Author: EPH

Computer enthusiast
Portable Folding Keyboard

Portable Folding Keyboard

Hardware
Should you get a portable keyboard for your smart phone? You don't always want or need to carry around a laptop or even a tablet. If you have a smart phone, you can still do a lot of the things you would have done with a larger device. I'm trying to simplify what I carry around on a daily basis. One thing I like about traditional laptops is the keyboard. I've started using a folding Bluetooth keyboard with my iPhone 7plus. I'm using the SMICK Foldable Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad, Macbook, iPhone7 etc.,F66 GOLD. It received 3.5 out of 5 stars and on sale for about $20.00 on Amazon. As soon as I realized I had to hit the Fn and Bluetooth keys together and pair the unit before I tapped the Fn and E (IOS) keys the rest was pretty straight forward. Overall it does the job Ive type o
Breaking the Chains

Breaking the Chains

Software
Lately, I have become less enchanted with Windows 10 per each update. It might be a weird mood in the air this summer. Updating an Arch based spin always feels like an improvement rather than a "HotFix" for something that needs "fixing". I know Linux updates are intertwined with numerous fixes, but there's something enlightening and less mysterious about updating from a repository with "Paceman". I sense something about Windows that feels like I have less control over my computer than I do with Linux. Aside from all the privacy and system reporting tweaks when installing Windows you are allowed to do. There are still some veiled baked in settings that you get hardcoded just for you. It's like the system is telling you what is good for you "We know what's best for you...just check yes for ...
Rise of the Toaster Ovens

Rise of the Toaster Ovens

Hardware
Fear of AI The fear of AI (artificial intelligence) or the worry that robots will kick you out of your seat at work and steal your job are intensified by our reliance on overly complex television channel changers. In the old days, televisions had dials you had to twist to change the channel. As soon as mankind's top scientists developed a magic box that could change the channel on the television, thus saving us from performing any tangible form of physical activity, we were hooked. We needed more creative ways to simplify our daily life with overly complex and extremely convoluted mechanisms. The war was over before it ever really got rolling. With the development of artificial intelligence sprouting from our overly large computation devices, we were on the road to interdependence which w...
How to be a Minimalistic Tech

How to be a Minimalistic Tech

Hardware
Tech Fundamentals: Well, let's get right down to what you need to get some work done in this modern age of computer technology and social media. The answer is simple, you  need some functional hardware such as Laptop Smartphone Tablet You don't necessarily need the fastest, the most powerful, the latest release, or the most expensive. Just something that works for you. Your budget will be a major factor in choosing your "workhorse". Mobility: If you're planning on mobility, a lightweight laptop, tablet, or smartphone could be all you need. You can do a lot with an Android or iPhone. My iPhone is the one device I use the most, followed by my laptop. There are a lot of people who do everything on their iPhone, it functions as their Music Studio Photography Workshop (camera/c
Have laptop, will work remotely

Have laptop, will work remotely

Tech Tips
"Have laptop, will work remotely" Does anyone still remember  Have Gun, Will Travel? from 1957 - 1963? Starring Richard Boone as Paladin? It was basically a show about a good guy gunfighter for hire - paid by those who could afford his services, and often working for free for those who could not. (but needed someone to help when no one else could or would). Do you find yourself helping some people for free with their network or computer system problems, - spending time advising and or troubleshooting over the phone, or remotely across the Internet? I know time is money, and sometimes we forget that. Is it wrong? No, sometimes it's worth it. If you like to help people out because you can, maybe that's reward enough. If you plan on consulting or contracting your services, working for fr