OneJet 7 seater flies you direct with a first-class experience, at as little as 10% more than airliner's indirect coach flight

Pricing subject to change depending upon the airport pair chosen, and the weekday chosen. This is just one example. I recently had a two days of back-to-back business commitments where the only viable way to get from the my hometown airport BDL (Hartford CT) to PIT (Pittsburgh PA) was a late…

Mar 5 2017

Ring Video Doorbell users also have PC and Mac apps, faster than unlocking your phone

In case you hadn't spotted this yet, Ring made an announcement on their blog: #AlwaysHome, Even from Your Desktops May 02 2016 by Yul at Ring featuring a nice functionality overview of the free apps, and download links for the Windows and Mac App stores. I've been using the Windows version on…

Sep 8 2016

My Ring Video Doorbell story starts a new chapter with Ring Video Doorbell Pro

This article will be updated, with additions below this original article, and closing thoughts at the end, the arrival of 1080p cloud recordings, and my podcast guest appearance video. Firmware 1.0.50 that arrived on May 6th does seem to resolve issues I was having, along with moving from a 16 volt…

Apr 29 2016

Digi AnywhereUSB/2 reliably attaches my keyboard and mouse to a Windows 10 VMware VM that is also my primary workstation

Backstory Ever since VMware's ESXi 5.1, you've been able to attach a variety of USB devices to your VMs. Those devices were attached to either the server the VM is running on, or the client connecting to the VM. See also at TinkerTry: Click to read reviews or buy at Amazon. ESXi 5.1 has USB 3.0…

Oct 2 2015

Switch Lighting, the liquid cooled LED bulb company, is liquidating its assets

If you've followed TinkerTry for a while, you'll note that I'm a bit of an LED bulb fiend. Always on the lookout for an efficient 60 or 75 watt equivalent A19 bulb that has a CRI of 90 or above, a color temperature between 2700K and 2900K, and a price below $10. Yeah, I know, it's a tall order,…

Feb 25 2015

Insteon Hub Pro now available for pre-order with HomeKit

[June 3 2015 Update - please revisit this page and press Ctrl+F5 to refresh, since many additions are being made below this original article.] Ok, now this looks more interesting than the little Hub II ever did. Apple Homekit-enabled. Easier to set schedules. Extended RF range, using a mere 2…

Feb 25 2015

Feature and performance comparison between Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is GA for about a year now. It's the evolution of products that originated with Windows Home Server back in late 2007, which was based on 32 bit Window 2003. It's now based on the very capable Windows Server 2012 R2, with a streamlined interface reminiscent of its…

Dec 15 2014

My month in a German hotel with one outlet, many adapters, and a D-Link DIR-506L travel WiFi router

Back in early September 2014, I found myself scrambling to prepare for a month long work trip to Germany. A good situation to be in, but I also wanted to be darn sure I could get my work done on weekday evenings, and my play done on weekends. Given I'm from the US and hadn't been to Europe in…

Nov 18 2014

Motorola Arris SB6183 16 Channel DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem, future-proof through 686 Mbps?

This 16 channel DOCIS 3.0 cable modem shows promise, but will it deliver? Right now, it has a decent price at Best Buy, locally or online, on sale for $129.99 until Saturday, November 15th. My local Best Buy sold out their dozen or so SB6183s in 2 days actually. On Amazon, there's 68 customer…

Nov 14 2014

Sturdy ProClip USA dashboard mount for iPhone 6 Plus / iPhone 7 Plus allows one handed dock-and-go

Galaxy S5/Lumia 930/iPhone 6 Plus, ProClip holders ProClip USA makes holders for many types of phones, including Android, Windows Phone, and iPhone. I happen to personally have experience with their iPhone holders. I have no affiliation with ProClip USA, I'm just a consumer, who bought mine like…

Nov 6 2014

Logitech M705 and M560 mice offer smooth scrolling and excellent wireless performance

With all this GPU power we have these days, you'd think we'd all have smooth scrolling, where you can actually read the text as it glides up the page. Turns out we all can, with the right mouse and the right software. Sure wish I upgraded to a better mouse wheel years ago! Then again, it…

Jun 23 2014

Donate twice as much blood, half as often, with a smaller needle

I traveled for work. For years. Decades actually. Been to about 30 of these 50 United States, usually for 3-5 day trips, often confirmed the week before. That lifestyle sure made volunteering for things like giving blood a challenge, canceling most of my appointments last minute. My personal…

