iPhone 7 Plus really does perform 2 to 3 times faster than iPhone 6 Plus

Plane Tales - why my iPhone 7 Plus was delivered to the airport At 3am on Friday, September 9th, one of my sons and I awoke to place orders for my extended family's iPhone 7 Plus upgrades from iPhone 6 Plus. Despite getting all the orders completed from 3:18am to 3:43am, the estimated delivery wait…

Sep 22 2016

Try OPS1E on iOS, a fast and powerful way to manage your vSphere 4.x, 5.x, and 6.x environments

Yes, this is a relatively expensive app, but there is a free version to try. What if you could have a UI that is way faster than vSphere Web Client, that allows you do things like clone or migrate VMs, check in on CPU utilization, and even do vMotion, with simple tap-tap-tap ease of use. Yes, it's…

Mar 3 2015

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

Sturdy ProClip USA dashboard mounts for iPhone 6/7/8 Plus or iPhone X allow 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

Experiences paying for stuff with cash or credit in Europe, and with Apple Pay back in the USA

I learned a lot about money lately, the hard way. Here's 4 money tips that'll help you make payments, the easy way. I feel like 2014 has been a big year for payments systems. Change is in the wind, not in my pocket. For me, there's four recent tales to tell here: How to survive with just an…

Nov 4 2014

Superguide: iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus Migration Tips

Ookla speed test in my home on Oct 29 2014, on 802.11ac Yep, it's that time again. Migrating my extended family to iPhone 6. Eventually, all seven of them. One iPhone 6, 6 iPhone 6 Plus. See also Verizon iPhone 5 customer upgrading to iPhone 6 Plus on Sep 12 2014, here’s some useful tips. Doing…

Oct 29 2014

Verizon iPhone 5 customer upgrading to iPhone 6 Plus on Sep 12 2014, here's some useful tips

Sep 12 2014 3:55am Eastern Time Update: Despite what I was told yesterday (see article below), tonight, talking to 800-256-4646, was told cannot help me, other than charging full retail for the 6 iPhone 6 Plus phones. My family will have to wait to pre-order until Sep 26th (7 days before Oct 3rd…

Sep 11 2014

Presenting at New York City VMUG July 24 2014, “Insecure about using public WiFi? Connect to your home’s OpenVPN appliance, for free.”

.PDF version of presentation: Connect to your home's OpenVPN appliance, for free - NYC VMUG Jul24 2014.pdf See also step by step guide: Using your home network’s ESXi or Hyper-V OpenVPN appliance to safely use public WiFi Living in Southern New England, specifically, in scenic Central…

Jul 21 2014

Insecure about using public WiFi? Connect to your home's OpenVPN appliance, for free.

Last year, I was pondering new ways to remotely surf the web securely, privately, from my home's IP address, even when far away from my home. The concern wasn't so much about my internet provider, Cox Communications, from knowing what I'm doing. It was more about securing in-the-clear…

Jul 5 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

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

Fix the issue where you upgrade to Windows 8.1 then your Photo Stream stops updating

Have you done the free Windows 8.0 to Windows 8.1 upgrade, then noticed your iCloud Control Panel has stopped updating your Photo Stream? Even on the latest Apple iCloud Control Panel 3.1, the issue doesn't just go away. Somebody named "Alex leong" noticed this problem, and asked the…

Dec 23 2013

TiVo iOS App can be convinced to stream live TV over cellular in 2013, here's how

You may have seen headlines about the new TiVo app update, such as this article from last week: TiVo iOS apps now let you stream and download shows from Roamio DVRs anywhere there's Wi-Fi The Roamio starts to live up to its name, by Nilay Patel on Oct 24 2013, The Verge: The TiVo Roamio Pro…

Oct 29 2013

How to prevent microwave cooking from slowing down your entire home's WiFi, using 802.11n 5GHz WiFi

Tonight, I was listening to This Week In Computer Hardware 195, where 5 minutes in, hosts Patrick Norton and Ryan Shrout have an interesting discussion about the wireless interference issue with USB 3.0, especially when external USB 3.0 drives are in use. It's all described with scientific…

Oct 15 2013

Very handy iPhone 5 charging cradle that's bumper case compatible

Way back in July 2011, I wrote about how I wished I could have a cradle for my iPhone right at my desk, kind of like the one I use in my car. Keeping my iPhone 5 charged, within my working field of view, and within easy reach throughout my long workdays. One that'd also allow single-handed docking…

Aug 20 2013

Summer virtualization travels to Maine

A little summer fun, combined with some summer learning, and a bit of travel tech. Today, I traveled from Connecticut to Maine, for the free Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals, where I'll use my eSATAp cable to non-destructively install Hyper-V on my laptop Wednesday July 17th,…

Jul 16 2013

Safer way to charge Apple Lightning devices quickly, even at a longer distance from your wall outlet

I was recently looking for the fastest charger made by Apple, for a family member's recent Apple products, including an iPhone 5. But I soon realized the wall outlet is inconveniently far from the desired recharging location, the bedside stand. Googling around for a bit, getting a 3rd party longer…

Jun 7 2013

Using FaceTime to help somebody set up a new iPhone or iPad remotely

It's that time of year, where loved ones in far away lands get new iOS goodies. Seeing new user's happy faces as they get new tech in their hands is a joy. But alas, there is no easy way to remotely control a new iOS device, not without jailbreaking anyway. Well, it's quite possible to guide…

Dec 19 2012

How to get those large iTunes iOS device backups off your C drive

If you have: a) a smallish C: drive (say, an SSD) b) iTunes installed for iOS device backups c) a need for always-with-you backup/restore via USB (on a laptop, for example) then this article is for you! Admittedly might be best to put iTunes on some always-on PC, perhaps in a VM, to sync via WiFi.…

Nov 7 2012

How to enable WiFi Personal Hotspot or USB Tethering on an iPhone, easily sharing your Internet with nearby devices

These instructions will get you through the simple connection sharing process, with an accompanying video to also demonstrate how straight-forward and fast this is to set up. Jump to steps 1,2,3 below to read the step-by-step guide with screenshots, or jump to the walk through video at the end…

Oct 28 2012

"The 2nd Annual Home Server Show Meetup" in Indianapolis Indiana October 20th 2012

The original article announcing my plans to attend this tech-fest weekend found here, with group photo and Google Hangout recording at the end of this article. This article was extensively revised on Oct. 22: please consider reading it again, since a lot has been fixed and added. Friday October…

Oct 19 2012

Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter compatibility with existing home and auto accessories

Let's start with the new Lightning cables and connectors. The first 2 devices are apparently electronically and functionally the same, just one is a longer, flexible version of the other. My tests so far seem to back this up. Lightning to 30-pin Adapter $29.00 Apple Part# MD823ZM/A (on Amazon…

Oct 15 2012

Moving iPhone 4 from AT&T to iPhone 5 on Verizon? Have I got the article for you!

Things like Google Voice integration with iPhone 5 voicemail (on Verizon) sound interesting? Wondering how well all your old stuff will migrate over to your new hardware, and which apps may have a little trouble making the move? Curious about how long line number portability takes, and the exact…

Oct 3 2012

FingerPrint 2.1 runs nicely on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, great way to allow iOS printing on your home or corporate network

Jul. 12 2013 Update: Unfortunately, buy-it-once FingerPrint is no longer sold, replaced by Presto, which I haven't tested, but is reviewed by The Wall Street Journal here. This article kept for archival purposes only. I routinely use FingerPrint in my home, and in other family member's homes, such…

Sep 22 2012