Cool Things to Do with Echo Dot

Seems like every technology site has an article about cool things to do with Echo Dot so why not join the crowd.  After living with a bunch of these for several years, we’ve learned of some useful skills and smart home automation.  Today, we share some cool things to do with Echo dot. Entertainment Coupled with one of the mounts described in our article about mounting the Echo Dot around the home or office, turn the device into a built-in speaker.  There are a lot of skills that allow playing your favorite radio station.  We’re in New Jersey so have … Read more

Where to Put a Roku Express and How to Put it There

The Roku Express is an excellent low-priced streaming device.  It delivers a huge amount of functionality in a very small footprint.  The performance matches up with most other streaming devices.  It lacks an Ethernet port which definitely contributes to the smaller size. This is the second device we have looked at on our site.  Unlike the traditional Roku streaming box, this only weighs a bit more than an ounce and has a much smaller footprint.  It’s a cross between a streaming box and streaming stick.  It’s smaller than a streaming box and it is not a stick that inserts directly into … Read more

How to Mount a Google Home Mini Around the Home or Office

A Google Home Mini is designed to sit atop a flat surface such as a table or shelf.  However, sometimes, that might not be where you want your device to be located.  Let’s look at some ideas on how to place a Google Home Mini in some unconventional places around your home or office. Google has one main competitor for this device and that’s the Amazon Echo Dot.  Many of the products we have found for the Google Home Mini are ironically made by the same companies that make mounts for the Echo Dot.  Turns out the size and design … Read more

Choosing the Best Place to Put a Google WiFi Puck

Google WiFi can be a life changing WiFi experience. The question is where to best place each unit. Sure, you could just place them on a bunch of tables, but that might not be the best location. This is a mesh system.  A mesh system consists of a series of devices that work together as one.  We’ll call each device a puck which seems to be a term used all over the internet for a Google WiFi device.  Think if a group of pucks kind of like the Borg Collective from Star Trek in that they work together to appear … Read more

How to Fix the Dreaded Charging Slowly Warning on Android

Owners of the most current Android phones may come across the Charging Slowly Warning after plugging in their phone.  It’s frustrating because when that warning splashes across your phone, it’s not merely charging at normal speed, it’s charging at sloth-like speed.  So slow that it might not charge at all.  Today, we discuss what causes this condition and how to fix it. So when you encounter a charging slowly warning similar to what is shown in the photo that accompanies this article, it means something isn’t working right.  First, try to do what the charging slowly warning message suggests.  Remove … Read more

Mounting a Phone or Tablet on a Planet Fitness Treadmill

A photo of some of what seems like 7,000 treadmills at Planet Fitness accompanies this article.  These are typical examples of a Planet Fitness treadmill.  These are some of the most boring pieces of exercise equipment in existence.  Entertainment options are required. Sure you could view one of the 20+ televisions and could listen to the audio by plugging a 3.5 mm headset into the little hole on the bottom of the display.  However, who’s walking around with a wired set of ear buds?  Better yet, is there anything on those 20+ televisions worth watching?  Perhaps, you want to watch … Read more