 4 tablet today. I downloaded and installed my Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 applications; this is the system that comes with the Geek Squad package I use for our computers. I ended up doing it twice, because I first downloaded the wrong package and then had to uninstall it. But I finally got it done and working. Our package allows us to cover up to five computers, so I have my laptop, my two tablets, my previous Galaxy S6 smartphone, and Elaine’s laptop enrolled. I will be dropping the Pro 2 tablet and the S6 smartphone; I haven’t decided if I will enroll my new Galaxy S8+. I will look further into whether Kaspersky gives me an advantage on a smartphone. Continue reading Pro 4 setup. Kindle vs Kindle. Elaine phone to Best Buy.

Surface Pro 4

Pro 2 vs Pro 4
The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (l) and the new Pro 4 (r), showing how much larger is the Pro 4

My new Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet came in today, and I spent some of the afternoon getting it set up. This Windows 10 tablet will replace the Surface Pro 2 tablet I have been using for more than four years; I have been having lots of battery problems with the Pro 2. I’ve often had to recharge it 2-3 times per day, leading me to believe that the battery is failing. I considered several other Windows tablets but concluded that I would be best off with the Surface Pro 4. Continue reading Surface Pro 4