Jun 4 2014

Display your iOS and Android devices on Windows, using Reflector and Droid @ Screen

When speaking publicly, it's certainly handy to be able to show a live demo of a smartphone or tablet, on the projected image. It's also best to not have to assume anything about the facility you'll be presenting at, if possible, relying instead on USB cables that'll also serve to keep your gear…

May 4 2014

On blogVault for a year, still happy with its daily backups of TinkerTry.com

This site has grown to 4.9GB of data. Not something you'd want to backup directly to my own home anymore, using something like SFTP, tying up my web host, and bandwidth, for hours. The blogVault WordPress Plugin connects your blog to the $9 monthly backup service. The first backup is full, and from…

May 2 2014

Quick look at tiny and efficient D-Link Gigabit Switches

100 Mbps switch in place Apr 27th, and new 1000Mbps switch in place May 1st, Cox speed test difference is apparent I have a project going on where I'm trying to use 2 of the 3 devices my Cox cable internet service allows, called Multiple Computer Access. Hint, it's related to a talk on the…

Apr 30 2014

CalAlarm for iPhone and iPad, finally an app that repeats an alert until I respond

For years, I've been seeking a reliable way to be alerted to calendar events on my iPhone. One of the drawback with iOS has been the default calendar's behavior, where an event may bet set to trigger an alert or two before or at the start time of some personal or professional appointment that…

Apr 29 2014

Superguide: CyberPower PFCLCD UPS Mini Towers protect your home's computers and entertainment

This is not a sponsored blog post. My extended family has purchased 7 of the various PFCLCD models since 2012, and it's gone well, with just one battery replacement needed so far. I've found them to be very easy to install and configure at friends and family homes. Without a PC, and without a…

Jan 7 2014

Enjoy tangle-free listening to music and podcasts instead of your mower, protecting your hearing for just 60 dollars

Rear view of Headset May 3, 2015 Update - I have come up with a $140 solution with much better sound, documented here. Original article appears below. Noise Suppression Stereo Headphones with Bluetooth Controls (4 item shopping cart) I often find myself searching for a device that nobody seems…

Dec 27 2013

A careful look at the No-Spill 5 Gallon Gas Can, for your electronics-friendly generator

Why would I look seriously at a $36 gas can from Amazon that's apparently not available anywhere locally, despite being made in the USA? Safety first, which we'll return to in a minute. Then there's lack of any shipping cost with Amazon Prime. Even slightly less expensive options like…

Dec 5 2013

Replacing your 60 watt bulb with the Cree TW Series LED, is it a bright idea?

Available at homedepot.com: Cree 13.5-Watt (60W) Soft White (2700K) TW Series Dimmable LED Light Bulb (6-Pack) My quest for the "perfect" 60 watt light bulb replacement goes back a few years. Like many other tech bloggers before me, I find myself obsessed with finding cool-running…

Nov 23 2013

Quick look at the TiVo Slide Pro Remote

If you have a TiVo Premiere or TiVo Roamio, the Nov 14 announced TiVo Slide Pro Remote has finally begun shipping, and is available for order at tivo.com here. Mine arrived today. How to decide if you're interested in spending about $50 for this upgrade? Well, some pictures will help, so you can…

Nov 20 2013

Firsthand experience with the Motorola SURFboard SB6141 DOCIS 3.0 Cable Modem

In the last few weeks, I've had intermittent internet issues, where the speed would drop to about 1Mbps down and 0.1Mbps up for a few minutes at a time. Checking into my cable modem's log files, I could tell Cox (US cable provider) what times I was affected, as we tried to get closer to a solution.…

Oct 7 2013

Firsthand experience with ASUS RT-AC68U, Netgear R7000, and Linksys EA6900 802.11ac WiFi routers

There's considerable demand apparently (voicemail, emails, and comments) for me to cut to the chase and draw some preliminary conclusions, based on my experiences so far. At this point in time, Dec 07 2013, I've got a month of 24x7 use of the winner in my house, so I'm beginning to form stronger…

Oct 5 2013

TP-LINK Gigabit PCI Express Network Adapter TG-3468, for ESXi 5.5 home lab

Here's a quick look at the TP-LINK Gigabit PCI Express Network Adapter TG-3468, found on Amazon or Newegg for around $13 USD, with a nice product overview here. Yeah, it's only one port. But it works right up through ESXi 5.1, out of the box. With 5.5, since it's based on a Realtek chipset, you'll…

Sep 24 2013