Technology & Gadgets

This page contains links to articles about all things technological, including cell phones, smartphones, laptop and desktop computers, tablets, e-readers, jailbreaking, web services, operating systems, software, and other gadgets.

Asus Laptop Won’t Charge

by Michael on June 24, 2013 · 0 comments

Yesterday afternoon, my son reported that his Asus laptop wouldn’t charge. It’s about a year and a half old and has shown no other signs of trouble. A bit of basic troubleshooting suggested that it was the laptop itself, not the charger.

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I just ran into an annoying but easily solved problem with our DirecTV system. I went to turn on the TV this morning and got an error message advising me that our TV doesn’t support the program’s content protection. On every channel.

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As a quick followup to my earlier post describing the inability to share favorite channels across TVs with the DirecTV Genie whole house DVR… I just wanted to point out that a similar limitation applies to the parental settings.

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We just switched from Dish Network to DirecTV for our TV service. I’ve thus spent the past few days familiarizing myself with the system and getting things customized to our tastes. As part of this, I’ve been setting up a custom list of favorite channels.

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We’re in the process of switching from Dish Network to DirecTV. Unfortunately, the DirecTV app for iOS doesn’t work on jailbroken devices. I’m not really sure why they bother blocking jailbreakers, but they do. Pretty annoying, huh?

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Remember when I was having trouble with a horrible buzzing sound on the other end of calls from our 2012 Honda CR-V? We got it fixed. And it wasn’t a software glitch, electronic interference, or anything else they tried to blame.

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I recently updated the Google app on my iPhone and I have to say… Google Now is pretty cool. Cool enough that it’s now sitting in my launch bar. That being said, I’ve discovered an annoying bug with respect to Bluetooth integration.

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Windows Taskbar Won’t Auto-Hide

by Michael on April 20, 2013 · 0 comments

Just had another annoying problem with my son’s Windows notebook. Sure am I glad that I (mostly) use a Mac! This time around, the Windows Taskbar had stopped auto-hiding. He had it configured properly, but it wouldn’t obey the setting.

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